Once referred to as “the outsider with an entertainer’s instincts,” Peter Bagge has proven to be one of the great figures in American comics and comedy over the past quarter century. It all began with Neat Stuff, Bagge’s one-man humor anthology that ran from 1985 to 1989 for fifteen issues and introduced the world to Girly Girl & Chuckie-Boy, the reactionary talk radio host Studs Kirby, the hulking misfit Junior, suburbanites Chet and Bunny Leeway, the Goon on the Moon, lounge lizard Zoove Groover, and Bagge’s signature creations, The Bradleys. Bagge’s humor has influenced the work of Matt Groening, Mike Judge, John Kricfalusi, Dana Gould and many other pop culture heavyweights. Much like Fantagraphics’s 2015 acclaimed edition of Daniel Clowes’s The Complete Eightball, The Complete Neat Stuff collects a legendary Fantagraphics comic book series in a deluxe, two volume, oversized slipcased set featuring new artwork and annotations by the author — the definitive edition of truly classic material.
"What was always great about Neat Stuff—and what makes those comics so exciting to read even today—is that they had the look of something disposable, but with a sneaky level of ambition and depth. One panel at a time, Bagge pulls readers into the lives of the Leeways or the Bradley family, taking what seems like tossed-off humor pieces and gradually revealing an uncanny understanding of human nature and the realities of modern American life." — The A.V. Club
"Peter Bagge is one of the most consistently entertaining American cartoonists, and this luxurious edition is an ideal way of catching up with what you’ve missed out on if you’ve not read Neat Stuff before. " — The Quietus
"As an object, The Complete Neat Stuff is simply gorgeous. It’s large and heavy, with clean angles and bright, beautiful, gigantic portraits of Bagge’s characters on the book covers and the slipcase. The paper is thick and the reproduction of Bagge’s original art is unbelievably sharp." — The Seattle Review of Books
"For long-time fans, the box set is a delightful reminder of just how free, joyful, and sophomoric (in the best comic sense) so much of Bagge’s early work was; the variety of styles and artistic approaches he used, especially in the earliest , is berserk. For those who only know his work from Hate and beyond, the utter weirdness of certain pieces, coupled with the diversity of some of the other stories’ intentional stupidness, will be an eye-opener. But most of all, for me, it’s a reminder that Neat Stuff was consistently extremely funny during a period of time I don’t particularly recall as being all that funny. Especially in comics." — The Comics Journal
Read The Comics Journal's Peter Bagge Interview.