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Bradleys collection
     

Bradleys collection

by Peter Bagge
 
Before The Simpsons, there were The Bradleys.Meet the Bradleys, America's most dysfunctional family: Pops, Mom, Buddy, Babs and Butch Bradley. Yes, even more dysfunctional than the Simpsons, though it's no surprise that Groening has cited the Bradleys as an early influence on his hit TV show. The best-selling humor cartoonist of his generation, Bagge has

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Before The Simpsons, there were The Bradleys.Meet the Bradleys, America's most dysfunctional family: Pops, Mom, Buddy, Babs and Butch Bradley. Yes, even more dysfunctional than the Simpsons, though it's no surprise that Groening has cited the Bradleys as an early influence on his hit TV show. The best-selling humor cartoonist of his generation, Bagge has been hailed as one of comics' great satirists along with James Thurber, Harvey Kurtzman, and R. Crumb, and the Bradleys remain his most enduring creation. Created during the 1980s while Bagge was also editing R. Crumb's Weirdo magazine, this family for the ages has its roots firmly planted in All In the Family's Bunker family and MAD magazine, with a healthy punk rock anger occasionally exploding. Noted comic critic R. Fiore once described Bagge as "the outsider with the entertainer's instincts" in praising these strips. Trenchant, caustic, but always hilarious, Bagge never fails to temper his anger with some of the most acute characterization in comics. The Bradleys may be drawn in one of the most wildly cartoony styles in comics history, but they also feature the some of the most living and breathing charaters as well. These comics went on to inspire Bagge's legendary Hate comic book series, featuring an out-of-the-nest Buddy Bradley living in early 1990s Seattle; the title became the Nevermind to Bagge's Nirvana and the burgeoning alternative comics movement, with over one million copies sold and worldwide publicity. Today, Bagge pursues a variety of projects, notably his Hate Annual for Fantagraphics, Sweatshop for DC Comics, and a series of satires for Marvel Comics. His first, The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man, sold out almost immediately upon release in 2002. His second, The Incorrigible Hulk, will be released this fall, timed with the DVD release of Ang Lee's sure-to-be blockbuster.


About the Author:
: As he did long before it was cool to do so and will continue to long after it is, Peter Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife Joanne and daughter Hannah. He is the author of ten Fantagraphics books.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The art is what readers will notice first about this alternately hilarious and harrowing collection. All members of the Bradley family-Dad, Mother, little brother Butch, young teen Babs and disgruntled high school senior Buddy-have bodies that contort like writhing eels and faces that swell, twist and stretch expressively. These lively pages are balanced by scenes in which the characters fumble their way through "normal" conversations. No one could constantly live at such an extreme emotional pitch, and these white, middle-class New Jerseyans only sometimes awaken from their zomboid routines to recognize their anger at their family and all the other phonies around them. That realization is typical of the perceptiveness that's kept these stories from Neat Stuff alive for this 15th-anniversary edition. Bagge's strange art is stranger than that of R. Crumb, but it feels more realistic. He's not especially kind, yet still fair to the world's irritating people. Bagge could have used Buddy to jeer at the conformist idiots who try to bring him down, and he could've easily sneered at what a pathetically inconsistent twerp Buddy can be. However, Bagge is too sharp an observer to overlook both how real the characters' pain is and also how funny they are as they frantically struggle to deal with problems. Eventually, Buddy breaks loose from this set of frustrations, though, natch, more problems are sure to come. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930193898
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
06/10/2006
Series:
Neat Stuff Series
Edition description:
3rd Fantagraphics books ed
Pages:
160

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