McSweeney’s Press have reissued Justin Green’s 1972 comic book Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary. Often cited as the first long autobiographical work to appear in underground comics, Binky Brown chronicles Green’s Catholic upbringing and adolescent battles with his burgeoning obsessions and neuroses. For many years the influential work has been out of print, but has now been printed in a worthy hardcover edition, with Green’s beloved art reproduced with blemishes intact.
From the press release:
The book itself preserves the original quality and look of Justin’s work—highlighting each painstaking smudge and errant line—while also making it available for a whole new generation of comics and graphic novel fans. Douglas Wolk has called this edition of Binky “an artistic breakthrough that has gradually become a kind of holy relic.” And after a review like that, how could we not share it with you?
Click here to read an introduction to Binky Brown from the legendary Art Spiegelman, along with some samples from the book, or check out this brilliantly bizarre promotional short by Jeff France and Theodore Mallison below:
Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, final cut from Theodore Mallison on Vimeo.