J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Finding Founding Fathers Funnies

Earlier this year Dark Horse published a long-awaited collection of Peter Bagge’s Founding Fathers Funnies.

For his comic Hate Bagge was honored with Harvey and Inkpot Awards, as well as multiple Eisner Award nominations. In 2014 he was named a United States Artists/Rockefeller Fellow.

The stories in Founding Fathers Funnies are short narratives about famous American Revolutionaries, some brand new and others first published in Bagge’s Apocalypse Nerd and the publisher’s Dark Horse Presents magazines.

In both style and attitude Bagge’s approach hearkens back to the underground comics of a generation ago. In other words, totally irreverent. Here’s a preview story about John Paul…Jones. Below are a couple of strips highlighting John Adams’s ability to argue both sides of most positions.

The hardcover edition of Founding Fathers Funnies is $14.99 for 88 full-color pages. In addition, ComiXology sells a digital edition.

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