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Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & The Dynomite Summer of ’77

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“Adolescent romance and mischief animate an endearing, gleefully raunchy coming-of-age tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & the DYN-O-MITE Summer of ‘77 is a coming-of-age graphic novel celebrating the traditions, friendships, and idiocy that make up summers at Jewish sleepaway camp. Combining the nostalgic mood of The Wonder Years, the raucousness of Superbad, and the adolescent angst of Pen15, this 300-page graphic novel juxtaposes classic, black and white, comic strip art with an R-rated story to capture the tension created when the innocence of childhood crashes into the messiness of adolescence.

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An endearing, gleefully raunchy coming-of-age tale.
Kirkus Reviews

Glickman’s first graphic novel, Camp Pock-A-Wocknee and the Dyn-O-Mite Summer of ‘77, inspired by his bug juice-splattered youth, will hit a rich vein of nostalgia for many who miss the halcyon days of color wars and canteen
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"I’m not certain how it’s possible to pick up so strongly on someone else’s personal nostalgia but “Glick” embeds it so deeply in this book, that by its end, I wanted to be not just at a summer camp, but there, with him and his friends, at Camp Pock-a-Wocknee, in the summer of 1977. Dyn-O-Mite, indeed!"
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Format

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Genre

Slice of Life

Language

English

Pages

304

Rating

Adult

Eric Glickman, Author
Eric Glickman is part of his family’s three generations that all went to the same Jewish sleepaway camp. Following in his parents’ footsteps, Eric spent 10 summers there as a camper, waiter, and counselor. Later, his three children also went there for many summers. Eric spent 36 years as an advertising creative and helped convince millions of people to eat soup in a can packed with meat & veggies, wiggly-jiggly, gelatinous, fruit-flavored desserts, poultry that is seasoned, fried then served in a bucket, and cheesy crackers shaped like fish. He is currently getting his master's at NYU in Art Education + Community Practice. Eric is married to his college sweetheart, Melissa, who he met at Syracuse University. Together, they have three children who are now adults.
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S. Duck
October 12, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer camp nostalgia!

Fun ride of a teenager's excitement, anxiety, comradery, and hormones when at summer camp. Re-exploring the popular song's of the 70's while navigating the awkwardness of teenage love interests and summer friendships.

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Amazon Customer
May 14, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the feelings of summer camp and introduces the pop culture of the time

This graphic novel captures the feeling of a summer camp for a kid who feels somewhat alienated and inadequate during the school year. While the summer camp in the story is for people of Jewish faith, the feelings of those teenage years and adolescent times feel very universal. While pop culture references are explained, those summaries & introductions delight and encapsulate those cultural moments. The main romance plot line which develops in the second half of the graphic novel is playful and captures the awkwardness and cheer of those youthful years. Hopefully, there is a sequel and we find out more about what happened with the main character and Amy(the love interest).

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and nostalgic coming of age graphic novel

I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. Camp Pock-a-Wocknee and the Dynomite Summer of '77 is a charming coming of age story that captures the formative experience of summer camp. Despite that I am not Jewish, did not grow up in the late 70s, and never attended summer camp; I could not help but feel enthralled and identified with the main character Glick. I have to admit that it made me feel very nostalgic. The author makes a great job of giving you enough details to explain the cultural references. As the warning in the cover suggests, this is not a graphic novel for (little) kids; the graphic novel goes into some racy details that you would expect from teenagers away from their parents.

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S. Karstetter
March 9, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with lots of nostalgia

I really enjoyed reading this coming of age graphic novel. So much nostalgia and brought back memories of my own summer experiences. Definitely worth picking up!

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Johnny Dangerously
February 27, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically fun read no matter your background

I'm not Jewish nor did I ever attend a day of summer/sleepaway camp but that didn't keep me from having a blast reading this book! In fact, by the end it made me wish for these things. The author captured a time and place with utter hilarity, nostalgia and heartwarmth. Yeah it gets a little raunchy here and there but nothing that's so far out of pocket that it makes it disgusting. Whether you want to face it or not, that is teenage boys and this is actually mild. At first, it felt like a play-by-play description book of what summer camp is, but after a few pages I realized it was just setting the scene for my mind to truly be at Camp with the kids. Then I was engrossed and couldn't put the book down. Belly laughs all the way back to the bus.

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zach
February 21, 2023

4.0 out of 5 stars A fun flashback

This graphic novel captures the excitement and pressure of summer camp. It's a coming of age story that'll make you nostalgic for the good ole days. But it doesn't shy away from the negatives either. In this book growing is hard, and summertime isn't always a breeze.

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Alina
February 17, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and nostalgic coming of age story

This graphic novel was a lot of fun. While I have never been to summer camp, I feel like the author captured the summer camp vibe perfectly (as well as the grossness of young boys). The book was full of humor, heart, and nostalgia 🙂 Worth a read!

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Jason
February 9, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun coming of age storytelling

This graphic novel is a lot of fun. I could see it being adapted into a PG-13 movie or a limited series on a streaming platform like Amazon Prime. It's fun, quirky, and really paints a picture of camp life and all the interesting characters that come with it. There's a bit of nostalgia here, too, since it takes place before iphones and internet when kids actually got together for activities and in-person friendships. Give this a try. You'll be entertained.

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john edgar
January 24, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Capturing of Camp Life Back In the Day.

I grew up in the 80s, and I can not express exactly how much nostalgia I found in this graphic novel, from the first day of camp to the canteen, to the legendary camp mystery. Everything I read brought me back to some of the best times of my life. Every new page was like a story from my own life. The authors captured almost perfectly what that timeless summer camp experience in the 70s/80s was like. They even manage to tell a good story in the process. It's worth picking up and reading.

Camp Pock-a-Wocknee & The Dynomite Summer of ’77

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