Podcast: Graphic Novel Explores Coming Out Amid The World Of Scouting

Chatting with award-winning author and artist Mike Curato, who recently released his debut graphic novel, FLAMER, an evocative coming-of-age story that confronts ideas of homophobia, bullying, body image, and coming to terms with identity in every sense of the word.

Curato’s graphic novel follows 14-year-old Aiden Navarro who navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can’t stop thinking about), as he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

Unfolding over the course of the last week of Boy Scout camp in 1995, Aiden’s story is heavily inspired by Mike’s own experience as a Boy Scout (and eventual Eagle Scout) and his coming out as a teenager.

Hit the play button to listen to our chat. If you haven’t delved into the world of graphic novels – this is a great place to start.

The Hollywood Reporter called FLAMER “the kind of book that might change its reader’s lives.”

FLAMER is available on Amazon here and at Bookshop.org here.

Randy Slovacek

The Randy Report covers the daily news cycle in terms of politics, pop culture and entertainment news of interest to the LGBTQ community.

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