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Recess Pieces


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.


Bob Fingerman’s Recess Pieces combines a comedic look at the horrors of middle-school with an old-school zombie tale… Fingerman’s punchy dialogue and gloriously grotesque Jack Davis-inspired art is never less than impressive. It’s like a Nickelodeon cartoon gone happily awry.” — The Onion

The creator behind Beg the Question and Finger Filth, Fingerman gives the world another helping of outright fun with this Our Gang Meets Dawn of the Dead gene-splicing. When an elementary school science experiment goes awry and causes several of the children and teachers to become flesh-eating zombies, it’s every kid for himself. The grade-schoolers must give just as gorily as they get, gruesomely and gleefully rising to the occasion, with one kid memorably converting a clunky industrial arts paper cutter into a very effective zombie deterrent. Refreshingly peopled with a multiethnic band of well-defined young characters, those not put off by the hilariously grisly content will find Fingerman’s dark sense of humor is in overdrive, and his lush, offal-drenched artwork is a delight. Beware: despite starring a cast of children, this is in no way a children’s comic, as it is replete with realistically frank language and extremely graphic depictions of violence and entrails-munching cannibalism. Fingerman hits one out of the park with this perfect antidote to stodgy ‘summer’ reading.” — Publishers Weekly

It’s 1974, and for Bobby and his friends, surviving fourth grade at Ben Turpin School gets more complicated than dodging the local bully. After a science experiment gone awry floods the school in stinking, zombie-making gas, Bobby must lead his friends out. Picture Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and That ’70s Show done in Mad parody style, and you’ve got pretty close to Recess Pieces. It’s a little dialogue-heavy at times, and some jokes are groaners, but the sight gags are priceless. Fingerman’s art–which juxtaposes beautifully rendered detail and over-the-top gore and violence–is the real star.” — Tina Coleman, Booklist

Publication Date: August 23, 2006
Format: HC, 96pg, FC, 7″ x 10″
ISBN-10: 1-59307-450-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-59307-450-0

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.