Letter to Meathaus: Guido Pretini

Letter to Meathaus: Guido Pretini

Letter to Meathaus: Guido Pretini

Letter to Meathaus: Guido Pretini

Letter to Meathaus: Guido Pretini

Here is a case where I wont show any interior pages from a comic that was mailed to us. The attached letter you can read above adds some context to this Italian comic book. Apparently it is a collection of short comics that parody the mainstream Italian comic character Tex Willer, written and drawn by a variety of people over a few decades and now re-published. The imagery is brutal and generally rendered in a range from professional slickness to Jack-Chick-tract-style grunge. Without the ability to read Italian, or knowledge of the original parody subject, there is no way for me to appreciate a satirical message beyond the surface of the drawings and what they depict. Perhaps these artists and writers are brilliant satirists––I don’t know, but the letter hinting at their total ostracization from the Italian publishing world suggests otherwise. There’s a chance that these are simply blunt stabs at subversion––obvious attempts, like drawing a Mickey Mouse comic where he does some “adult” stuff. But the ugliness here is in how dedicated to the worst possible violence these comics are, seemingly to the point of nullifying any effective satire which might be there. (This is territory R. Crumb repeatedly broached in his most unrestrained and self-indulgent work, for an American example.) I’ll save you and I the trouble of scanning and posting the comics that they drew depicting child rape and murder, Nazism, sexual disembowelment, bestiality, etc. because the dark nihilistic world of these comics is exactly the kind of thing that doesn’t need a signal boost in the current climate. In fact, now is the time to be very clear about where we stand and what we reject.

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