'85 by Danny Simmons & Floyd Hughes

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Inspired by the widely praised novel Three Days as the Crow Flies, Danny Simmons and Floyd Hughes present a richly illustrated graphic novel set in the gritty underworld of New York City circa 1985 -- a time and place when street culture and the fine arts scene came together in strange and often predatory ways.

Crow, a junky and the son of a deceased police officer, steals a few paintings from his friend Danny, which he hopes to sell and make a few dollars off of to pay his landlord and cop some powder. Before he knows it, he's drawn into the surreal dreamland of "do-as-you-please," a hazy, hedonistic world of sex, drugs, and cold-blooded commerce. Filled with evocative black-and-white imagery and crackling with authentic, street-smart dialogue, Simmons and Hughes capture and bring to life this haunting urban tale.
 

About Danny Simmons & Floyd Hughes

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Danny Simmons, a renowned painter of abstract-expressionist oil works, owns the Rush Arts Gallery in Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. A poet and cofounder of the Def Poetry Jam performance series, he heads the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with his brother, Russell Simmons. He lives in Brooklyn. Born in the East End of London, England, of Guyanese parents, Floyd Hughes has been a professional artist and writer working in illustration, film, television, fine art, music, and, of course, comics since 1980. He is an associate professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where he has taught since 1997.
 
Published June 4, 2010 by Atria Books. 96 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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In three days, he manages to go from art thief to artist, and the luck that has gotten him this far in life manages to pull him somewhere new and unexpected.

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