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Bob Levin

Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester

On sale date: May 17, 2008

The unsettling saga of Larry Flynt's most notorious protege.

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.


"Levin is unflinching here, but never without the grace, skill and sensitivity…that has come to mark his writing." — Comic Book Resources

"There’s no one better writing about the comics industry today." — Comic Book Resources

"One of the most moving, compelling and important books Fantagraphics will publish this year… what makes it great is the way it touches upon issues of how art and life intersect in often ugly ways... how heartrendingly clumsy our legal system is at uncovering the ‘truth.’" — Chris Mautner - Newsarama

"A thoughtful mediation on the role and purpose of offensive satire, in cartoon form and out of it…" — Brian Doherty - Reason Magazine

"Worth every word written about comics last year…it is the best book ever written about a cartoonist." — The Comics Reporter


Paperback / Softback
Prose with some black and white illustrations.
6.1" × 9"