Buddy Does Jersey

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November 2007

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At the end of Buddy Does Seattle, with his rock-impresario career in tatters, his friends dispersed, and his career opportunities at zero, Buddy had decided to return with his tail between his legs (and his neurotic girlfriend Lisa on his hands) to his native New Jersey.

Buddy Does Jersey
collects all 15 issues of Hate describing the arc of Buddy’s East Coast experience, including his launch as a small businessman (co-owning and running a nostalgia store with the dubious Jay) and his reintegration with his family (his sister now a harassed mom, his brother still pretty much a psycho, and his parents―well, wait and see). Also included in this volume is the shocking final fate of the exuberant Stinky―a story that caused jaws to drop in unison all around the world when it was originally released―and the riotous tale of Lisa’s brief conversion to lesbianism and subsequent breakup with Buddy.

Originally released in color, the stories in
Buddy Does Jersey will here be presented de-colorized in the pristine black and white of earlier Buddy stories, in order to better show off the crisp beauty of inker Jim Blanchard’s linework. (Or as much crisp beauty as you need to delineate a row of partygoers setting fire to their own flatulence!)

Buddy Does Jersey features a long introduction by Bagge describing (for the first time) how the stories in this book reflected events in his own life, and a foreword by the inheritor of Bagge’s mantle of hilarious grossness, Angry Youth Comix’ Johnny Ryan.

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•Literary review magazine

Bagge’s hilariously rubbery characters become even more wildly exaggerated when angry or stressed, as happens often in their comically volatile lives. Nowadays Bagge revisits Buddy and Lisa, mired in domesticity, only occasionally. Their current misadventures lack the insane drama of the stories collected here, examples of one of alt-comics’ most commercially and artistically successful titles.

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

The episodic tales veer through a lot of ground—the unexpected death of Buddy's father, Lisa's inexplicable infidelity, a friend's out-of-the-blue suicide—but always with a loud, frenetic, "life sucks, who cares" attitude reflected in the big loping swirls and exaggerated features of Bagge's illustrations. Fans of underground comics' brutal social satire and people with generally bitter dispositions will laugh out loud at virtually every seedy panel; other readers will find it a total bummer, dude.