Hate, by Peter Bagge
'Hate', 'The Nut'. 

Peter Bagge was born in 1957 in Peekskill, New York.  Among his graphic influences are Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Paul CokerJack Davis and Basil Wolverton. He also expressed admiration for Joe Matt and Lorna Miller.

After one year in art school, Peter Bagge decided he wanted to be a comic artist, preferably an underground comic artist, since his inspiration came from the comix underground. Bagge's comics debut was 'Junior', published in 1980 in East Village Eye magazine. Together with Ken Avidor, he published 'The Wacky World of Ken Weiner and Peter Bagge' (1982). As soon as Bagge started drawing cartoons full-time, he was asked to become the managing editor of Robert Crumb's Weirdo magazine. He then started on his own magazine, Neat Stuff, and as he figured Weirdo would do quite well without him, he resigned from that position.

Neat Stuff was quite a success in the underground, but 'Hate' comix, first published in Neat Stuff, later turned into a continuing comix series, and launched Bagge's career. 'Hate' is inked by Eric Reynolds. Bagge has been called "the grunge cartoonist" because of his style and his underground roots, and probably even because he came from Seattle. But Bagge doesn't wear slacker shirts, he likes good ol' 1960s and 1970s pop music, and works on his comix as if it's a regular job. Youth culture and pop music still attract the artist, judging by Bagge's DC series 'Yeah!', which features an interstellar girl pop band. The series is made in collaboration with The Hernandez Brothers

Apart from Bagge's own comics, Hate also offered room for series like 'Doofus' by Rick Altergott and comics by Kevin Scalzo and Karl Wills. Together with Johnny Ryan he worked on 'Angry Youth Comix' and 'Sweat Shop'. 

Peter Bagge's comics have also appeared in Dennis P. Eichhorn's Real Stuff. His comic 'The Blockheads' was animated for the TV show 'Liquid Television' (1991-1995). 

In 2015 he made a graphic contribution to 'Spy vs. Spy: An Explosive Celebration' (2015), a tribute to Antonio Prohias' 'Spy vs. Spy'. 

Bagge was an influence on Matt Groening, who placed 'Hate' on nr. 61 in his personal list of '100 Favorite Things'. He also influenced Charles Burns, Katriona ChapmanSophie Crumb, John KricfalusiJohnny SampsonTed StearnBarbara Stok and Jim Woodring

Spice Capades, by Peter Bagge
'Spice Capades'. 


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