Naughty Bits, the longest-running solo comic by a female alternative cartoonist, came to an end in 2004 after a 14-year, 40-issue run. Beloved for the expressive scrawl of Gregory's line and her take-no-prisoners satirical approach, it was particularly notable for introducing the world to Bitchy Bitch — a woman who is eternally, magnificently, and for the most part, quite justifiably pissed off at the world around her! This extra-thick, very reasonably priced volume collects the entire first half of the Bitchy Bitch saga, and it ranges widely in her eventful life. There are stories about Bitchy's travails as a little girl (when she was just "Bitsy Bitch"), including that greatest horror of all, the holidays; a long sequence about her hippie free-love days in the '70s (and the harrowing abortion that followed); tales of her miserable days as an office drone surrounded by dunces, lechers, and the occasional ultra-Christian maniac; and the hilarious full-length graphic novel "Bitchy Takes a Vacation," where a tropical getaway turns into a fiasco (romantic and otherwise) of epic proportions. The book also features a brand new full-length story that chronicles the (never before shown) death of Bitchy's tempestuous father (well, she had to get that temper from somewhere), as Gregory once again finds the humor in even the grimmest situation.
"[Bitchy Bitch] is the ultimate everywoman, perfectly summing up early '90s frustrations (not exclusively felt by women alone) and the reality of unfulfilled existence." – The Village Noize
"Life's a Bitch is a DO NOT MISS collection of many of [Roberta Gregory's] hilarious 'Bitchy Bitch' stories, a truly savage and funny look at modern life." – Comic Book Resources
"Roberta Gregory has produced very close to the perfect graphic novel for adults." – Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"The star of Gregory’s comic book Naughty Bits, an interior-monologue geyser of vitriol, particularly about coworkers and men, is bigoted, narrow-minded — and easy to sympathize with. Gregory’s slapdash style conjures the freewheeling sensibility of sixties underground comics." – Booklist, "Core Collection: Graphic Women"
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