BAD ATTITUDE: The Art of Spain Rodriguez

BAD ATTITUDE: The Art of Spain Rodriguez

Moving, thought-provoking, both personal and political, BAD ATTITUDE: The Art of Spain Rodriguez explores the controversial art and life of the legendary underground cartoonist through the lens of his wife, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Susan Stern. From the propaganda comics of the Second World War to the underground comics breakthrough in 1960s New York and San Francisco, to the graphic novels of today, BAD ATTITUDE is an enthralling history of comics and a rousing call to art and activism.

Featuring a roster of friends and family, BAD ATTITUDE dives deep into Spain’s life with insights from comics luminaries R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Trina Robbins, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Ed Piskor, and features animation by Spain’s daughter, the New York-based artist, Nora Rodriguez.

Spain…was a cartoonist whose radical politics and hyperbolic macho imagery, all presented with sly humor, were influential elements in the rise of underground comics. (He) was part of a wave of artists — including R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson and Bill Griffith — who established the irreverent, profane, highly sexed, antiwar, anti-capitalist spirit of underground comics.” The New York Times


Susan Stern



Film Details

2021, 71 min
United States