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MAIN ITEM: John Wilcock, New York Years — Currently serialized on Boing Boing. Read all issues here.

Comics with Problems
A comic to cure EVERY problem - From 1940s messages on Communism to other present-day hysteria. Featured on Mother Jones, Talking Points Memo, The Rachel Maddow Show, Metafilter, Jezebel, Wonkette, CSPAN and Air America.

Current Issue: Body Odor and SOAP!

The Realist Archive
As heard on WTF with Marc Maron, and recognized by the Webby Awards. Archive of Paul Krassner's groundbreaking 1960s counterculture satire magazine. Every issue scanned, restored, and viewable for free. Lenny Bruce, Robert Anton Wilson, others.
Winner of "weirdest website" at 2002 SXSW Interactive Festival web awards and included in Scott McCloud's top-ten list. Considered one of they key titles in the early history of online comics. Have you read Teddy?

Finding other material here: For a list of personal projects, including the George Bush Tijuana Bible, the Poodle Samizdat cartoon, other things - click here.

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AUDIO AND ELECTRONICS FREAKS: We had an opportunity to preview the new Metasonix D-2000 all vacuum tube drum machine. Click here for a review and five minutes of audio.


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Those buttons and a gallery of other weird weird things: Odd cartoon history with the Black Panthers, FBI, and local police

We like to post rare items: Included here is a never-before-seen (or hugely unknown) 1969 article from the Guardian Call (Fraternal Order of Police) on The Black Panthers Coloring Book. Not only does this contain rather funny overly serious cop-speak with bad puns, e.g. "Black Panthers, Color them RED", but also includes some of the sharpest images you'll ever see of the Coloring Book itself, which is now widely credited as being authored by the FBI as a smear campaign.

Also included here: An even WEIRDER obscure set of items - two "Pigs are Beautiful" poltical buttons (Black Panthers and Police related memorabilia) - incredible bad humor.

And wait, there's MORE: Had this for 20 years and never posted a photo. From our own history, a "We Kicked Your Father's Ass" Chicago police t-shirt from the 1996 DNC. While not Black Panthers related, it certainly is related to police anger issues/fantasies. And a reminder about our NYC "Your Friend the Policeman" 1960s pro-cop comics.

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Recommended Reading: A DAY SPENT IN HELL
Fun look back at George Bush's first post-presidential appearance, from 2009, where he spoke at a Motivational Conference in Fort Worth, TX. I wrote this for Evergreen; really fun to re-read today.
Recommended Listening: RADIO HOUR EPISODES
Eight episodes now available. Click to hear about reverbophonics, mental problems, other amusing subjects, mixed with public service announcments and rare electronics.

Other things to read, listen, and look at:
While you're here, you might also enjoy this piece of writing on the History of Paris Records, this full listing of music on the site, and these comics projects: The Recovery of Charlie Pickle, A Dog and His Elephant, and Radio Wire.

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Monday, May 4, 2015:


Scroll below for a set of documents showing how the FBI and local police affected public interpretations of black activism in the 1960s.

Also some dark and truly offensive examples of police humor:

From the 1960s Pro-Police campaign:
Ever seen or heard of this one?

Police sense of humor is complicated. On one hand, it's a VERY difficult job, where you have to interract with the worst elements of society daily, and are exposed to a carnival of terrible things, so humor serves a purpose to generally make things easier and more tolerable. But geeze, some of these jokes are really angry.

Of course, one rule about private jokes might be never manufacture them into objects like buttons and shirts; which brings about this gallery of rare and uncommon items.


In the late 1960s, the Black Panthers started to become a national organization with chapters in many cities, and the phrase "Pigs" for police became common. How best to combat this ruinous word? Make an ACRONYM OUT OF IT! Enter the PIGS are BEAUTIFUL public relations campaign. I know nothing about this, except for these two existing pins:

The first one is actually kind of cute and charming. The word PIGS has been acronymed out to stand tor Pride, Integrity, Guts and Service. Not sure what H.E.L.P. then stands for, but it's a generally pro-police sentiment, not unlike other police marketing, like the 1960s Your Friend the Policeman comics:

1963 Friend
1968 Friend

Click to read both comics
(click to read an introduction from Comics with Problems #45)

It's the SECOND button, however, where things get very complicated. Instead of a PIG that HELPS, we have a violent image of a pig gleefully sodomizing a trapped Black Panther:

(Sadly, these two pins were just found amongst a large lot collection of other political-themed materials. If anyone knows more about these pins, I'd love to hear about it)

Immediately, this reminded me of a shirt I picked up in 1996 in Chicago. I'm surprised I've never posted an image of it. But during the Democratic National Convention, I visited a police memorabilia store and was very surprised to find this shirt for purchase:

The shirt is one my favorite items, to be honest. It's very real, too. The Chicago Tribune reported on it in 1996

Paul Krassner wrote about this shirt, and other shirts, too.
Read: "Playing Cops and T-Shirts"

And for our MAIN ITEM:

BLACK PANTHERS COLORING BOOK as discussed in a Fraternal Order of Police newspaper, THE GUARDIAN CALL

Ouch! A knife to the head! and even the kid's
in on the action.
From the Black Panther Coloring Book

Hot dog, what a fun one we have for you here. One of the more widely known pieces of COINTELPRO is the Black Panthers Coloring Book. Here's a few blurbs about it from elsewhere on the Internet:

"This is a horrific example of the tactics used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stifle legitimate dissent and violate the civil rights of political groups that the administration dislikes. Along with the anti-war movement, the Nixon White House targeted the civil rights movement for disruption, using on-campus informants to infiltrate and in many cases to disrupt legal protests and activism.

This coloring book, which was purported to be from the Black Panthers, had actually been rejected by them when it was brought to them by a man later revealed to have intelligence connections. Not to be troubled by the fact that the Panthers found the coloring book revolting, the FBI added even more offensive illustrations, and mass mailed it across America. It so infuriated the white population that they stopped listening to the legitimate grievances of the black people. "

"Disturbing and highly racist photos from a 1969 coloring book distributed to kids via the FBI’s ‘COINTEL’ program were a part of the secretive operation that sought to infiltrate groups like the Black Panthers by spreading such insane propaganda in their name."

An interesting transcript from History Matters

Now, as for things YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, here's a six page newspaper piece on the comic book, from the perspecctive of a very disgusted Delaware Fraternal Order of Police. Some of the text is pricelessly humorless and square, too.

Here's all the pages, click on any one for an enlarged view:

The very likely fact the Delaware police received the coloring book from the FBI itself is almost an absolute certainty. I'm pretty sure the Delaware police were not in on the FBI's joke, however, and this is a fascinating read displaying the coloring book's effective use in tightening tension and fear between Black activists and police as a perceived threat. It was clearly a receptive audience for that perspective.

Lastly, a little more t-shirt humor:


Yeah it was just a "rough ride", man!

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Monday, May 11, 2015:

Exclusive: Five Minutes with the Metasonix D-2000 Drum Machine

Had a rare opportunity this weekend. A friend who collects strange and unusual electronics visited for an evening, gleefully carrying in a Metasonix D-2000. This thing is unreal. As there are only ten copies presently on the planet (this is serial number THREE) I thought it would be a good public service to upload five minutes of it being played.

Eric Barbour, Metasonix's inventor, describes this as a drum machine, and it is, OH MAN IT IS. And it's also something like a polyphonic five voice mechanical noise box, where two drums can sound like the gears of a clock or noisy propellers, and three other drums can sound like elastic bouncy rubber. A sixth voice, the preamp, adds a heavy amount of color and heavy unpredictability/distortion, and it HOWLS, man!

It was also very easy to nuance extremely delicate rubbery raindrop-type sounds, as well. (you'll find those at the end of the recording) It might sound like a vocal in a few parts, too, but that's one of the pitched drums suddenly deciding to sing and talk! It's a drum machine right out of Naked Lunch, and I absolutely loved the opportunity to play it.

The sound shaping options are unbelievably deep. To describe this instrument is to describe something very uncommon. It feels organic and human.

No effects applied to any of this, just two and a half minutes recorded into a looper, which is then looped one more time with some extra instrumentation recorded over that, for a total of five minutes. We took the Metasonix rule of "plug every hole" with CV and trigger signals. Enjoy.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015:

updated on Boing Boing

Chapter Seven concludes with a three part tribute to John's friends Jan Tice and Stan Russell

Pleased to continue working on the John Wilcock Comic. Scott and I just concluded Chapter Seven, the last three pages appearing on Boing Boing:

My First Orgy
An Incident on Liberty Street
The Day Kennedy was Killed

We'll be back with more in a few months.

Comics with Problems #67

Meet Gabby, the anti-pedophile puppet

Lastly, it's been a while since Comics with Problems made you specifically uncomfortable. So why not remedy that by meeting Gabby, the puppet behind "Stranger Danger" -- a very creepy coloring book from Marathon Oil.


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