Cover image for Buddy, go home! : vol. IV of the complete Buddy Bradley stories from Hate!
Title:
Buddy, go home! : vol. IV of the complete Buddy Bradley stories from Hate!
Author:
Bagge, Peter.
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Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
122 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"The material in this collection originally appeared in Hate #16-20"--T.P. verso.
Language:
English
Added Uniform Title:
Hate (Seattle, Wash.)
ISBN:
9781560972761
Format :
Book

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Reprinting Hate #16-20. Buddy Bradley retreats to the suburbs of New Jersey, with his crazy girlfriend Lisa in tow, where he moves back in with his parents. Enjoy the chaos that ensues with the reunited Bradleys!


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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