The groundbreaking, award-winning semi autobiographical graphic novel by Howard Cruse returns in a new 15th anniversary edition featuring an introduction by Alison Bechdel, award-winning author of Fun Home and a new cover.
In the 1960s American South, a young gas-station attendant named Toland Polk is rejected from the Army draft for admitting “homosexual tendencies,” and falls in with a close-knit group of young locals yearning to break from the conformity of their hometown through civil rights activism, folk music and upstart communality of race-mixing, gay-friendly nightclubs.
Toland’s story is both deeply personal and epic in scope, as his search for identity plays out against the brutal fight over segregation, an unplanned pregnancy and small-town bigotry, aided by an unforgettable supporting cast.
“A remarkable achievement, a story so richly drawn – in both senses of the word – that it will pull you, headlong, into a bottomless world of hopes, fears, dreams and the all-too-real prejudice witnessed by its author.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Cruse’s visceral, visual account of America’s recent past contributes with grace and force to what we can only continue to hope is history’s bend toward justice.” — ALISON BECHDEL, from her introduction
DC, hardback, 224 pages, published June 2010 (new edition)
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 January, 2010.