Underworld

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February 2016

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“Kaz's comics make me feel crazy. But in a delightful way that I'm not sure I want to read anything normal ever again.” – Julia Wertz, The New Yorker

In addition to his career as an Emmy-winning writer for animation (Cartoon Network’s
Camp Lazlo, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants), Kaz has been unleashing his id and corrupting generations with his Harvey-nominated weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992.

Underworld hilariously depicts sordid doings in a surreal city, stuffed with almost-parodies of famous comic strip characters, a healthy dose of cigarette-smoking cats, cute little saccharin-cuddly creatures, media- damaged kids, and much more – all destined for a sardonic smashing in typically acerbic Kaz fashion.

Kaz’s strip runs in many American alternative weeklies such as the
New York Press and the SF Bay Guardian. The Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood is the first ever omnibus collection of the very best of the strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author (along with a foreword by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell).

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New York Journal of Books

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“Kaz's vision smashes together underground comix like those made by R. Crumb with an angular punk rock sensibility.”

PopMatters

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“Self-conscious cartoon tropes are used constantly. Absurd objects appear randomly in any available space; characters slathered with stubble emit sweat droplets, exclamation rays, stink lines, and “drunk” bubbles; extravagant onomatopoeia is rendered lovingly in a multitude of goofy typefaces. To parody effectively one must be a good mimic, and Kaz’ gag cartoon mastery is second to none. His panels are so well composed and inked that just skimming the pages … is pleasurable.”

The AV Club

•Pop-culture website

“Kaz has a sensibility that is funny without being obvious, dynamic without being distracting, and hip without being smug.”