Beg the question

publisher: Fantagraphics
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language: English
coloring: black/white
pages: 240: Hard Cover

Bob Fingerman's Beg the Question tells the story of Rob and Sylvia, two twenty-somethings navigating the labyrinth of New York City life. Imagine a cross between Seinfeld and Caligula, set in Manhattan, and you'll have an idea of Fingerman's caustic wit. Beg the Question follows Rob & Sylvia's relationship through all of its ups-and-downs, from courtship to marriage, rentals to real estate salesmen, public sex to unwanted pregnancies, and everything in between. Performance art, extended families, the comic book industry and Screw magazine are just a few of the other topics subjected to Fingerman's satirical microscope. Fingerman's mid-1990s comic book series Minimum Wage was a breakthrough success, and this marks the first collection of the entire run, completely retouched, with added gray tones that give the art a much fuller, richer look, plus almost 40 pages of never-before-published material. Find out why Beg the Question is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels we've ever published!

"Intensely funny and addictive. Fingerman captures true love and Brooklyn with incredible honesty and tenderness." – Margaret Cho

"Fingerman's visual style is a witty combo of old-school underground-comics grunginess and new-school precision; his dialogue is worthy of the stage — [Beg the Question is] terrific screwball-comedy byplay that rings true. 'A-'" – Entertainment Weekly

"It doesn't seem fair that Bob Fingerman gets to be such a funny, savvy, cool and smart writer who can also draw." – Augusten Burroughs

"A masterful work, unflinching, ugly, potent, and massively entertaining along the way." – James Gunn

"Fingerman has the knack for identifying the humor in the weirdest and the most unexceptional people or situations... The sneakily incisive Fingerman presents his characters in all their skewed, dweebish glory, from their often hilarious dialogue to the band-emblazoned t-shirts they wear like ID tags." – Publishers Weekly

"His spidery drawing style, a weird combination of cartooniness and realism, will make your jaw drop at least every 10 panels or so." – The Onion

"A meticulous, smutty, hilarious quasi-autobiographical slice of life about a young cartoonist maintaining grownup relationships while struggling to rise from the 'low-end of the New York food chain.' Funny if you've been there, even funnier if you still are." – The New York Press

"Beg the Question does for relationships what Maus did for the Holocaust. Wait a second, that probably doesn't sound right." – Jonathan Ames, author of My Less Than Secret Life

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