Four-Color Heroes is an LGBTQ+, Upper YA graphic novel written and illustrated by Aotearoa/New Zealand-born creator Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus). It is a touching love story which follows two star-crossed young men who – in spite of their disparate backgrounds – find escape and one another through the pages of a comic book. The coming-of-age romance is set in a New Zealand high school prior to the passing of the Civil Union Act 2004 (which allowed same-sex couples to enter into a civil union).
In light of Fairgray’s New Zealand roots and given the Māori heritage of one of Four-Color Heroes’ protagonists, the graphic novel will be made available digitally in both English and Te Reo Māori as translated by Komako A. Silver and Alejandra Jensen (The Art of Taonga Puoro). The graphic novel will be released in English-language print in the summer of 2023.
Four-Color Heroes is available digitally through Hoopla, Comics Plus and Kindle Direct. The graphic novel is also available in print through Fanbase Press and was released on July 26, 2023.
Written and Illustrated by: Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus)
Genres: LGBTQ+, Upper YA, Romance, Comics, Superheroes
Audience: 16 and up
Printed Trade Paperback Price: $24.99 (retail cost)