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Friday, May 30 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
The Delinquent Comic Art of Willy Harroff

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men (& Women)? I Do! I Do!

Ever wonder when parents first started NOT trusting their kids? The 1950s! Soon after the words “juvenile delinquency” were paired together, no child was spared! Suddenly comics, rock & roll, smoking and the birds & the bees were suspects. Comic book burnings literally swept the nation. Sound familiar?

This humorous, but informative talk would include an homage to the fantastic comic book artists and writers of the 1950s and 60s along with a stinging indictment against the self-appointed culture wars critic of the era, Dr. Fredric Wertham (think Dr. Phil). Wertham, author of Seduction of the Innocent, declared comics were responsible for juvenile delinquency and, unintentionally, brought the Comics Code Authority into practice, permanently whitewashing the quality out of mainstream comics.

In my own comics, I take Wertham’s quasi-scientific argument to the extreme. Wertham claimed horror and crime comics caused youth to go on delinquent, sometimes murderous, crime sprees and sexual romps. I apply Wertham’s bogus method of removing micro-sections of early comics for close inspection, morph them into beautiful quilt-like kaleidoscopic patterns and transform them into fresh funny images.

Wascally Wee Willy Harroff


Friday May 30, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225