7 Miles a Second

By David Wojnarowicz; James Romberger (Illustrator); Marguerite Van Cook (IK)
(Fantagraphics Books, Hardcover, 9781606996140, 67pp.)

Publication Date: February 2013

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7 Miles a Second is the story of legendary artist David Wojnarowicz, written during the last years before his AIDS-related death in 1992, and drawn by James Romberger with colors by Marguerite Van Cook. The graphic novel depicts Wojnarowicz s childhood of prostitution and drugs on the streets of Manhattan, through his adulthood living with AIDS, and his anger at the indifference of government and health agencies. Originally published as a comic book in 1996 by DC s Vertigo Comics, an imprint best-known for horror and fantasy material such as TheSandman, 7 Miles a Second was an instant critical success, but struggled to find an audience amongst the typical Vertigo readership. It has become a cult classic amongst fans of literary and art comics, just as Wojnarowicz s influence and reputation have widened in the larger art world. Romberger and Van Cook s visuals give stunning life to Wojnarowicz s words, blending the gritty naturalism of Lower East Side street life with a hallucinatory, psychedelic imagination that takes perfect advantage of the comics medium. This new edition finally presents the artwork as it was intended: oversized, and with Van Cook s elegant watercolors restored. It also includes several new pages created for this edition."

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