Independents and Underground Classics. Honing the Hybridity of the Graphic Novel. Return to Book Page. It's in part about the pervasive dominance of fantasy in every day life, but also about the ways religion and particularly the Catholic religions created for him almost surreal guilt and anxiety obsessions. But even if Green had known the nature of his disorder when he wrote the book, his struggle between sexual impurity and religious cleanliness as an adolescent would have been every bit as real for him when it happened. Once I started reading, though, I realized that the illustrations are not actually gratuitous -- or rather, they are, but their gratuity is meant to convey the strength of the protagonist's obsessive-compulsive thoughts. Happy Halloween 9 months ago.
Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The 1st printing can also be distinguished by its front cover art, which includes areas of black background color around the "V" and the "M" in the title lettering that were converted to a flat, purple color in subsequent printings. Binky was as much a hero of his era as the Freak Brothers and Mr. In its depiction of the all-too-familiar youthful confusion over faith and one's burgeoning sexuality, Green's work can be seen as a crisply illustrated, humorously therapeutic indictment of Catholicism that doubles as a session of auto-exorcism.
Apr 26, David Schaafsma rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 30, Twan rated it it was ok Shelves: I'd highly recommend this read. A lost classic of underground cartooning, Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary is Justin Green's autobiographical portrayal of his struggle with religion and his own neuroses.
Critic Joseph Witek sees the shifting between different modes of traditional comics representation at times presents a literalist view through "windowlike panels",  and at others "representational, symbolic, allegorical, associative, and allusive", an approach analogous to "Binky Brown's massively and chaotically overdetermined subjectivity". A funny exploration of the weird perversions of puberty and the obsessive-compulsions inherent to religious practice. These strips have influenced everyone from R. Not one to buy, check the library, but worth a read just to see how much he struggled with his demons and to see a pretty important piece of comic book history. The story of Binky Brown—an alter ego for Green himself— follows Binky from grade-school to adulthood with emphasis upon one aspect of his life: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The protagonist Binky Brown grapples with his mental conflict with his new found sexuality, the instructions of the Church and the all pervading temptations around him.