Buddy Does Seattle: by Peter Bagge, 340 pgs. By Art

As soon as I ripped open the envelope this book came in, I knew I was in for a treat. I have long been a reader of Mr. Bagge’s hilarious comic, Hate, so I was already intimately familiar with Buddy Bradley and his “Generation X”-ploits. This collection of Buddy’s Seattle saga is an awesome read, even if this is the first time you’ve ever read any of Bagge’s comics. It stands alone as a frighteningly real, embarrassingly true, and unabashedly profane look into a lifestyle that most of us have lived (and some are still living) through. Here are all the characters from our wasted youth, the good-for-nothing schemer best friend, the weird and reclusive roommate, the slutty why-the-hell-do-I-put-up-with-you girlfriend, and the hard-drinkin’ no-nonsense jerk, and behind them all, the disposable culture of the 1990s. The stories are set in Seattle, at the time when “grunge” was emerging as the music of choice (and a way to make a fast buck), when a band could make a name for itself as long as there was at least one “Kurt” onboard, but the stories are written with such humorous and painful insight that they could have happened anywhere. As I read this, I wondered if Mr. Bagge was a fly on the wall on many of my fucked-up schemes, all-night benders, and broken relationships. If you’re a fan of Peter Bagge’s work, I recommend you pick this up. If you’ve never read any of Bagge’s comics, I implore you to get this book as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed. –Art F. (Fantagraphics, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115)