Ham on Rye is a novel by Charles Bukowski, I read it some years back and recently thought that it would be fun to do a version as a graphic novel. Its a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in depression era Los Angeles. He has a skill for telling tragic stories in a style that makes them impossibly funny.
There's a lot less heavy drinking in this book than his other novels, my second favourite of his is "Post Office." I read that first and I really liked the mood of his books.