Artist Bio – Bob Fingerman

{mosimage}Best known for his comic series Minimum Wage (Fantagraphics Books), as well as the graphic novel White Like She (also Fantagraphics), Fingerman’s contributions to the world of comics have been many and varied.

In 1984, while still in attendance at New York’s School of Visual Arts, he produced work for the legendary Harvey Kurtzman (creator of Mad magazine and Playboy’s “Little Annie Fanny” as well as the recently collected Humbug) on the short-lived young readers anthology NUTS! At the same time Fingerman produced a series of parodies exclusively for the European market, which ran in such periodicals as France’s L’Echo Des Savanes and Spain’s infamous El Vibora.

Fingerman toiled in the disparate realms of kiddy satire, pornography, sci-fi and illustration, producing work regularly for Cracked, Al Goldstein’s infamous tabloid Screw, Penthouse Hot Talk, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon and High Times. He also worked for The Village Voice, Business Week and other periodicals.

In 1990 he decided to focus on doing comics. During this time Fingerman diversified. He did a yearlong stint on The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as several titles for the EROS line of adult comics. He also created covers and short stories for Dark Horse Comics, and DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

In 1993 Fingerman wrote and drew his first graphic novel, the critically lauded White Like She, a social satire about a middle-aged black man whose brain is transplanted into a white teenage girl’s head.

Upon completion of this purely fictional work Fingerman decided to turn his attention inward. The result was the semi-autobiographical series Minimum Wage, which charts the bumpy relationship of Rob Hoffman and Sylvia Fanucci, which was collected and extensively reworked as the graphic novel, Beg the Question (Fantagraphics Books).

Fingerman has broadened his palette, turning also to prose. His darkly humorous vampire novel, Bottomfeeder (M Press), was published in early 2007. His two latest projects are Connective Tissue (Fantagraphics, May 2009), a trippy illustrated novella, and From the Ashes (IDW, also May 2009), a six-issue “speculative memoir” featuring Bob and his wife Michele in post-apocalyptic NYC. He anticipates selling his most recent novel imminently.

He is married and lives in New York City.

Featured books by Bob Fingerman (click covers for complete product details & ordering information)

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All books by Bob Fingerman