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Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
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Mar 13, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novel
Read in March, 2012

Howard Cruse's graphic novel about one man's experiences during the 1960's civil rights movement is brimming with details. BUT...that's not ALWAYS a good thing...

Toland Polk tells of his involvement in the struggles for equality during those troubled times in American history. He also relates the l-o-n-g, s-l-o-w discovery of his true sexual identity. I don't know if EVERY single conversation he EVER held with EVERYBODY is depicted, but it sure seems that way. There are too many characters and too much information dragging down the story, making it almost a chore to read.

The illustrations are also packed with detail. Each panel is weighed down with so much cross hatching and shading - Aaaaaa! - they end up looking too busy. I half expected a footnote telling me to find the twelve bunnies hidden in each picture. Cruse's people all tend to look somewhat alike, but perhaps that was done deliberately to remind us that black or white, we are all just part of the family of MAN. And judging from the ginormous chins every character sports, that MAN is Jay Leno.
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Mirvan  Ereon is there an english version of this novel? I read spanish and can understand literary spanish but i prefer an english version =P

Melki I certainly read it in english.

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