7 Miles a Second by David Wojnarowicz

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The cult classic graphic novel, the autobiographical tale of artist David Wojnarowicz’s life as a hustler on the streets of NYC before he succumbed to AIDS, restored and reprinted by Fantagraphics.

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. Yes

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David Wojnarowicz was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 1954. A member of the first wave of East Village artists, Wojnarowicz began showing his work during the early 80s in such now-legendary spaces as Civilian Warfare, Club 57, and Gracie Mansion. He gained prominence through his inclusion in the 1985 Whitney Biennial, and was soon showing in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. In the late 80s, after he was diagnosed with AIDS, his art took on a sharply political edge. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS-related illness in New York in 1992, at the age of 37.
Published May 1, 1996 by Vertigo. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Originally published in 1996, Wojnarowicz’s impressionistic memoir is the story of his hustling on the streets of New York in the early 1970s and then, 20 years later, being stricken with AIDS in the

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