Second Avenue Caper

Second Avenue Caper

When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague

Book - 2014
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Winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Graphic Novel
A Village Voice Best Graphic Novel of 2014

The renowned graphic-book author Joyce Brabner's Second Avenue Caper is the true story of a tight-knit group of artists and activists living in New York City in the early 1980s who found themselves on the front lines in the fight against AIDS.

Struggling to understand the disease and how they could help, they made a deal with a bona fide goodfella, donned masterful disguises, piled into an "A-Team" van, and set off for the border, determined to save their bedridden friends by smuggling an experimental drug into the United States from Mexico.

With their community in crisis and the world turned against them, this impassioned gang of misfits never gave up hope as they searched for ways to raise awareness and beat the plague. Fast-paced, poignant, and beautifully illustrated by the award-winning illustrator Mark Zingarelli, Second Avenue Caper is a heartfelt tribute to the generation that faced down AIDS.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, [2014]
Copyright Date: ?2014
ISBN: 9780809035533
Branch Call Number: 362.19697 BRA
Characteristics: 147 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Zingarelli, Mark


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JoePilla Apr 30, 2015

Very moving, beautifully written and expressively drawn account of one small circle of friends' efforts to survive the AIDS crisis in the '80s. Shows how far we've come, yes, in reducing homophobia and democratizing health services, but also how painfully costly those gains were. It's a great use of the graphic novel form: an artful blending of words and pictures.

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