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Mucking Up The Respectable Comics Business

Posted February 26, 2015

Sorrow01-Cov-B-FrisonI’ve been thinking about disreputable art more than usual lately, between the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey coming out and Jonathan Franzen franzenating about women mucking up the whole respectable novel business. I can’t help but think of the history of the novel in Europe and North America. A tawdry form that was consumed by women, often written pseudonynmously by women and wholly damaging to one’s character, virtue and imagination. Art that makes us unsafe and disreputable has been around for a long time. Plato had concerns about the Mixolydian Mode’s effect on impressionable youths. And it’s made me think about my own reading that might be considered disreputable in the comics’ world. Sometimes it’s good to get back to our roots here at the Gutter. Read more

7 Responses to “Mucking Up The Respectable Comics Business”

  1. Matt Finch
    February 28th, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

    I only got so far as ‘franzenating’ and already I love it. ;)

  2. K. A. Laity
    February 28th, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

    I’ll have to tell you some time about my adventures with Collins and her then husband Joe Christ, underground filmmaker.

  3. K. A. Laity
    February 28th, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

    And franzenating is genius.

  4. Matt Finch
    March 1st, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    I love this essay. That notion about disreputable art melding with the experimental makes me think of Larry Cohen and Alex Cox and the joys of that 80s VHS culture, too.

  5. Chris Szego
    March 1st, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

    I am totally that person who buys the weird candy… sometimes just to test if it’s as gross as it looks.

    (it usually is. But one day, it might not be…)

  6. Carol Borden
    March 3rd, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    Often the candy is as gross as it seems, but, every once in a while, it is amazing.

  7. Carol Borden
    March 3rd, 2015 @ 1:23 pm


    I admit I was pleased with “franzenating.” I would be interested to hear about your adventures with Collins, too!

    @Matt–Thank you! I’m glad to have inspired some thoughts. And I expect I’ll soon see some writing about it from you. I tend to come at it from the other direction. All the fine and experimental art that gets censored, assaulted and denounced.

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