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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560973412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560973416
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,690,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bob Fingerman authors both graphic as well as prose novels. Books include WHITE LIKE SHE (new 20th anniversary edition in December 2014 from Image), YOU DESERVED IT and RECESS PIECES (both Dark Horse Books), and the illustrated novella, CONNECTIVE TISSUE (Fantagraphics) and FROM THE ASHES (IDW), a satirical "speculative memoir" set in the post-apocalyptic ruins of NYC.

His debut prose novel, BOTTOMFEEDER (M Press, 2007) was Fangoria's Book of the Month. His next novel, PARIAH (Tor, 2010), received rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Fangoria, Rue Morgue and more.

In the mid-'90s his series MINIMUM WAGE won a devoted cult audience. In 2013 it was revised and collected in Image's definitive MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE (with a stellar foreword from its biggest fan and supporter, Robert Kirkman). Now MINIMUM WAGE is back, better than ever, international and all-new for 2014 and beyond! MINIMUM WAGE: FOCUS ON THE STRANGE (Image, October 2014) collects the first arc of the all-new material.

He is married and lives in New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alt on February 19, 2015
Format: Paperback
This review is of the 20th Anniversary edition of Bob Fingerman's White Like She, published by Image Comics. After a mishap at a nuclear plant, the body of a black janitor, Luther Joyce, is flushed away to cover up his death. He survives, of course, but he's seriously messed up. Like, his reproductive organ is fused to his thigh. That's bad. Whether his life will be any better when his brain is transplanted into the body of a teenage girl is the burning question that Bob Fingerman explores in White Like She.

In addition to an older black man's brain occupying a young white girl's body, Fingerman sticks the girl's brain into a man's body. The girl immediately masturbates with her new penis (welcome to the world of men, one of the characters remarks). That's just priceless. The girl looks forward to becoming part of the white male power structure. The man-turned-woman, on the other hand, hooks up with a teenage lesbian. Well, what else would an older hetereosexual male do in that situation?

The story is whacky, yes, but Fingerman addresses serious issues amidst the craziness. The separation of people by race, gender, sexual identity, age, and social class is the story's primary theme. The importance of family structure is another theme. The story asks the same famous question posed by Rodney King after the LAPD bashed his head, slightly misquoted as: "Can't we all just get along?"

Fingerman's writing is strong, as are his characterizations. The ending blazes with irony. The black-and-white art showcases Fingerman's trademark ability to draw the ugliest people in America with astonishing realism and sensitivity.

A "bonus section" tells a story from 1989 that was the genesis of "White Like She." Also included are some sketched pages that rough out the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).

I rated this book WORTHY!


This is a black & white line-drawing graphic novel about Luther Joyce, a middle-aged black guy who happens to be working as a janitor at a nuclear power plant when there's an incident, and he's exposed to radiation. The clean-up crew erases all his employment records from the computer, and essentially flushes him down the toilet, but Luther doesn’t die. Now having no employment history, and looking like The Thing (with a curiously Dr Manhattan-style symbol on his forehead), he resorts to begging on the streets, but he has little success.

Due to a really fortunate series of events (for him) Luther finds himself with the opportunity to have his brain transplanted into the teenage white-girl's body, that of Louella Schwartz.
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Bob Fingerman's 'White Like She' is a comic from another time. Specifically the 1990s and that shows a litte in the zany, over the top story.

I'm not sure how to give a synopsis without wrecking this, so bare with me and my slight spoilers. When middle-aged black man Luther Joyce finds himself in a workplace accident that leaves him deformed, his job just wants to do away with him and cover up his death. Luther wants to explore other options, so he finds a way to transfer his brain into a Jewish teenage white girl's body. I think that's all you get, which is about what the publisher's synopsis might give.

The humor and violence are over the top. I liked the garish and ugly art, but I had a hard time seeing the remade Luther as a teenage girl. The character looked quite a bit older, but I think that's the style of the art. Maybe it's a reflection of the original character or her lifestyle. Poor Luther finds himself in a strange new world trying to figure out how best to survive. The humor at times is pretty juvenile, and the story is absurdly strange. It's at least an R-rated story, so definitely not for everyone. I enjoyed Bob Fingerman's 'Minimum Wage' last month and liked seeing another early work by him here. The extras show the early evolution of the story with some different story elements. I liked this glimpse of the creative process. I liked it, but it's definitely kind of a weird B-movie sort of ride.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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