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MINIMUM WAGE #2

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Cover of MINIMUM WAGE #2 (Image Comics, February 2014)

MINIMUM WAGE RETURNS IN 2014

After a nearly 15-year gap, my comic series Minimum Wage returns with all-new issues in January 2014, from Image Comics! Working on the Maximum Minimum Wage collection really renewed my desire to continue the story, and fortunately Image felt the same way. So, starting in January it returns as a monthly title, running for six-issue “seasons,” with gaps between for me to get the next batch going. It’s very much like television scheduling and makes a lot of sense when you’re a one-man band, like I am. Unlike its original run, which came out sort of sporadically, now fans can count on a regular schedule and get a monthly fix of Rob and the gang. New characters, new situations, all very exciting. Stay tuned. But in the meanwhile, here’s some sweet press from USA Today, Bleeding Cool, Multiversity ComicsCBR and Newsarama.

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MoCCA/Society of Illustrators Event Night Photos

At long (well, not that long) last, here are pix from the opening night event for my exhibition at the MoCCA Gallery at New York’s prestigious Society of Illustrators (up through August 17th, so if you haven’t been yet, please do). The talk was ably moderated with verve and wit by comedian Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000′s TV’s Frank, for all you philistines). From where I was seated (uh, right beside him onstage, duh), the audience seemed quite entertained, which was my ultimate goal. I’d rather be funny than informative. I think we managed to be both. It was a really good night. Special thanks to the Society’s Anelle Miller, Richard Berenson, Eric Fowler, Katie Izzo, Kat Bloomfield, Kate Feirtag and Sean, the bartender, for the Manhattans. Those helped, too.

Signing in Annapolis 5/11/2013

I’ll be signing and so on (not sure what “so on” involves, but I’m sure some “so on” will happen) at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD, this coming Saturday.

2027-A West St., Annapolis, Maryland 21401
The info from their website:
MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE SIGNING W/ CREATOR BOB FINGERMAN
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11AM-1PM
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First 25 in line receive a FREE limited edition signed & numbered bookplate created JUST FOR THIS EVENT!
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Folks, we are extra excited about this one, as Minimum Wage has been one of our personal favorites for a VERY long time. When IMAGE COMICS decided to collect the entire run of MINIMUM WAGE into one gorgeous, oversized 350+ page hardcover for only $34.99 — we knew we had to do something special to celebrate, and bringing series creator BOB FINGERMAN in for a huge Third Eye signing was exactly the thing to do!

For those of you who may not know, MINIMUM WAGE is one of the best indie comics of all time. Heck, when Third Eye Steve sold off his collection to fund the store way back when — his Minimum Wage comics were one of the few things he couldn’t part with! That should tell you something!

During its original run, MINIMUM WAGE racked up critical acclaim and a devoted following. Why? Because each page of Rob and Sylvia’s workaday saga boasted uncomfortable truths drenched in bleak humor, presaging squirmy shows like LOUIE and GIRLS.

Set in a New York so real you can smell it, this definitive edition collects the entire run, and also features a ton of great guest pin-ups by the likes of Peter Bagge, Dave Cooper, Joe Dator, Guy Davis, Glenn Fabry, Dean Haspiel, Gilbert Hernandez, Peter Kuper, Mike Mignola, and many more.

We can pretty much guarantee that if you dig slice-of-life humor, or autobiographical comics, you’ll love this book.

Imagine the dark everyday humor of Kevin Smith’s CLERKS, mix in a little bit of comic industry insider fun, and a whole lot of interesting characters, and you’ve got MINIMUM WAGE.

We’ll have plenty of copies of MINIMUM WAGE on hand for you to check out at the event!

 

Free Preview of Whole Comic Con Chapter from MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE

Call it largesse (go on, I dare you), but here’s the entire comic con chapter from my forthcoming Image Comics collection MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE, just to whet (or re-whet) your appetite. 20 pages out of the whopping 384 the book has. Read it, then order it from Amazon or at your local comic book shop. If they don’t have it, demand they order it!

SKINNY-MAN

Like many budding kid cartoonists of my generation I was enamored of “Mad‘s Maddest Artist,” Don Martin. I loved his work in the magazine, but what really set my mind ablaze were his paperback originals. These were maybe my first taste of graphic novels, and none so enthralled me as The MAD Adventures of Captain Klutz. Skinny-Man was my stab at “funny superhero” comics. The villains, “Super Cool Man” (who really looks more like Super Pimp) in particular, are pretty special. Same vintage as the others posted here (1975).

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Neurotic

This quasi-autobiographical strip is same vintage as Gerry’s Comix and Super-Cat. The “hang-up” (what a knowingly loaded double meaning for something done in the ’70s) in the back is oddly self-pitying. I think this one might predate the others. The art isn’t as good. It’s from ’75, again, though. The Jaws reference was very topical.

Super Cat, anyone?

Here’s another “classic” from my larval stage, same vintage as Gerry’s Comix.

Yes, Gerald Ford

While other budding comics artists were probably practicing their takes on Spidey and Doc Doom, here’s an early example of what I was doing. Presenting my 1975 (I’m guessing) Gerry’s Comix. I was ten. The Gerry caricature is blatantly stolen from Robert Grossman. I was enamored of his comic in New York Magazine. Maybe I’ll scan and post some more of my childhood comics.

And yes, that’s Nixon reading an issue of Playboy.

THE HELL OF IT

These might be the final sketches of 2009. Maybe not, but they’re probably the final ones I’ll post this year. These are character design sketches for the book I want to do set in Hell. I am hoping to finally find a home for this baby in 2010. I’ve wanted to do this story for many years, though its earlier outlines were quite different. The plot has finally gelled, so let’s hope that I finally set it to paper soon.

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My Goon Pages…

For those of you who didn’t want to click over to Dark Horse’s DHP MySpace to see my take on Eric Powell’s The Goon, here are my two concluding pages of the serial that ran there. They make no sense without the preceding pages, so don’t feel bad if you read them and go WTF? They wanted a riff on The Maltese Falcon for the punchline. This thing was done “Exquisite Corpse” style, so I was brought in to deliver the punch line. Several lines of dialogue are directly from The Maltese Falcon. Whee.


¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Happy New Year, all. Here’s the last piece of art I did in 2007: new cover for the Spanish edition of my graphic novel, Beg the Question. The title will be different, though. BTQ, already idiomatic, doesn’t translate well. It might revert to the original series title, Minimum Wage. We’ll see. At any rate, here’s the drawing and final color version.


RECESS PIECES THUMBNAILS, PART 1

Here’s the first of what might be a series of posts featuring some of my prep work. These are the first 20 pages of thumbnails for my graphic novel, Recess Pieces, which came out summer 2006.