Minimum Wage Book One

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From Publishers Weekly 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. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more Review "STARK YET HILARIOUS REALITY" "The sort of earthy realism so often missing from conventional prose novels." --Entertainment Weekly "Minimum Wage features a cast that is full of energy and life." --Wizard Magazine "Bob Fingerman has grounded his stories in stark yet hilarious reality. Unlike most writers, who bring their characters to the brink of disaster and then veer them off into safety, Bob plunges them headlong into the maw of it. Just like life. That's why his work resonates. That is the pendulum upon which Minimum Wage swings." --stand-up comic Dana Gould, the star of his own HBO comedy specials, from the Foreword -- Eric Reynolds, Publicist...graphic novel form with the sort of earthy realism so often missing from conventional prose novels. -- Entertainment Weekly, Ken TuckerMinimum Wage: Book Two is a thoroughly enjoyable twentysomething slice of life. Even though this is the second collection of Bob Fingerman's Minimum Wage stories, it reads well as a stand-alone volume: all of the characters are properly reintroduced and are distinctive enough to immediately engage new readers. The first two of the five chapters deal with protagonists Rob and Sylvia looking for an apartment together in New York City. Anyone who's had a hard time looking for a place to live or who hates to move will find plenty of humor in these pages. The fourth chapter, which centers on a comic-book convention (Rob is a cartoonist), is chock full of funny scenes and comics-industry cameos, which can be pretty darn funny if you're in on the jokes (if you're not up on comics convention humor, though, the chapter may not be as engaging). The volume ends slightly anticlimactically, leaving room for a third book, but don't let that deter you. Minimum Wage is great reading. -- Read more