Interview with Wilhelm Reich Comic Book Biographer Elijah Brubaker

Elijah Brubaker is the artist/writer of Reich, a biography of controversial psychoanalyst turned mad scientist Wilhelm Reich.

Via Technoccult:

Klint Finley: So you do a comic about Wilhelm Reich, were you involved in Reichian therapy before you started the comic?

Elijah Brubaker: No, I wasn’t involved in the therapy at all. I had read about Reich kind of anecdotally through William Burroughs. And he just seemed like this cool crazy guy, and he’s a great thing to talk about to your friends who don’t know about him. I just like to talk about esoteric bullshit at parties. My interest kind of grew after I read several biographies of him and I started looking at him as more of a person, so my interest comes from the compassionate part of it now. It started as “Ha ha ha, there’s this crazy quack” Now I feel like I’m a crazy quack too.

That really shows in the comic. You don’t vilify him or idolize him. It’s a really human portrayal of him. I think it’s generally sympathetic towards him, was that your intent?

Yeah, just today I was reading the back of a biography of Ayn Rand. And there was a pull quote on the back that said that the people who lionize her and demonize her equally do a disservice by dehumanizing her. That’s how I feel with Reich, he’s such a controversial figure that people don’t really look at him as human anymore, he’s just this series of events that happened or a series of ideas. They either agree or disagree and everyone has a strong opinion about it, but it’s not coming from a very humanistic point of view I guess.

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  • https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather Matt Prather

    Wow.

    Adding this one my “X-Files.”

    Could be something really big. Could be just another sign-post by the side of the road.

    In some ways, I wish disinformation put out less content. How can I ever see it all? And yet, I know this is a silly thing to ask.

    In any case, I am now somewhat attuned to the story of Wilhelm Reich.

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