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Excerpt from Brett Dakin’s American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason

INTRO: I never met Lev Gleason—he died five years before I was born. My mother would tell me stories about her flamboyant, free-spending uncle from New York City, and I especially loved hearing about Uncle… [more]

The Road to Vertigo: The Suppression and Eventual Rise of Mature Comics and Their Readers

The legacy of Vertigo recalls the very idea of comics finally being allowed to mature; letting people swear, drink, openly take drugs for recreation, and bringing in some serious ambiguity as to what it means… [more]

Two Sequart Products Spotlighting Comics History

Most Sequart books and movies address some aspect of comics history, but the two releases below are especially designed to investigate and further our understanding of the history of this medium we love. The British… [more]

This is Your Comic on Drugs

How Drugs Killed Comics In 1954 the comic publishing industry faced a Galactus-sized threat from psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His study linked comic book reading to juvenile delinquency and other social ills. The report whipped up… [more]

Sequart Organization at San Diego Comic Con 2014

We’re excited to announce that Sequart will have quite a lot going on at this year’s San Diego Comic Con: We’ll be selling Sequart books and movies at our (very first!) SDCC small press table,… [more]

Sequart Releases Diagram for Delinquents

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the release of Diagram for Delinquents, the documentary film about Fredric Wertham, directed by Robert A. Emmons, Jr. In 1950, America was in a state of panic. Juvenile delinquency… [more]

Diagram for Deliquents Update #31: End Game

It’s been a long, at times difficult, but always enlightening journey, and I am happy to say that we are in the homestretch. We are in the final stages of editing, assembling b-roll, music, sound-mixing,… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #29: I Want You to Suffer More and More and More and More

Hello supporters and interested parties. It’s been two months since I’ve posted an update, but let me assure you, there isn’t a week that goes by that I’m not working on the film in some… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #28: The Not So Garden (of Eden) State

I am a New Jersey guy. Ever since I began making documentaries I have investigated the obscure, forgotten, unexplored, but intriguing histories of the Garden State. With my last two feature length films I profiled… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #26: We Just Don’t Know

As previously mentioned, one particular source will be a sort of “star” in our documentary. That source is the transcript and recording of the Hearings Before The Subcommittee To Investigate Juvenile Delinquency Of The Committee… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #25: The Wild Spree of the Laughing Sadist

There is, has been, and will always be one driving debate within media studies: How does media affect society? The question of does media affect society is certainly answered: Yes. How, is another story. The… [more]

X-Men #1-19 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, et al (1963-66), Part 2

In the wake of their first public appearance, the X-Men appear to have been briefly embraced by the American people. Having defeated Magneto’s attempt to seize the U.S. military base of “Cape Citadel”, Cyclops and… [more]

X-Men #1-19 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, et al (1963-66), Part 1

In a profoundly reactionary society, even a gentle and sincere challenge to the status quo can be read as a significant marker of dissent.

Diagram for Delinquents Update #22: KAPPPPPPOOOOOOM!

In the past few days there has been an EXPLOSION of updates for Diagram for Delinquents. Most of which is the acquisition of new interview subjects for the film. Our next interview trip will include… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #21: Parents Just Don’t Understand

Hello Diagram for Delinquents supporters! It’s been sometime since we’ve had a blog update regarding the film. I’ve been busy working at the University, teaching, creating theater installations, and the like (A lot of which… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #20: The Countenance is the Portrait of the Soul

Yes, yes, yes. It has been a while since the last update. So here’s an explanation: For the last month I have been working on a play and I will be for the next two… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #19: For Good

One question looming over our documentary, and it’s certainly a controversial one (especially for longtime comics readers like myself) is: was Wertham right? A simple question indeed, but one that has many more questions packed… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #18: Grimmness

In April 1963, two men sat down to discuss the controversial topic of violence in the media. One man had dedicated his life to the study and eradication of it. The other manipulated it to… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #17: Testimony

1) This week’s Diagram for Delinquents promo card is greatly inspired. I like its eeriness, and I plan to use the handwritten font in at least one more promo. 2) I’m no different than anyone who… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #16: All Factors

I apologize for my anemic entries of late. Filming on the picture has been in full swing, and with the Fall semester is starting very soon, I have been busy preparing for that. (I’m teaching… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #14: Amounting to No(Some)thing

1. I have another entry to present this week for the Diagram for Delinquents promo card contest. This entry harkens back to an earlier blog update wherein I discussed the use of psychiatric tests by Wertham… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #12: Undercovers

Once again, we begin with another Diagram for Delinquents promotional card. Top prize to the reader that collects them all! This week’s is another minimalist promo, but it has a starkness and color I appreciate. I… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #11: Community

Let me first open with another new promo card I made. I kind of like this one. It has more color than the previous promos and I like the presence of the hand in the… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #10: America’s Pastime

I have some great news to announce this week. First, the crew and I are traveling to visit Broadcast Thought in Los Angeles. This group of three physicians will play an important part in the… [more]

Diagram for Delinquents Update #9: A Test of the Emergency Broadcast System

We have returned from our fruitful trip to interview Stephen O’Day. Stephen was kind enough to answer all our questions as well as open his collection to us. Needless to say, it is remarkable. From… [more]