Norman Pettingill is a true underground cartoonist, known and admired by a small coterie of cartooning connoisseurs, but completely unknown in the wider world. Pettingill was a self-taught artist who, in 1947, created hundreds of pen-and-ink drawings and marketed many of them as postcards. He combined a gift for the fine detail of illustration with the visual exaggeration and outrageous wit of cartooning. This book is the first published retrospective of his work, containing over 100 of his best and rarely seen drawings.
Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle. Johnny Ryan was born in Boston, MA, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He is the co-creator and co-executive producer of the Nickelodeon TV series Pig Boat Banana Cricket. Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics and arguably one of the most famous cartoonists in history. His books include The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.