Altergott photographed at a gallery show in 2004.
|Born||1961 (age 57–58)|
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Inker|
Rick Altergott (b. 1961) is an American alternative cartoonist and illustrator. Altergott is best known for Doofus, a long-running low-brow, scatological series of strips which chronicle the misadventures of two small-town weirdos, Doofus and Henry Hotchkiss.
Life and career
Altergott got his BFA in film from the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York. He met and befriended fellow cartoonist and Pratt student Daniel Clowes during his college years. During this period, Altergott and Clowes formed the small press comics publisher Look Mom Comics (inspired by Look Mom Carrots).
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 Books' Zero Zero anthology.) Altergott's work has also appeared in Fantagraphics' Duplex Planet Illustrated and Hate, where Doofus was a long-running backup feature repeatedly promoted by Peter Bagge.
Altergott lived in Chicago for a period when Daniel Clowes also lived there. Due to the similarities in their drawing styles, some observers[who?] 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.||”|
- Doofus (2 issues, Fantagraphics, December 1994–Spring 1997)
- The Doofus Omnibus (Fantagraphics, 2002) ISBN 1-56097-494-X
- (with Ariel Bordeaux) Raisin Pie (5 issues, Fantagraphics, October 2002–July 2007)
- "Artists," Raw, Boiled, and Cooked: Comics on the Verge, edited by Paul Candler (Last Gasp, 2004), p. 86.
- Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928-99. Accessed Nov. 26, 2008.
- Altergott page on Fantagraphics website. 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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