The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames

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Acclaimed novelist Jonathan Ames writes his first comics work with the original graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC, illustrated by THE QUITTER artist Dean Haspiel.

This touching, compassionate, ultimately humorous story explores the heart of a failing writer who's coming off a doomed romance and searching for hope. Unfortunately, the first place his search takes him is the bottom of a bottle as he careens from one off-kilter encounter to another in search of himself.

About Jonathan Ames

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Jonathan Ames is a columnist, author, screenwriter, raconteur and sometime pugilist who resides in New York City. He is the author of several collections of journalism and novels including I Pass Like Night and Wake Up, Sir! Dean Haspiel is the Eisner award-nominated artist of Billy Dogma, Opposable Thumbs and many more independent comics, including American Splendor.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published September 30, 2008 by Vertigo. 136 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rarely does a collaboration produce a graphic novel of such literary and artistic merit.

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When he finally gets to the hospital, she has these pearls of wisdom for Jonathan: “Nobody gets everything they want.” Jonathan is struck by the realizations that he no longer loves Manhattan and that he is unable to control himself around alcohol.

Oct 14 2008 | Read Full Review of The Alcoholic


Now, to be clear, Jonathan Ames does not claim The Alcoholic to be a biography, the back cover declaring the main character of the work, Jonathan A, to be a boozed up, sexually confused, hopelessly romantic, entirely fictional novelist who bears only a coincidental resemblance to the author, but ...

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The Alcoholic, a graphic novel, is a tale of sexual confusion, romantic obsession and addiction counterpointed by a deep and loving familial bond.

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Book Reporter

Nevertheless, it’s a very slight stumble in a work that encompasses so many years’ worth of pain that it’s hard to believe it’s actually laugh-out-loud funny at points.

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Huffington Post

Set for release on September 30th from the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, The Alcoholic chronicles Jonathan Ames' semi-autobiographical descent into writing and alcoholism with a backdrop of his family life, relationships and various misadventures.

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You’ll read The Alcoholic and you’ll think to yourself.

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Lambda Literary

of this story has a seminal relationship with Sal, his childhood best friend/adolescent drinking buddy/one-time lover, who abandons their relationship without explanation, leaving Jonathan confused, lonely and obsessed for life.

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