Saturday, July 21, 2012
BINKY BROWN MEETS THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY
The first book-length (74 pages) autobiographical text to appear in the world of underground comics, Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary set an enduring trend. The book revolves around it's author Justin Green, whose struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder takes a peculiar bend. Puberty brings with it a particular and unsettling new reality for the young author. Bound to a conservative Catholic upbringing, Green struggles to keep toxic sex rays emanating from his penis (and later from his hands, feet and furniture) from striking the statues of the Virgin Mary and other Catholic relics. "Binky Brown" chronicles Green's valiant efforts.
The book went on to influence dozens of graphic novelists, including the author of the Holocaust series Maus. For your own hardcover reprint, consult the McSweeney's online store.