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Title:
Minimum wage. Book two, The tales of Hoffman
Author:
Fingerman, Bob, 1964-
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Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
116 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560972860
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Book

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Booklist Review

Alternative comics creators Bagge and Fingerman present different takes on twentysomethings coping with such generational concerns as underemployment and cohabitation. Buddy Bradley, hapless protagonist of Bagge's comix magazine Hate, and his borderline-psychotic girlfriend, Lisa, move back in with Buddy's parents in New Jersey. Prompted mostly by lack of other options, skills-deficient Buddy turns entrepreneur, opening a collectibles shop with junkie partner Jay. The suburban scene and domestic life offer Bagge new (easy) targets, but the return to Jersey is a retreat for him, too, since it was the setting of his series about the whole Bradley bunch in his earlier magazine, Neat Stuff. Hate is soon to hit the small screen as an MTV cartoon series, which will boost interest in Buddy's comix exploits. If animation seems the perfect other medium for Bagge's wildly exaggerated drawing style, live-action adaptation would better serve Fingerman's, which, though attractively cartoonish, is careful and detailed. In Fingerman's tales of life among the young and underemployed in Manhattan, his semiautobiographical hero has a career of sorts (drawing cartoons for a porno mag) and is much more self-aware and introspective than Buddy, if not as laugh-out-loud comical. Bagge aims straight for the funnybone, but Fingerman is more interested in character development as he puts Rob, girlfriend Sylvia, and their disaffected friends through such activities as hunting an affordable apartment, dealing with unwanted pregnancy, and escaping for a weekend to Sag Harbor. Fingerman's slice-of-life renderings of everything from clothing and furnishings to garbage on the sidewalk reinforce the aura of downtown authenticity. --Gordon Flagg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Fingerman has the knack for identifying the humor in the weirdest and the most unexceptional people or situations. This first installment of Fingerman's crisply rendered mini-epic presents a couple of days in the life of Rob, paradoxically stuffy N.Y.C. slacker/artist and reluctant party-boy, who freelances for porn magazines while convincingly delivering the line ``You kiss your mother with that mouth?'' to his shoot-from-the-hip girlfriend Sylvia. Rob slouches along from Pork magazine headquarters to Brooklyn and beyond, sharing joints, drinks and woes with his baggy, sex-starved buds‘prototypical loser-types all‘along the way. The sneakily incisive Fingerman presents his characters in all their skewed, dweebish glory, from their often hilarious dialogue to the band-emblazoned T-shirts that they wear like ID tags. The graphics and overall atmosphere are distinct from such earlier work as White Like She; Minimum Wage has a clean, cartoony style that manages to be both light and cluttered in a manic, obsessive way, tight yet loose-limbed. His backgrounds are packed with layers of detail that, when decoded, provide further insights into an engaging and entertaining work that is dense with demented particulars. Drawings are in b&w. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved