Fans of Peter Bagge’s generation-defining, satirical fiction may not realize this, but the cartoonist doubles as an opinionated cuss, and has been contributing provocative (but still hilarious) comic-strip opinion pieces to Reason magazine for the last several years... collected in this volume.
Although a libertarian by inclination (hence the Reason gig), Bagge (who lives in the fuzzy-headed, liberal capital of the Northwest, Seattle) is hardly dogmatic, and many of the pieces undermine traditional party lines in favor of a rather personal, rational and informed take on hot-button issues that will force partisan Democrats and Republicans alike to rethink them. And of course, Bagge’s well-researched comic strip “essays” crackle with the same energy and wit that propelled him into the collective Gen X consciousness with his comic book series Hate.
Favorite topics include the erosion of our civil liberties (whether the post-9/11 Bush administration's gradual erosion of the Bill of Rights, the insanity of the war on drugs, or nanny-state meddling), ongoing boondoggles of the American public (for professional sports stadiums or ineffective public transportation systems), the Iraq war (Bagge is vociferously against it), so-called art and so-called entertainment, the homeless, the mall-ification of America, politicians both in general and in particular (including the 2008 presidential race and a revelatory one-on-one with Republican not-so-hopeful Ron Paul that soured Bagge on the candidate forever), the conservative/religious war on sex and drugs, and whether citizens should be allowed to own bazookas. Each piece features the voluble Bagge himself front and center as the puzzled, indignant, or deeply conflicted everyman-on-the-street trying to make sense of this 21st Century.
And of course, every panel is delineated in Bagge’s glorious, laugh-out-loud stretchy 4-color cartoon style, making even his disquisitions on some very serious topics go down as smoothly as Buddy Bradley’s latest escapade.
BONUS: This new edition of the sold-out Everybody Is Stupid features an extra 32 pages of never-before-collected comics, including an epic biography of eccentric libertarian (and Ayn Rand contemporary) Isabel Mary Paterson.
Our good friends at Atomic Books have released the deets on their 6th annual burnin-down-the-house party the night before SPX at their store in Baltimore, MD. This party features Peter Bagge signing his calvacade of new books from 6-7pm and then readings from 7-1opm.
The readings will feature these superb cartoonists and their new books: MICHAEL KUPPERMAN (Tales Designed To Thrizzle) SAM HENDERSON (Magic Whistle) T. EDWARD BAK (Island Of Memory) BRIAN RALPH (Reggie-12) FRANK SANTORO (Pompeii) ANYA DAVIDSON (School Spirits) DAVID PLUNKERT (Spur Gallery)
Atomic Books also boasts a new bottleshop bar, The Eightbar (a particulary nice play on Dan Clowes' Eightball) will be open, serving local & craft beer, wine and sodas. Make sure you take a million photos of your face passed out on their kickass countertop.
And while in the bar, there is a print show by artists Andrea Kalfas and Jimmy Giegerich. Benn from Atomic also mentioned they are debutinga 3D photo booth in the newly expanded store." We scan you in and print out a 3D bust of you." SIGN ME UP.
And don't forget that on September 24th, Danny Bland, author of In Case We Die will have a reading and signing at their fine establishment as well!
Friday, September 13. Peter Bagge - 6-7. SPX-Plosion 7-10PM. Free. Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd. Hampden, Baltimore. www.atomicbooks.com
For more information, contact: Benn Ray (
Peter Bagge pays tribute to "the World's Greatest Comics Publishers" (ahem, us) on the cover of last week's Seattle Weekly, where you can also find a "Fantagraphics 101" style profile in advance to our big hoo-hah at Bumbershoot. We're a little tardy posting this (our pals at D&Q even scooped us) because, well, that last panel has the resounding ring of truth.
If you're lucky enough to be in Seattle this weekend, don't miss the Bumbershoot Arts Festival. One of many highlights will be Fantagraphics Follies, an evening of eclectic entertainment featuring some of the country's most creative cartoonists, writers, artists, and musicians.
The show begins with Jim Woodring demonstrating his prowess with a giant pen. Over the course of the program, Jim will produce a drawing on paper that publisher Gary Groth procured from none other than Ralph Steadman! We'll check in on Jim's progress throughout the evening. Ellen Forney will show a clip of a new animation and talk about her sensational book Marbles. Eroyn Franklin and Kelly Froh present multimedia performances and reveal plans for their upcoming Short Run small press festival.
The evening concludes in awesome fashion as Danny Bland reprises Jack Kerouac's famous 1959 appearance on the Steve Allen Show. The notorious beat poet read from On the Road accompanied by Allen's piano improvisation. Bland will read from his new novel, In Case We Die, set in Seattle's grunge era. He'll be joined by Steve Fisk on piano, who is ideally suited to the task, having recorded the 1992 Sub Pop album Prison with legendary Seattle poet Jesse Bernstein.
The one-hour production starts at 6:00 PM this Saturday, August 31 at the Leo K. Theater, followed by a signing in the lobby. The next day in the same venue at 4:00 PM, catch Ellen Forney interviewing cartoonist-blogger Allie Brosh with opening act Bella Rowland-Reid, 14-year-old daughter of Fantagraphics curator and Follies host Larry Reid. Then there's Death Cab For Cutie, Gary Numan, MGMT, Crystal Castles, Icona Pop, The Breeders, Mark Pickeral, Redd Kross, Superchunk, The Joy Formidable, Marc Maron, The Zombies, Reggie Watts, and dozens more! Too much Fun! (Oh yeah, them too.)
August 21, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Diverse works by accomplished Seattle cartoonists are featured in Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot arts festival on Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 PM in the Leo K. Theater. This entertaining production, in the format of a late night television talk show, includes Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and Danny Bland. Music will be provided by Peter Bagge’s Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk. Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid will serve as host for the festivities.
Iconoclastic cartoonist Jim Woodring demonstrates his drawing skills with a giant quill pen measuring over 7 feet tall. He’ll create an appropriately oversized drawing over the course of the show. Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch to discuss her sensational new book Marbles. Eroyn Franklin presents an alluring shadow puppet show, followed by a multimedia comedy act by Kelly Froh. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s legendary 1959 appearance on the Steve Allen Show, Danny Bland reads from his new Fantagraphics novel In Case We Die, accompanied on piano by Steve Fisk. Musical interludes from Peter Bagge’s captivating pop combo Can You Imagine? and revealing interviews by comix connoisseur Larry Reid promise to make Fantagraphics Follies a lively and colorful event. The show will be followed by a book signing, providing the public an opportunity to meet these extraordinary artists.
Join us on Labor Day weekend at Seattle’s adventurous Bumbershoot arts and music festival. For complete line-up and ticket information, visit: http://bumbershoot.org.
Hey, dummies! Some of you didn't listen the first time around, so Peter Bagge is back with the answers again in a new, expanded hardcover edition of 2009's sold-out, Eisner-nominated Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations. Pete brings his sharp wit and curmudgeonly perspective to such topics as "Stupid War," "Stupid Sex," "Stupid Arts," "Stupid Business," "Stupid Boondoggles," "Stupid Tragedy," "Stupid Politics," "Stupid Country," and "Stupid Biography," gathered mostly from the pages of Reason magazine. This new hardback includes everything in the previous softcover, plus 20 new pages of material!
Look for the book to grace shelves next month! Get a taste of that Bagge wisdom with our free 15-page excerpt (also downloadable), and put in your pre-order right here.
Today SPX, Small Press Expo, released the nominees for the Ignatz Awards given out the Saturday of the show, September 14th. We have quite a few cartoonists listed and are so excited for them. Their amazing work speaks for itself but a nice brick award (based the Krazay Kat and Ignatz) is always helpful makes you look tough as hell next to your drawing table. Attendees of SPX are given ballots so start walking NOW to Bethesda and you'll get there in time.
Congrats are in order to Simon Hanselmann for Outstanding Comic nomination for St. Owl's Bay. His book MEGAHEX is coming out from Fantagraphics in 2014 so get ready for more amazing comis.
Here's a quick link to all of our Ignatz-nominee books in case you need to load up for some good readin'. See all of you at the awards acting all dignified and then sorta sloppy at the chocolate fountain!
Fantagraphics cartoonist and Seattle man-about-town, Peter Bagge has a new graphic novel coming out from our Candian cousin, Drawn & Quarterly. The Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story documents the the story of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger,a noted nineteenth century birth control activist, as well as an educator, a nurse, and mother. Sanger's life takes on a whole new vivacity as Bagge creates an adoring, fast-paced biography of this trailblazing woman whose legacy is still incredibly relevant and inspiring.
Prepare to be fully entertained at Fantagraphics Bookstore in the month of August. On Saturday, August 10 we'll host a haunting reception for Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons. Catmull will sign copies of his new book Ghosts and Ruins, while Simmons will sign his recent collection of horror stories The Furry Trap. Frightening fun coinciding with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack. (Catch the Trailer Park Trannies drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.)
On Saturday, August 24, Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes Brandon Graham. The cartoonist behind popular projects like Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and King City returns to his former Seattle home to sign copies of Walrus from PictureBox press.
Don't miss Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot Arts Festival on Saturday, August 31. This lively variety show in the format of a late night talk show features diverse works from some of the country's most accomplished cartoonists: Jim Woodring demonstrates his giant pen, Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch, Eroyn Franklin presents a shadow puppet show, Kelly Froh does a multimedia comedy routine, and Danny Bland performs a beat poetry act. Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk is the house band and the host is played by Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid. The festival also includes Death Cab for Cutie, the Breeders, the Zombies, Superchunk, Redd Kross, MGMT and many more. Fun! (Oh yeah, them, too.)
We're kinda busy. All of these books are slated to come out in a 4- to 6-week period from August to mid-September! (Plus a few others we've already shown you.) We're going to take the less-is-more, show-don't-tell approach with this update; each photo links to the product details page where you can learn more and pre-order each title. And of course we'll have more pretty preview pics coming soon. Get your wallets ready!