Best known for his comic series Minimum Wage (Fantagraphics Books), as well as the graphic novel White Like She (also Fantagraphics), Fingerman’s contributions to the world of comics have been many and varied.
In 1984, while still in attendance at New York’s School of Visual Arts, he produced work for the legendary Harvey Kurtzman (creator of Mad magazine and Playboy’s “Little Annie Fanny” as well as the recently collected Humbug) on the short-lived young readers anthology NUTS! At the same time Fingerman produced a series of parodies exclusively for the European market, which ran in such periodicals as France’s L’Echo Des Savanes and Spain’s infamous El Vibora.
Fingerman toiled in the disparate realms of kiddy satire, men’s magazines, sci-fi and illustration, producing work regularly for Cracked, Al Goldstein’s infamous tabloid Screw, Penthouse Hot Talk, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon and High Times. He also worked for The Village Voice, Business Week and other periodicals.
In the ’90s he decided to focus on comics, doing a stint on the The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as several adult comics titles. He also created covers and short stories for Dark Horse Comics, and DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.
In 1993 Fingerman wrote and drew his first graphic novel, White Like She, a social satire about a middle-aged black man whose brain is transplanted into a white teenage girl’s head.
Upon completion of that purely fictional work Fingerman decided to turn his attention inward. The result was the semi-autobiographical series Minimum Wage, which charted the bumpy relationship of Rob Hoffman and Sylvia Fanucci, and was collected and extensively reworked as the graphic novel, Beg the Question (Fantagraphics Books).
Fingerman has broadened his palette, turning also to prose. His darkly humorous vampire novel, Bottomfeeder (M Press), was published in early 2007. Recent projects are Connective Tissue (Fantagraphics, May 2009), a trippy illustrated novella, and From the Ashes (IDW), a “speculative memoir” featuring Bob and his wife Michele in post-apocalyptic NYC. In 2010 the collected edition of From the Ashes was released, followed by his second novel, Pariah, from Tor (mass market edition released in 2011). He also had a short story in the popular zombie anthology The Living Dead 2 (Night Shade Books, October 2010).
Maximum Minimum Wage, a deluxe reissue of his defining comic series, was released in March 2013 from Image Comics. Work on that collection reignited Fingerman’s desire to continue that story, so starting January 2014 Minimum Wage will return as a monthly comic book series from Image (in six-issue arcs, with breathers between).
He is married to his lovely wife, Michele, and lives in New York City.