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I tend to be wary of memoirs about the White Middle Class American Male Experience (gay or otherwise), especially those set against the backdrop of a powerful political moment (in this case, the Civil Rights Movement) The magnitude of these events (and the people who made them happen) is diminished, to say the least, with the emphasis instead placed on how All This Has Changed Our Precious Boy Now, while Stuck Rubber Baby isn't without its problems, I appreciate that Howard Cruse makes his white boy protagonist criticize his selfishness (in retrospect, at leastthe narrator is his older self), and reflect honestly on his position during the Civil Rights Movement: that is, sympathetic to the politics of his activist friends, but weaker; too milquetoast to take radical role, instead standing in awe of those who do I found this refreshingly honesthe could've written Toland in as the hero, but didn't Further, the other characters aren't there to tell his story, and they make up some of the best parts of the book Like I said, not without its problems (that's another conversation, but let's just say that making one of your white characters the victim of a lynching is not exactly revisionist historysure, gays and white activists were sometimes targetedbut it IS a poor choice given that lynching was a brutal reality for so many blacks, and so few whites.), but ultimately it's still a beautiful and affecting book. A classic graphic novel ahead of its time Originally published in 1995, in this GN, Cruse draws heavily on his early years in the south He depicts the comingofage, journey, comingout process of a fictional gay white guy in the era of segregation, civil rights marches, and illegal homosexuality And he shows how intertwined the queer community and the black community became at the time It's a fantastic example of how being a cultural Other can bring people together As this guy getsinvolved with the civil rights movement, we get an insider perspective of what that time was like on a daytoday basis Private clubs, being afraid to drive across town with a person of a different race, church politics it's all here.Cruse's illustrations are dense and pull you into the page He uses a wide variety of evocative page layouts, and the blackwhiteness feels symbolic and meaningful His crosshatching is ridiculous.Toland struggles with coming out, and questions the dichotomy of totally straight vs totally gay in a way that totally fits the time It makes me slightly uncomfortable, makes me think, helps me consider the issues and how personal they are.Heartbreaking, groundbreaking, and ahead of its time Alison Bechdel writes the introduction, and addresses his influence on her Cruse was a pioneer in queer comics, and this is a master work He pushes boundaries and totally deserves to be rediscovered.Might need to own this one.Read with: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White Incognegro I wanted to like this one, but I found the art style to be too visually cluttered, and something about it was just off putting The story line seemed to be trying too hard to fit too much in, and I quickly found myself lost It seemed like a fascinating look at that time period, but it was just too hard for me to get into. This is one that sat on my shelves for many years I knew it was acclaimed, but Cruse's Wendel had never appealed to me and even now as I write a 5star review for Stuck Rubber Baby, I can't say that his art in this book is particularly appealing to me, either There's so much crosshatching that even quiet panels often look too dark and unnecessarily busy (a panel showing two men in a shower made me wonder what sort of skin condition or fur was being shown), and everyone looks like a kind of troll doll with the same similarly exaggerated features Often I wondered what the reallife counterparts of Cruse's characters would look like The options aren't pretty.The amazing thing here is the story, which seems so natural and organic that I assumed as I was reading that SRB was autobiography, until I got to the afterward that claims otherwise (It's still hard for me to believe.) Cruse's characters surprise, and sometimes disappoint, with interactions that are fresher andrealistic than any other I can think of in the graphic novel medium The depth of feeling is beautiful.Powerful and compelling; highly recommended. The story of a gay white man growing up in the South in the 1960s He gets involved in the civil rights struggle and comes out to himself, and later others, as gay It's interesting territory, but I hated the art It looks outright ugly to me, the characters are nearly impossible to distinguish from each other, and the framing is so cramped that it's nearly impossible to read, there's no white space, and there's so much crosshatchingI felt my eyes start to hurt trying to read this I don't feel like the art really added anything to this storyif anything, the difficulty of figuring out who was who made it harder I started skimming about a third of the way through. This is the best book I have read all year Not best graphic novelbut the best book Amazing story that takes place in a fictional southern town in the early 60s that melds civil rights with a young white man's personal awareness of his sexual identity It's an unbelievably brilliant and moving story (and fictional, according to Cruse), painstakingly and beautifully illustrated I enjoyed it so much that I will probably buy it and read it again. It couldn’t be aappropriate time for this one. Cruse takes the reader back to the 1960s, the era of unrest and activism regarding the Vietnam War and civil rights for Blacks He skillfully weaves these issues into the main character’s narrative of coming of age and coming out as a gay man Perhaps due the choice to cover all of these areas with genuine detail, the book runs quite long for a graphic novel At times I feel it moves too slowly, and the power of the critical topics tends to get lost in that pacing There is a real danger of readers losing interest Strengths and weaknesses are about equal for me in this one.Thank you to NetGalley and First Second publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. *Ebook ↵ Stuck Rubber Baby ⇔ Art and story combine powerfully in this lyrical tale of a young man caught in the maelstrom of the civil rights movement and the entrenched homophobia of smalltown America Toland Polk, the son of an uneducated white carpenter, has grown up in the Southern town of Clayfield It is the s, a time of passionate beliefs and violent emotions, and Clayfield's citizens are divided in the fight over segregation As Toland fights on the side of the civil rights activists, he slowly begins to realize that he also has a personal battleto accept that he is gayWith a subtle yet intricate plot, and distinctively evocative illustrations, Stuck Rubber Baby is an unflinching honest look at one man's world of fears, dreams, and prejudice Simply one of the best books I have read in a long time an example of how amazing graphic novels CAN be when they try This is the story of Toland, a young white man coming of age in the deep South at the dawning of the civil rights movement and trying to come to terms with his homosexuality All of the characters are vivid, complex and fully realized even the minor characters I especially enjoyed Cruse's portrayal of Ginger Toland's girlfriend who is a folk singer and headstrong, sometimes moody civil rights activist She can be difficult and unlikeable sometimes but she feels so incredibly real, it's hard to believe she's just a character in a book.Cruse treats thorny issues like homophobia, racism, sexism, and the everyday challenges of communicating and connecting with other people with incredible compassion and thoughtfulness His narrative uncovers a side of the history of the civil rights movement that many people don't know about or don't acknowledge the existence of queer folks of all racial backgrounds in the movement I especially appreciated reading about this right now, with all the rhetoric about homophobia and racism sparked by the passage of Prop 8 Cruse also really immerses the reader in the time period with his unique illustration style I can't think of many other cartoonists who draw like him If you haven't read this book yet go READ IT NOW It is truly essential reading! But don't look for it at SPL, because we don't own it You can get it through interlibrary loan, however. I loved this I read the compilation of Cruse's Wendel comic strips, which was also wonderful, but this was simply amazing At first I was a little worried that the characters seemed like stock, generic Civil Rightsera Southern figures, but as the story progresses Cruse fleshes them out and makes them unique The story is nuanced and multilayered, dealing with the protagonist's struggles with sexuality and the broader struggles around black civil rights, as well as the complicated relationships of the characters The artwork is incredibly detailed (no wonder it took him four years to make this), and he has some creative techniques for using the art to communicate ideas or even moods that it would be harder to communicate in prose.I think Stuck Rubber Baby was kind of screwed over by bad timing Among comics fans it's definitely a gay classic, but if it had been released today it probably could have picked up the same literary fiction crossover audience that Alison Bechdel did for Fun Home (which I also have on my toread shelf).