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Stuck Rubber Baby is such a sweet, lousy book that you don’t know whether to embrace its sticky sentimentality or groan at its artlessness. Apparently a total stranger to irony, cartoonist Howard Cruse has created a graphic novel recounting a white gay man’s coming of age in the segregated South of the civil rights era. One big problem: The protagonist, Toland Polk, may be the most tiresome fictional creation since Urkel. Moreover, Cruse’s artwork lets no moral distinction go undrawn; all the bad guys look vicious all the time, and vice versa. The book is…nice, however, and the topic unexplored. From Tony Kushner’s introduction and from the author’s own acknowledgments, we learn that Cruse is a pioneer of gay comics and a truly pleasant man with lots of friends on New York’s gay A-list. So skip the book and go meet him in person at 7:30 p.m. at Borders, 11301 Rockville Pike, Rockville. FREE. (301) 816-1067. (John Cloud)