Diagram for Delinquents Update #8:

You’ve Been Seduced

I created another promo for Diagram for Delinquents, our upcoming documentary film on Fredric Wertham and comic books. As I become inspired by things I encounter during the filmmaking process I will use those to create promos. I will post them here and see “what sticks,” as they say. Here is the latest:

The crew has an exciting few days coming up on June 27 to the 29th. We will be travelling to interview Mr. Stephen O’Day. He runs the invaluable and fascinating site seductionoftheinnocent.org. Stephen will be chatting with us about his work and his thoughts on Fredric Wertham and Seduction of the Innocent. What he has unearthed and created so far is an incredible and utterly necessary archive of one of the most important periods of comics history.

To grasp the full depth of what Stephen has done, you must visit seductionoftheinnocent.org.

SeductionoftheInnocent.orgIt was a serendipitous run-in I had to meet Stephen as we were both doing research at the Library of Congress pouring through Wertham’s Papers. We are excited to sit down with him and to see, in-person, the materials he has gathered.

Stephen has been in the trenches doing the arduous research in tracking down the comic books that Wertham quotes and uses illustrations from but did not cite. As you can guess, as a researcher, this is a highly problematic issue with the book.

The Horror! The Horror!Also, producer Mike Phillips is currently hard at working trying to capture important interview subjects for the film. We are hoping to sit down with David Hajdu, author of The Ten-Cent Plague, as well as Jim Trombetta, author of The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read!

Hopefully, after Stephen’s interview this week, these updates will start intermixing some footage with these picture updates.

Finally, an animation team is currently creating the first sample of the animated court scenes. I hope to share some of that with you soon!

More in a week!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert A. Emmons Jr. is a documentary filmmaker focusing on American popular culture and history. His films include Enthusiast: The 9th Art, Wolf at the Door, Yardsale!, Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza, and De Luxe: The Tale of Blue Comet. His Goodwill was screened as part of the Smithsonian exhibition "Our Journeys / Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement," won Best Homegrown Documentary Feature at the 2008 Garden State Film Festival, and led to him receiving Mexico's Lindbergh-Carranza International Goodwill Award as a "Messenger of Peace." From February to August 2010, Emmons created two short documentaries a week; the 52 short documentaries formed the weekly internet series MINICONCEPTDOCS. His print work focusing on electronic media, documentary film, and comic books include Who's Responsible Here? Media, Audience, and Ethics (Cognella, 2009), The Encyclopedia of Documentary Film (Routletdge, 2005), Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools (University of Minnesota 2007), and The Encyclopedia of Latino and Latina History (Facts on File, 2010). He teaches film, new media, and comics history at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is also the Associate Director of the Honors College. For more information, visit robertemmons.com.

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