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INTERVIEW WITH PETER BAGGE
ORIGINALLY FEATURED 1997 -by
Bagge is the creator, writer and artist of Hate, a comic book that
if we were going to categorize, would best be described as an alternative,
hip, story about the daily life of twenty something Buddy Bradley. If
youíre in your 20ís, youíll be able to relate to this comic. If
youíve ever been in your 20ís, youíll be able to relate to this
comic. And if youíre an old fart who pretends they were never young,
well hereís a chance to understand our generation better.
AG: So how did you get into the comic business?
PB: I lost a
bet (laughing). Just kidding. Iíve been drawing comics ever since I was
a little kid, and it was a goal of mine to get into comics. I couldnít
think of a better way to make a living.
AG: So youíve always wanted to do a comic?
art school is where it really reached its full realization. I met my then
girlfriend (now wife) there and she told me that she liked my drawings and
pushed me on and on.
AG: And the self publishing aspect of the business?
publishing never really interested me. I always considered it too much
like business and not enough time to do what I really liked, which was
drawing. Self publishing
served as a means, at the time, to get my material out there and show
people my stuff.
AG: Was the decision to do the book in black and white due to financial or creative reasons?
PB: I never
really thought about it until recently. I think that the general consensus
is that black and white is for a more mature, adult audience and the color
is more kiddie like. The old Mads were in color, and that didnít take
anything away from their appeal. I think it even added to it. But to
answer your question, it was an economic decision. Before the days of
computer colorization, it was very hard and time consuming to do a book in
color. Eventually, though, sales reached a point where it could be done in
color and it was more convenient to do so.
AG: Did color make the book more accessible to new readers?
makes a book like this look more appealing. Someone will go into a store
and flip through it maybe thinking Ďthis is harmless and appealingí,
and be more willing to try it out.
AG: Is this based on your life at all?
AG: Why did you decide to move Buddy away from Seattle and home to New Jersey?
first 15 issues of the book had Buddy moving to downtown Seattle with
people just like him. They were his own age, they too were on their own
for the first time. I enjoyed doing those stories, but I wanted to expand
and show more sides to Buddy. There was no interaction with older people
or kids in the Seattle stories. I suppose that I could have made him
perpetually twenty-something, and just updated the fashions every decade
or so, but it was more challenging and interesting for me to add the
AG: Why Jersey?
PB: Haha. It
could have been any suburban town. I just picked it at random. The big
crisis was how to get Buddy out of the city. I couldnít have his whole
family move to Seattle, so instead I had his relationship disintegrate to
the point where he needed to move back home, just to regroup.
AG: And what about the current storyline? From the
events in the book, it looks like another change is in store.
donít like locking myself into something. I think that this is just
another 15 issue long cycle in Buddyís life, and I canít really
envision anything past issue #30.
AG: You mean with Buddy at home or the comic in
AG: Are you prepared to walk away from your best
AG: What do you mean by that?
AG: And the future of Buddy?
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