Altergott photographed at a gallery show in 2004.
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Rick Altergott is a professional illustrator and cartoonist, residing in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with his wife, fellow cartoonist Ariel Bordeaux. Their collaborative comic book Raisin Pie is published by Fantagraphics.
Altergott is best known for Doofus, a long-running series published by Fantagraphics, notorious for its low-brow, scatological humor. Doofus chronicles the misadventures of two small-town weirdos, Doofus and Henry Hotchkiss.
Life and Career
Altergott's first published work was in the early 1980s, but he didn't really settle into the comics world until late in the decade, when he contributed regularly to the humor magazine Cracked. Throughout the 1990s Altergott published the small-press comic Douche Bag Dougan (the titular hero of which later made an appearance in Fantagraphics' Zero Zero anthology.) Altergott's work has also appeared in Duplex Planet Illustrated and Hate (both published by Fantagraphics), where he was repeatedly promoted by Peter Bagge.
Altergott is good friends with cartoonist Daniel Clowes, and lived in Chicago for a period when Clowes also lived there. Due to the similarities in their drawing styles, some observers have suggested that Altergott is a pseudonym for Clowes, allowing Clowes to draw in a different, Wally Wood-inspired style. This is untrue.
|“||Rick Altergott is the unsung genius of American comedy.||”|
|“||Just when you think the inspired madman has deserted our culture for good, along came the king of them all to show us how it's done.||”|
- The Doofus Omnibus (Fantagraphics, 2002) ISBN 1-56097-494-X
- Altergott page on Fantagraphics website. Accessed Nov. 26, 2008.
- Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928-99. Accessed Nov. 26, 2008.
- Flowertown, USA (episode 1). Accessed May 20, 2014.
- "Hail Doofus: Two-Handed Man interviews Rick Altergott" (Feb. 2002). Accessed Nov. 26, 2008.
- "Sex Advice From Cartoonists" Accessed Dec. 24, 2011 .
- Rick Altergott at the Comic Book DB
- Lambiek.net's Comiclopledia entry
- Comic Art Collective page
- Two Handed Man interview (2002)
- Comics for Vice magazine
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