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MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE

(GRAPHIC NOVEL)

During its run in the mid-’90s, Minimum Wage racked up critical accolades and a devoted following, numbering among its fans Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Scott Aukerman, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, and more. Why? Because each page boasted sticky, uncomfortable truths drenched in bleakly familiar humor. It was “cringe comedy” before the phrase had been coined, presaging squirmy shows like Louie and Girls. Set in a New York so real you can practically smell it (so claimed Mike Mignola), Minimum Wage is the workaday saga of cartoonist Rob Hoffman and his firebrand girlfriend, Sylvia.

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PARIAH

(NOVEL)

A global plague has nearly vanquished mankind, the citizenry of New York City no exception. Eight million zombies. Shoulder to shoulder. Walking the streets, looking for their next meal of human flesh. The residents of an Upper East Side walk-up have bonded to keep themselves safe, the pageant of walking rot outside their windows a constant reminder of the their foreseeable fate. Forced to remain in the safety of the building, the tenants find themselves at each others’ throats. When they spy a lone teenage girl who walks among the undead, impervious, their world opens up.

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FROM THE ASHES

(GRAPHIC NOVEL)

Described by Fingerman as a “speculative memoir,” From the Ashes takes the popular autobiographical genre and adds a unique twist. With notable recent exceptions James Frey, J.T. LeRoy and Margaret B. Jones, most memoirists depict what’s actually happened in their lives. Fingerman subverts the genre by taking a look back at what’s yet to – but might – occur. In From the Ashes he pits himself and real-life wife Michele against the radioactive elements in post-apocalyptic New York City, positing an alternate time line that starts in the lead up to the 2008 presidential election.

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CONNECTIVE TISSUE

(ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA)

Video store clerk Darla Vogel is fed up, until one of her customers, a precocious home-schooled kid, offers her some of his meat-tinged candies. Darla takes a plunge down the rabbit hole into a surreal world of throbbing, veinous buildings, compulsory public nudity, weird creatures and more. If William S Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, H.P. Lovecraft and Harvey Kurtzman had a mutant lovechild, it might resemble Bob Fingerman’s bold new confection, Connective Tissue. Fingerman, a cartoonist and novelist best known for an acclaimed graphic novel (Beg the Question, a Gen X classic) and an acclaimed prose novel (Bottomfeeder), merges the disciplines in Connective Tissue, a genre-bending and medium-mixing work best described as a fully illustrated novella.

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BOTTOMFEEDER

(NOVEL)

Phil Merman is a regular guy.

A regular guy who just happens to be immortal, for whatever that’s worth. So far all it’s gotten him is a divorce, a lack of friends and family, and a string of soul-killing jobs with no room for advancement. Bound to a self-imposed ethical code bordering on vigilantism, Phil prowls the bowels of New York City in search of suitable sustenance—the homeless, the insane, no one who’ll be missed—all the while wondering how he became what he is. Are there others of his kind? Would he want to know them? Clues to the mystery of his existence begin to reveal themselves, luring him into spaces perhaps best left unknown.

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RECESS PIECES

(GRAPHIC NOVEL)

Bad things are brewing in the halls of The Ben Turpin School for K-8. When a science project goes wrong, only the prepubescent children are spared the fate of zombification – which is not to say that they’re immune from being eaten alive! George Romero covered night, dawn, and day, but how about recess? With Recess Pieces, Fingerman dishes up a grisly combination of Hal Roach’s Our Gang and zombies, zombies and more zombies.

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YOU DESERVED IT

(GRAPHIC NOVEL)

Is Bob Fingerman a cynical misanthrope or a disappointed humanitarian? Dare we suggest maybe both? In You Deserved It, the sensitive creator of the acclaimed graphic novel Beg the Question accesses his darker side, serving up this caustic collection of comical cautionary chronicles. What Beg the Question was to sex and romance, You Deserved It is to wanton violence and social wrongness.

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BEG THE QUESTION

(GRAPHIC NOVEL)

A caustic and hilarious love story set in 1990s New York City.

Bob Fingerman’s Beg the Question tells the story of Rob and Sylvia, two twenty-somethings navigating the labyrinth of New York City life. Imagine a cross between Seinfeld and Caligula, set in Manhattan, and you’ll have an idea of Fingerman’s caustic wit. Beg the Question follows Rob and Sylvia’s relationship through all of its ups-and-downs, from courtship to marriage, public sex to unwanted pregnancies, and everything in between. Performance art, extended families, the comic book industry and Screw magazine are just a few of the other topics subjected to Fingerman’s satirical microscope.

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MINIMUM WAGE, BOOK ONE

(GRAPHIC NOVEL)

Meet Rob, a young guy just trying to eke out a living drawing filthy cartoons for sleazy porno magazines. It beats digging ditches for a living, but it’s not how he wanted to use his talents. Between night-clubbing with his buddies, reluctantly partying with flirtatious gays and lesbians, delving into the less than glamorous world of tabloid porndom, being subjected to NYC’s leather-clad S&M/performance art underworld, bopping all around Brooklyn and trying to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend, it’s amazing Rob ever gets any work done.

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bob bw smallBob Fingerman is the creator of the dark and humorous prose and comics works: Beg The Question, You Deserved It, Connective Tissue, Recess Pieces and Bottomfeeder.