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Friday, February 20, 2009

New Peter Bagge Book Out In June!

Everybody is Stupid Except For Me: And Other Astute Observations: A new collection of Peter Bagge comics will be available June 30th, 2009. Bagge is a contributing editor and cartoonist-reporter (bless his heart for being such a thing) for the politically-minded Reason Magazine. Bagge has been contributing opinion pieces to Reason for years now commenting on topics ranging from gun control ("The Right To Own a Bazooka") to the war in Iraq, poverty, and "The Nerd-ification of America."

I think the first thing I ever said on the Robot Sweatshop podcast was something about Hate, an irreverent thirty-issue series about one young man Buddy Bradley and his comically absurd life in both Seattle and New Jersey. While people say it's the perfect snapshot of the early-1990's Seattle scene (and the grunge scene, or as it's known now "classic rock"), it's also a hilarious and at times harrowing tale of growing up/old.

Bagge's contributions to comics are too lengthy to list here but some of the lesser known but must-read/must-see/must-rub-on-skin books include Apocalypse Nerd and his one-off send-up of Spiderman (note: a similar (and what sounds hysterical) parody of The Incredible Hulk (dubbed "The Incorrigible Hulk") is still in Marvel purgatory).

Lastly, and I can't believe no one talks about this, Bagge also co-developed the four-part webshow The Murry Wilson Show: Rock 'N' Roll Dad with comedian/Simpsons-producer Dana Gould. It's a fictionalized account of Brian Wilson's manipulative and abusive father Murry. Get ready to burn down a grocery store because it's a laugh riot! You can also hear some pretty notable voice talent from Mr. Show alumni Paul F. Tompkins (comedian and host of VH1 Best Week Ever) and Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants).

1 comment:

Daniel Brooks said...

awesome! "Hate" should be required reading in schools everywhere.