ComiXology has announced a new original graphic novel coming to its digital comics platform tomorrow, part of the ComiXology Originals program that makes the graphic novel free to Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and ComiXology Unlimited members. Libestrasse, by Greg Lockard, Tim Fish, Héctor Barros, and Lucas Gattoni is love story about an American banker named Sam and a German art critic named Phillip which takes place in Germany in the 1930s during the rise of fascism.
From the press release:
In Liebestrasse, Sam, an American banker, meets Philip, a German art critic, while living and working in Berlin. The freedom of the Weimar Republic is over as the Nazis win power and their sweet, bilingual romance is quickly hit with an unspeakable reality as Philip is arrested and disappears. Sam desperately searches for Philip with the help of Philip's sister and their friends. Eventually the political situation around Sam has deteriorated enough that he is forced to return to the United States. Terrorized by the things he saw, Sam eventually returns to Berlin for answers as the post-war reconstruction begins in 1952. But his survivor's guilt and shattered heart have sent him on a fool's errand, across a city, country and world that have been forever and horrifically altered.
Liebestrasse came to the attention of comiXology Originals at last year's Thought Bubble in Leeds, England, where it began as a 12-page historical LGBTQ romance which the creative team self-published as a mini comic. Now, the entire graphic novel will be available as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content on November 6th, timed to this year's festival where comiXology is once again the lead sponsor. Greg Lockard, Tim Fish and Héctor Barros will be at Thought Bubble, the UK's largest comic art festival, taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre November 9-10, 2019.
There have been countless comics, books, films and television shows about Germany's descent into fascism because it's essential that these stories continue to be told.
Tim and I have been friends and collaborators for over 15 years and we co-created this graphic novel to shine a light on a troubling period of world history, from a perspective that will hopefully allow for new discussions and thinking. This is the story of two gay men in Nazi Germany, told by two gay comic creators living in America. We hope the story of Liebestrasse will resonate with readers everywhere.
After touring the campsite at Auschwitz, I sat on a bench in the Planty Krakowskie outside the walled city of Krakow, in a surreal daze. To escape the horror I struggled to comprehend, my mind kept jumping back to the week prior while I visited the camp Theresienstadt. The Nazis had made a significant effort in maintaining the camp conditions and records in an effort to convince the Red Cross they were treating its inhabitants humanely. As a result, the camp museum contains dozens of biographies of its residents. While I was there, it became obvious to me who the gay men were. Instead of facts such as "had three children," it said things such as "was active in the Berlin theatre." Sitting in the Planty, I kept thinking of those men…how happy they were in a progressive and tolerant society, and how abruptly it ended. I drew several sketches of a couple, broken apart by the war…one German, sent to a camp, and one American, forced to flee Berlin.
Read it tomorrow on your preferred Amazon comics platform.