SelfMadeHero announces Starman book launch at London’s Gosh Comics

SelfMadeHero is holding a special launch their new graphic novel, STARMAN: Bowie’s Stardust Years, by Reinhard Kleist, at Gosh Comics in London on Thursday 6th April. It’s an opportunity to meet Reinhard Kleist himself, and get a signed copy of the book.

STARMAN: Bowie’s Stardust Years, by Reinhard Kleist

In 1972, the rock’n’roll messiah Ziggy Stardust was born. His provocative play on sexual identity and gender roles laid the foundation for David Bowie’s ascent to becoming one of the most successful pop musicians of all time.

Reinhard Kleist
Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist’s Starman, first published in German, on general release in the UK from 30th March, weaves the gripping tale of this outrageous character’s genesis, rise, and fall, as well as of David Bowie’s hapless efforts in the London music scene before Ziggy’s arrival, and of the struggles he experienced with his own creation at the height of his fame. As Bowie transforms himself, ever more frenetically, into the egocentric rock star he first conceived, the extravagant lifestyle he had only ever imagined threatens to engulf him, and bring everything down before his eyes…

Reinhard Kleist lives and works as a freelance comics artist and illustrator in Berlin. His international breakthrough graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness was nominated for the Eisner and Harvey Awards and received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best German-language Comic. With The Boxer, he became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Prize.

Kleist’s other books include Castro, Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, An Olympic Dream and Knock Out!, all of which are also published in English by SelfMadeHero.

His work on previous illustrated biopics cemented him as the man for the job when it comes to tackling the influential pop god, Bowie.

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STARMAN: Bowie’s Stardust Years, by Reinhard Kleist – Book Launch 7.00pm Thursday 6th April 2023 Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR | Web:

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STARMAN: Bowie’s Stardust Years | Written and drawn by: Reinhard Kleist | UK Release: 30th March 2023 | US Release: 2nd May 2023 | Published by SelfMadeHero | 176pp | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-914224-08-9

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