There have been only a few times when I actually paused as events in my life were unfolding and said to myself, “One day I’m going to have to write about this.”
In 2007 Griffith Park in LA, above Hyperion Blvd, had caught fire. The sky was an odd painterly red and purple and it served as a ideal backdrop to the end days of a long term relationship. The surreal atmosphere and constant smell of ash in the air had left me nostalgic.
It was then, as I was going through this rough break up, I found the impetus for this book. “Fires Above Hyperion” is a darkly humored collection of interwoven short stories about my love life. All my fuck ups, all the times I’ve been fucked over and all the guys I’ve ever given a fuck about.
This August, NBM debuts the latest graphic novel by Patrick Atangan. Quite a departure from his 2014 INVINCIBLE DAYS, this summer’s FIRES ABOVE HYPERION continues Atangan’s deeply personal storytelling trend. HYPERION focuses on the creator’s love life in a difficult, and often fickle, gay social scene of sunny Los Angeles. Atangan shares his stories about being closeted, coming out in college but his boyfriend remained closeted, online dates, and missed connections with many other wry humored anecdotes in yet another style of art much closer to indie comics:
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FIRES ABOVE HYPERION
Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown. “One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years. Twenty years. It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.
6×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 9781561639861
Diamond Order Code: JUN151430
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Be sure to order your copy today from your favorite comic book store in June’s Diamond Previews Magazine.