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Strugglers: a graphic novel

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Tighe, the confused boy, struggles to find himself. Tracey, the girl with too much ambition, struggles to make it big. Alison, the girl with no ambition, struggles to ignore her meddling friends. And Mike struggles to find someone to love. Sharing a hip Saint Louis apartment, these friends face only the problems we all deal with... finding jobs, boyfriends, bars, and bands ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 8th 2006 by Poison Press (first published 2006)
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Aug 24, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
An indie graphic novel about people graduating college and trying to find themselves in the U City Loop in the nineties. I started to look for myself in the background of a couple of the pages. There is niche marketing, and then there is a book targeted at a ten-block radius. (Which was once my ten-block radius, so bully for me.)

It meanders- meandering is basically its mission statement- but it meanders amiably. It made me warmly nostalgic, not because any of the characters reminded me of anyone
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Innocuous and pretty forgettable, there's still something pleasant and comforting about reading about twenty-somethings in the 90's slacking around and getting into jams (I hesitate to even call them problems) that seem so old fashioned in our post 2008 Busted Economy world. It's like catching a rerun of a moderately gayer version of Friends. Plus I learned a thing or two about St. Louis.

I hated its lame rhyming passages, and why was the narration in third person? But at least even the author i
Mar 14, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, lgbt
Strugglers is a short but wonderful graphic novel by the very talented Tim Fish. Some of you may be familiar with Tim's more well-known series "Cavalcade of Boys;" Strugglers is a prequel of sorts to that series, but you don't have to be familiar with Cavalcade to enjoy Strugglers.

Strugglers is the story of three almost-accidental roommates in Saint Louis. It is part coming-out tale (Tighe, the truly accidental roommate, struggles with his attraction to Mike, the hot jock across the hall; it doe
Oct 01, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it
After exhausting myself with everything Cavalcade of Boys in print – volume four, I found out, is to be released soon (much to my great delight) – I scrounged up this copy of Fish’s most recent single graphic novel narrative. (As opposed to the hodge-podge of related short stories in his long-running CoB comic series.) In The Strugglers, Fish returns his attention to Tighe – a stand-in for Fish, although in a highly fictionalized way – before he moved to California at the opening of CoB. Having ...more
Mar 13, 2008 Hillary rated it liked it
Fish can't quite put together a coherent narrative, even though he's revised this book multiple times (as his afterword makes clear). It just sort of ends, which is kind of a shame because the books are short, the characters not unappealing, and most of the art pretty decent in a trendy-young-people indie comics way. He also talks about having revised some of the artwork, so it's hard to tell whether the good stuff or the bad stuff is new. It overlaps a bit with Scott Pilgrim in its scope: a bun ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Jdetrick rated it liked it
This isn't a bad graphic novel, but it's a little superficial. We don't spend enough time to really get to know any of the characters on anything more than a surface level and the events depicted all breeze by with no real time spent on them either. Not bad, but it needed to have a tighter focus or more space.
May 16, 2010 Broodingferret rated it it was amazing
A prequel to Cavalcade of Boys, Strugglers is another great graphic work by Tim Fish. While the dialogue can be a little simple at times, Fish has a real talent for writing realistic characters and formulating emotionally engaging and poignant interactions between them. A fun, light read.
from the Gay Comics List: "I'm very happy to see Tim Fish's moving and funny real-life drama which, in my opinion, should be on every gay reader's shelf."
May 10, 2010 Joanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, comix, music, 2000s, amurika
I don't know why I read earnest, understated contemporary dramas. I don't really like them. Even if they are about gay people.
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Nov 02, 2011 Joseph Young rated it it was ok
Somewhat of a meandering set of stories, none of which are compelling.
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