Peter Bagge at ComiCon in San Diego, July 24, 2010
December 11, 1957
Peekskill, New York
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, Writer, Artist|
|Awards||Harvey Award, 1991|
Peter Bagge (pronounced //, as in "bag") (born December 11, 1957 in Peekskill, New York) is an American cartoonist whose best-known work includes the comics Hate and Neat Stuff. His stories often use black humor and exaggerated cartooning to dramatize the reduced expectations of middle-class American youth. He won two Harvey Awards in 1991, one for best cartoonist and one for his work on Hate. Bagge has expressed his libertarian views in features for Reason.
Peter Bagge and his four siblings grew up in the New York City suburbs. Bagge's father was in the military and Bagge has talked about how his Catholic household was the scene of "lots of drunken fights about money. We were the weirdo outcast kids of the neighborhood. I couldn't get away fast enough." Moving to New York City in the mid-1970s, Bagge attended the School of Visual Arts for three semesters in 1977 before dropping out to work on Punk Magazine.
Other cartoonists associated with Punk were John Holmstrom, Ken Weiner, and Bruce Carleton; and Bagge worked on his cartooning with them and also J.D. King and Kaz. During this period, the young cartoonists also were the beneficiaries of "useful advice" from Art Spiegelman.
In addition to Punk, Bagge contributed to the notorious underground paper Screw; when Punk folded in 1980, Bagge and Holstrom co-published Comical Funnies. Bagge sent copies of Comical Funnies to underground comics legend Robert Crumb, who liked his work enough to publish a few of Bagge's strips in the anthology Crumb was editing, Weirdo. Eventually, in 1983, Crumb passed on the editorial reins of Weirdo to Bagge, who edited it for three years (and one guest issue in 1989).
Beginning in 1985, Bagge hooked up with alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics to produce his first solo title Neat Stuff, a wild miscellany that introduced such memorable characters as Girly-Girl, Junior, Studs Kirby, The Bradleys, and Buddy Bradley. Neat Stuff ran until 1989.
Hate (1990–1998), Bagge's most well-known comic series, was popular among grunge rock fans, perhaps because it satirized their "alternative" culture. After ending Hate as a regular title, Bagge has produced a series of Hate Annuals.
Sweatshop, published by DC Comics in 2003, was produced, unlike early issues of Hate, with the help of an art team. Sweatshop, ironically, is about a cartoonist who hits it big. The series was short-lived, ending after six issues.
In 2002, Bagge did his version of Spider-Man for Marvel Comics. He followed this up with a Hulk comic (title The Incorrigible Hulk) which was completed but never released due to a management change at Marvel Comics at the time. From August 2009, The Incorrigible Hulk finally released in serialised form for Marvel Knights's relaunched Strange Tales mini-series.
2010 saw the release of a graphic novel for DC called Other Lives (see below).
2005 – present
From 2005–2007, Bagge worked on Apocalypse Nerd, a comic published by Dark Horse Comics about two average, urban males dealing with the aftermath of a nuclear attack on the Pacific Northwest. Backup stories in Apocalypse Nerd featured historically researched anecdotal tales of America's "founding fathers". The final issue of the six-issue series was published in 2007. A trade paperback collection was released in 2008.
Other Lives is a graphic novel written and drawn by Bagge, and published by DC Comics on their Vertigo imprint in 2010. The story revolves around 4 people, whose real lives—along with their online virtual personas—interact in ultimately disastrous ways.
Reset is a 4 part comic book mini-series written and illustrated by Bagge, and published by Dark Horse. The story revolves around a middle-aged, washed-up comic actor who agrees to take part in the development of a computer application that allows him to relive his life in a virtual sense. The first issue was released in April 2012, with the next 3 following on a monthly basis. A book collection was released in 2012.
Publishers of Bagge's articles, illustrations and comics include suck.com, Reason, MAD Magazine, and the Weekly World News, with the strip "Adventures of Batboy". In January 2008, Bagge contributed illustrations to toonlet, an online comic construction web site.
Starting with the February 2009 issue, the popular science and technology magazine Discover Magazine has featured a continuing series of History of Science comic strips created by Peter Bagge. Bagge’s comics feature key characters and events from scientific history.
Bagge is the subject of the first volume of TwoMorrows Publishing's new Comics Introspective series of books, published in 2007. Peter Bagge: Conversations, a collection of interviews with Bagge spanning 3 decades, will be released in 2015 from the University Press of Mississippi.
In 2003, Bagge became a contributing writer with the libertarian magazine Reason in whose pages he has published both prose and comics pieces over the years. 2009 saw the release of a collection of Bagge's Reason work called Everybody is Stupid Except for Me (And Other Astute Observations). A second edition was released in late 2013.
Animation and music
Bagge made a series of animated commercials for Round Table Pizza. In 2001 Bagge collaborated with comedian Dana Gould to produce the Macromedia Flash Internet cartoon Murry Wilson: Rock 'N' Roll Dad. The four-episode series premiered on Icebox.com.
Bagge played drums and sang in the band The Action Suits, which also includes Eric Reynolds, Andy Schmidt, and producer Steve Fisk. Their sole CD was released in 2007. Bagge currently plays guitar and sings for his current band, Can You Imagine?, which features Steve Fisk on keyboards. Can You Imagine? have 2 full length CDs of all original material.
Bagge's signature elastic, kinetic art style is a product of his love for 1940s Warner Brothers cartoons (especially those directed by Bob Clampett). Bagge has said that he "always wanted to capture that sense of movement and exaggeration in a static format. In retrospect this sounds like a futile thing to attempt, but I think I wound up pulling it off better than I ever thought I would."
Bagge has long been openly libertarian in his politics, and many of his comics feature references to this. He opposed the Iraq War and criticized George W Bush. Bagge voted for Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne in 2000 and Democrat John Kerry in 2004 because he "wanted to fire Bush." When asked who he was voting for in the 2008 election, he wrote: "If the polls in my home state are close: Obama (McCain is simply too incompetent these days to be president). If not, I'll make a protest vote for [Bob] Barr." In a followup article in Reason, Bagge stated, "I wound up voting for Barr, and I stand by that vote more now than I did then!"
Bagge collected his work for Reason expressing his Libertarian views in the book Everybody is Stupid Except Me: and Other Astute Observations. Bagge has continued with his strips covering libertarian issues in Hate Annual.
- The Wacky World of Peter Bagge/Ken Weiner (1982 FlipBook)
- Martini Baton (Fantagraphics, 1993) with Dave Carrino
- Neat Stuff (Fantagraphics, 1985–1989) #1-15
- Hate (Fantagraphics, 1990–1998) #1-30
- The Bradleys (Fantagraphics, 1999–2000) #1–6 — stories about the Bradleys from Neat Stuff and elsewhere
- Junior and Friends (Fantagraphics, 2000–2001) #1–6 — non-Bradley stories from Neat Stuff and elsewhere
- Yeah! (DC/Homage, 1999 - 2000) #1-9 - an all-ages series written by Bagge and drawn by Gilbert Hernandez
- Hate Annual (Fantagraphics, 2001–2011) #1-9
- Sweatshop (DC, 2003) #1–6 - Written by Bagge, Art by Bagge, Johnny Ryan, Stephenie Gladden, Jim Blanchard, Bill Wray and Stephen DeStefano
- Apocalypse Nerd (Dark Horse, 2005–2007) #1–6
- Reset (Dark Horse, 2012) # 1-4
- The Bradleys (Fantagraphics, 1989, ISBN 1-56097-576-8) — collects stories from Neat Stuff
- Studs Kirby: The Voice of America (Fantagraphics, 1989, ISBN 1-56097-010-3) — collects stories from Neat Stuff
- Junior and Other Losers (Fantagraphics, 1990, ISBN 1-56097-048-0) — collects stories from Neat Stuff
- Stupid Comics (Fantagraphics, 1992, ISBN 1-56097-069-3) — collects stories from Neat Stuff
- Hey, Buddy! (Fantagraphics, 1993, ISBN 1-56097-113-4) — collects Hate #1–5
- Buddy the Dreamer (Fantagraphics, 1994, ISBN 1-56097-154-1) — collects Hate #6–10
- Fun with Buddy + Lisa: Volume III of the Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" (Fantagraphics, 1995, ISBN 1-56097-175-4) — collects Hate #11–#15
- Buddy Go Home: "Hate" Collection Volume IV (Fantagraphics, 1998, ISBN 1-56097-276-9) — collects Hate #16–#20
- Buddy's Got Three Moms: "Hate" Collection Volume V (Fantagraphics, 1999, ISBN 1-56097-335-8) — collects Hate #21–#25
- Buddy Bites the Bullet (Fantagraphics, 2001, ISBN 1-56097-415-X) — collects Hate #26–#30
- Buddy Does Seattle: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics, Vol. I, 1990-94 (Fantagraphics, 2005, ISBN 1-56097-623-3) — collects Hate #1-#15
- Buddy Does Jersey (Fantagraphics, 2007, ISBN 978-1-56097-837-4) — collects Hate #16-#30. Written by Bagge, Art by Bagge and Jim Blanchard
- Apocalypse Nerd (Dark Horse, 2008, ISBN 978-1-59307-902-4)
- Everyone Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations: A Decade's Worth of Cartoon Reporting for Reason Magazine (Fantagraphics, 2009, ISBN 978-1-60699-158-9) - collects strips from Reason
- Yeah! (Fantagraphics, 2011, ISBN 978-1-60699-412-2) -- collects all 9 issues of the all-ages comic book of the same title. Written by Bagge and illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez
- Bat Boy: The Complete Weekly World News Comic Strips (IDW, 2011, ISBN 978-1-60010-896-9) -- collects all 100 Bat Boy comic strips written and drawn by Bagge for the now defunct Weekly World News in 2004 - '05
- Reset (Dark Horse, 2013, ISBN 978-1-61655-003-5)
- Buddy Buys a Dump (Fantagraphics, 2013, ISBN 978-1-60699-745-1) - collects stories from Hate Annual
- Sweatshop (Fantagraphics, 2015, ISBN 978-1606998120) - collects the entire 6 issue run of the Sweatshop comic book series
- Other Lives (DC/Vertigo Publishing, 2010). ISBN 978-1-4012-1902-4
- Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (Drawn & Quarterly, 2013)
- Irving, Chris. Comics Introspective Volume One: Peter Bagge (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2007). ISBN 1-893905-83-7
- Kent Worchester (Editor). Peter Bagge: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi, 2015, ISBN 978-1628462043) - Collects 30 years' worth of interviews with Bagge.
Bagge won the 1991 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist. In addition, Hate won the 1991 Harvey Award for Best New Series. Bagge was presented with an Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 in recognition of his achievements in comics. He was nominated for Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards several times:
- 1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist: (Hate [Fantagraphics])
- 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer: (Hate [Fantagraphics])
- 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer: (Hate [Fantagraphics])
- 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist: (Hate [Fantagraphics])
- 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Colorist: (for Hate [Fantagraphics])
- 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee—Best Humor publication: (for Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me, And Other Astute Observations [Fantagraphics])
- "Peter Bagge". reason.com. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- Chris Auman. "Peter Bagge". Reglar Wriglar. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
- Heater, Brian. "Happy 'Belated' 50th Birthday, Peter Bagge!", The Daily Cross Hatch, December 7, 2007.
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- Zak Sally (10 June 2013). ""Your Theory Is More Than a Theory": Zak Sally’s Interview with Peter Bagge (Part One)". The Comics Journal.
- Cronin, Brian (January 12, 2006). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #33!". Comics Should be Good. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
- Peter Bagge's Hate (and other Neat Stuff)
- Parvaz, D. (February 23, 2005). "A moment with... Peter Bagge, comic artist". Seattle Pi, Wednesday, February 23, 2005 (Hearst Communications Inc.). Retrieved 14 October 2011.
- Who's Getting Your Vote?, Reason
- Does Barack Obama Inspire Buyer's Remorse?. Reason
- Bagge, Peter (2009). Everybody is Stupid Except Me:and Other Astute Observations. Seattle: Fantagraphics. p. 118. ISBN 1-60699-158-2.
- Brown, Hillary (October 18, 2013). "Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge". (Review) PasteMagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
- "Comic-Con The Inkpot Awards". Comic-con.org. Comic-Con International. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- "Comic book database- Peter Bagge". Comic Book Database. ComicBookDB.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peter Bagge.|
- Official website
- Bagge's Facebook fan page
- Bagge's MySpace page
- Website for Bagge's band Can You Imagine
- Peter Bagge's comics for Reason magazine
- Peter Bagge art show at Scott Eder Gallery
- Doane, Alan David (March 17, 2000). "Peter Bagge: Our Love/Hate Relationship". Comics Bulletin.
- Comic Book Haters audio podcast #1
- Comic Book Haters audio podcast #2
- ifpthendirt handwritten interview
- Heater, Brian. Ink 19 (May 2005)
- Heater, Brian. Daily Cross Hatch (Feb. 20, 2007)
- Heater, Brian Daily Cross Hatch (Feb. 28, 2007)
- Miles, Jason  audio interview from the San Diego Comicon, 2010
- Reason.tv - Interview by Nick Gillespie (Sept 2011)