The Bradleys by Peter Bagge

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With sharp characterization and dead-on satire, this book collects some of the sharpest, funniest stories about American life ever set to paper. Butch, Buddy, Babs, Mom and Dad redefine "nuclear" family: as in fissionable!

Meet the Bradleys, America's most dysfunctional family: Pops, Mom, Buddy, Babs and Butch Bradley. This volume collects all of Bagge's early, explosively funny pre-Hate tales of the dysfunctional Bradley family from Neat Stuff, including "You're Not the Boss of Me!," "Merry F*cking Christmas!," and "Rock 'n' Roll Refugee." The best-selling humor cartoonist of his generation, Bagge has been hailed as one of comics' great satirists along with James Thurber, Harvey Kurtzman, and Matt Groening. The Bradleys remain his most enduring creation. Created in the 1980s while Bagge was also editing R. Crumb's Weirdo magazine, this family for the ages has its roots firmly planted in All In the Family's Bunker family and MAD magazine, with a healthy punk rock anger occasionally exploding—think of an R-rated Simpsons and you're close. 160 pages of black-and-white comics

About Peter Bagge

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Jaime Hernandez is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie's life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories. Peter Bagge is the internationally acclaimed creator of Hate and Buddy Bradley; he lives in Seattle, WA. Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful. Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection, co-author of Drawn Together: The Collected Works of R. and A. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Gilbert Hernandez lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and daughter. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed series Love and Rockets. His books include Chance in Hell, The Troublemakers, Luba, Palomar, Speak of the Devil, Sloth, The High Soft Lisp, Love from the Shadows, Girl Crazy, Yeah! and many books in the Love and Rockets series. Johnny Ryan lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife and his daughter, where he creates the ongoing Angry Youth Comix series. His books include The Comic Book Holocaust, Johnny Ryan’s XXX Scumbag Party, The Klassic Komics Klub, What’re You Lookin’ At?!, Portajohnny, two books (so far) in the Prison Pit series, and four books (Blecky Yuckerella, Back in Bleck, Comics Are for Idiots, "Fuc- --u, -ss --le") in the Blecky Yuckerella series.
Published February 1, 2007 by Fantagraphics. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Bagge could have used Buddy to jeer at the conformist idiots who try to bring him down, and he could've easily sneered at what a pathetically inconsistent twerp Buddy can be.

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