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Beg the Question


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.

Fingerman’s mid-1990s comic book series Minimum Wage was a breakthrough success for Fingerman, and this marks the first collection of the entire run, retouched (many pages are substantially or entirely redrawn) with added gray tones and almost 40 pages of never-before-published material. The deluxe hardcover format makes Beg the Question a perfect holiday purchase for Gen Xers facing the reality that Nevermind came out over a decade ago and the mortgage payment is due this week.


Vivid, ribald… his dialogue is worthy of the stage—it’s terrific screwball-comedy byplay that rings true.” Grade: A-. — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Fingerman’s dialogue is biting and realistic, and his drawing is exceptional.” — Publishers Weekly

Anyone who has lived or envied la vie boheme should relate to this dead-on evocation of a contemporary version of it.” — Booklist

A page-turner to read. And it’s funny, to boot… This is a highly recommended book.” Grade: A. — Jeremy Shorr, Comics Buyer’s Guide

His characters suck in the reader and constantly surprise him or her. This is the definite article.” Grade: A. — S. A. Bennett, Comics Buyer’s Guide

It’s just about the most fun I’ve had reading anything in a long, long time… Nice work, Fingerman.” — Tom De Haven, author of Dugan Under Ground

[A] funny, heartwarming, and poignant work. It helps make the case for comics being the great American art form.” — Tony Isabella, “Tony’s Tips,” Comics Buyer’s Guide

[R]emarkable….[with] a funny and affecting focus.” — Andrew Johnston, Time Out New York

·  Paperback: 248 pages
·  Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (October 19, 2005)
·  ISBN-10: 1560976853
·  ISBN-13: 978-1560976851
·  Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches

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.