‘Hate’ creator Peter Bagge is coming to Iowa City

Peter Bagge
Peter Bagge’s Hate was nominated for five Eisner Awards throughout the ’90s. — photo by Joshin Yamada

Cartoonist Peter Bagge will discuss his new graphic novel, Women Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, at Prairie Lights on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

The Harvey Award-winning cartoonist is most well known for his influential work within the American alternative comics scene throughout much of the late 20th century. Bagge first gained prominence after creating Neat Stuff, an alternative comic that ran from 1985 to 1989 and featured various short stories focusing on disparate, offbeat groups of characters.

One such character, Buddy Bradley of “The Bradleys,” would later become the main focus in Bagge’s lauded follow-up series, Hate, which inadvertently became a cultural touchstone for slackers, grungers and generation X’ers across the country. Through its run in the ’90s, Hate received numerous Eisner Awards nominations (think: the Oscars of the comics industry) in addition to becoming one of the best-selling alternative comics of the decade.

This Friday, Bagge plans to discuss the creation process of his new graphic novel, Women Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, with a slideshow accompaniment. From Prairie Lights:

Beloved underground cartoonist Peter Bagge will give a slideshow and talk about the process of creating his new graphic novel, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. The book follows protofeminist Sanger from her impoverished childhood in the late 1800s to her death in the 1960s. Bagge touches on her career as a nurse in the Lower East Side Tenements, her years working alongside Emma Goldman and Upton Sinclair during historic strikes, her incarcerations, and the opening of the first birth control clinic in North America.

This reading is free and open to the public.

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