A quiet, aging teacher decides to run the NY Marathon. Along the way, he transforms into the man he always wanted to be.
Sebastien, a quiet and shy teacher, gets lost in the memories of his boyhood, when he was a strong and successful runner. On a whim, he decides to challenge his aging body and crumbling spirit and run the New York Marathon! From the streets of France to the streets of Brooklyn, Sebastien pushes himself past limits he didn't even know he had. A humorous and poignant autobiographical tale. A love letter to the landscapes and panoramas of New York. And a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
A Graduate of the Visual Arts of the faculty of Bordeaux III, Sébastien Samson writes for the popular French magazine, The Feast. He is also the illustrator of the bestselling graphic novel, States of Mind, an emotional and honest account of a young girl's mental struggles. My New York Marathon, an autobiographical account of his participation in the New York Marathon, will be published by Humanoids in 2018. He currently resides in Paris, France.
"“A delightful visual journey through what it takes to conquer the New York City Marathon."" - AM NEW YORK "“Outside of Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, literature and running don’t often go hand in hand, but Samson’s memoir is an affirming love letter to the event and the city around it—and boasts endorsements from several celebrity runners, the New York Road Runners club and the New York Marathon itself."" - PASTE MAGAZINE "** STARRED REVIEW** Any New York City marathon represents tens of thousands of stories, but few are as beautifully described or entertainingly told as this one. A must-read for anyone thinking about taking on the challenge." - LIBRARY JOURNAL ""The story culminates in the marathon, interspersed with a heartfelt N.Y.C. travelogue from a Gallic point of view. Presented in a visual style fusing animation influences and observational realism, Samson’s work is indispensable to marathon runners and those intending to take up the sport."" - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY