Boys of Disco City is the following story of Gil Graham`s initial adventures in Rome as a production assistant detailed in Boys of Vice City. Disco City as the name implies tends to centre about the `land mark` hedonistic palaces of pleasure of London and New York in 1980. Where the long gone Backroom and public sex areas are now a memory of a lost generation of young men, but described here for us all to imagine what it might have been like if we had been able to go ourselves.
While other sideline stories within the book establish the clear relationship between the legitimate cinema industry with the trade in male pornography as operating side by side. Albeit the 007 Sound Stage at Pinewood is never used or mentioned, what is clear, however, is that the talents crewing the normal day to day productions are almost oversubscribed by gay men. While the nerve centre of the British Cinema Industry is London`s Soho, where all the major Film Exhibitors, other independent film makers, and their ancillary support are centred; along with the British Board of Film Classification in the Square itself. Enough said.
The story itself encapsulates about six months of Mike and Gil`s life together as a new young couple in London after making their exit together from Rome and James Rosen. This is a story about men so sex is the continuing theme of the book and the descriptive story telling style of Roger Kean is very erotic, matched only by the illustrative accompaniment of Zack who captures a visual of the written word perfectly in every picture he has drawn for Mike and Gil`s second story.
Saying that this is not a soft sexy love story, the issues told in the tale of these two boys carry a real sense of verisimilitude with some of the cold realities of the Cinema Industry. Which surely must be drawn from the writer and illustrators own life experiences in the Film Trade. James Rosen is a dreadful embodiment of what must surely be some real life character, or composite of characters, because the telling is all too believable rather than contrived as a simple writing device for the sake of antagonism.
What remains to be seen is how the story plays out when we move to the World Centre of Cinema that is Hollywood, in the third book Boys of Two Cities. Where, Gil has returned home to LA, while Mike is still held in thrall at the beck and call of Rosen back in London. Perhaps it would be telling too much but like all male love stories hubris plays a large part in the lives of the protagonists and antagonists alike. And this story is likely to turn out similar to many a classical story where the Gods of Gay Sex love to employ a banana skin, or two, to best effect. What remains to be seen is where these slip ups will land in the books to follow?
We last met this book's young heroes, Gil and Mike, in Rome. American Gil thought he was straight until he discovered boys and set about exploring the joys of gay sex with no holds or holes barrred. To lust was added love when Gil met Brit Mike, but their budding film careers and lives were nearly cut short by an evil film producer. Now, in 1982, the two guys are in London - seen entertainingly through Gil's suprised American eyes. The career of the two guys in film seems like taking off, along with their raunchy sex life. But their nemesis pursues them to New York where our two hot heroes are threatened with a sticky end. Zack's brilliant and explicitly erotic drawings add to the sexual excitement of a zesty story which reads like a combination of the Joys of Gay Sex (only far less inhibited) and a Boy's Own adventure. It is rousing and arousing stuff: fun, fast-paced and deliciously lewd.
Boys of Disco City is the follow-up to Boys of Vice City, so if you bought the first book you'll know what to expect in the sequel. The story is well told and filled with homo-erotic narrative but the real selling point for this book has to be the continuing outstanding artwork from Oliver 'Zack' Frey. The story is illustrated with pen and ink line drawings from this great artist and from the cover itself, it is possible to see the caliber of the simple artwork which is contained within the book. As the story and artwork is of homo-erotic nature, this book is not suitable for minors but for anyone else is well worth the money.
I was delighted to be able to get this on my Kindle having bought Vice City as a paperback. The story continues the lives of Mike and Gil in London following their adventures in Italy until their nemesis catches up with them.....
Their sexcapades are well written and are illustrated beautifully by Zack.