“Beautiful and gritty.” – Out There Magazine.
“What stays with you on completing the comic is a sense of having read something raw, powerful and very real.” – Forbidden Planet International.
“Gay comics blissfully devoid of rainbow paraphernalia.” – Gay Times.
Today, I took delivery of the last issue of The Lengths, the comic I’ve been working on for the last two years. The series runs to just shy of two hundred pages and tells the story of Eddie, who fell out of art school and into the arms of Nelson, a male escort who took him under his wing, then abandoned him. The story starts with Eddie on a date with Dan, his best friend from art school, as Eddie dances around telling Dan what he’s been doing over the couple of years since they last saw one another.
I’d like to say it’s a pretty standard twentysomething coming of age story, the usual tick-list of hotel-room sex for cash, the ketamine overdose in the Rothko room at Tate Modern, the desperately idolising someone and wanting them in you, then being terrified that there’s something of their nature left behind. Normal stuff when you’re growing up in London. As Eddie puts it, it’s a city where any dick you want’s just a click away.
Once I’ve packed up and posted out the first batch of orders (who are all getting a folder pack to keep their comics in and a poster – while stocks last), I want to write a little post about the experience and I’ll sum up what I’ve learned from the process. For now, though, head to http://cutebutsad.bigcartel.com to order your copy!