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Mad as Bad Tornado is a contributions-based zine dedicated to visionary artist Henry Darger, curated by artist Jean McEwan. Featuring photography, drawing, collage, sound and writing from a range of UK and international artists and writers, the zine contains an eclectic range of responses to the life and work of this complex and enigmatic artist.

Henry Darger, Diary entry April 16 1968:


”Had trouble again with twine. Mad enough to wish I was a bad tornado. Swore at God.”

Henry Joseph Darger (1892 – 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called ‘The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused …by the Child Slave Rebellion’, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger is regarded as one of the most significant self-taught artists of the 20th century.

Mad as Bad Tornado is a 28 page full colour hand-made zine, printed in a limited edition of 50 only , featuring contributions from:

Allan Binns
Ben Clarkson
Maria Cobo
DahmerStu
Adam Denton
Martin Heron
Debi Holbrook
Robert Hope
Emily Ilett
Sohail Khan
Wayne Lucas
Catherine McEwan
Jean McEwan
Calum Paterson
Paul Peter
Sarah Pinder
Tendernine

The zine is a  is available to buy online here

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