A compilation of Howard Cruse’s gay-themed comic strips and comic book stories published between 1976 and 2008, with supplementary background material and a few unpublished extras. Some stories originally appeared in adults-only underground comix; for that reason this book carries a “for mature readers” warning.
The Northwest Press iBooks edition of the book also includes Sean Wheeler’s half-hour documentary I Must Be Important, ’Cause I’m in a Documentary! which shines a spotlight on Howard Cruse’s life and career.
114 pages. Color and black and white content, with a half-hour DVD quality documentary feature.
$9.99 USD standard retail price.
Review in the Gay People’s Chronicle by Anthony Glassman — “…Draws a nice road map of his career, and illustrates his struggles at working “straight” jobs while wanting to be true to himself.”
Review on Out in Print by Wayne Courtois — “What a long, strange trip it’s been—and how lucky we’ve been to have Cruse as one of our countercultural gurus.”
Review on GayLeague.com by Joe Palmer — “As these strips are records of their time, one might think their relevance is diminished, but this is not the case. Granted, great strides have been made since Stonewall, but while reading through this volume I was consistently reminded of the old adage, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’”
Review on GoodReads by Robert Kirby — “…this book is a must for Howard Cruse fans.”
Review on The Gay Comics List by François Peneaud — “The strips reprinted in From Headrack to Claude might not be new, but they’re as relevant as when they were first published. More importantly, they’re as well-written, as well-drawn, and as funny (and often more), as anything else that’s been published in the last 30 years, within or without the gay comics arena.”