In May 1989, Dwaine Tinsley stood at the summit of an unlikely career. The product of a broken, trailer-trash marriage, he was a high school dropout who had decided to become a professional cartoonist while serving a six-year sentence in a Maryland prison for burglary. As cartoon editor for Larry Flynt’s notorious Hustler magazine, he had assembled a staff of pen-and-Wite-Out-wielding Lenny Bruces whose unprecedentedly offensive socio-sexual cartoons had spearheaded that publication's fight against the forces of censorship and repression that sought to overthrow the political and cultural gains of the 1960s. His primary personal contribution — spawned amidst a national hysteria that saw a plague of child sexual abuse arising everywhere from pre-school staffs to satanic sects — was "Chester the Molester," a hulking middle-aged man who craved pre-pubescent girls.
And then Tinsley's teenage daughter accused him of sexually violating her over the course of five years. And the prosecution in his ensuing criminal trial cast several storage boxes full of his cartoons against him. Most Outrageous is the story of the trial of Dwaine Tinsley as well as the story of Tinsley's family life.
Bob Levin's writings have established him as one of the most thought-provoking chroniclers of cartoonists today. While focusing upon the work and lives of the most offbeat creators in the field in order to champion the pursuit of individual vision, no matter how unorthodox or inflammatory, he has explored issues common to artists of every medium. Most Outrageous carries his search onto new, unsettling ground.
We received advance copies of a plethora of upcoming books at the office last week. Time permitting, we'll be bringing you a photographic sneak peek of a different book each day this week! Today we've got Mome Vol. 11: for a Flickr slideshow, click here, or to browse manually, click here.
You are invited to the world premiere of Jules Feiffer's long-awaited collection, Explainers, featuring the complete first decade of his legendary and groundbreaking comic strip, Sick, Sick, Sick (and later redubbed Feiffer), from the Village Voice. Feiffer will read from the book and answer questions before signing copies of the deluxe hardcover collection.
"Samuel Johnson said he hoped God would think he had made good of his God-given talents. Jules Feiffer need have no dread of such an audit... What has made his services so welcome for so many years now is his possession, in addition to high intelligence, of something no hypocrite or egomaniac could claim, which is a human sense of humor." - Kurt Vonnegut
WHO: Jules Feiffer WHAT:Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips 1956-66 World premiere book release reading and signing WHERE: THE STRAND 828 Broadway at 12th St. (Union Square) New York, NY 10003-4805 212.473.1452 WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 7PM
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information and the full press release, please click here.
We have a very cool new feature up, suggested by Gary Groth and written by production ace Paul Baresh, tracing the process of restoration of a page from the late-1950s humor magazine Humbug (created and edited, post-MAD, by Harvey Kurtzman) for our forthcoming collection (due in late summer). Check it out!
Gabrielle Bell drew this beautiful picture of my three cats (from top to bottom) Jaybird, Martini and Sancho.
When I decided to share these sketchbook pictures, I photographed all of them and uploaded them into a private Flickr set in a random order and have just been uploading them one a day in the order of the Flickr set. It's very weird that this picture came up for today, because yesterday we had to say goodbye to Martini, who passed away at age 14. R.I.P., Martini Baton, 1994-2008.
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