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The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames
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Nov 19, 09

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Read in November, 2009, read count: 1

I have to admit, I had never heard of Jonathan Ames before picking this up. The book came highly recommended through more than one comic book podcast that I follow.

The book is allegedly an autobiography - apparently a lot of the people and places aren't accurate, but Ames claims that it's "emotionally true".

The book chronicles his life: becoming an alcoholic in his teens, going clean in his 20's, and off the wagon in his 30's. While his escapades are insane and incredible, they're also believable. And as dark and gritty as this gets, somehow there's so much that you can relate to.

As far as the medium goes, the art and narrative are great. There's even moments that are executed in a way that only comics can do.

You don't have to be a fan of comics to enjoy this one.

Highly recommended.
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