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Derf Keeps ‘Em Squirming with ‘The City’ Collected from SLG Publishing

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Derf Keeps ‘Em Squirming with ‘The City’ Collected from SLG Publishing

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,, and a preview of The City
Collected will be available at SLG Publishing’s website,

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.

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