BOOM! Studios today revealed the cover and an exclusive first look at Eighty Days, a brand new original debut graphic novel from acclaimed independent comics creator and winner of the 2016 PRISM Comics Queer Press Grant, A.C. Esguerra, about fighting the impossible odds to find love under the shadow of war, available in August 2021.
The synopsis for Eighty Days is: Jay wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thinks until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief named Fix, whose tricks and charms draw him into the struggle against the looming aviation guild to which Jay owes his very being. As Jay becomes further entangled in the turbulence of Fix’s cause, each man must learn to navigate shifting allegiances, the fight for freedom, and the greatest adventure of all — love.
A.C. Esguerra is a comics author, artist, and freelance illustrator based in Los Angeles. Esguerra has done work for BOOM! Studios, Northwest Press, and Baum-kuchen Studio. In 2016, they received the PRISM Comics Queer Press Grant Award. You can find them on Twitter, Instagram, and Patreon @blueludebar.
“After seven long ink-spattered years, I’m beyond excited to have brought the historical romance epic of my dreams to life. It’s a whirlwind of high-flying adventure, noir-flavored pursuit, knife’s edge revolution, and enduring, queer love and friendship that I hope resonates with readers of all kinds,” said Esguerra.
“A.C.’s virtuosic lines sweep through every panel and page in this deeply moving story of friendship and enduring love,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “If you’re hungry for more romance in comics that feels grown-up and profoundly relatable, with a fantastical yet grounded setting, EIGHTY DAYS will meet every desire and exceed all expectations.”
Eighty Days is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Ameziane, We Served the People by Emei Burell, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, Girl on Film by Cecil Castellucci and Vicky Leta, Melissa Duffy, V. Gagnon & Jon Berg, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel, The Grand Abyss Hotel by Marcos Prior and David Rubín, and more.
Eighty Days will be available for sale in August 2021. You can pre-order and purchase it through our ComiXology link.
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