A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC LIVES IN THE SHADOW OF A WORLD FAMOUS COMIC STRIP AND ITS TYRANNICAL CREATOR
Caleb is a middle-aged painter with a non-starter career and a checkered past. He also happens to be the only child of one of the world’s most famous cartoonists, Jimmi Wyatt. Known for the internationally beloved father and son comic Sonny Side Up, Jimmi made millions drawing saccharine family stories while neglecting his own son.
Now sober, Caleb is haunted by his wasted past and struggling to take responsibility for his present before it’s too late. His always patient boyfriend, James, is reaching the end of his rope. When Caleb gets the chance to step out from his father’s shadow and shape the most public aspect of the family business, he makes every bad decision and watches his life fall apart. Is it too late to repair the harm? Are we forever doomed to make the same mistakes our parents did?
Praise for Fictional Father
I love Joe Ollmann. His stories are page-turners, gut busters and tear jerkers. He’s the last of the great funny/sad underground cartoonists. A National Treasure.
Seth, Clyde Fans
Don’t worry, my father is not really like this.
Joe Ollmann is a master at blending comedy and empathy in stories about mid-life ennui.