“There was freedom in creating a form of art that wasn’t taken seriously,” Peter Bagge, the artist responsible for Neat Stuff and HATE, said of creating comics in the punk era. “You could do whatever you want and fly under the radar. Art Spiegelman used Raw to argue that comics were art and should be taken seriously. And he won the war. I saw him recently at a conference and he was getting nostalgic, saying he missed the time when comics weren’t taken seriously—HA! I was thinking, ‘YOU ADMIT YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!’”
Read more of my coverage of ASBURY PARK COMIC CON, including a Julie Ruin/Screaming Females show.