Maximum Minimum Wage

Maximum Minimum Wage

by Bob Fingerman
     
 

During its run in the mid-'90s, Minimum Wage racked up critical accolades and a devoted following, numbering among its fans Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Scott Aukerman, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, and more. Why? Because each page boasted sticky, uncomfortable truths drenched in bleakly familiar humor. It was "cringe comedy" before the

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During its run in the mid-'90s, Minimum Wage racked up critical accolades and a devoted following, numbering among its fans Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Scott Aukerman, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, and more. Why? Because each page boasted sticky, uncomfortable truths drenched in bleakly familiar humor. It was "cringe comedy" before the phrase had been coined, presaging squirmy shows like Louie and Girls. Set in a New York so real you can practically smell it (so claimed Mike Mignola), Minimum Wage is the workaday saga of cartoonist Rob Hoffman and his firebrand girlfriend, Sylvia. He churns out strips for smut rags and off-brand MAD knockoffs and she languishes managing a hair salon. With their colorful crew of friends, they forge ahead against the brutal indifference of their hometown.
This definitive edition includes the original 72-page "pilot" episode (Minimum Wage Book One) and the revised "director's cut" of the main storyline. Plus, a bonus color section featuring original cover paintings and guest pin-ups by Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Dave Johnson, Jill Thompson, Dave Cooper, Glenn Barr, and others.
Now featuring an introduction from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman!

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Publishers Weekly
The romance of Rob and Sylvia unfolds in Fingerman’s semiautobiographical work, capturing a very specific segment of New York City’s population—a cadre of crass and cranky geeks who struggle with arrested development and obsess about comics and pornography, which most of them also spend time creating. Your first inclination might be to run away from these misfits, but Fingerman’s portrayals are too sharp to miss, particularly in the case of Sylvia. She’s a one-woman tower of maturity and kindness who grounds those around her and their shenanigans, fulfilling her role as Rob’s better half and also rounding out Fingerman’s story. She balances the author’s portrait of politically incorrect city-dwellers and the gallows humor that they sometimes rely too heavily on. Fingerman’s depictions of oddballs and crazies across New York’s social strata is entirely on target, hilarious, and cringe-worthy. This complete edition includes the series’ first two original installments as extras, with a combined, condensed version from an earlier reprint as the official first chapter. That version is fine, but the book would be better served by kicking off with the expansive original installments, which wind through the darkest bowels of Fingerman’s city and fill in some notable holes from the shorter version. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607066743
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Edition description:
Mature Readers (ages 16 and up)
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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