Franz Suess

Paul Two

Paul’s First Summer

It’s Paul’s first summer in the big city, and expectations are high. He has finally escaped the religious-moral care of his grandmother, he hopes for freedom and – above all – horny adventures. He needs a cool pair of sunglasses and sexy underwear, then things will work out. Paul moves into a room in a shared flat with old furniture and an aquarium; Paul likes fish. And he likes Christoph, his flatmate, even if he envies his sex life (and overhears him doing it). Because although everything around Paul promises sex, he seems excluded from it, not even Tinder brings any matches. He remains the loner he always was. And when his crotch starts to itch after a first, unsuccessful date, his cock shrinks and turns inside out, Paul becomes Paul Two …

In delicate, scratchy pencil drawings, Franz Suess approaches his protagonist Paul, depicts his emotional life between self-doubt and overconfidence, between sexual obsession and unfulfilled desires, and tells the story of a gender transformation as if there were nothing more normal in the world.


Graphic Novel

Original title: Paul Zwei
Age 16+
144 pp | € 18.50
hc | 205 x 205 mm
Publication: 2019

Author & Illustrator: Franz Suess

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“[…]  the author draws a torn protagonist who searches for his own identity and ends up in a Kafkaesque drama. What is most impressive is that Paul’s search for meaning remains the main theme despite the strange events. It’s about becoming happy with himself, everything else happens rather incidentally.” – David Riegler, Radio FM4

“The strength of this thoroughly irritating narrative lies in the fact that it is not resolved in a final explanation. It describes an oppressive emotional world, being a stranger in one’s own body; the strangest things happen here with fascinating matter-of-factness.” – Karin Cerny, Profile

“The story confuses in the most beautiful way.” – Peter Pisa, Kurier

“In Franz Suess’ Paul Two there are only crooked proportions and blurred contours between grey and black. No comfort, nowhere.” – Silke Merten, Tagesspiegel

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