Stuck Rubber Baby
by Howard Cruse
An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. New. , The frame story, set off with rounded panel borders, takes place in the late 1980s or early 1990s, as the adult Toland narrates with his male partner by his side.  Polk finds the black community more accepting of his homosexuality than his own white community. His coming out story ties in a cast of supporting characters who supplement Toland’s odyssey. Issue #1. Its copyright has expired, so you can find it freely online. In 2004, a Texas citizens' group asked that it be removed from the young adult section of the local library. Writing for an older teen audience, Myracle empathetically explores issues of socioeconomic class, sibling rivalry, and parental influence in a story that is deeper and more nuanced than the title and cutesy cover, dotted with rubber ducks and a peace sign, imply. summary Redrawing the Historical Past examines how multiethnic graphic novels portray and revise U.S. history. After Ginger becomes pregnant Toland both proposes marriage and admits the truth to her, including the details of a sexual encounter he had with Reverend Pepper’s son, Les. STUCK RUBBER BABY (NEW EDITION) By Howard Cruse. A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. It’s a haunting image for what it says about that environment, the “it can’t happen here” idea of brutal enforcers sweeping in at night to round up the "undesirables". Painstakingly researched and exquisitely illustrated, Stuck Rubber Baby is a groundbreaking graphic novel that draws on Howard Cruse's experience coming of age and coming out in 1960s Birmingham, Alabama. Stuck Rubber Baby is the story of Toland Polk, a young man growing up during “Kennedytime” in the American south, and his struggle coming to … , The story is not autobiographical, but Cruse draws from his experiences growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a visually powerful work whose narrative flow carried me along effortlessly.”—Howard Cruse, author of Stuck Rubber Baby Review andldquo;Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is remarkable for its truth-telling about two important issues concerning Alabamaandrsquo;s past and present: the civil rights movement and immigration. He created his debut graphic novel after a decades-long career as an underground cartoonist. Toland wonders if she likes pushing people’s buttons. , "Howard Cruse Dies at 75; His Cartoons Explored Gay Life", "Graphic Gay Coming of Age: Stuck Rubber Baby aligns gay rights with racial equality and the Civil Rights era", "In Memoriam: Those We Have Lost in 2019 – Part Two,", "Comics We Love: Howard Cruse's 'Stuck Rubber Baby' in Print Again, At Last", "Group lists 119 books it wants moved, file requests on 20", "Compelling Comic Howard Cruse's 'Graphic Novel' Of Serious Concerns", Cruse's account of the book's development, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stuck_Rubber_Baby&oldid=994001432, Eisner Award winners for Best Graphic Album: New, Harvey Award winners for Best Graphic Album of Original Work, Articles containing Italian-language text, Articles containing Spanish-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Toland Polk, the main character/protagonist, Stetson, an elderly handyman/gardener who worked for the Toland family, Sammy Noone, a longtime gay friend of Mavis & Riley, Lester Pepper, the gay son of preacher Harland Pepper, Reverend Harland Pepper, a preacher and nonviolent social activist, Anna Dellyne Pepper, a former New York singer and the preacher's wife, Shiloh Reed, a singer who suffers from brain damage following an accident, Sledge Rankin, a black person who is murdered by the, Robert Samson, a friend and bi-sexual lover, Mabel Older, a piano player and Effie's sister, Cindy Neuworth, Mabel's younger, "butchy" girlfriend, Marge, a lesbian, Effie's partner and co-owner of Alleysax, Effie, Marge's partner and co-owner of Alleysax and Mabel's sister, Father Edgar Morris, another preacher in town, This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 17:10. It’s easy to feel at home in that era whether you lived through it or not because the battles fought and the lessons learned then still reverberate through nearly every aspect of American society. Fictional accounts of long, diverse and emotionally stirring events like the Civil Rights movement are too often dumped into convenient packages designed to tug on our heart strings and give finality to things which can never truly end. These simple words are at the heart of every page of Stuck Rubber Baby, not simply as a statement, but as a question -- for Toland, for Ginger, for all of us. The stories feel so real they seem to originate in the reader’s brain rather than the author’s imagination. A must-read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Justina Chen Headley.  He gives particular attention to buildings and other background details, and to rendering characters with individuality. Though the story is not autobiographical, Cruse incorporated his own experiences growing up in Birmingham into the work, making the stories Toland tells all the more believable. His face is fat with deep, dark lines creasing his flesh. All.  He also includes such historical events as the 1955 murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.  From 1983 to 1989 Cruse produced Wendel, an ongoing humorous comic strip for the LGBT magazine The Advocate. ", The book has generated some controversy because of its subject matter. 4 from $57.44.  He chooses to work for a gas station rather than go to college. It deals with homosexuality and racism in the 1960s in the southern United States, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. , The book won the award for Best Graphic Novel at the Eisners, Harveys, and UK Comic Art Awards. Toland Polk, the son of an uneducated white carpenter, has grown up in the Southern town of Clayfield. It was nominated for the American Library Association's Lesbian and Gay Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award. added by lampbane | edit Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson (May 17, 2006) Stuck Rubber Baby is a 1995 graphic novel by American cartoonist Howard Cruse. Decades after the book's events, the forty-something Toland Polk narrates his youth in the fictional town of Clayfield, in the American South in the 1950s and 1960s. Stuck Rubber Baby (Graphic Novel) : Cruse, Howard : "Lyrical tale of a young man caught in the maelstrom of the civil rights movement and the entrenched homophobia of small-town America. After Ginger is expelled from school for her involvement with the Civil Rights movement, she and Toland split up. CD Romathon - Kileak (Playstation). Keeping a reader is the real work, and Cruse does it immediately. As he grows he finds himself reluctantly a part of the burgeoning Civil Rights movement in his town of Clayfield, a fictional city in the South. Toland tells the story from the present, reflecting on the fear and denial that defines his life throughout the story. Review. From 1971 he published a strip called Barefootz, which appeared in a number of underground comix publications, including three issues under its own title. These stories are told in one panel but they leap off the page in such a way that they feel like each fill their own book. Howard Cruse's graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby (1995) deals with issues of the civil rights era. Marketplace prices. Stuck Rubber Baby is the story of Toland Polk, a young man growing up during “Kennedytime” in the American south, and his struggle coming to terms with his homosexuality. , In 1979 Denis Kitchen of Kitchen Sink Press invited Cruse to edit the comic-book anthology Gay Comix; the first issue appeared in 1980. ", Stuck Rubber Baby was published with high expectations, given the success of Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus (1991). Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. Interviews & Stories: Dark Horse - Mike Richardson, Children's Advocate - Andrew Vachss, Stuck Rubber Baby - Howard Cruise, Girl Talk - Isabella Bannerman, Sabrina Jones, Ann Decker, & Vertigo editor Karen Berger. One-sentence summary: Toland Polk is a young man who grows up in the south in the sixties and becomes a part of the civil rights movement while also struggling with being gay. These contradictions define much of Toland’s early childhood, including his relationship with the son of his family’s black handyman who Toland is allowed to play with but can’t bring into the house. Its scope is astounding, its wide variety of characters memorable, and its events thought-provoking. Cruse's agents Denis Kitchen and John Lind moved the book to First Second Books, which published a 25th Anniversary edition in 2020, incorporating unpublished material from Cruse's archives; the book was released a few months after his death. A memoir in the vein of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby, Weaver’s mesmerizing tale is matched by her accomplished drawing and design skills.Darkroom is the story of a childhood, of a Latino immigrant family, of the struggle for justice in the Deep South. While the book is not autobiographical, it draws upon Cruse's experience of growing up in the South during this time period, including his accidental fathering of a child, as referred to in the title. The marine chases after them on the highway and causes them to get stuck under a truck. Cruse parallels Toland’s fight to hold back his homosexuality with the fight to maintain Clayfield’s, and by extension the entire South’s, tradition of institutional racism. 10 Christmas Albums You Won't Hear at the Mall, Taylor Swift Has Written the Best Music of Her Career with 'evermore' and 'folklore', 'The Other Side of Madness' Is the Most Obscure Charles Manson Film, Frank Zappa Documentary Unveils the Man Behind the Mythos, The Mystery of History in Jia Zhangke's 'I Wish I Knew', Viggo Mortensen's 'Falling' Binds Art and Life, In Author Dennis E. 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The cop glances to his left and his features seem to grow in depth and girth. Just in time for its 25th anniversary, this rich and moving tale of identity and resistance is back in print--complete with …  Stuck Rubber Baby won a favorable critical reception, but its sales were modest. Stuck Rubber Baby is a 1995 graphic novel by American cartoonist Howard Cruse. But in Clayfield, Alabama, that can be dangerous--even deadly.  Ben Bolling likens the rounded rendering of the figures to those in the paintings of American artist Paul Cadmus. Images of JFK, smiling and alive, are shorthand for Americans both as consumers and creators of culture, but it’s not a lazy storytelling. This is the first collection to focus exclusively on the interplay of history and memory in multiethnic graphic novels. Toland’s father also tells his son to “respect the colored man”, a lesson Toland takes to heart. Cruse's contemporaries gave it little regard, deeming it too cute and gentle compared to the countercultural works alongside which it ran. Diverting the lens of comics studies from the skyscrapers of Superman's Metropolis or Chris Ware's Chicago to the swamps, back … At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. The narration appears to occur over a substantial span of time, as the pair's clothing and background reflect seasonal changes from summer to winter. Description . We see an older, out Toland throughout the book with his partner and 15 years ago the sea change in American culture from the '60s to the '90s was evident. Darkroom is the story of a childhood, of a Latino immigrant family, of the struggle for justice in the Deep South. First Second. Loading marketplace prices 4 copies from $57.44 How does the rental process work? I wanted it to be like life, where you spend a year of your life and you can’t just remember everything that happened, but it's all part of a process. Harvard Classics, Vol. It was instead published by DC's Paradox Press imprint in 1995 in hardcover, and in paperback in 1996 by HarperCollins In 2010, DC published a new edition under its Vertigo imprint. August 1, 1995. “Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom is an impressive debut work. It’s this encounter with Les that begins Toland’s gradual acceptance of himself. All rights reserved.PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.  Piranha Press was discontinued in 1994, before Cruse finished the book. There’s the boy he fooled around with at summer camp, a closeted bank president who was found murdered and a school nurse that was ridiculed because of her masculine appearance. Search Summary. , Cruse's earlier work influenced Alison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. ", In another interview, Cruse stated, "My goal was to create the kind of novel that is too full of incident for someone to simply summarize in their mind in one sentence. Summary.  Cartoonist Alison Bechdel contributed an introduction to the 2010 reprint edition. , Comics writer Harvey Pekar wrote that, if enough people read it, "it surely will help convince the general public that comics can appeal to adults. FreeBookNotes found 3 sites with book summaries or analysis of Stuck Rubber Baby. PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. Stuck rubber baby, by Howard Cruse. This book offers a wide-ranging assessment of how life and culture in the United States South is represented in serial comics, graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and webcomics. In 1976, Cruse introduced a gay character into the strip, committing to the gay liberation movement. At the same time, he courts a folk singer named Ginger in the hopes of "curing" his homosexuality. When his finances became tight, Cruse took time away from the book to raise funds by applying for grants and selling original art pages from the book before they were drawn. Stuck Rubber Baby was originally published in 1995, so I’m sorry I didn’t read it before. Cruse’s finely detailed cross-hatching give subtle shading to people and places throughout the book, evoking color and character with just a few lines.  The pages are dense with dialogue balloons. The change both in the political environment and Toland’s personal life are slow going, but of course there’s no denying them. SUMMARY. (2012), which also deal with an individual's homosexual awakening. With Nick Amadeus, Phil Guerrero, Janeane Garofalo, Isabella Bannerman. Release Year. The couple’s relationship is of course complicated by Toland’s sexuality. Stuck Rubber Baby is a coming-of-age graphic novel of a gay white man in the 1960s South, with great treatments of both the civil rights movement in the South and of coming to terms with being gay. These things are sign posts, easy summaries of the era that are well-worn in story and art. “I don’t know if I’ve got it in me to be the person I’d really like to be,” she says as they dip their feet in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Toland is not prone to making waves, but he finds himself drawn to a lively group of civil rights activists.  Cartoonist and comics scholar Justin Hall wrote of the importance of this work: "Stuck Rubber Baby, with its complex meditations on race, sexuality, and gender in the Civil Rights era Alabama is perhaps the closest we’ve come yet to the Great American Graphic Novel. To do that would betray the wonderfully rich and complex characters he obviously cares so much about. The cops come “to keep the queers nervous” says Mabel, piano player at the Rhombus and Reverend Pepper’s church. Everyone on the dance floor changes from homosexual to heterosexual dance partners. It gave him an advance against royalties to cover expenses for the two years projected to finish the book; it ultimately took four years. Cruse depicts one of the policemen with his hat brim casting a shadow over his eyes as he walks through the crowd. Bats ends up killing the guard, and the three robbers frantically run back to the car. Of Cruse's nine comic books and graphic novels, his 210-page graphic novel, "Stuck Rubber Baby," based in part on Cruse's observations of homophobia and racism in the South in the early 1960s, is the most recognized. Expand full wiki summary 1 issues in this volume Add Issue Reverse sort. If there is a Stuck Rubber Baby SparkNotes, Shmoop guide, or Cliff Notes, you can find a link to each study guide below. Directed by Mark H. Williams. 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