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A Month of Good LGBT Comics – Seven Miles a Second

In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.

Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!

Today we look at a powerful memoir of a notable art figure from the 80s!

Seven Miles a Second is an odd book in the sense that it was an autobiographical comic released in 1996, however, the guy the book is about, David Wojnarowicz, died in 1992. Prior to his death, he was working on a memoir comic book with a friend of his, artist James Romberger. After Wojnarowicz died, Romberger eventually continued the book using Wojnarowicz’ dairies as the basis of the auto-biographical narrative.

Wojarowicz’s life is an amazingly engaging one. He began hustling before he was in the double digits, life-wise. He eventually moved on from the world of hustling to become one of the most notable photographers in the country. Then he got AIDS and in 1992, he died.

In this book, we see all of the gritty realities of Wojarowicz’s life – from the days of his hustling to his coming to terms with his fairly imminent death of a disease few understood at the time.

The comic is a bit raw, but raw here is good because it gives everything a heightened sense of reality to the story.

Here are some sample pages (I think the comic is currently out of print – make some more, DC!)…

It’s a great job by James Romberger to bring Wojarowicz’s life to the masses!

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I’d have never guess James Romberger have done this kind of work (and for Vertigo, wich surprises me even more). The only work I ever saw by him were a couple of shorts histories in Vertigo’s horror anthology Flinch.

I think I’ve got this kicking around in my mass of unread stuff. I’ll have to dig it out at some point…

This is a great book. Both sad and sweet at the same time. It’s horrific to see the kid on the streets, yet you know that somehow home was worse. It’s wonderful to know that David got to finally have a good life beyond the bad childhood, yet sad that he caught AIDS. I bought this comic when it first came out.

Though now (with that guilty plea in Iowa) I’m wondering if having this comic would get one in trouble for the ‘sex with a minor’ scenes.

Great comic, and I’d recommend it not only to those who read comics, but those who don’t. It’s right up there with “A Tale of One Bad Rat” by Bryan Talbot. The kind of comic I’d give to someone who thinks comics are only about superheroes.

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