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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.

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With stints as a journalist, novelist, and screenwriter under his belt, Ames tries his hand for the first time at the graphic novel. Beautifully illustrated in moody, expressionist panels by Haspiel, The Alcoholic tells the story of Ames’ alter ego, Jonathan A., and his self-destructive love affair with the bottle. Jonathan’s taste for liquor begins, as for many with his affliction, during illicit high-school parties. From there, his binges follow their own unique trajectory, keeping pace with an undistinguished college career and following him into an oddly successful livelihood as writer of hard-boiled detective fiction. Ames lends a quirky flavor to Jonathan’s occasionally nightmarish narrative by eavesdropping on his relationship with his aging great-aunt; the perplexing estrangement of his best friend, Sal; a heartbreaking romance with a woman he refers to as “San Francisco”; and a drunken midlife tryst with an octogenarian dwarf. Yet Jonathan’s tale is ultimately a universal one, reflecting the struggles all of us have in navigating the tributaries of career and relationships while keeping personal demons at bay. --Carl Hays

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With stints as a journalist, novelist, and screenwriter under his belt, Ames tries his hand for the first time at the graphic novel. Beautifully illustrated in moody, expressionist panels by Haspiel, The Alcoholic tells the story of Ames'' alter ego, Jonathan A., and his self-destructive love affair with the bottle. Jonathan''s taste for liquor begins, as for many with his affliction, during illicit high-school parties. From there, his binges follow their own unique trajectory, keeping pace with an undistinguished college career and following him into an oddly successful livelihood as writer of hard-boiled detective fiction. Ames lends a quirky flavor to Jonathan''s occasionally nightmarish narrative by eavesdropping on his relationship with his aging great-aunt; the perplexing estrangement of his best friend, Sal; a heartbreaking romance with a woman he refers to as "San Francisco"; and a drunken midlife tryst with an octogenarian dwarf. Yet Jonathan''s tale is ultimately a universal one, reflecting the struggles all of us have in navigating the tributaries of career and relationships while keeping personal demons at bay. --Carl Hays

Rarely does a collaboration produce a graphic novel of such literary and artistic merit. -- Kirkus Reviews June 16, 2008

THE ALCOHOLIC is gonna be hard to top as my favorite original graphic novel of the year. -- Brian K. Vaughan, writer Y: THE LAST MAN

this hilarious, wrenching story gorgeously illustrated in a graphic novel is a flat-out thrill. -- Bret Easton Ellis, author LESS THAN ZERO, AMERICAN PSYCHO

About the Author

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.


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Joseph C. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Enjoyable and interesting drunkalog by writer Jonathan Ames
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2008
This is what is called a "first step" in twelve step circles. Writer Ames has described how unmanageable his life is. Now, he just needs to ask for help. I was fascinated by this book due to largely to the wonderful illustrations of the very talented artist... See more
This is what is called a "first step" in twelve step circles. Writer Ames has described how unmanageable his life is. Now, he just needs to ask for help.

I was fascinated by this book due to largely to the wonderful illustrations of the very talented artist Dean Haspiel, who has illustrated some other terrific works.

The meat of the story tells how awful it is to be a raging, active alcoholic. And if anyone picks up this book thinking that there is a message of hope included, keep looking. No mention of a life free of the desire to drink and drug is mentioned. For that, I can''t give five starts only because I expect many active drinkers will buy this book instead of attending a twelve step meeting in their town of residence.

Fascinating book and beautifully drawn. Highly recommended if only for the entertainment value alone.
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Alex Dyer
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A Work of Art
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2015
I really enjoyed this funny and heart felt graphic novel. I have heard about this Ames masterpiece for a while and it definitely lived up to expectations. Crass with a lot of heart I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good laugh while feeling a little down in the... See more
I really enjoyed this funny and heart felt graphic novel. I have heard about this Ames masterpiece for a while and it definitely lived up to expectations. Crass with a lot of heart I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good laugh while feeling a little down in the dumps. A true work of art.
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Hendythehalfwit
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Close to home
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
Superb artwork. A compelling story that I''m sure hit very close to home for those of us who''ve struggled with alcohol and/or substances. I hope these two collaborate some more in the future!
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DontStopBuryMeFadeToBlack
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Not as funny as previous efforts
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2008
I think a lot of long time Jonathan readers will find the Alcoholic a bit repetitive and not nearly as funny as some of his other work. People are likely to argue "yeah, but its not a funny topic" but he''s written about dark things before with far more humor and unexpected... See more
I think a lot of long time Jonathan readers will find the Alcoholic a bit repetitive and not nearly as funny as some of his other work. People are likely to argue "yeah, but its not a funny topic" but he''s written about dark things before with far more humor and unexpected pathos. Here the pathos were very run of the mill. I don''t think his writing is really suited for this format, it was interesting, but ultimatly forgettable for me.
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Get this one
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2016
Very good book, well written, interesting tail, and fine art work.
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C. Calloway
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Beautiful, pristine copy. Crisp art.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2015
Beautiful, pristine copy received of an out of print book. Received it much faster than expected. Arrived on my birthday to boot! Longhalloween is a great seller! Buy with confidence! Looking forward to diving into the book, familiar with Ames and Haspiel''s work which... See more
Beautiful, pristine copy received of an out of print book. Received it much faster than expected. Arrived on my birthday to boot! Longhalloween is a great seller! Buy with confidence! Looking forward to diving into the book, familiar with Ames and Haspiel''s work which never disappoints. I will follow up with a brief spoiler free content review.
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Michael Demeritt
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Distasteful Familiarity Makes The Alcoholic a Power Read
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2008
Distasteful Familiarity Makes The Alcoholic a Power Read A Review of Jonathan Ames "The Alcoholic", Illustrated by Dean Haspiel By Michael DeMeritt I have been reading memoirs of some form or other in high volume these last 30 days. I think Jonathan... See more
Distasteful Familiarity Makes The Alcoholic a Power Read
A Review of Jonathan Ames "The Alcoholic", Illustrated by Dean Haspiel
By Michael DeMeritt

I have been reading memoirs of some form or other in high volume these last 30 days. I think Jonathan Ames has hit on a great way to tell a biographical, or semi-biographical, narrative - tell it as a comic book. 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 I read it as biographical anyway. Just maybe not entirely true.

This Vertigo print, a graphic novel in black and white, has a strong sense of self within it. You can believe every aspect of Jonathan A''s life to be true. It is bluntly honest in tone, so blunt as to be a heavy bludgeon if you are sensitive to stories of people abusing each other, screwing up their lives, and continually making the same mistakes. The title lets you know the book will be a downer, and it certainly delivers with the dark, bottom-of-the-barrel, portrayal of the main subject. We experience Jonathan''s addictions, his ineptitude sexually, his few homosexual experiences, and - of course - his painful addiction and the price he pays to maintain it. It is creepy in design, hitting sour notes unapologetically and with little mincing of words.

Yet the reason why this effort works is the underlying subtext of a failing soul trying not to fail, pushing against his short comings to rise to often great heights, and in the very fact that the sex and drink and drugs laced throughout are not played either superficially cool nor horrifically tragic all the time. It is a testament, really, to the pain of being deeply in love with someone not right for you, unavailable to you, and dominating your thoughts and dreams to the point where any method to suppress the heartbreak you have (and have caused) is reached for with reckless abandon.

It is this drama, cleanly visualized by artist Dean Haspiel, which separates this tome from more wordy counterparts in the autobiography section. The story has all the impact expected, without the lengthy diatribe so commonly found in the genre. The story of Jonathan Ames also manages a neat trick. Certainly the writing speaks in a familiar "I get it" voice to those suffering similar happenstance. But it also manages to make a less (or completely not) so afflicted soul just a bit jealous. Jonathan survives a wild life, and often those who avoided such wildness in youth hold an illogical envy for not having risked more, having felt more, or having discovered more. Somehow, despite the images of Jonathan passed out in a puke filled garbage can, repeatedly experiencing premature ejaculation in his relationships, suffering uncontrolled anal leakage, and suffering badly as he loses loved ones in different ways time and time again, the author manages to deliver a message that this guy has lived a life. One most readers would not have survived themselves, and for those that did, would never have dared to tell in such a public way.

It''s a voyeuristic trick, really, a deception to hook you into turning the page into some other disgusting bit of Jonathan''s history, but it is played well. The book itself shows sexual activity of both homosexual and heterosexual nature, drug use, and lots a nudity, violence and pain, so don''t think is a good read for little Tommy because it is a cartoon book. The mature audience it is intended for will not get far past the first few pages if these issues make them squeamish. For the rest of us, we have a surprisingly effective tale worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Singularly Touching Book That Lingers and Resonates
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2009
The Alcoholic isn''t the first time author Jonathan Ames has cast himself as the lead in one of his stories. It''s a regular motif of his novels and essays, which have always bent the truth and gleamed the surface of truth in wildly inventive ways. This is simply Ames''s... See more
The Alcoholic isn''t the first time author Jonathan Ames has cast himself as the lead in one of his stories. It''s a regular motif of his novels and essays, which have always bent the truth and gleamed the surface of truth in wildly inventive ways. This is simply Ames''s latest reimagining of himself, and it''s a taut, rambling, compulsively readable journey into the mind not only of an addict but of a pain-filled young man still searching for resolution.

Make no mistake, The Alcoholic is most definitely a novel, even though it reads like tell-all memoir. Then again, who''s to say how truthful Ames is being within its pages? Did he have these misadventures or just invent them? Ultimately, it doesn''t matter. This isn''t just a personal journey of self-discovery for the author; it''s a chance for the reader to relate to a complex, utterly confusing yet lovable and relatable human being with no shortage of troubles.

The fictional Jonathan, who narrates, relates his life story, from his teenage years with his best friend, Sal, with whom he had his first drink, up through his 40s, in which he''s trying to make sense of it all. At 15, Jonathan and Sal have their first sexual experience with each other, setting up a paradigm for Jonathan''s life: He''s straight, but he can never quite get to what he wants, never gets the satisfaction he desires and never understands why it eludes his grasp. The sexual frankness of The Alcoholic is one of the reasons the book is so rich; it''s sometimes shocking but always appropriate. Even when Jonathan is losing yet another job by having an ill-considered tryst with several college coeds, The Alcoholic never crosses the line into prurient territory--which is not to say that it doesn''t have its graphic moments.

Jonathan faces a horrible array of tragedies and upsets in his life, but perhaps it''s the emotional abandonment he feels after his sexual liaisons that drives him primarily in his life. He is constantly in search of love and acceptance and rarely finds it (the delightful character of his great-aunt is a wonderful exception; she''s a fantastically well-rounded and developed supporting character in a novel that could easily have skipped over her in the hands of a lesser writer).

The Alcoholic falters only when the events of 9/11 unfold, lingering just slightly too long in a tragedy that doesn''t directly affect the protagonist and doesn''t do enough to advance his story. As Jonathan witnesses the raw pain of his fellow citizens, people who are dealing with terrible loss, it threatens to overwhelm the small story of one man dealing with his own personal demons. 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. Ames knows full well the territory he''s mining here, and he does it with such superb genuineness that it effortlessly delivers the reader onto the streets of his protagonist''s life, giving a you-are-there immediacy to the entire work. It would be a crime not to note that the bracing realism of The Alcoholic is due in large part to the stellar work of artist Dean Haspiel (The Escapist, Billy Dogma). In his hands, the story truly comes to life.

The Alcoholic is a major accomplishment in every way, a singularly touching book that lingers and resonates.

-- John Hogan
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Kayden Byrne
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2017
Loved this book when I first discovered it years ago at my local library! A friend of mine brought it up to me and I just wanted to own it for myself, and now I do!
Loved this book when I first discovered it years ago at my local library! A friend of mine brought it up to me and I just wanted to own it for myself, and now I do!
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kieran
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This came highly recommended, but I found it distressingly dull and badly ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2014
This came highly recommended, but I found it distressingly dull and badly written. I struggled to the end, but wish I hadn''t bothered.
This came highly recommended, but I found it distressingly dull and badly written.
I struggled to the end, but wish I hadn''t bothered.
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Flin Herrengarten
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Beautiful Graphic Novel
Reviewed in Germany on November 19, 2017
It has a heartbraking story. I was not impressed by the amount of booze to be calling it an alchoholic. But he develops. An every you and me story. Beautifully set. Honest. Worth the read.
It has a heartbraking story. I was not impressed by the amount of booze to be calling it an alchoholic. But he develops. An every you and me story. Beautifully set. Honest. Worth the read.
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