The Alcoholic

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September 2018

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“The Alcoholic is a @&%#ed-up, brutal beauty of a man whose demons are his gifts and whose ugly truth is his beauty. Dark and earnest don’t often go hand in hand, but for The Alcoholic it does.” –– Sarah Silverman

This agonizing yet comedic tale of a boozed-up, sexually tormented, hopeless romantic explores the life of a struggling writer who’s coming off a broken heart and is looking for salvation.

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 in this hilarious yet heartbreaking graphic novel by Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel.

Ames is the creator of HBO’s
Bored to Death and the critically acclaimed writer of You Were Never Really Here, now a film starring Joaquin Phoenix.

• Features gritty, dynamic, and poignant artwork by
Emmy Award-winning artist Dean Haspiel (
American Splendor, The Red Hook)

• A new prose piece by Jonathan Ames expanding on the story, as well as a special behind-the-scenes artist section!

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Bret Easton Ellis

•Author

This hilarious, wrenching story, gorgeously illustrated in a graphic novel, is a flat-out thrill. There’s not another writer around who can make you weep and then turn a page and laugh out loud. His humanity, naked compassion, and total candor are enthralling. In his pitilessly funny and often horrifying way, he’s one of the few writers who makes a reader feel: I’m not alone.

Brian K. Vaughan

•Author

Somehow both emotionally devastating and laugh-out-loud hilarious, The Alcoholic is gonna be hard to top as my favorite original graphic novel of [2008]. Dean Haspiel really brings out the best (and more entertainingly, the worst) in Jonathan Ames.

Kirkus Reviews

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Rarely does a collaboration produce a graphic novel of such literary and artistic merit... The Alcoholic could be the most compelling and provocative work from either collaborator. (Starred Review)