Official Press Release
In a move that cartoonist Derf imagines will raise eyebrows at the Department of Homeland Security, SLG Publishing has assembled the best of his provocative comic strip The City into one 144-page volume, The City Collected, to be published October. Ranging in tone from mockingly tongue-in-cheek to scathing, The City has been Derf's forum for unabashed commentary on politics and modern culture since its debut in 1990, and now runs in more than fifty independent weeklies. With his satiric depiction of the typical patriotic American as the superhero White Middle Class Suburban Man, his scathing criticism of government policy, and razor-sharp eye for the quirks and downright eccentricities of Americans, Derf delivers on his intention to "slice and dice the modern zeitgeist with unrestrained abandon."
Derf, who also wrote and drew the Eisner-nominated comic books Trashed and My Friend Dahmer, takes a characteristically humorous view of the publication of the collection of his controversial comic strip. "I look forward to the long-overdue publication of The City collection," he said, adding, "All my hut-mates here at the Midwest Internment Camp for the Unpatriotic are excited, too!"
SLG Publishing's president Dan Vado observed that Derf's The City Collected is especially timely and topical. "The City is a cartoon history of current events," he said. "Other cartoonists have covered some of the issues that Derf has, but none do it with the 'screw-you,' pull-no-punches attitude that he does."
The City Collected is a 144-page paperback in a 10 x 7-inch format. It will be published in October 2003 and retail for $10.95. Strips from The City, as well as commentary and an interview with Derf can be found at his website, www.derfcity.com, and a preview of The City Collected will be available at SLG Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.
Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, California-based publisher of comics books and graphic novels. Operating under its imprints Slave Labor Graphics and Amaze Ink, SLG Publishing has published the work of such notable and diverse cartoonists as Evan Dorkin, Jhonen Vasquez, and Andi Watson.