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.”