by Howard Hardiman
It’s hard being someone’s Mister Right when for a hundred pounds an hour, you’re anyone’s Mister Right Now! Young ex-art student Eddie has abandoned his course, his family, his lover and his friends to follow a male escort into a world of sex, drugs and unrequited love. Now that he is beginning a tentative romance with an old friend, he will have to face the challenge of being honest about what he’s doing in the weird hours he works; and the lengths he’s willing to go to try to please everyone around him. This is an intelligent and surprisingly romantic coming-of-age story that deals with gay culture, sex workers, art and just trying to make love work. Developed from original interviews with sex workers, Howard Hardiman gives a genuine voice to the anxieties and concerns of those in the trade. About the author: Described as ‘suave’ by Simply Knitting Magazine, HOWARD HARDIMAN is a writer and artist who makes comic books about lonely badgers, dog-headed escorts and disabled superheroines. He lives on the Isle of Wight and collects jigsaw puzzle pieces he finds in the street. He is currently artist in residence at Quay Arts' Jubilee Stores Studio in Newport as a part of their Start-Up scheme. In 2011, he completed an MA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Art, where his MA project, to make a comic based on interviews with male escorts in London, was picked up for distribution. The eight-part series, The Lengths, has received rave reviews in magazines from the New Statesman to Bizarre. Brad Fraser is a Canadian playwright, director and cultural commentator, most notably of issues within the LGBTQ community.