Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank

Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank

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Eric Orner, the acclaimed cartoonist of one of the country’s most popular and longest-running gay comic strips, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, presents his debut graphic novel—a dazzling, irreverent biography of the iconic and iconoclastic Barney Frank, one of the first gay and out congressmen and a front-line defender of civil rights.

What are the odds that a disheveled, zaftig, closeted kid with the thickest of Jersey accents might wind up running Boston on behalf of a storied Irish Catholic political machine, drafting the nation’s first gay rights laws, reforming Wall Street after the Great Recession, and finding love, after a lifetime assuming that he couldn't and wouldn’t?

In Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank, one of America’s first out members of Congress and a gay and civil rights crusader for an era is confirmed as a hero of our age. But more than a biography of an indispensable LGBTQ pioneer, this funny, beautifully rendered, warts-and-all graphic account reveals the down-and-dirty inner workings of Boston and DC politics.

As Frank’s longtime staff counsel and press secretary, Eric Orner lends his first-hand perspective to this extraordinary work of history, paying tribute to the mighty striving of committed liberals to defend ordinary Americans from an assault on their shared society.

Title:Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank
ISBN:9781250191588
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  • Laura

    Barney Frank was the first openly gay member of the U.S. Congress.But he didn't start out that way. For much of his political career he was very, very closeted. It wasn't as though he didn't support g...

  • Joanne

    Ambitious and really well done. R Crumb-style renderings and all the grit of the story of Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank. Captured much of the pathos snd ambition of this hard worker, and how ...

  • Robert

    Just interviewed my old buddy/cartoonist colleague Eric Orner for a brief upcoming Publishers Weekly Q&A feature about this very book, which is so very very good, my friends—highly recommend you all...

  • Poptart19 (the name?s ren)

    4 stars I really enjoyed this biography of a hardworking congressional representative dedicated to helping people & fighting for civil rights & good government. Written by one of Barney Frank’s for...

  • Elsie Birnbaum

    I was given an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As a queer twenty-something who grew up in Frank's district but wasn't around for any of his big scandals or legislative work, I wa...

  • Kate Connell

    I received an advanced copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Though Smahtguy didn't stick with the title "Popes and Prostitutes'', it was a fully entertaining, and fully adult graph...

  • Wayne McCoy

    'Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank' with story and art by Eric Omer is a biographical graphic novel about a democratic politician.Barney Frank started his political career working in Boston...

  • Alex Nagler

    Barney Frank, of Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was the first openly gay member of Congress. But before he was that, he wasn't - he was outed in a tell-all by another Congres...

  • Ian yarington

    I knew of Barney as a politician but the first time I really got to see him for what is he is was during a debate on gay marriage. It was long before it was actually legalized but Barney spoke so eloq...

  • Dame Samara

    This is the book that never ends, it just goes on and on and on some more. Something with the formatting of this book mean that it said it was 42 parts, not disclosing that it was 224 pages so you nev...