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Peter Bagge: Conversations

Edited by Kent Worcester

220 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 10 b&w illustrations, introduction, chronology, index

978-1-62846-204-3 Printed casebinding $40.00S

978-1-4968-0974-2 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $40.00

Paper, $25.00

"WHAT COMICS HAVE ALL OVER ELECTRONIC MEDIA IS THAT IT'S TOTALLY POSSIBLE TO GET ONE PERSON'S VISION IN COMICS. FOR TV, YOU HAVE TO COLLABORATE WITH DOZENS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE."

For fans of Peter Bagge (b. 1957) and his bracing satirical writing and drawing, this collection offers a perfect means to track how he describes his career choices, work habits, preoccupations, and comedic sensibility since the 1980s. Featuring a new interview and much previously unavailable material, this book delivers insightful, occasionally gossipy, sometimes funny, and often tart conversations.

Bagge's detailed, garrulous, and often grotesquely funny (and discom ting) work harks back to the underground generation, recalling R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton, while also pointing forward to the emergence of alternative comics as a distinct genre. His signature series, the rawly humorous Hate and his editorship of the often outrageous Weirdo magazine, founded by Crumb, established Bagge as a leading voice in alternative comics, and his rude, wildly expressive cartooning makes him a counterpoint to the still introspection of recent literary graphic novels.

In his career over three decades, Bagge has left his mark as a prolific cartoonist, an accomplished musician, and a sometime essayist, editor, and animator. While his creative output encompasses autobiographical comics, graphic non ction, magazine illustrations, gag cartoons, minicomics, political commentary, superhero parodies, comic strips, animated videos, and one-page humor pieces, Bagge stands out for creating continuity-based graphic stories that revolve around sharply defined, over-the-top fictional characters. Libertarians know him for his comics journalism, as his graphic biography of Margaret Sanger in 2013 reaches new audiences. While some have lazily branded Bagge as a grunge-era visual satirist, his creative restlessness and expanding body of work make it difficult to con ne him.

KENT WORCESTER, Bronx, New York, is professor of political science at Marymount Manhattan College. His most recent books are Peter Kuper: Conversations, The Superhero Reader (coedited with Charles Hatfield and Jeet Heer), A Comics Studies Reader (coedited with Jeet Heer), and Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (coedited with Jeet Heer), all published by University Press of Mississippi.

220 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 10 b&w illustrations, introduction, chronology, index