Synth-kids! - a graphic novel by Tomas Z Westberg
The year is 1985. Tomas is 13 years old and in search of his own identity. When he gets hooked on the new electronic music playing on the radio, he decides to become a “synthare”. A true synth-kid.

With his best friend Gunnarsson and girlfriend Emma he’s drawn deep into a subculture which will shape his life and follow him into adulthood …

SYNTH-KIDS! is a coming-of-age story about teenage love and friendship, as well as an impressive documentation of a unique subculture – the Swedish synth-kids of the 1980s.

”I’ve spent the last six years working with this book. Seeing all of these memories coming to life … it’s been a bit like developing a roll of film that’s been lying around for 35 years.”

”You don’t have to be a fan of bands like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb or à;GRUMH… to enjoy the story, but if you are, I think it’s pretty safe to say you’re in for a real treat …”

”The story is told through some 50 comic strip scenes, as well as with a large number of photos and documents from the 80s … all of these parts combined draw the big picture …”

”Over the 256 pages, I think there’s almost 200 songs, artists or albums mentioned. And there’s a playlist included, so you can listen to them.”

”The first part of the book span the years 1985–1988. This English edition of the book also includes the second part of the story, covering the years 1988–1990.”

”I was starting at a photo school in the city. With new friends came new influences … I wanted to be free – ‘extreme’ – but adulthood was getting closer, relationships got more complicated, and synth music was changing. It was all coming down.”