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Working on the Cover of the First Trade

The first six issues of Minimum Wage will be collected as the GN Minimum Wage, Book One: Focus on the Strange, coming in October. I am a big fan of vintage paperback covers and their design, so I will be paying homage (again) to that era.

Finished pencil drawing.

Finished pencil drawing.

Thumbnail concept drawing.

Thumbnail concept drawing.

Minimum Wage Debuts in France!

Received copies of the French edition! Couldn’t be more pleased with how it came out. A really handsome, high-quality item. I would expect nothing less from Les Humanoïdes Associés. So proud to be part of their publishing family. If you happen to be in France, drop by your local BD shop and pick up a copy.

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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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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!

MAXIMUM SIGNING EVENT @ FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Yessiree, I’ll be signing Maximum Minimum Wage at Forbidden Planet, which is practically my alma mater. I’ve been shopping there since the opening day back in ’81. Oh god! That’s a long time ago. But of all its incarnations, this newest is the prettiest and I’m psyched to be having my first FP signing therein! It’s spacious, attractive and welcoming to all (even non-nerds). Come on down and get the book (which will be generously discounted for the event, too!)

Also on deck will be some of the guest artists who contributed all-new pinups to the book.

Plus, debuting their new Image title, Five Ghosts, will be writer Frank Barbiere and artist Chris Mooneyham.

Come on down. Or up. Just be there!

Maximum Ghosts Matt D Edition

Video I made to promote the book, namely a political campaign-style spot for my snazzy new hardcover collection MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE. Features ace comic cover artist Dave Johnson, Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Frank Conniff, the lovely Margaret Cho and the likewise lovely actor/voiceover god Phil LaMarr.

MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE BLOG LAUNCHED

To support and supplement the upcoming release of MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE (Image Comics, March 2013), I have launched a blog that will feature exclusive material, like sketches, photos, Minimum Wage-a-mabilia and more. Check it out!

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BIG NEWS ON THE COMICS FRONT

I am thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of Maximum Minimum Wage, a massive 9 X 12 hardcover incorporating Beg the Question, plus the original 72-page “pilot” graphic novel, Minimum Wage: Book One and the first chapter of its serial run (“Realty Gap”), which wasn’t included in BTQ (for stylistic reasons). All that, plus a color section featuring the cover art from the comic books, sketches and a gallery section of pinups, including all-new ones by Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Roger Langridge, Guy Davis, Dave Johnson, Peter Bagge, Peter Kuper, Hilary Barta, Hunt Emerson, Dean Haspiel and maybe more (including classic pinups by Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Dave Cooper, Jill Thompson and more). It will also include surprise bonus material (the “DVD extras,” if you will) to be announced later). This will be THE definitive edition, boasting many newly redrawn panels (and some whole pages), bringing the art up to my current standards. Some of the dialogue has been tweaked, too (as I think I have improved as a writer in the intervening years). It will be released early Spring 2013, from Image Comics, under the aegis of longtime MW fan, friend and comics bigwig, Robert (The Walking Dead) Kirkman. The whole package will weigh in at approximately 372 pages! I am currently working on designing the cover. Here’s a tease. Stay tuned!