Fight for Your Long-Ass Day

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Atticus Review is proud to present the fourth installment of Nathan Holic’s comic series adaptation of Fight for Your Long Day, the debut novel of Alex Kudera. We’ll be sharing a new episode periodically and hope you’ll check in to watch as the series unfolds.

See Episode 1 here.
See Episode 2 here.
See Episode 3 here.

Artist’s Statement

I’ve worked in the university setting for more than a decade, first as a student doing part-time work in Student Government and orientation, and then as a graduate, working with a national fraternity and traveling to more than 40 different schools in 17 states. My experiences with the world of higher education and “student development” have influenced a number of my writing choices, and I’ve spent a great deal of time focusing on the weird business of undergraduate leadership development. But in the past several years, I’ve also gained a new perspective.

Since 2005, I’ve been teaching undergraduate writing courses at the University of Central Florida, and I’ve seen and experienced first-hand the twisted employment system that Alex Kudera skewers so perfectly in Fight for Your Long Day. The main character (and his co-workers, and his students) seems–all at once–cartoonish and highly realistic, the type of guy who can’t possibly exist, but also the type of guy who occupies the office directly next to yours, the perfect character for a gritty documentary, an SNL skit, or an ongoing comic series.

I do hope that you have fun with this adaptation, and that you leave comments to let us know which moments from the novel you’d most like to see adapted.

Panel 1 — Into the Caste Room

Panel 2 — Business Writhing

Panel 3 — Tapped Out and Tyrannized

Panel 4 — Maslow’s Hierarchy of Pleads

Panel 5 — Survival of the Apathetic

Panel 6 — Self-Capitulation

Panel 7 — The Loathing Booth

 
 

Photo caption: University students, angered by continually rising tuition and cutbacks, leave their message on a blackboard after occupying the ground floor of Tolman Hall at UC Berkeley. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle / SF




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About Author

Nathan Holic teaches writing courses at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Since 2006, he has worked as the Graphic Narrative Editor at The Florida Review, and is currently compiling an ongoing "Comics About Comics" series. He is also working with Orlando-based Burrow Press to organize a project called “15 Views of Orlando,” a literary portrait of the city featuring short fiction from fifteen Orlando authors young and old, local and far-removed, established and aspiring (the first installment was posted on the Burrow web site in early June, and the final installment will be posted in two weeks). His traditional fiction has been published in The Portland Review, Iron Horse, and The Roanoke Review, but he also publishes stories that drift between forms, including a hybrid short story alternating between text and comic page in The Saranac Review, a narrative told entirely through Wikipedia pages in Rip-Rap, and other short fiction incorporating oil stains, receipts, and advertising logos. His comics have most recently been published in Welter and Red Fez, and are forthcoming from Sweet and Palooka.

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