Beg the Question (a Minimum Wage Collection)

Beg the Question (a Minimum Wage Collection)

by Bob Fingerman
     
 

A caustic and hilarious love story set in 1990s New York City.

Bob Fingerman's Beg the Question tells the story of Rob and Sylvia, two twenty-somethings navigating the labyrinth of New York City life. Imagine a cross between Seinfeld and Caligula, set in Manhattan, and you'll have an idea of Fingerman's caustic wit. Beg the Question

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A caustic and hilarious love story set in 1990s New York City.

Bob Fingerman's Beg the Question tells the story of Rob and Sylvia, two twenty-somethings navigating the labyrinth of New York City life. Imagine a cross between Seinfeld and Caligula, set in Manhattan, and you'll have an idea of Fingerman's caustic wit. Beg the Question follows Rob and Sylvia's relationship through all of its ups-and-downs, from courtship to marriage, public sex to unwanted pregnancies, and everything in between. Performance art, extended families, the comic book industry and Screw magazine are just a few of the other topics subjected to Fingerman's satirical microscope.

Fingerman's mid-1990s comic book series Minimum Wage was a breakthrough success for Fingerman, and this marks the first collection of the entire run, retouched (many pages are substantially or entirely redrawn) with added gray tones and almost 40 pages of never-before-published material. The deluxe hardcover format makes Beg the Question a perfect holiday purchase for Gen Xers facing the reality that Nevermind came out over a decade ago and the mortgage payment is due this week. Featuring an introduction by noted novelist and television writer Jerry Stahl.

Author Biography: Bob Fingerman lives in New York City with his wife Michele.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
[E]arthy realism so often missing from conventional prose novels....Rob and Sylvia are vivid,unheroic heroes.... A-.
Onion
His spidery drawing style,a weird combination of cartooniness and realism,will make your jaw drop at least every 10 panels or so.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In this revision and expansion of Fingerman's acclaimed Minimum Wage series, the artist offers 40 pages of retouched and redrawn panels, enhanced by gray tones that add a rich tone and spatial volume to each drawing. Fingerman chronicles the daily lives of young lovers Rob Hoffman and Sylvia Fannucci and their motley crew of friends in 1990s Gotham. It's at once a veiled biography and convincing fiction. Rob makes his living drawing pornographic cartoons for an obese editor at Pork magazine, amusingly reminiscent of Screw magazine. Sylvia, a hairdresser, also writes, plays guitar and paints. Their friends are hipsters drawn from New York's dives and dead-end jobs, annoying yet comical. Rob and Sylvia are well developed characters, likeable despite plenty of obnoxious personal flaws. Wildly oversexed, the two can't keep their hands off each other. But when an unexpected pregnancy confronts them, readers learn of Rob's secret, violent psychological aversion to having children. Rob also struggles to jump-start his comics career, enduring humiliating interviews with art directors, and attends a comics convention complete with the requisite Star Trek nerds and Goth girls in spandex bikinis. Ridiculous subplots abound, from the jealous boyfriend of a topless dancer to the Martin Amis fan so obsessed with getting dozens of Amis autographs he becomes a borderline stalker. This is not a plot-driven book, but a daily chronicle of scuffling, artsy New Yorkers. They go to Coney Island on a blistering summer day, down burgers at White Castle, attend obligatory family gatherings and have sex, letting readers tag along. Fingerman's dialogue is biting and realistic, and his drawing is exceptional. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560975021
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
12/02/2002
Series:
Minimum Wage Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.84(d)

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