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Minimum Wage


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. Rob is to the New York low-grade/bohemian/artist scene what Buddy Bradley is to Seattle’s slacker culture, and Fingerman, drawing in a new, looser style, tells the story with a wry wit and an attention to the economic hardships and emotional veracity of life as it’s lived in the margins of the Big Apple. This all-original graphic novel introduces Fingerman’s youthful cast of characters, serving as an inexpensive primer to the observant and caustic world of one of Fantagraphics’ finest storytellers!


STARK YET HILARIOUS REALITY. The sort of earthy realism so often missing from conventional prose novels.” — Entertainment Weekly

Minimum Wage features a cast that is full of energy and life.” — Wizard Magazine

Bob Fingerman has grounded his stories in stark yet hilarious reality. Unlike most writers, who bring their characters to the brink of disaster and then veer them off into safety, Bob plunges them headlong into the maw of it. Just like life. That’s why his work resonates. That is the pendulum upon which Minimum Wage swings.” — stand-up comic Dana Gould, The Simpsons

·  Paperback: 72 pages
·  Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (June 1, 1997)
·  Language: English
·  ISBN-10: 1560971878
·  ISBN-13: 978-1560971870

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.