This Must Be the Place Supima Charcoal

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Influenced by the counter culture of the much of the last 50 years we explored the underground comix movement associated with the time period. Underground comix started in the mid-‘60s as a new venue for political discussion that was available to anyone with the ability to print and something to say. A major underground influence was the anti-censorship reaction to the imposed comics code of the 1950s.

The late 1960s saw the emergence of underground comics, a new wave of humorous, hippie-inspired comic books that dealt with social and political subjects like sex, drugs, rock music and anti-war protest. 

Mr. Natural is a mystic who spouts aphorisms on the evils of the modern world and the salvation to be found in mysticism and natural living. He has renounced the material world and lives off anything he can get in exchange for his nuggets of wisdom. There are two sides to everything, and as well as we identified with some of his ideologoy he was also plagued moody, cynical, self-pitying, overweight, old and suffered from various strange obsessions. 

Underground comix were a great venue for social discussion but, rather than offering an open forum, these comix became a male-dominated arena, and rather than providing an intelligent, open community, they tended to endorse violence and misogyny. None the less, these are now iconic images of the time period that have been used by some of the most influential bands and people in pop culture i.e. the Grateful Dead.

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