by Warren E. Elliott Paranoid Tales of Neurosis is a comix anthology of satire, horror, and humor all perfectly bound in 112 B&W pages lovingly snuggled between TWO color covers! Written, illustrated, and dumped from the somewhat disturbed mind of Joe Deagnon and published by Chicken Outfit Media. Much like a serial killer cutting out and collecting their favorite fleshy parts of their victims and keeping them in a place to be admired, Joe has assembled his chosen pieces from the first five issues of Paranoid Tales of Neurosis and stitched them together with a few other choice chunks to birth this monster of an autobiographical anthology fueled by drugs and deviant fantasies. More…
by Rondal Scott III Spawned from the filthy anuses of 100 maniacs… oops, wrong origin story. Spawned from a love of underground comix and Heavy Metalmagazine, Joe Deagnon’s PARANOID Tales of Neurosis: The Comix Anthology is a collection of the artist’s earliest works with strips from Exclaim Magazine, Film Threat Magazine and the first five issues of his original Tales of Neurosis run (1986-1990). As one would expect from the same guy partially responsible for a comic about alien invaders and killer sex dolls, Tales of Neurosis is a darkly comic kick in the nuts — chock full of pop culture parody, sexual misconduct and rampant mutilation. More…
by Tim Merrill “One thing that has always set Joe’s work outside of the pack is not only his insane art, but his ability to tell a story that’s funny as hell. ” “After giving the book a thorough once over, I can honestly say that Joe’s hit a trifecta here in terms of art, writing, and humor.” “Paranoid Tales will grab you by the ears while it bores a hole straight into the core of your skull, and rides you like a Kentucky Derby winner.” Read the full review in: Weng’s Chop Volume 2, Issue 1, Number 5
Almost Normal Comix, November 2002 Okay, I’m not real big on the whole online comics thing. It’s probably because I can only sit in front of a computer for about an hour before I start experiencing extreme pain in my shoulder and neck. It’s an old injury. Anyway I’ve never really been into online comics. Also my machine is really slow, disconnects from the server whenever it feels like it, and the screen is too small. Enough complaining? Bottom line is I like to hold a good old fashioned paper comic in my hands. Damn the trees, I want to be able to carry my entertainment with me, wherever I go! So, why the hell am I about to tell you to have a look at an online comic then? `cause I liked it! Yep, normally I just say “no thank you, I really don’t like reviewing online comics.” And that’s that. But this time I spent way too much time in front of my electronic light box, popped a bunch of pain pills and found myself engrossed in these online comics. who’d of thought. Right. Well I’m not going to go into any detail about the comics because they’re only a click away. I liked `em and I think some of you might too. So give the link a click and enjoy!
The World of Zines, A Guide to the Independent Magazine Revolution, 1992 Penguin Books, ISBN 0 14 01.6720.X by Mike Gunderloy and Cari Goldberg Janice
A collection of dangerous comics with a bent for violence and paranoia. There are bizarre and twisted comic tales of violent rock concerts, horror movies, a man eaten by his friends – ugh, the list goes on. In one issue Joe reveals the sources of fear in his life and goes off the wall with guns and other instruments of violence — Satan pops up here and there as well. The artistic style perfectly conveys the heavily bizarre emotional states behind it…
We Are The Weird Vol VII, No.37 September 16,1991 reviewed by Joe Bob Briggs
Paranoid Tales of Neurosis is a Mad Magazine for the nineties by deranged cartoonist Joe Deagnon of Brantford, Ontario. He does movie parodies (in Coming to America, a rock promoter brings an Ethiopian child that looks like E.T. into a posh Hollywood restaurant), drug crazed, orgy filled autobiographical cartoons, satires on Yuppie businessmen (drawn as farm animals), an X-rated Gilligan’s Island, a series of bad jobs (Wind Up Workin’ in a Gas Station, or for the advertising business, Joe Casual in Yet Another Artistically Deprived Job), and a sick, sick, version of Faces of Death. Paranoid is available in comics shops.
F.O.D. maggotzine Issue #3 reviewed by Urania 235 Paranoid Tales issues 1&2
The first issue of this ‘zine is a solo effort by editor, cartoonist Joe Deagnon; in it he deals with the decadent lifestyles of cartoonists, parodies the continuing saga of Faces of Death sequels, and speculates on the sexual activities of those stranded on Gilligan’s Island…All in a lowbrow and entertaining manner. Work, Satan, drugs and graphic violence all get the Deagnon treatment in #2, as well as a very good stylistic satire on RE/SEARCH Incredibly Strange Films; again – very lowbrow and offensive. Great stuff!
Film Threat Video Guide Spring 1991, issue 2, pg.21-22 reviewed by David E. Williams
Simply said, Deagnon’s fully illustrated, hyper fun, sickly twisted ‘zines is one of the best uses of paper since the earlier, funnier issues of Film Threat Like Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, Paranoid Tales is a hopelessly autobiographical account of Deagnon’s incredibly boring life, but embellished by wild bits of imagination and illustrated in the best Ralph Steadmanesque tradition.
Obsessed with heavy metal, slasher films and porn (probably in defense against the mindless boredom associated with the traditional Canadian existence), Paranoid Tales, issues 1-3 should be required reading for Slayer fans, anyone of draft age or the poor souls trapped in such Great White North- like states as Kansas or Indiana.
Factsheet 5 #39, pg.15 /Publisher’s Choice Page reviewed by Mike Gunderloy Paranoid Tales, Issue # 1&2
Joe Deagnon is either a comic genius, a drug crazed maniac, or possibly both. His madball style strikes me as a cartooned analog of Hunter Thompson, especially in the opening story of #1, a tale of his rise to fame and harrowing, drug-addled fall back to K-Mart. The world of scutwork is a concern in both these issues, with #2 bringing us the dark truth from behind the scenes in a fast food joint. #2 also picks on the movies, with a great exploitation flick as the lead strip. Bizarre and wonderful.
!*@# (Exclaim) magazine, pg. 15 – June 1992 reviewed by Hal Kelly (this review also appeared in Hal’s unequaled exploitation ‘zine, “Trash Compactor Vol 2, #6 – Summer 1992)
While essentially a comix-oriented ‘zine we included it based on its razor sharp parody of an entry in the RE/SEARCH book Incredibly Strange Films. It’s exhaustive interview with sleaze director Phil Cohen looks identical to the real thing, right down to the gory stills and terrific film titles. I personally couldn’t pass up a film called “Giving (Jenny Back Her) Head” or “I Fuck Your Corpse” even if it is a fantasy. So call me jaded and get the hell out of here if you can’t take it.
Factsheet 5 #48, pg.78 reviewed by R. Seth Friedman
A new format for Mr.Deagnon, offset printing with color covers. The only accurate way of describing this is with its title. Reminiscent ofRalph Steadman at times. Six paranoid, neurotic, crazy, but fun stories here. Stereo wars in apartment living hell, a sick view into the twisted world of industrial video production, a satire of This Old House, the “true” story of Ronald McDonald school, ad wizards, and (of course) a look into the mind with a bad acid trip.
Film Threat magazine, Issue #13, December 1993, pg. 57 reviewed by Gabriel Alvarez
For once, a comic that lives up to its name. Paranoid Tales spews from the morbid mind of Joe Deagnon, and luckily for us deviated perverts, he hasn’t been snatched up by the authorities yet.
What’s even more shocking is that Mr. Deagnon lives in Canada, a hotbed of censorship. So what could possibly be considered offensive in Paranoid Tales?
Well, for starters, try the kinky story of a skinhead industrial video producer/dominatrix with a penchant for “a taste of the old anal intruder.” Or how about “Ronald School”, in which the real dope on how to become a “McDingho” clown is revealed. (Hint: brainwashing.)
Now that this thing has graduated from photocopied rag to newly designed print job, you’d be well advised to get your grimy hands on this tasty trash—-before it gets banned.
!*@# (exclaim) magazine May 1993, pg.19 reviewed by Hal Kelly
Paranoid Tales of Neurosis is actually a comic ‘zine put out by cartoonist Joe Deagnon. It’s a bit of a new dawn for Paranoid as Deagnon has moved from the standard ‘zine look of the first four issues for a more “slick” look in order to get more comic shops to stock it.
While it looks more like a “standard” comic in format, (including a color cover) Deagnon promises no compromise in visuals or subject matter. Well, that’s true as the issue graphically deals with dominant sex, gauging landlord revenge scenarios, all around hellish people, anal intruders, a mass murderers dream basement, bad LSD trips and a “lost frame” from the Paranoid vault in which Princess Leia “does” Jabba the Hut.
The final page is a poster from that faux-RE/SEARCH favorite, sleaze director Phil Cohen. Entitled Pigskin – The Movie, “A hard core soap opera…visuals for the boys, romance for the girls…and some all American competition”, it stars Barbara Crampton, Amber Lynn, and Ron Jeremy as “Dr.Proctor”. It should hit the video stores (or if you live in the very deep south, drive-ins) just in time for the Cohen retrospect Cronenberg had programmed for the Cinematheque.