| PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
In a sleepy New England town, Andrew Peters is born into an abusive family. As he grows older, he seems to be on the right track, using writing as his outlet - but his best friend Whitey is always around pulling him in the opposite direction. Andrew eventually lands himself in prison, and shortly thereafter, learns he has a daughter. The shock resolves him to a path of redemption and an attempt to live his life as a decent man.
"The kind of quiet, literary graphic novel that's too easily overlooked, because it doesn't have a high concept with a catchy hook. As told by T.J. Kirsch, it's a simple story, but one with great resonance."
-Comics Worth Reading
"Heavy emotional impact."
"Kirsch excels at exploring small details, but never loses panel-to-panel transitions nor individual panel composition."
-High Low Comics
"TOP GRAPHIC NOVEL OF 2017. Unique and thoughtful, uses the medium to great effect and it is a title that any thoughtful reader could revisit over the years as a refresher on what it means to learn from the past and move forward in a positive way."
-William Kulesa, New Jersey Journal, NJ.com
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"Told with pictures and few words, Grade 8 out of 10."
"On its surface, "Pride of the Decent Man" is simple, much like the character of Andrew Peters might appear, but in truth this is a volume resonant with emotion and meaning."
-William Kulesa, New Jersey Journal
"Very affecting story that has wide audience appeal."
-Slings and Arrows
"Sleek, simple and seemingly straightforward, Pride of a Decent Man offers a thoughtful and totally immersive glimpse of a life both remarkable and inescapably pedestrian: a reflection on common humanity and day-to-day existence with all the lethal pitfalls they conceal and joys they promise."
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"Poignant and powerful, Pride of the Decent Man is highly recommended for both personal and public library graphic novel collections."
-Midwest Book Review
"The story is beautiful and memorable. The art is eye catching and haunting."
"Seductively sedate, powerfully evocative and poignantly human-scaled fable. This is the kind of tale diehard fans need to show civilians who don't "get" comics. Sit them down, put Bob Seger's "Mainstreet" on the headphones and let them see what it can be all about…"
-Win Wiacek, Now Read This
"A complex story told in a thoughtful, moving manner. Highly recommended for anyone trying to be a better, decent person."
-Library Journal starred review
"I'm greatly enjoying this comic. Just 100% its own thing. Thoughtful and emotive. Go. Read." -Van Jensen, writer of Cryptocracy (Dark Horse) and The Flash (DC),
and U.S. Comic Book Ambassador
"PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN is just the type of engrossing, reflective fiction we need. A beautifully honed trip through rich, small town existence that reminds us even if our lives feel everyday, there is a wondrous scale woven deep into each and every one of our narratives. We live in the now, but when we reflect, we look back, we see the vast expanse of drama that's sprawled out behind our every move. "
- Steve Orlando, Writer (Midnighter, Supergirl, Virgil)
" Most cartoonists are either a great storyteller or a great artist. It's a rare exception to possess both skills, but I think T.J. Kirsch has been gifted with both, and PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
proves me correct."
- Noah Van Sciver, Cartoonist
( The Hypo, Fante Bukowski )
6x9, 96pp., full color hc, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121208, e-book: $8.99