ECCC 2018: Berger Books To Publish 10th Anniversary Edition Of The Alcoholic

by Hannah Means Shannon

Dark Horse has been rolling out announcements in conjunction with Emerald City Comic Con 2018 happening this week in Seattle, and the publisher’s imprint Berger Books takes the limelight this time.

Editor Karen Berger will be presenting a tenth anniversary edition of Jonathan Ames’ The Alcoholic to the world. Jonathan Ames is the creator of HBO’s Bored to Death, Starz’s Blunt Talk, and the critically acclaimed writer of Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, What’s Not to Love?, and You Were Never Really Here, now a film starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The Alcoholic marks Jonathan Ames’ first foray into comics and is illustrated by Emmy Award winner, Eisner Award nominated, and Ringo Award winning artist, Dean Haspiel (The Quitter, Billy Dogma, The Red Hook).

The Alcoholic: Tenth Anniversary Expanded Edition tells the “awkward and agonizing tale of a boozed-up, coked-out, sexually confused, and hopelessly romantic author Jonathan A.”

The tale explores the life of a “failing writer who’s coming off a doomed romance and searching for hope.” He frequently finds himself at the bottom of a bottle as he “careens from one off-kilter encounter to another in search of himself”. But the story is also funny, poignant, and about trying to put your life back together.

The Alcoholic: Tenth Anniversary Expanded Edition TPB goes on sale September 12, 2018, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local comic shop.

The new edition also features a new prose piece by Jonathan Ames, expanding on the story material, as well as a special behind-the-scenes artist section.