Chicago

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“Glenn [has] found his voice, found the way to tell his own truth, and has produced a very fine graphic novel, strange, unique, deeply personal, a very rewarding comic book reading experience.” – R. Crumb

From Harvey and Eisner-nominated cartoonist and editor Glenn Head comes
Chicago, the hilarious and harrowing tale of a nineteen-year-old virgin who drops out of everything and into the unknown.

Abandoning suburbia for art school and then the gritty streets of Chicago, young Glenn finds himself fending off street predators and fighting depression. A visit to Playboy offers entrée into the world of underground comix and R. Crumb, but it’s a chance encounter with Muhammad Ali that allows young Glenn to prove his mettle. Like Scorsese circa
Mean Streets crossed with revealing autobiography like Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries, Chicago is an unforgettable tale of losing one’s mind, finding one’s identity, and discovering love where it’s least expected.

“Head’s comics style ties right into the Underground setting of the late 1970’s that he’s exploring, and with innovative stylistic choices, Head manages to take us inside the psychological perceptions and reactions of the youthful protagonist to create an emotional and unfailingly truthful narrative.” – Hannah Means Shannon,
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Entertainment Weekly

•American entertainment magazine

“In Chicago, Head’s graphic memoir, he nakedly airs out his struggles as a teen living on the street, his insecurities, and his transition into adulthood. It’s a blunt take on growing up and finding one’s identity.” – Andrea Towers

Paste Magazine

•Reviews and features site

“...Glenn Head [uses] a flowing, sometimes loopy style to accent works grounded in austere reality. ... [Chicago] provides an entertaining autobiographical ride...” – Hillary Brown

The Comics Reporter

•Comics website and blog

“Glenn Head is one of the strongest artists I relate to later-period underground comix... He has style to burn, and his comics are always a highlight wherever they appear. In Chicago, ... the art is a joy and the voice appealing, but Head gets at some ideas and states of mind that aren't the common fodder of issue- or event-oriented memoir writing. I was most impressed with how he wrote about the growing realization you have as a young man that life is mostly arbitrary and the result of an accumulation of decisions from those you can't remember to the most recent.” – Tom Spurgeon