Did you miss me? Peter Bagge

Published On July 11, 2006 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Reviews

My colleague Kenny is planning to pick out some of the more unusual titles from the recent releases, interesting titles which you may have missed but are well worth tracking down. Today he draws our attention to Peter Bagge, in print and online:

If you are a fan of modern comics, many hold Peter Bagge to be the successor to the great Robert Crumb and the appearance last week of the latest Hate Annual just reminded us how great he is. For years Hate has been the main outpouring of Bagge’s creative energies and it has always seemed the most in tune with the underground style of cartooning that Crumb came from.

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Hate has always had wonderful art, which has often screamed at this and that in a comic based rant. For those who want to see more of Peter Bagge’s work there is a terrific archive of his work for US Libertarian magazine ‘Reason’. You may not agree with all the politics on show – and some of it seems like shooting fish in a barrel; is there any one person in the US who really believes Amtrak offers value for money? I doubt there are many here that think the railways do either, but there are some damn funny cartoons here.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

One Response to Did you miss me? Peter Bagge

  1. is there any one person in the US who really believes Amtrak offers value for money?

    Yes, there are, starting with me and with the members of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. As my reply to Bagge’s said, the reason the USA suffers with a third-world railway system is because of public policy that deliberately tries to strangle it by calling public payments to railroads “subsidies” while calling the enormously larger payments to highways, airlines, and other modes of transportation “investments.” If you’ve ever traveled in Europe or Japan, it’s just vaguely possible that you’ve seen what a good system of railways can be — unless you’re like a lot of Americans who are so blind to railways that you don’t even realize they are there.

    It’s a crime of public policy to starve railways of funding and then to complain that they’re no good.