Dragman (Hardback)
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Dragman (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 12/03/2020
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Refreshing and often hilarious, Steve Appleby’s superb graphic novel employs a multi-layered superhero narrative to explore masculinity, transvestism and the journeys we make to come to terms with ourselves.

Shortlisted for the Polari Book Prize 2021

A delightfully witty and exciting graphic novel by one of Britain's favourite artists

Dragman tells the story of August Crimp, a man who has superpowers when he puts on women's clothes. August loves wearing a dress but is deeply ashamed of his compulsion and terrified of rejection should it ever come out. So he tells no one. Not even his wife. But then one day a little girl falls from the rooftop cafe at the Art Museum and August has no choice but to fly and save her - an event witnessed by hundreds of people.

And August Crimp's life is never the same again.

Dragman is Steven Appleby's first long-form graphic thriller. Inspired by the superhero comics he read as a child and informed by his own secret life as a transvestite, Steven Appleby has created a multi-layered, tightly plotted, cleverly structured novel with a compulsive forward drive in which August battles greed, evil and his own self-doubt in a fight to save himself, his marriage - and the human soul.

A real page-turner, Dragman brims with humanity, subtlety and wit - plus plenty of Steven Appleby's oblique and absurdly imaginative musings on 'what is life really all about?'

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330177
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 958 g
Dimensions: 242 x 172 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Super heroes don't come more super than Steven Appleby's transvestite hero, Dragman. Also known as Dolly Marie, Dragman's struggle against evil Black Mist is apocalyptic, neurotic, tender and very funny - and brilliantly drawn in Appleby's nimble, nubbly line.' - Posy Simmonds

'Great graphic novel this. A superhero like none you've seen before. Thrilling but also packs an emotional punch.' - Ian Rankin

'Appleby has torn up all the rules, and not only those that dictate, at this point in the 21st century, that a person's identity must be clearly labelled, pinned down like some dead butterfly... It's all marvellous fun.' - Rachel Cooke, The Observer

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