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Guy is no master mariner, with a clipped red (or black) beard. He’s just an ordinary member of the crew — able enough, but also a lazy, cowardly liar, a drunkard, and a thief. He urinates on bar counters and vomits in ladies’ restrooms. All of which makes him more like the real gallows fodder that haunted the seven seas in the 18th century than the swashbuckling Hollywood heroes that grace most contemporary pirate narratives.
Portrait of a Drunk is a story told in two allegorical parts: "The Blowout" and "The Hangover." Guy the pirate brings together the key narrative and pictorial elements of the great tales of the sea — bright colors, grand battles, and plenty of gallows humor in this tour de force of black comedy.
Portrait of a Drunk is also an international event in modern comics, teaming for the first time three contemporary titans of the field: Belgian comics master Olivier Schrauwen (Parallel Lives, Arsene Schrauwen) and the acclaimed French duo Ruppert & Mulot (The Perineum Technique).
"Those wanting a visual tour de force and an exciting exercise in graphic storytelling need look no further." — Booklist
"An uncommonly vicious swashbuckling romp, absolutely entertaining and fantastically illustrated." — Library Journal (starred review)
"A good old-fashioned 18th-century pirate yarn filled with depravity, random violence, cruelty, and laughs. The story's cheerfully nihilistic approach may not be for all tastes, but it serves up a visceral satire for those that can stomach it." — Publishers Weekly