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Pride of the Decent Man
Pride of the Decent Man

Pride of the Decent Man


96 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF

Cloth, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781681121208

Rights: WOR X UK

NBM Publishing (Sep 2017)

Price: $19.99


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 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.


"I'm greatly enjoying this comic. Just 100% its own thing. Thoughtful and emotive. Go. Read." —Van Jensen, bestselling writer for DC and Dark Horse

STARRED REVIEW! "A complex story told in a thoughtful, moving manner. Highly recommended for anyone trying to be a better, decent person." —Jason L. Steagall, Library Journal

"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

"Andrew is an ex-con, a brooding loner whose mere appearance is intimidating. But behind that façade, he is actually an okay guy. Though he let his friend, Whitey, talk him into making questionable decisions as a young man, like doing drugs and robbing a convenience store (for which he was incarcerated), Andrew is a thinker, a writer, and a sensitive person who has come a long way from the abusive family in which he grew up. When he finds out that he has a sixteen-year-old daughter, Andrew is resolved to be a better man than his father was and to be a supportive father to Julie. Unfortunately, Whitey has not changed, and when he attempts to rob the same store he and Andrew hit all those years ago, Andrew tries to stop him. Regrettably, while Andrew tries to get control of Whitey's gun, the shopkeeper panics and kills Andrew. Although this graphic novel is quite short, it is a tragic tale that will stay with readers. The dark and moody illustrations move back and forth in time to paint the portrait of a lonely guy who has had more bad luck than good. For the reluctant reader who wants a quick read with heavy emotional impact, this will do the job well. —Jennifer M. Miskec, VOYA

Author Biography

T.J. Kirsch is a cartoonist published by Oni Press ("Lost and Found"), Image ("Outlaw Territory") and Archie Comics where he did coloring for a few years. His recent works include She Died In Terrebonne: A Sam Kimimura Mystery with writer Kevin Church and So Buttons written by Jonathan Baylis. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and daughter. See more at