Trigger Warning: If you watch this trailer for a documentary about Elan School, you’ll get a good sense of what you are in for. Joe vs Elan School isn’t going to be easy reading. Don’t like, don’t read.
A real place that Joe Nobody experienced and is now telling his story via a comic, Joe vs Elan School.
“To make it clear, I am not doing this for financial gain. Do I want this story to gain fame and worldwide exposure? Of course. But not because I personally want to be famous (I mean, I am using a fake name) but because places like Elan still exist and this entire industry needs to be exposed for the corrupt shit-stain on humanity that it represents.”
I’ve started Joe vs Elan School, but not finished yet. It reads as an indictment of all programs of this sort, such as boot camps, “scared straight”, and all the other institutionalized efforts to bully people into conformity, that punish mental illness or that are simply abusive.
Somehow, the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger & Danny DeVito as an old married couple that dresses alike came into my mind today, and it, in turn, reminded me of Henry & Glenn Forever, the publisher described it in this way:
Starring super-notorious musclebound punk/metaldudes Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins (with a little help from super-notorious soft-rock dudes Hall and Oates) Henry & Glenn Forever is a love story to end all love stories! The premise of this comic is explained in the beginning, “Henry and Glenn are very good ‘friends.’ They are also ‘room mates.’ Daryl and John live next door. They are satanists.” What follows is ultra-metal violence and cryfest diary entries, cringing self-doubt and mega-hilarious emo-meltdowns. Who knew Danzig was such a vulnerable, self-conscious sweety-pie? Who knew Rollins was such a caring spouse? Who knew Hall and Oates were so infernally evil—yet so considerate? Well, illustrating/writing team Igloo Tornado (featuring super-awesome comixdude Tom Neely) did and they kicked down 66 fully-illustrated pages with it. Genius on all fronts. Terrifyingly cute. Cutely terrifying. As the real-life Rollins says, quoted on the back cover, “Has Glenn seen this? Trust me, he would not be impressed.”