For the holidays Band of Thebes gave several copies of the graphic bio The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story [Kindle], whose opening panels show Brian cruising a hot blond sailor in a Liverpool alley in the early 60s. The book is gay throughout and it is served unsweetened: the hot blond sailor attacks him and his lingering internalized homophobia gives rise to an addiction to pills prescribed to cure his gay impulses. Boomers will know better than I about the accuracy of the Beatles' story. Though the initial dialog suffers some expository clumsiness, the four-color drawings always pop. Like many biopics, the story ends at a key moment and Brian's final years are told in a few text blocks.
In his own words, Brian's memoir is A Cellarful of Noise. Long before me, my husband flew to Liverpool, talked to Brian's mum Queenie, and optioned the rights to his book, which he had for one fateful year.