How to Be a Big Strong Man

Samuel Leighton-Dore


This book is definitive proof that masculinity as we know it is a myth. A big, dumb, silly and quite poorly constructed myth! This book pokes light-hearted fun at the very notion of manhood, by offering a contemporary guide to masculinity. Thus: How to Be A Big Strong Man.

Through its 150 tongue-firmly-in-cheek illustrations by queer artist Samuel Leighton-Dore, this book explores the many identities of a modern man. Manly man gets a pedicure, and manly man calls his grandmother for a nice long chat. Above all, a manly man can cry whenever he pleases and knows that “manliness” is an outdated construct… Duh!
Just a few short years ago, anyone using the term “toxic masculinity” would likely have received blank stares or derision in return. But now, at this critical societal juncture, everyone is thinking and talking about how ideas of manhood (as prescribed from birth) affects the way men think and act. How to Be A Big Strong Man explores all these weighty ideas through its cute, sassy and satirical cartoons.

Creator Bio

Samuel Leighton-Dore is an Australian writer of queer culture, satirical cartoonist, painter of explicit murals, and crafter of ceramic phalluses. His writing has appeared in publications such as Gay Times, DNA and Huffington Post, and he has had solo gallery shows around Australia (most recently at 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras).

Price £9.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 3 September 2019
Pages 144
Height 200mm
Width 145mm
Illustrations 150 colour illustrations
ISBN-13 9781925811155