Tijuana Bibles Revisited! July 14th, 2018 6-9pm


Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, Tillie-and-Mac books, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, bluesies, blue-bibles, gray-backs, and two-by-fours) were palm-sized pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s. Their popularity peaked during the Great Depression era. images-2

Most Tijuana bibles were obscene parodies of popular newspaper comic strips of the day, such as “Blondie“, “Barney Google“, “Moon Mullins“, “Popeye“, “Tillie the Toiler“, “The Katzenjammer Kids“, “Dick Tracy“, “Little Orphan Annie“, and “Bringing Up Father“. Others made use of characters based on popular movie stars, and sports stars of the day, such as Mae West, Clark Gable and Joe Louis, sometimes with names thinly changed. Before World War II, almost all the stories were humorous and frequently were cartoon versions of well-known dirty jokes that had been making the rounds for decades.

Opening Reception: Saturday July 14th, 2018

Curated by Artists Barbosa Prince and Alex Law, INFERNO brings together a group of artists who explore this long forgotten genre of books and art. Their work combined with a variety of vintage Tijuana Bibles and other sources make a great look into this lost part of our culture.images-1

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