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From 1990–1998, Peter Bagge created a provocatively titled comic book series that ended up defining the zeitgeist of the decade, as well as Generation X and grunge culture in general. This is the first time those hilarious comics, starring the hapless Buddy Bradley and his cast of misfit cohorts, have ever been collected in one place — revealing the entirety as the great American novel it is. Bagge's keenly observant and empathetic skills as a writer, in conjunction with his innately funny cartooning, have produced an unlikely and rich tapestry of characters as uncomfortably real as anything happening at the time in film, television, or literature.
The parallels to hipster culture were largely coincidental, as Buddy's travails were largely based on Bagge's own experience as a young man — ten years earlier than Buddy's stories are set. But Hate's cast of twentysomething characters quickly resonated with young readers and became one of the best selling and culturally influential comics of the alternative comics era.
Produced with full access to both Bagge's and Fantagraphics's archives, The Complete Hate includes the original 30 issue run, the nine subsequent Hate Annuals, and tons of other Hate-related comics, illustrations, and ephemera created for books, magazines, comics, toys, and other merchandise.
Book One focuses on Hate issues 1-15, focusing on young Buddy's travails in early 1990s Seattle. Book Two focuses on Buddy and girlfriend Lisa Leavenworth's move back to Buddy's native New Jersey (and a switch from black-and-white to full color). Book Three features the final arc of Bagge's magnum opus, as Buddy & Lisa become parents (and buy a garbage dump), and is packed as well with tons of extras from the Hate vaults. Each volume, along with the slipcase, contains new covers, endpapers, title pages and other surprises.