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.
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.
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