VULGAR PICTURES by Seth Malice, 1990.
8pg zine, 5.5”X4.25”
BIL KEANE, the guy that did Family Circus for soooo long died the other day and I got to thinking about how, as a kid, I loved his comic strip.
My grandmother was dying of cancer and was staying in a bleachy-smelling facility. On visits I would sometimes go into this cozy family visiting room and one day I was thrilled to find a set of hand made scrapbooks of Family Circus cartoons. Someone had lovingly taped hundreds and hundreds of these strips, into these little scrapbooks. I felt privileged to handle them because so much love and attention went into these books.
Then one day I saw a strip that showed two of the little kids looking up at a crescent moon and one of the kids saying, “That’s God’s fingernail.”. I”m not sure if Bil Keane turned super Christian on that day or if that’s just when I first noticed it, but it pissed me off on such a deep level—even as a child. After that I didn’t like Family Circus.