Beginning on September 1st, 2021, Eighty Days, the debut graphic novel by A.C. Esguerra will be available at your local comic shop. Today, The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive preview of the story of “love, freedom, and the fight for both”!

While this is Esguerra’s debut graphic novel, in 2016, they were awarded the PRISM Comics Queer Press Grant for Book I (EIGHTY DAYS).

Set in on alternate timeline, Eighty Days is a queer historical romance that is told through the eyes of aviators. The graphic novel will be published by BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia, yet another exciting book on the imprint’s impressive roster.

If you’d like to keep up with all the latest news on Esguerra’s work, be sure and follow them on Twitter.

You can get your first look at Eighty Days below this article, and the full press release from BOOM! Studios is included below that. Will you be charting a course to your LCS to pick up this graphic novel when it lands this autumn? Let The Beat know what you think, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!


Your First Look at A.C. Esguerra’s EIGHTY DAYS Graphic Novel from BOOM! Studios  

Discover a Moving Story About Love, Freedom, and the Fight for Both in September 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 10, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at EIGHTY DAYS, a brand new original debut graphic novel from acclaimed independent comics creator and winner of the 2016 PRISM Comics Queer Press Grant, A.C. Esguerra, about fighting the impossible odds to find love under the shadow of war, available in September 2021.

Jay wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thinks, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief named Fix whose tricks and charms draw him into the struggle against the looming aviation guild to which Jay owes his very being. As Jay becomes further entangled in the turbulence of Fix’s cause, each man must learn to navigate shifting allegiances, the fight for freedom, and the greatest adventure of all — love.

EIGHTY DAYS 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, Girl on Film by Cecil Castellucci and Vicky Leta, Melissa Duffy, V. Gagnon & Jon Berg, 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.

Print copies of EIGHTY DAYS will be available for sale on September 1, 2021 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), and on September 7, 2021 at bookstores everywhere or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

For continuing news on EIGHTY DAYS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.




  1. I really like this manga, the way to express each character’s personality is very clear. Readers could not take their eyes off each page of the story, I read it very passionately.

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