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   Bob Fingerman Papers, 1975-2005

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Bob Fingerman Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Call No.:MS#1850
Bib ID:12829769 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Fingerman, Bob, 1964-
Title:Bob Fingerman Papers, 1975-2005
Physical description:3 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 oversize folder).
Language(s):In English
Access: The following box are located off-site: Boxes 1 and 2. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

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Description

Scope and Content

Written drafts, process drawings, and proofs for some of his longer-form works, including the comic he's best known for, Minimum wage, as well as original comic strip art from his own collection. These papers are part of a larger project to collect representative materials from the New York City comics scene.

Series I: Published

Series II: Beg the Question

Series III: Minimum Wage

Series IV: Other Artists

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following box are located off-site: Boxes 1 and 2. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Bob Fingerman Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed, 8/30/2017 ptl

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion September 1, 2017 Finding aid written in English.
    2017-09-01 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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SatirePortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--Comic books, strips, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note:

Bob Fingerman is a Queens-born cartoonist, illustrator, and writer whose career began while he was still a student at SVA, making comics for his teacher Harvey Kurtzman's children's comics anthology, Nuts!

Best known for his comic series Minimum Wage (Fantagraphics Books), as well as the graphic novel White Like She (Fantagraphics), Fingerman has made a substantial reputation in the world of comic art.

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

Fingerman produced work for a wide variety of venues: kiddy satire, men’s magazines, and science fiction. His work appeared in Cracked; Screw; Penthouse; Heavy Metal; National Lampoon; High Times; The Village Voice; and Business Week.

Focusing on comics, he worked on the The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

In 1993 Fingerman produced his first graphic novel, White Like She, a satire about a middle-aged black man whose brain is transplanted into the head of a white teenage girl.

His semi-autobiographical series Minimum Wage, was later reworked as the graphic novel, Beg the Question (Fantagraphics Books).

Fingerman produced a vampire novel, Bottomfeeder (M Press), in 2007, as well as a novella, Connective Tissue (Fantagraphics, May 2009). From the Ashes (IDW), featuring Bob and his wife Michele adrift in post-apocalyptic NYC. In 2010 the collected edition of From the Ashes was published, and second novel, "Pariah".

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