2013 – 1h 25 minutes
Documentary by Steven-Charles Jaffe about the legendary cartoonist Gahan Wilson (1930 – 2019), known for decades for his macabre and twisted illustrations that combine gruesome elements with comedy, as well as for his political and other cartoons. Gahan Wilson’s comics have appeared in Playboy magazine, The New Yorker, National Lampoon, The New York Times, Colliers, and Look. Wilson finds monsters and irony in everyday situations and turns them into explosive cartoons.
This documentary offers an intimate look at Wilson’s strange and personal inspiration that has a legion of fans, including a number of celebrities.
The documentary includes interviews with Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Randy Newman, Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Roz Chast, Lewis Negro, Hugh M. Hefner, David Remnick, Peter Straub, Nicholas Meyer and others.
Wilson recounts his life and work and confesses that he was drawing monsters before he could read or write as a way of coping with growing up with alcoholic parents. It includes behind-the-scenes footage of the little-known, and far from easy, life of professional cartoonists.