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Just for a little extra touch of context, Jodorowsky has mentioned in interviews having a really strained relationship with his mother... they didn't talk for many, many years, I think for most of his adult life, and he only wrote her a long letter reaching out after he had a dream she was dying, and indeed she had just recently passed away when the letter arrived in the hands of his sister, who'd kept in contact. Of course, familial strife is a huge recurring theme in Jodorowsky's work, connected to his belief that personal emotion trauma is steeped in one's family history...

I'd wondered if you'd found anything directly correspondent in that documentary about his relationship with his mother--obviously, not knowing that stuff is the reason that I didn't try to directly get into it beyond the post title. But god, he makes it kind of hard! It's just all over Son of The Gun, there's so little besides the run and gun Suicide Squad action that's developed. Faith is all in the symbols, motive and intent are only explored in the love affair--the only thing to chew on is the raw sex component, all of which is tied up in that relationship. (Not to mention that there's a ten year incest between his father and sister.)

Anyways: it's not like he hasn't done stuff that I'm not totally in love with. Like...tomorrow!

Just a couple of corrections: The original french edition is four albuns long and started in 1995.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Pedro, thanks. I had suspicions that I was off base with the four album thing, since DC/Humanoids only included four covers...I'll correct when my work day is complete.

Have you read this one? Any insight into the book itself, or the relationship between Georges Bess and Jodorowsky? I'll be dealing with their other collaboration later, White Lama, and it seems to have a far more unified artistic style throughout. Not that Bess is "bad" or anything in Son, but there's such a shift in the linework, I couldn't figure out why.

*And as a follow-up to a comment you made at Jog's, White Lama is the sort of comic that makes me want to bone up on some French, just so I can read more about it.

You know, I hate to say it - I've just made a big thing about not throwing this word around - but Jodorowsky is one weird bastard.

Jesus, this guy is a real piece of work! Try this on for size:
"And if your complete mind is a letter then tomorrow you can be a tiger, a man, an angel. You can be plastic. This is why I like so much the plastic man of the "Fantastic Four" in Marvel Comics. What's his name? He is married to the Invisible Girl. Plastic man and Invisible Woman can be great pornography. Plastic man fucking the girl and then he make his penis very, very, very thin and put inside her vein, and the penis can go, and go, and go from her vein to her heart. He can ejaculate in the center of his woman's heart. Fantastic! Fantastic! "

Tucker, I've been out for the holiday, so I'm just catching up.

I've an Intégrale (you may call it a french TPB) of the whole Juan Solo/Son of a Gun series, but have read just part of it (I've a "to read" pile here you wouldn't believe! Sanctum is also there). Not reached the incest thing yet.

On interviews, Jodo says that the series' main theme is redemption. He creates a character that goes to the lowest pits of depravity and then redeems himself becoming a sort of messiah. That's a recurrent theme on Jodorowsky's oeuvre, even more than incest, but I don't know how well it was executed on that particular series.

I DID read the whole White Lama series when first published by Humanoids on the US (in the oversized albums), but it was quite some time ago and I don't remember much of it. It is an earlier work, though, so I think that Bess was still more with an illustrator mindset (his previous job), while SotG is more "comic booky", if you understand what I mean.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Thanks Pedro. If we could start this over again, I think I would've run an interview with you first--your comments are turning into Desastre Hurlant: The Index.

Thanks for reading.

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