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D+Q announces second biographical comic with Peter Bagge,

Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, coming winter 2017

Just two years after the publication of Peter Bagge’s New York Times bestselling book Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights for Bagge’s second graphic biography, Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story. Fire!! will be published in winter 2017.  

“Peter Bagge has a unique vision as a biographer,” stated acquiring editor Chris Oliveros. “Beginning with his short biographical strips in Reason magazine, he has proven himself to be a thoughtful, careful researcher with a gift for portraying the deeply fascinating and hilarious moments in people’s lives. We were honoured to publish Woman Rebel and are thrilled to continue working with him on this book about Zora Neale Hurston.”

Fire!! tracks the twentieth century American author (Their Eyes Were Watching God), folklorist, and anthropologist’s adventurous and productive life from birth to death. Bagge highlights the fierce sense of independence that influenced her work, politics, and personal relationships.

Peter Bagge’s prior book with Drawn & Quarterly, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, appeared on the New York Times graphic bestseller list. It was selected as a YALSA Great Graphic Novel For Teens and appeared on the Amelia Bloomer Project list of the Best Feminist Books for Young Readers; it was also nominated for the Washington State Book Award and the Eisner Award for best reality-based work.

Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story will be distributed in the United States by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, in Canada by Raincoast Books, and in the United Kingdom by Publishers Group UK. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.


Cartoonist Peter Bagge is the 2014 USA Rockefeller Fellow in Literature. He is the Harvey Award-winning author of the acclaimed 1990s alternative comic series Hate starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley and a contributing editor to Reason magazine. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he got his start in comics in the R. Crumb-edited magazine Weirdo. Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife Joanne, daughter, and three cats.


 “Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story… is an unlikely but inspired pairing of author and subject…. [Bagge] treats her capacity for vain self-delusion as grist for comedy but reserves his funniest blasts of contempt for the sanctimonious moralists she perpetually reduced to fits of frustration.”—Douglas Wolk, New York Times Book Review

“I've been reading Peter Bagge's comics since I was 13 years old...So I do not say this lightly: I think Bagge's new biography of Sanger, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, is the best work of his career.”—The Stranger      

 “Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story… translates Sanger’s colorful life and vital work on behalf of women’s reproductive rights into a dynamic, relatively upbeat biography.”—Anna Holmes, New York Times Book Review

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story… is a fascinating testament to the ability of one person to make a difference in this world, as long as she’s a huge pain in everyone’s ass.”—Slate