Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych and Brad Rader is a new graphic novel with a gay twist, toying with the conventional imagery of the genre to admit the potential for other interpretations of sexuality.
Fogtown takes place in San Francisco in 1953 during an anti-sleaze pogrom. What attracted Gabrych to the project. "I was told that Vertigo was looking for a crime series, and I love film noir. Nothing is ever really said out loud and I always thought they were so gay, so why not write one where all the things vaguely hidden in noir come out?"
The story sees a middle-aged hardboiled detective who finds himself sucked into a world where he has to deal with transexuals and teenage prostitutes. "I didn't start writing it until I knew that Brad would be the guy involved as the artist," says Gabrych, "A non-gay artist wouldn't have been able to capture the nuance of it, and he seemed to really appreciate that beefcake magazine world going on at the time in the 1950s."
Fogtown is available now from Vertigo.