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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141768836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417688364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,484,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Collecting the complete Buddy Bradley stories from 1990 to 1994, this volume is an intense and frequently witty blast of Seattle-based slacker dysfunction. The title character is perhaps the most honestly portrayed everyman the medium has ever seen, an antihero whose utter obnoxiousness, "who cares" attitude and disdain for everyone and everything around him make him as believable as any comics character can be. A warts-and-all time capsule of lower-class 20-something life in the birthplace of grunge rock, this dense work hurls readers into borderline-disturbing tales. Functionally psychotic girlfriends, drunkenness, narcissistic rock and roll histrionics, graphic yet visually repellant sexual episodes, an edgy sibling reunion, a squirm-inducing mixed race date that culminates in bizarre role-playing, and many other escapades of rock-bottom suburban tragedy are made bearable by Bagge's wildly exaggerated art style and savagely humorous scripts. A sense of despair pervades every panel, but readers won't be able to look away from the train wreck and will find themselves drawn further into this theater of unrepentant losers. The claustrophobic b&w images are deceptively cartoony, the perfect expression of the darkness and tension that make up Bagge's bleak comedic landscape. Definitely not for kids, this is a harsh read that brilliantly wrings uncomfortable laughs from the all-too-familiar minefield of everyday life. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up–Buddy, a 20-something Everyman for the Gen-X, slacker, whatever generation, moves from New Jersey to Seattle with his high-maintenance friend, Stinky. The fellow blunders through the typical challenges of early adulthood: finding a career, friends, sex, and love. To call him a loser does injustice to the term; although he is smart, his lack of ambition and pattern of bad choices manage to keep success just out of reach. All of the bad choices combine with constant whining, rationalizations, and philosophizing, making Buddy one of the best-wrought characters in independent comics. His life becomes an out-of-control train, and while it's obvious that every action will bring him nothing but more bad luck, readers can't help but go along for the ride, wincing and laughing all the way to the final crash. The supporting characters, including his bipolar girlfriend and his UFO-obsessed roommate, are equally well developed and serve to push Buddy's buttons throughout his episodic misadventures. Set against the backdrop of Seattle in the 1990s, the story pokes a little fun at all the Internet start-up companies, flannel-wearing grunge rockers, and overpriced coffee bars that made up much of the city. Although influenced by talents like R. Crumb, Bagge's artwork feels unique. The cityscapes of Seattle are realistically rendered, while the characters are done in a looser, cartoon style that gets really wild whenever a character undergoes stress. Newcomers and old fans alike shouldn't miss this collection.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
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Oh, and there's also a pretty lengthy interview with Bagge at the front, if you like that kinda thing (as I do!).
Randy Warren
"Buddy does Seattle" take us through Buddy and his friends' everyday struggle to survive, enjoy and ultimately make sense of things.
Mark Twin
I'm late to the game in discovering both Peter Bagge and the adventures of his most famous creation, Buddy Bradley.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randy Warren on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Okay, so Hate is generally criticized by its fans (which is bizarre in itself) for "selling out" and going to a color format. Well, you have nothing to complain about with this volume; it's the ENTIRE black & white run of Hate, from #1-15, all in one book! AWESOME! I had most of the comics of this group, but having them bound all together really increases the joy of following the whole storyline from issue to issue (not to mention I was missing a few issues, and to be honest who wants to hunt down separate comics when you can have it all in one book?).

The only downside of this volume is that it is slightly smaller than the original comic size. So, Bagge's busy inking style gets compressed somewhat, which is a bit of a drag. If you want full-size, I would suggest getting the 5-issue full-size volumes available. The only drawback is that you'd have to buy 1-5, 6-10, & 11-15, and they each retail for $16.95 (though I got the 21-25 volume for $4.95 right here from an Amazon re-seller, so really...).

Overall, I'd say this is a perfect carry-around volume of the BEST era of Hate. The ONLY negative is the size, and it's really not small, just small-ER than the comic. Which also makes it easier to carry around, so...what was I talking about?

Oh, and there's also a pretty lengthy interview with Bagge at the front, if you like that kinda thing (as I do!).

I recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art on April 20, 2007
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This collection includes the funniest issues from one of the all-time funniest comic books ever created. Peter Bagge is an absolute genius whose ear for dialogue and eye for details is unmatched. From the comic book fans arguing over Kelly vs. Kurtzmann to the garage rock band at rehearsal to the encounter with an old girlfriend, every detail rings hilariously true. If you've ever shared a cheap apartment with an assortment of weird roommates, you need to read this book, and as soon as possible. This is an all-time classic that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.
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I'm late to the game in discovering both Peter Bagge and the adventures of his most famous creation, Buddy Bradley. BUDDY DOES SEATTLE proved to be one of my all-time favorite "underground"/"alternative" comics I've ever read. I will definitely be looking for more collections of Bagge's work. When will volume 2 be back in print...? I would warn potential readers of the hard R-rated content of this comic.
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By Glaublich on April 11, 2014
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I read this thing like a fiend. This was my generation, so I was supposed to "get it." Ironically, I got it so well that the characters and scenarios reminded me of real people and times I had known, and I started to hate them and their problems. Not always hilarious though, sometimes it's a serious portrayal of the knuckle-headed tomfoolery many 90's era alternative types where up to, and how lame they could be. I guess that qualifies it as poignant then. So be it.
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I'm a big fan of Peter Bagge. As a cartoonist/animator, I am kind of a snob when it comes to artwork. I like illustrations that either have a great look, like the cartoonist has a firm grasp of every technique he is using, or if the art is a little rough looking, well then that artist better have something original to say.
That being said, Peter Bagge has a mastery of inking, and his writing is crisp and witty!
His line work is amazing, he knows what he is drawing, and his stories are funny. While the subject material may not be for everyone, the characters and situations that they find themselves in are fresh, outrageous, and have made me laugh out loud.
I am late getting on board the Buddy train, but I do plan to purchase all the other compilations.
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