Peter Bagge’s one-offs, with an all-star cast of cartoonist collaborators such as Alan Moore, Robert Crumb, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine. During the 1990s and 2000s, Peter Bagge worked mostly on his “Buddy Bradley” stories in Hate and a series of standalone graphic novels (Apocalypse Nerd), but in between these major projects this ever-energetic cartoonist also cranked out dozens of shorter stories, which are now finally being collected in this riotously anarchic book. Peter...
Peter Bagge’s one-offs, with an all-star cast of cartoonist collaborators such as Alan Moore, Robert Crumb, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine.
During the 1990s and 2000s, Peter Bagge worked mostly on his “Buddy Bradley” stories in Hate and a series of standalone graphic novels (Apocalypse Nerd), but in between these major projects this ever-energetic cartoonist also cranked out dozens of shorter stories, which are now finally being collected in this riotously anarchic book. Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff includes a few lesser-known Bagge characters, including the wacky modern party girl “Lovey” and the aging bobo “Shut-Ins” — not to mention the self-explanatory “Rock ’N’ Roll Dad” starring Murry Wilson and the Beach Boys. But many of the strips are one-off gags or short stories, often with a contemporary satirical slant, including on-site reportage like “So Much Comedy, So Little Time” (from a comedy festival) and more. Also: Dick Cheney, The Matrix, and Alien! Other Stuff also includes a series of Bagge=written stories drawn by other cartoonists, including “Life in these United States” with Daniel Clowes, “Shamrock Squid” with Adrian Tomine, and the one-two parody punch of “Caffy” (with art by R. Crumb) and “Dildobert” (with art by Prison Pit’s Johnny Ryan)... plus a highlight of the book, the hilarious, literate and intricate exposé of “Kool-Aid Man” written by Alan Moore and drawn by Bagge. (Other collaborators include the Hernandez Brothers and Danny Hellman.) Bagge is one of the funniest cartoonists of the century (20th or 21st), and this collection shows him at his most free-wheeling and craziest... 50 times over.
This volume of previously uncollected one-offs and irregular series (such as the Lovey and Shut-Ins strips) by Bagge (Hate, Buddy Bradley) is mostly hilarious, with a handful of misses. The book’s centerpiece is a 50-page collection of collaborations that includes art by Crumb, Clowes, Jaime Hernandez, and Tomine, plus scripts by Dana Gould and Alan Moore. Moore’s contribution is one of the funniest pieces in the book: “The Hasty Smear of My Smile,” which chronicles the emotionally fraught life and times of the misunderstood and maligned corporate mascot, the Kool-Aid Man. The Clowes and Hernandez pieces are noteworthy for the seamlessness of the collaborations; in each case, Bagge’s script and subject matter is perfectly tuned for his artist. Among the few less successful sections is the collaboration with Crumb, a parody of Cathy titled “Caffy!” Part of the problem here is that Guisewite’s creation is too easy a target, and Crumb’s art isn’t up to his usual standards. But it’s the exception in this handsome volume, which contains more than its fair share of smart, sharp, sometimes scathing laughs. Bagge’s bright art and warped figures suggest the skewed view of a master satirist. This collection serves as a good sampler for those not already familiar with Bagge’s masterful “Buddy Bradley” saga. (May)
Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Peter Bagge is the internationally acclaimed creator of Hate and Buddy Bradley; he lives in Seattle, WA.
Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful.
Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
Gilbert Hernandez lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and daughter. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed series Love and Rockets. His books include Chance in Hell, The Troublemakers, Luba, Palomar, Speak of the Devil, Sloth, The High Soft Lisp, Love from the Shadows, Girl Crazy, Yeah! and many books in the Love and Rockets series.
Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie’s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories.
Johnny Ryanwas born in Boston, MA, and lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife and his daughter. Currently, he is co-creating the forthcoming Pig Goat Banana Cricket series for Nickelodeon. In addition to his creator-owned comics series, he's contributed toVice, Mad, and LA Weekly, among other clients.