In 2007, the Arts Council funded Howard Hardiman to conduct a research project interviewing men who sell sex to men in London. The results of the interviews have formed the basis for the comic he has been working on over the last couple of months.Funded by IndieGoGo, a crowd sourcing site, Hardiman is trying to bring this project to an audience. The comic will tell the story of Eddie, a young man who moves to London for art school, but finds himself following a prostitute into a world of drugs and vice. Sadly, this story is based too accurately in truth which should provide more emotional tugging than just phallic tugging.
Hardiman plans an eight issue quest through Eddie’s self-discovery. Hardiman only asked for crowd source funding to cover the costs associated with the first issue. Afterwards, it is up to the market to decide if readers can follow Eddie’s self-discovery. Speaking of following along, check out the website for The Lengths. Then check out the onlistore. Six of eight issues are available already which points to enough audience demand to have this story told.
The black and white art is striking and sensational.
These anamorphic characters are not the Darkwing Duck variety from the funny books. Instead, these animalized men seem to follow in the tradition of Art Spiegelman’s Maus. The use of near men is also reminiscent of Minatour Takes a Smoke Break by S. Sherrill who drew from Greek mythology to reveal how dysfunctional the world could become.
What stays with you on completing the comic is a sense of having read something raw, powerful and very real.— Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International, http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/