Archive for June, 2009

Dr. Fredric Wertham

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Here’s a lino block print I did of Dr. Fredric Wertham. He was the psychiatricist who wrote “Seduction of the Innocent” and basically got the comics code started (and EC Comics put out of business) based on his theory that comic books were corroding the morals of this country’s youth.

I just finished reading a book he wrote called “Dark Legend” that tells the story of Gino, a 17 year old boy he was evaluating who had killed his mother. It was kind of written in that old ’50′s sci-fi movie narration style that seems both naive and overly dramatic… but it also contained 60 pages or so of Gino’s own words as recorded by Dr. Wertham that told of his life situation leading up to the murder that was impossible to put down. That section reminded me of a book called “Death On the Installment Plan” that I also found an addictive read.

I’ve heard much of Dr. Wertham over the years as the true life comic book villain (as I mentioned he ushered in the demise of all those sweet EC horror comics of the 1950′s and even inspired a public comics book burning in New York), so I wanted to check out one of his books. Dark Legend was the book he published just before Seduction and I was expecting him to come across as much more of a douchebag than he did.

I was looking for a mention of Gino being influenced by comic books to commit the murder which was nowhere to be found, although there was a brief mention on page 200 about Gino seeing a violent movie on the night of the murder where Wertham says, “I asked myself whether fiction of that sort can influence people this way. Similar instances are not rare…. It seemed to me just as inexact to say fiction has no influence at all on people’s action as to blame crime on such fiction. Apparently anti-social impulses do not originate this way. But when they once exist, added impetus may be given them by way of identification with a fictional scene.”

So I’m still not sure exactly how Wertham got on the “comics are evil” kick and I have to admit I did really enjoy reading his book.

Oh, by the way… the print above was done in a collection of 10 before the lino block was destroyed. I have 4 or 5 left which can be purchased for $10 unframed via paypal (my address is veggiedogsaturn@gmail.com).

Daring Adventures no. 11

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Here’s a cover recreation I did as a trade with my pal Pat Kain. If you dig this sort of thing I’ve got a full color Justice League of America cover recreation that just went up today at the awesome cover recreation blog “Covered”. Check it out at www.coveredblog.blogspot.com. You could spend hours looking at all the sweet art there… and you should.

The Cowboy

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I always loved cowboys when I was a kid. Mostly the Lone Ranger. Also Roy Rogers (but mostly just the restaurant). And of course the cowboy in David Lynch’s Mullhulland Drive is pretty awesome… Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog but I swear I’ve been drawing a lot… My pal Eric said if I update it once a week he’d do the same to his blog (check out his Carpal Tunnel blog link at the right)… and if I don’t he’s gonna punch me. So here’s the first of my weekly posts. Not because I think my art’s worth sharing.. I just don’t wanna get punched.

Veggie Dog Saturn #3

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Issue #3 of Veggie Dog Saturn! This issue features yours truly suffering an existential freakout which inspires me to vacation to Toronto for a week with friends. 30 plus pages of Canadian accents, naked octogenarians, and 12 hour bus rides! Printed on newsprint with a color cardstock cover and bonus Gasoline Alley parody comic on the back cover! $3.00 postpaid to the address at the bottom of this page or through paypal (veggiedogsaturn@gmail.com).