Monday, 30 March 2009

S. Clay Wilson Needs Your Help!

S. Clay Wilson, along with Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and Spain, is one on the most important underground comix artists of the Sixties and Seventies. In fact, I'd go so far to say THE most important underground comix artist, as—by Crumb's own admission—it was Wilson who encouraged Crumb and the others to push themselves and the boundaries of taste to create truly ground- and taboo-breaking sequential art. As Crumb said, "What I learnt from him was the absolute freedom to draw whatever comes into your mind." These days Crumb and Shelton tend to overshadow Wilson, which is a tragedy, particularly as his artwork is fantastic. 

Wilson circa 1969

Unfortunately, Wilson took a nasty tumble on 2 November 2008 and suffered from a large brain trauma, and now needs a lot of money to look after him. He can still draw and has his sense of acerbic humour—which is incredible considering he nearly died—but his eyes, neck and brain have taken a pounding. If you care about comics, comix and the artists who created them, please go to the S. Clay Wilson Trust and donate some money to help with his medical care. None of us are getting any younger and any help you offer now will hopefully come back to you when you need it. I've donated, so should you.

"Wake up" - Rage Against the Machine

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