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Mid February 2006 Update
Continuing with our humor month, here are two great comics from the 50s on the topic of Bomb Anxiety.
First up, from 1951, we have IF AN A-BOMB FALLS. Only eight pages, but literally bang for your buck comic book entertainment. An attack on every page. Explosions, flames, hysteria, bomb shelters. And get a kick at all the sulking. I've never seen an unhappier 1950s comic. Print page eight out and keep it in your wallet to know how far you need to run to survive a blast. And remember, shower up with lots of soap. Screw peace and love, all we need is soap.
Then we have 1954's THE H-BOMB AND YOU - Not as full of explosions as AN A-BOMB FALLS, instead the focus here is on the often misused term, Civil Defense. Includes instructions for children to spy and report on overhead airplanes --- among other jokes.
IF AN A-BOMB FALLS (1951)
THE H-BOMB AND YOU (1954)
Thank you, - Ethan
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Early February 2006:
February 2006 Update
Music, and a Message about Sniffing for Young People
a few unintentionally grim or heavy-handed posts over
the past few months (GRENADA,
ROE V WADE)
So to keep things less like a stuffy textbook, February
will be all comedy month here. First up...........
SECTION. An in the MUSIC
(originally may 2001)
A re-issuing of our long out of print "SNAP!"
piece from may 2001, which was the other project made
was getting figured out; the two switching off of
each other to get each other finished. Also posted
are the original liner notes along with snapshots
of the CD (no longer available), which doubled as
a working hypnodisc. The entire album was spliced
together by hand on two Ampex Data Recorders, producing
a nice stitched-together sound. No computer used,
just traditional analog editing techniques: volume,
EQ, Pan knobs, and physically yanking analog tape
around a tape head to make an effect. Friends consider
this our funniest piece, and we're still pretty fond
of it, too. Also, some great vinyl used in this I'm
sure you've never heard. It tells a story. Click
under: Rockabilyy, Soul, Girl Groups, Noise, Jokes,
Hawaii, Guitars, Military Recruitment, and CB Radio.
introducing Laureen ...
As mentioned, we now have a page for all the music
and noise work - found HERE.
We'll be adding the entire back catalog over the next
WITH PROBLEMS" issue no. six
TO BE FREE:
A MESSAGE ABOUT
SNIFFING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
of the most convoluted and vague plots ever assembled
is this fantastic comic book about the threat of reckless
nasal consumption. LEARN why you should accept
certain friends and reject others. LEARN
why choosing -not- to "sniff" might mean
losing your bike to a bully. And leave you dangling
for your life over a cliff! LEARN that all
this time when Bush has been talking about freedom,
he's really been talking about huffing paint thinner.
(?) And more! Or less! CLICK
good thing that comes with posting these comics is
seeing what others will do with them. Some excellent
parodies have appeared over the last few months, here's
a coupld links worth sharing ...
Anonymous Comic Strips were re-written
by a large number of people, but somehow this single
panel cracked me up most; maybe it's the
convincing lettering and very dry purposefully stupid
joke, not sure. (via
in4mador) ... meanwhile if excess is its
own success, check out this continuing series based
entirely off our AA comics post entitled Classy Dames
and Able Gents - Four episodes so far (link)
MORGAN TALKS ABOUT YOUR UNBORN CHILD -
completely redone here by "angrymice" of
JUNIOR - If I were handing out ribbons,
first place would have to go to this series of responses
from the Something Awful forums. Click through all
three pages, each page is better than the previous,
ending even with charts and graphs. (link)
and best - more later this month - Ethan
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Late January 2006:
Late January 2006 -
1973 Roe V Wade Decision
last week of January marks the 33rd anniversary
of the Supreme Court's Jan 22 1973 decision legalizing
safe abortions. (Thank you.) Recognizing that, here
are two comics from that year - each produced as
a response right after the decision occurred. First,
from the always entertaining Right To Life Organization,
we have what seems to be the first pamphlet they
ever produced, 1973's "WHO KILLED JUNIOR?"
where we learn doctors were dousing women with salt
to melt fetuses and were also jabbing and swinging
steak knives in there to chop up babies. Huh. -
and from the Head Shop, Hippy, Feminist Side, we
have the Left's excellent and calming "ABORTION
EVE", also from 1973, where we learn people
were happily getting lots of abortions and just
liked to talk and talk and talk about it. Both have
great back covers, one celebrating Mad Magazine,
the other evoking Hitler. I'm not sure which comic
wins the argument, but it's a lot of fun to pair
them up and read as a set. Quite a tense debate,
still, certainly ... Here they are both:
read 1973 "WHO
- ugly images
read 1973 "ABORTION EVE"
- verbose conversation
Thanks and Best - Ethan. ----
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- January 2006-
1956 International Bilingual Dr Martin Luther King
Jr Comic Book Message
Excuse the lengthy title choice (and description)
for this new feature, but we've always believed
that when you go verbose, it's best to go all out
--and the title above is exactly what describes
our newest comic book posting.
Most sane thinkers consider MLK to be an important
and historic larger-than-life icon, but how did
that happen? Especially given the marginalized press
coverage of blacks in the 50s, how was his message
galvanized among southern minorities and then spread
as a single statement beyond the black community
-- and how was it focused so specifically to such
seemingly ignorable or boring local incidents as
one black woman's refusal to give up a bus seat
and a following small-town bus boycott, as well
as the concept of Passive Resistance? Without any
need for hyperbole, this comic book is one of the
reasons. Produced by the Fellowship of the Reconciliation
and sent very surreptitiously throughout the South
(it was dangerous for many to own a copy), then
translated, re-drawn, and distributed once again
throughout the entire SOUTHERN CONTINENT through
Mexico, into Central and then South America, this
comic tells the story that established the myth
of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks at the time
that it mattered, mere months after news events
occurred. Intended for adults, but shown in comic
book format for the largest possible distribution
and audience and instruction.
It was also produced as a comic because more adult
seeming publications and newspapers were often destroyed
by white businessmen and other violent types bent
on continuing segregation's grip on the South. But
that does not mean people found distributing copies
of this comic were not given their fair share of
beatings and harassment, nor does it mean thousands
of copies were not often destroyed. Why? This comic
is and was dangerously honest. Featuring the Klan
(lynching, bombs, burning crosses), Jim Crow laws,
and the entire concept of Nonviolent Protest. This
pamphlet offered advice and instructions on how
to use passive resistance and massive non-violent
resistance against segregation, just as these ideas
were fresh --and it also established a clear connection
of MLK to Gandhi, a public connection that continues
on to today.
A copy of this comic is held in the Smithsonian
and many Civil Rights leaders recognize this as
one of the most important AND PERSUASIVE items of
the 50s in establishing or explaining their cause
to the world, as well as giving many black youths
the courage and direction to hold their own political
protests. Many notable sit-ins and demonstrations
link to this comic book getting into the right hands
- and it did get around, literally devoured by black
college students at the time. We're DELIGHTED to
offer you not just the American version of this
comic but also the SPANISH edition,
of which maybe two or three copies are known to
exist. After extensive effort and search, we were
able to find a copy in Uruguay. Not joking. Completely
redrawn and translated, click back and forth to
compare art, some of the differences between the
two are great.
the Spanish edition
they are, both versions, together for the first
time, online or in any format that I know of, either
in a printed book or in an online or physical exhibit
- click to read
Ever wonder how much influence and power a small
press or self-produced item can have? This is one
of the best examples you'll ever see.
And, ha, naturally,
Happy Martin Luther King Day Jan 16 - Ethan.
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December 2005 -
NEW COMICS - YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT
1968-1974 Alcoholics Anonymous Comic Strips
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RESCUED FROM RAPE AND SLAVERY - 1984 CIA COMIC BOOK
It's November and that means it's Election Season
here in the US. What better way to celebrate the
occasion than with an actual comic book produced
and written by the CIA. How about a comic that was
air-dropped during a US Invasion? "GRENADA"
is just that thing. And we promise you it's the
number one Real Deal. Acquired through amicable
agreement with an actual recipient of the comic
and former citizen of the island. This comic pulls
no punches. Just look at the picture above of islanders
getting their heads banged in by murderers designed
to resemble Cubans. And that's just the front cover.
Rape, Murder, Lies, Beatings. All tied up in a beautifully
dishonest Pro-Reagan Anti-Castro message. George
Bush Sr even takes time out his busy post-hurricane
Humanitarian schedule to make an appearance. This
comic was never meant to be read by anyone in the
United States, or anyone outside the Carribean for
that matter. Here it is for you, Click
English is the national language of Grenada.
The island is a former British colony.
JOHNNY SURGE Comic Book
Here's a wonderfully wayward comic I doubt you've
seen or heard about. We'll all be drinking plenty
of milk over the next few months and "The Story
of Johnny Surge" tells the story of Johnny,
a teat-clip that gave comfort to the udders of countless
cows. Just look at how delighted and giddy those
girls up there are, "No crawling" indeed.
Absolutely nothing unintentionally sexual or perverted
here at all. Click
November 21 - THE RECOVERY OF CHARLIE PICKLE
available - click
December 15 - A Surprise Holiday Gift from
us to you. ???. Yes, Stay tuned.
available - click
and Happy Holidays - Ethan
Cornball Grampa Joker sez' Johnny Surge Udderly Hilarious
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HOOKED! comic book
marijuana, heroin, pills, prostitution, etc. Extremely graphic
government produced comic about heroin addiction. Odd unknown
item handed out -exclusively- at methadone clinics in NYC
to recovering heroin addicts. Read it all here, scanned from
one of the only five known surviving copies. Adding to the
intrigue is art from the comic has now been identified as
being appropriated in the the wildly perverse and influential
1960s book of insanity, the Principia Discordia.
Occasionally limited to hourly bandwidth limits.
Fredric Wertham's Blog
Our new ongoing series. Newspaper comic strip characters tell
us about poison and what not to drink when we're pregnant.
Also, how many cigarettes it takes to give cancer to a caged
bunny rabbit - and SEX SEX SEX. (Now with 300% more Bill Cosby)
..BUT NO SNIFFING! (Madonna Madonna Madonna) Drop that joint!
Many jokes to choose from, many more on the way. Eight issues
TRAPPED! comic book
I swear I couldn't make up these titles for heroin comics.
First it was Hooked! and now it's Trapped!. What's next? Slapped?
Smacked? Only time will tell. But this is a nice one handed
out to Columbia College students, and even referenced in the
Seduction of the Innocent. Originally reprinted in the REFORM
SCHOOL GIRLS trade paperback put out in the 80s but here it
is for you for the first time ever in color, and scanned in
from an existing copy. Did you know white Columbia College
students were shooting up heroin in 1951? I didn't. Easily
one of the most unexpectedly gruesome and bizarre anti-drug
comics ever made. "I need a Bang and quick!"
An Escape from Reality
Completed and now available for you, please distribute.
SNAP!, I Stayed Home, Hypnotism, other earlier work
items cost a little money to check out:
SKILLS - fun and very corny 1950s comic book about
roller skating instruction, with two mp3s of authentic vintage
organ music played in actual skating rinks of that era. (available
for immediate download, click for more information)
Pogostick (in print - $4.95)
A collaboration with Al Columbia.
Two issues currently available. To get them,
click this link and type 'pogostick' into the search
box, or call Fantagraphics Books directly at 1-800-657-1100.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for a look at the cover
to the second issue. NOMINATED - BEST NEW SERIES - 2004 HARVEY
to Plastic Man)
Bush Junta (in print - $18.95)
Contributed two pieces to this, one on John Ashcroft, the
other on the PATRIOT Act - a marvelous assortment of political
comics, focusing specifically on the Bush Administration.
Originally published as a pre-election primer, now holds even
more alarm and potency as a reminder of the crooks and thieves
running the country. Follows the entire timeline of events
from as far back as Bush's direct links to Nazi bank funds,
etc. Click the link above to pick up a copy on Amazon. Sometimes
copies show up there for as cheap as ten dollars. Front and
back covers to the book by Steve Brodner and Ralph Steadman.
More information found on Fantagraphics'
and His Elephant (online - $1.50)
Honeymooners-like drama starring Frank and Eleanor. 225 pages,
many chapters. Click the link above for more information.
AWARDED - BEST WEIRD/EXTREME - 2003 SXSW FESTIVAL
to keep in touch.
Thanks for visiting and best regards, Ethan
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