The Dandelion King: Nixon & Bicycles. (Book 2)

(Selections) Whittier, California. Hometown of Richard Nixon and 'Billy Jack'.

My mom was a recent divorceé, and worked as a social worker at the local mental hospital. Metropolitan State Psychiatric Hospital (site of the film, 'Hurry Tomorrow' was located down the road in the City of Norwalk. For my mom, it was brutal, if part-time work, promising escape from our exile in Whittier. As kids, we rode bicycles and play acted the film 'Billy Jack' in a town segregated between the well-off descendants of fruit farmers, and the Mexican and Indigenous working-class and working poor-- our town could, itself have been the location for the film's strange take on counter-culture. 

(Selections) My mom's rape. 

When I was 15, my mother told me that she had been raped by her first boyfriend. She probably didn't tell me about this because of how I felt about Mac. He taught me how ride a bike and took me to the emergency room when I accidentally burnt my foot climbing down from his truck. He held my hand and it felt good. I loved Mac. He was one of the few men in my life who noticed me and was kind to me. However, learning that Mac hurt my mother helped to explain moments in my young life which had never entirely made sense, but had somehow stayed with me. Violence is  an acid, it seeps over our lives leaving holes. 



"Heide Solbrig’s IAMNOTADOG by Frances, is a self-declared Hospice portrait during COVID. Beautiful ink and charcoal portraits of the author’s father who is in hospice, and of their dog fill the book’s pages along with observations and quotations. Though IAMNOTDOG features portraits of both man and dog, they purposefully are kept on separate pages for the most part, which help illustrate the limitations of drawing as a form of coping with the loss of a loved one." 

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The Dandelion King: love and loss in the gas line. (Book 1)

The Dandelion King: love and loss in the gas line. 

The first book of The Dandelion King Trilogy, is an experimental comic exploration of family history, and divorce. The Dandelion King, looks at the decade which liberalized divorce laws, the social changes in women's roles, international political upheaval and changes in mental health policy that was a background for the first years of my family's divorce. 

Social Psychology Comic App. (Companion to The Dandelion King) 

The strange history of popular psychology, from Kurt Lewin to Carl Rogers to the Encounter Group provides a deep history to the changes in political ideology witnessed in the era of the 1970s. After my father left my mother and we moved to California, my mother began working at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, Ca. and in her spare time she attended Encounter Groups, Consciousness Raising groups, and drove my brother back and forth to Pasadena for his own psychotherapist, named 'Peace'. The 1970s was the era when the revolutionaries of the previous decades decide that the revolution happened from within. Lewin and others theorized about democratic and authoritarian modes of groups and leaders. This comic series, made for apps. explores several social psychologists whose work shaped that feminist notion, 'The personal is political'.