Inspired by the widely praised novel Three Days as the Crow Flies, Danny Simmons and Floyd Hughes present a richly illustrated graphic novel set in the gritty underworld of New York City circa 1985 -- a time and place when street culture and the fine arts scene came together in strange and often predatory ways.
Crow, a junky and the son of a deceased police officer, steals a few paintings from his friend Danny, which he hopes to sell and make a few dollars off of to pay his landlord and cop some powder. Before he knows it, he's drawn into the surreal dreamland of "do-as-you-please," a hazy, hedonistic world of sex, drugs, and cold-blooded commerce. Filled with evocative black-and-white imagery and crackling with authentic, street-smart dialogue, Simmons and Hughes capture and bring to life this haunting urban tale.
Simmons (Three Days as the Crow Flies), art dealer, poet, painter and denizen of New York\x92s art world, tells a story of the seductive sex and drugs scene in New York in the capitalistic 1980s. Brooklyn hustler Crow just needs enough money to buy some drugs. So he steals a few paintings from his friend and tries to make a quick sale to tourists in Washington Square Park. Much to his surprise, he is \x93discovered\x94 by a chic art dealer who wants to sell not just Crow\x92s paintings but his rough, primitive image. Crow feels a bit of guilt at the ruse, but ignores even that when he meets a luscious art groupie. Over a down-the-rabbit-hole few days, Crow takes full advantage of the name-dropping, posturing, hipster art lovers to get as much sex and drugs as he can before his theft is revealed. The psychedelic drawings lovingly portray New York\x92s freaky side, showing a variety of characters from a straight drag queen to an eccentrically bohemian patroness. After 60 pages of over-the-top indulgence, this comic stumbles when it tacks on a Frank Capra\x96style moral epiphany at the end. As a portrait of a hedonistic lifestyle, this comic is a triumph, but as a morality lesson it leaves a lot to be desired.
'85 sample sent to iBooks
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