Singing the Praises of Cartoonist Gahan Wilson in Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird

Singing the Praises of Cartoonist Gahan Wilson in Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird
The artist at work in Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird.

In this entertaining documentary, the coolest kids in town sing the praises of cartoonist Gahan Wilson, whose work is a brilliant fusion of the personal and the political.

Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and a moving, personally revealing Stephen Colbert track Wilson's influence on their own work. Many first encountered Wilson's work in the pages of Playboy magazine, where he's been a regular for 50 years, or in National Lampoon, which published the artist's devastating Vietnam-era cartoons.

Director Steven-Charles Jaffe, making his feature debut, fills the screen with a steady succession of Wilson drawings, the origins of which the artist connects to his own life, particularly his emotionally treacherous childhood.

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Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird
Directed by Steven-Charles Jaffe
6th Avenue Productions
Opens November 22, IFC Center



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In footage that appears to have been shot in 2006, Jaffe pulls off a major coup: His camera is allowed in the offices of the New Yorker as cartoon editor Robert Mankoff conducts his weekly open call for cartoonists.

Mankoff pulls no punches, not even for a magazine vet such as Wilson, who takes Mankoff's rejection of his latest 'toons in stride. For the artist, still going strong at 83, the world remains a bounty of great material. He'll be back.

Stan Lee in Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird.
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