In the new graphic novel The Short While by Jeremy Sorese, a jacket mix-up between two men leads to unexpected romance. The Short While will be released by BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia in November 2021, but you can get your exclusive first look today right here at The Beat!
The Short While is a story about romance that takes place in a not-too-distant future, where the doors are friendly (but where many of the rest of the day-to-day technology seems fairly familiar). Sorese describes the graphic novel as an “unintentionally autobiographical science fiction thriller full of sex robots,” which, well, what else do you want out of comics, anyway?
Sorese’s previous work includes the graphic novel
Curveball, published by Nobrow in 2015, which explores a broken heart through a science fiction lens and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
Looking for something to keep you occupied while you wait for November? Sorese is also responsible for several online works that you can read right now. One, the illustrated story “And Your Little Dog Too,” traces his personal history with pets – and as The Beat write-up asserts, there’s no way you can manage to make it through this one without shedding a few tears, so keep those tissues handy.
And in the webcomic What It Feels Like to Have a Chronic Illness, Sorese explores his personal experiences living with ulcerative colitis.
You can get your first look at The Short While just below, followed by the official PR from BOOM! Studios about the upcoming graphic novel. Will you be picking up The Short While when it is released in November 2021? Let The Beat know on social media @comicsbeat or in the comment section!
Jeremy Sorese Debuts THE SHORT WHILE with BOOM! Studios
Discover a Profoundly Moving Graphic Novel About the Limits of Love and Heartbreak in November 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today announced THE SHORT WHILE, a new original graphic novel from acclaimed comics creator and Lambda Literary Award nominee, Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), that presents the tragic but redemptive love story of two men who meet, quickly fall in love, and then find themselves falling apart when an unexpected event changes both their lives forever, available in November 2021.
After a party, two men accidentally swap their jackets and are thrust into a most opportune meeting. In each other they find what they’ve been missing all along – love. Companionship. Honesty. And the joy of being able to trust your heart to someone else.
But no love is perfect, and they also find everything they ever feared – loss of self. Loss of freedom. And the tragedy of losing your heart to someone who can’t keep it safe.
Jeremy Sorese is a queer cartoonist based out of Brooklyn, NYC. After graduating with a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, he was accepted to the La Maison des Auteurs, a comics specific residency program in Angoulême, France, where he lived and worked from 2012 through 2013. His first book Curveball was published with Nobrow in the Fall of 2015 and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Since then he’s been teaching art to elementary school kids in Chicago, middle schoolers in Brooklyn, as well as the Maryland Institute College of Art, and most recently at Parsons School of Design. You can find more of his work on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok @jeremy_sorese as well as his website jeremysorese.com.
“What I’ve come to appreciate in making books that take five years to finish is that they become time capsules full of every phase, obsession, love, and frustration I’ve had in the process of making it,” said Sorese. “My new book THE SHORT WHILE has been the by-product of a time in my life where I began to take real stock in all the ways people can make a home for themselves and wonder what shapes my own life, which I turned into an unintentionally autobiographical science fiction thriller full of sex robots.”
THE SHORT WHILE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Ameziane, We Served the People by Emei Burell, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel, The Grand Abyss Hotel by Marcos Prior and David Rubín, and more.
“Relationships can often be complicated, messy, uplifting, lovely, and tragic throughout their course. Yet they’re worth every second of beauty and turmoil because even within THE SHORT WHILE that we know another person, they often help shape who we are well into the future,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Jeremy has captured the resplendence of love found and love lost in his epic new graphic novel that depicts the deeply moving story of a relationship in a near-distant future between two men who, like the rest of us, are looking for ‘the person’ to whom they can entrust their hearts and souls.”
Print copies of THE SHORT WHILE will be available for sale in November 2021 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.
About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, Once & Future, Something is Killing The Children, Giant Days, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century for film and with Netflix for TV. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.