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Beg the Question

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Bob Fingerman
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Commentary

Ever wonder what it might have been like to be young and in love and living in New York in the 1990s? Well, then BEG THE QUESTION is the book for you.

Rob and Sylvia are trying to make it as they live, love, laugh and fuck through what they feel might be the best, the most intense, possibly the worst, time of their lives. They whine and complain and argue. Rob thinks way too much about everything and falls into fits of neurosis. Their friends and families are nuts. Sylvia has to have an abortion because they can't afford to raise a kid. Rob wonders if he has any future as an artist when he has to draw cartoons for a porn publisher to pay the rent. Rob and Sylvia wonder if they might still be together if the sex wasn't so good. Rob and Sylvia are not always the most wonderful or attractive people in the world, but they feel real and true, and Bob Fingerman knows that they matter because they're trying to live their lives as best they can, and so they're pretty much like us.

Novels about how we live can be tricky things. They set out to capture a particular time in one's life, during a particular period in social and cultural history. They don't often have plots. At worst, they can be very boring.

Fortunately, Bob Fingerman has been there, done that, and brings us more than the T-shirt. He plunges us deep into the minutae of that time in your life when paying rent, sex, work, sex, career, sex, family crises, sex, music, sex, art, sex, abortion, sex, your best friends' insane habits, sex, and most of all, sex, really good sex with your girlfriend are the most important things in your life.

-- Adi Tantimedh

 
Adi Tantimedh is a screenwriter and filmmaker who writes comics when he has the time. He has recently completed JLA: The Age of Wonder for DC Comics, and written and directed Open House, a short film for Studio FP in Italy. His current projects include the forthcoming Blackshirt for Moonstone Books, Anna Passenger, a novel being serialised on Opi8.com, and various film and television projects.

 


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