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The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames
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Jan 10, 2009

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Jonathan Ames writes this graphic novel about his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. The illustrations are simple and clean. I can sum it up pretty quickly, Ames started drinking while he was young, and quickly became a self-absorbed alcoholic which messed up everything in his life.

It doesn’t really get much more interesting than that, he continuously finds something small in his life like a girl he likes, then messes up this new relationship by focusing on himself and his insecurities. Then he binges on alcohol or cocaine while trying to fix what is wrong. Trying to to do this while drunk leads to predictable results, and he ruins whatever good thing he had.


Not that some things in his life wouldn’t drive many people to drink. His parents are killed while he is a teenager, the love of his life leaves him unexpectantly and he obsesses over her for years, and of course he lives a few blocks away from the towers during 9/11 and the last member of his family dies. So he has plenty of excuses, but I still don’t see the story here, it’s the same thing repeated every 20 pages or so with two variations. Something good turns bad and he drinks or does drugs, or something good is turned bad be him doing drugs or drinking too much.
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