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Monday, October 6, 2008

The Best Books You Didn't Read this Week, Issue 11

Usually I review a few different books that you might have missed out on last week but this week I am going to highlight a review that I posted over on the Message Boards on a thread that m31plusus started called "Reviews of stuff I am currently reading/2008" of the most recent Original Graphic Novel release from DC/Vertigo.

The Alcoholic
Written by: Jonathan Ames
Art by: Dean Haspiel

A while back Vertigo started releasing a new line of Original Graphic Novels. They were all just about square (a little over 9 inches by a little over 7 inches) and of the eight six have featured creators who had never worked with Vertigo. Some were well known names in the comics industry who had just never published anything through Vertigo: Harvey Pekar's The Quitter, Gilbert Hernandez's Sloth, and David Lapham's Silverfish. While others have featured creators who have simply never worked in comics before: rapper Percy "MF GRIMM" Carey's Sentences, journalist G. Willow Wilson's Cairo, and now novelist/essayist/playwright/all-purpose-storyteller Jonathan Ames' The Alcoholic.

While ostensibly this is just a slice of life story about the loosely veiled "Jonathan A." it is of such an incredible quality that it must immediately take a place among my favorites of the genre. It is both funny and heart-wrenching, apologetic but unrepentant, brutally honest while clearly mixed with fiction. We follow Jonathan A. through the perils of a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse, fall in love, get his heart broken, go to France, become a novelist, and have an incredibly touching relationship with his great Aunt. Quite seriously this was one of the best stories I have read all year and this has been a year of great stories. Dean Haspiel is also fast becoming one of the artists that I am most intrigued by in the industry, he works in several styles and all of them are picture perfect for the stories he is telling.

If you like stories like Brooklyn Dreams, Fun Home, Blankets, the works of Harvey Pekar, Complete Lowlife, Box Office Poison, Too Cool To Be Forgotten, then it's time to tell your LCS to get you a copy of The Alcoholic!

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