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ABOUT BOB FINGERMAN

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Best known for the comic series Minimum Wage, Fingerman’s contributions to the world of comics have been many and varied.

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.

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. During this time he 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 then branched out to prose. His debut, the darkly humorous vampire novel, Bottomfeeder (M Press), dropped in early 2007. Then came Connective Tissue (Fantagraphics, May 2009), a trippy illustrated novella, and From the Ashes (IDW), a “speculative memoir” set 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. Now Minimum Wage is back, better than ever, international and all-new for 2014 and beyond! Minimum Wage, Focus on the Strange (Image, October 2014) collects the first arc of the all-new material. 2014 also saw the release of the 20th anniversary edition of Fingerman’s first graphic novel, White Like She.

He is itching to say what development is coming in Spring 2018, but can’t yet. But it’s cool. He’s also started writing for television and is developing some of his own intellectual properties.

A lifelong New Yorker, he has recently relocated to California.