Do you know Buddy Bradley? He was kind of huge in the '90s. He was part of that same Seattle scene as Nirvana, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, etc. Back then, when I was still in college, Buddy and I were pretty good friends. Yeah, he was a comic character, but we hung out on a pretty regular basis. By the 2000s, like most of my college buddies, we were hanging out less frequently as life got in the way. Ideally, I'd see him once a year, but, y'know, I was growing up, Buddy was growing up. I ended up owning a bookstore. Buddy ended up owning a dump. My point is this - Pete Bagge created a generational icon who I grew up with, and continued to grow up with even after I was a grown up. This book collects the last thirteen years of Buddy's life - and keeping up with him is like keeping up with an old pal from college who, while you still don't see them as often, you still miss dearly, and are always surprised at how much your life and theirs still overlap.
(Posted on 4/30/14)