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7 Miles A Second [Hardcover]

David Wojnarowicz , James Romberger , Marguerite Van Cook
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10 Jan 2013
7 Miles a Second is the amazing story of legendary artist David Wojnarowicz, written during the last years before his AIDS-related death in 1992 and drawn by James Romberger. The graphic novel portrays Wojnarowicz's childhood of prostitution and drugs on the streets of Manhatten, through his adulthood living with AIDS and his anger at the indifference of government and health agencies. Romberger and Van Cook's visuals give stunning life to Wojanrowicz's words, blending the gritty naturalism of Lower East Side street life with an incredible hallucinatory imagination.


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  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (10 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996140
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 22.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hard to take, frighteningly beautiful and staggeringly honest, this is a book that will and must upset all the right people, but is one that no mature, clear thinking devotee of graphic narrative should miss. --Comics Review

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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David Wojnarowicz was a writer, painter, photographer, filmmaker, performance artist and activist who died of AIDS in 1992. This work, much of it completed posthumously, is an insight into his life, his emotions and his psyche.

Sometimes straightforward recollection and sometimes surreal dreamscape this is a powerful and visceral connection with another human being. From an abusive childhood to a lingering, medicated death we see the whole spectrum of Wojnarowicz's short existence. Through his skill as a writer and his poetic prose we also get to feel his life as well.

It has the brutal honesty of Harvey Pekar's Our Cancer Year; the highly bizarre imagery (both verbal and artistic) of Alan Moore's Another Suburban Romance; and the tangible suffering of George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London. This isn't here to entertain or inform it is to make you feel what it is like to be alive. It jangles your emotions like a stick dragged along a fence.

The art is superb with Daliesque fever dream butting up against traditional realism. Imagine Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the graphic novel and you get a sense of how mind-bending a visual feast this can be. As well as the subjects illustrated the panel shapes and layouts are all used to maximum effect. The colours are superb with the whole thing a hyper-chromatic neon explosion. Lots of white backgrounds pull figures or objects out of time and thrust them to our attention. And while garish and impossibly oversaturated the colours still allow exemplary use of light and shade to create depth and texture.

This is primal, this is visceral, and this is a Thumbs Up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, rough, with velocity and heart 11 Feb 2013
By Nancy Rommelmann - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. The authors and artists stick you right in the viscera and show you: see, it's this way, this is the way it is. Anger, love, terror, defiance, and ultimately those open hands. Fantastic work, great beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Book 30 Jan 2013
By Jennifer Tull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a truly magnificent rendering of a remarkable life.
James Romberger's drawings are unbelievably dynamic and Marguerite Van Cook's ravishing colors have never been more wonderfully reproduced. This book will break your heart with it's beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage East Village comics 5 Mar 2013
By Frank Bernarducci - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well known 80s East Village artists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and David Wojnarowicz reissue. Superb mix of these three talents meet in this nightmarish comic tale set in NYC, a reissue of hardcore storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 31 Dec 2013
By Katari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just an amazing comic. Hands down. I wrote a whole post about it on my blog. The art work and the writing and the color and everything: astounding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Vertigo Comix, Great Text 6 Jun 2010
By Andrew J. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Separating the artist who wrote the text from the art of this comic is interesting, so here goes...

David Wojnarowicz was a self-taught artist, boldly breaking ground in his explicit homo-erotic art, when he was diagnosed with AIDS in the early years of the disease. He died in 1992 of a death that was certainly painful and prolonged, as protease inhibitors had yet to reach the market and transform the disease from a death sentence to a terminal condition you could live with. In the last years of his life he directly challenged the religious right's crusade to shut down the National Endowment for the Arts, suing Don Wildmon for copyright infringement and misrepresentation. By the time of his death he had created a confrontational legacy that rivals the works of Tony Kushner and Larry Kramer. One of the last of his projects to be completed is this book, an autobiographical account of his life as a teen prostitute, AIDS patient, and artist.

The artwork herein is not fantastic, there are some notable panels but also some spots that David could have drawn better. That may be the problem, for such an intensely autobiographical work there is something missing because David did not illustrate it. Oh well, worth a read none the less.
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