“Where most strip artists seem to recycle the same three or four bits, Kaz seems to have an endless supply of ideas and characters.” — Spin
“Kaz fits right in with the old masters. He brings their artistic sensibilities to our post-modern world. Sure, his ‘world’ is outrageous, demented, perverted and politically incorrect, but somehow it’s also charming, endearing, compelling and ‘cute’ in its own twisted punk way. As with all great comics, his characters are magically alive on the page. ... The best compliment I can give Kaz’s work is that it’s %$#&* funny. ... They don’t give out Pulitzers for hilarity, but Kaz deserves one. He’s a gag genius ...” — Patrick McDonnell, from the introduction
“Possessed by a sense of anarchy that prevents the material from growing stale or one-note. Bawdy sex jokes commingle with more heady existential material, and inside-baseball cartoonist humor alternates with the occasional political gesture.” — The A.V. Club
“What primarily distinguishes Underworld is Kaz's dedication to the gag at its most outrageously hilarious.” — Booklist
“They heckle, harass, cheat, rob, bash, knife, shoot, and chop up one another with giddy glee, making Underworld the premier venue for rude, morbid, black, sick humor with a wall-to-wall grin on its disfigured face.” — Booklist
In addition to his career as an Emmy-winning writer for animation (Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants), Kaz has been unleashing his id and corrupting generations with his Harvey-nominated weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992. Underworld hilariously depicts sordid doings in a surreal city, stuffed with almost-parodies of famous comic strip characters, a healthy dose of cigarette-smoking cats, cute little saccharin-cuddly creatures, media-damaged kids, and much more — all destined for a sardonic smashing in typically acerbic Kaz fashion. Kaz’s strip ran in many American alternative weeklies such as the New York Press and the SF Bay Guardian. The Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood will be the first ever omnibus collection of the very best of the strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author (along with a foreword by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell).