QSFer K. Wroten has a new queer sci-fi graphic novel out (gay, non-binary, trans FTM): Eden II.
A blistering critique of digital media and a kaleidoscopic depiction of consumer culture, Eden II is both fanciful and satirical, a combination of deft cartooning and virtuosic storytelling.
In the grungy, punk-inflected world K. Wroten creates, a cast of disaffected young characters struggle to find their purpose in life. Faced with a dying Earth and numbingly useless jobs, protagonists Ellis and Dr. Otis Heck invent an immersive virtual reality game, Eden II. But when Heck betrays Ellis and sells the game to a mysterious corporation, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur. As each chapter highlights a new character in the ensemble, the game’s impact grows as the world becomes consumed by fantasy.
Coming off the heels of their acclaimed queer comics Cannonball and Crimes, Eden II is Wroten’s magnum opus, establishing them as a breakout graphic novelist.
K. Wroten is a Brooklyn based freelance illustrator and comics artist. They earned a BFA in Illustration from The Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. K. has worked with clients including The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Lucky Peach, Vice, Slack, and many others. They have multiple Society of Illustrators awards and has been featured in It’s Nice That, Vice, Made in the Middle, Illustration Age, and more. They live with their partner, their cat Maggie, and their Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series DVD box set.