Everybody is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations
Fans of Peter Bagge's generation-defining, satirical fiction may not realize this, but the cartoonist doubles as an opinionated cuss, and has been contributing provocative (but still hilarious) comic-strip opinion pieces to Reason magazine for the last several years...finally collected in this volume.
Although a libertarian by inclination (hence the Reason gig), Bagge (who...more
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I found this book while surfing Fantagraphics’ most recent catalogue.
The title of this book pretty much sums up the content. Peter Bagge pretty much thinks everybody sucks except for himself. He is appropriately self-deprecating at times, but then it seems like he lets himself off the hook by citing laziness as his sin.
He admits to being a Libertarian, yet he never really explains anything about what he actually believes in. He quickly pokes fun at every other political ideology without provid ...more
This collects the comics Bagge did for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication. I don't agree with all of Bagge's politics but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book. Bagge is great at depictiing his point of view and manages to be interesting when he's not being funny in these comicbook reports. It's good stuff.
What you get here is a collection of stories and observations (in comic form) from different assignments that he's been on for REASON magazine. Bagge's got his opinions on stuff of course, and talks shit about them, but he talks just as much shit ab ...more
Bagge takes no prisoners as he turns his jaundiced eye and pencil on a range of topics. Occasionally it grates on me, as when he vents the weird libertarian hostility to mass transit.... these libertarian car-owners need to Check Their Privilege, as my "progressive" friends keep sa ...more
Update: Eh, it's kind of annoying reading about his Libertarian perspective. He doesn't make all that great of arguments either. I kept finding myself saying, "Well, what about this?" although I did other times think, "Eh, he's got a point." He's more than willing to put himself in his stories, like his change of opinion towards malls as he gr ...more
Two parts arrogance and one part scoff...excuse me while I pass on the politics (and I'm a left radical!)
Over written in way of text-- most pages are primarily text -- editorialising text. Very little characterisation graphically - limited caricature palette.
I suspect this guy is grossly over rated as a comic maker.
Bagge isn't afraid to point out the foibles of folks in both parties, and his comic style is the perfect way to get his points across. There was a lot to think about here, but also a lot of entertainment value.
Highly recommended for Bagge fans and people who like to think outside the box politically.
In the early '80s Bagge co-published three issues of ...more