American cartoonist Peter Bagge (Dec 11, 1957, New York) is probably best-known for his comic book Hate. His sense of black humor is supported by his exaggerated cartoon style - ideal for portraying the middle-class American youth, which he was part of: "We were the weirdo outcast kids of the neighborhood. I couldn't get away fast enough", he said in a 2003 interview with LJ Douresseau (www.comicbookbin.com). Bagge, who names MAD as his hugest influence, won two Harvey Awards in 1991.
In his early days Peter worked with cartoonists like John Holmstrom, Ken Weiner, and Bruce Carleton or J.D. King and Kaz. During this period when he was associated with Punk fanzine, he often had some "useful advice" from Art Spiegelman.
As a young artist he sent copies of Comical Funnies to Robert Crumb, who published a few of Bagge's strips in Weirdo - a comic anthology where Bagge worked as editor from 1983-1986. During that time he contacted Fantagrapics where he finally published his first comic book series "Neat Stuff".
Soon Hate (1990–1998) followed and became the series he is most remebered for today. After ending Hate as a regular title, Bagge also produced a series of Hate Annuals.
In the above mentioned interview, he claims his "elastic, kinetic art style" was srtongly inspired by his love for 1940s Warner Brothers cartoons.
Comic books by Peter Bagge are:
- The Wacky World of Peter Bagge/Ken Weiner (1982 FlipBook)
- Martini Baton (Fantagraphics, 1993) with Dave Carrino
- Neat Stuff #1-15 (Fantagraphics, 1985–1989) #1-15
- Hate #1-30 (Fantagraphics, 1990–1998)
- The Bradleys #1-6 (Fantagraphics, 1999–2000)
- Junior and Friends #1-6 (Fantagraphics, 2000–2001)
- Yeah! #1-9 (DC/Homage, 1999 - 2000)
- Hate Annual #1-9 (Fantagraphics, 2001–2011)
- Sweatshop #1-6 (DC, 2003)
- Apocalypse Nerd #1-6 (Dark Horse, 2005–2007)
- Reset #1-4 (Dark Horse, 2012)