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The Sleepy Sins of Suzy Spreadwell no. 8: Adoration Painting

John Linton Roberson

United States

Painting, Gouache on Paper

Size: 14.8 W x 11.4 H x 0.3 D in

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Another painting depicting the very sinful fantasies of the devoutly Christian and conservative Suzy Spreadwell. The original is 11.4" h x 14.75" w (29.5h x37.5w cm), on Bainbridge illustration board, in aquarelle, gouache, ink, graphite and chalk. Much flatter color in this after looking at some of the pop art paintings (and JODELLE) by the Dutch artist Guy Peellaert. There is an allegory in it, in that today's conservative Christians think more of Satan than of God and in fact are far more attracted to Satan if you see what sort of president they like now. I'm reminded of a Hindu story about a man who spent his entire life declaring there was no god, even up to and including his last words. When he died he was instantly united with God...because he never stopped thinking about him. Well, they never stop thinking of Satan, so... But another thing occurred to me after I was done with the window and wall in the background, which honestly I didn't give a lot of thought to (the character's room has stars and stripes on the wall and she has a sheet with red stripes): she's flanked by church and state and state only gives her the barest cover. Make of that what you will. I'm the kind of person that puns without meaning to.

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Painting:Gouache on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:14.8 W x 11.4 H x 0.3 D in

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John Linton Roberson has been an independent cartoonist, writer, and illustrator for over 25 years, and has produced 22 publications as Bottomless Studio since 1998. He is the adapter of Frank Wedekind's Lulu, the creator of Martha, Vladrushka, and Suzy Spreadwell, among others, and the co-creator (with John E. Williams) of Uncle Cyrus. In addition he has also been published by Journey Magazine, Fantagraphics Books, Seven Stories Press and Martian Lit. He is also the editor of the anthology THIS SICKNESS. Pages from his Lulu were exhibited in Munich's Deutsches Theatremuseum as part of their 2014 Frank Wedekind retrospective. Occasionally he is heard, usually at length, on Tim Young's Deconstructing Comics podcast. Some of the influences on his current work include Dave Sim, Dan DeCarlo, Felicien Rops,Terry Southern, Jack Kamen, Molly Kiely, Paolo Serpieri, Emily Kaplan, Norman Lindsay, Carter Tutti and Guido Crepax. Online you can find him at

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