Truth Serum By Jon Adams
Truth Serum brings all the modern dysfunction and ennui prevalent in America and dresses it up in superhero costumes. In this way, it’s just horrible, painful, it’s a cascade of interactions that are so chillingly awful that you almost laugh out of nervousness. In the end, you just laugh because you’re unashamed.
Creator Jon Adams presents a deadpan world of seemingly useless super people — heroes and villains who are too busy having confrontational conversations to get down to the hard word of saving or plundering. Plus, their lives are so pathetic — they take side jobs doing yard work and rob old ladies for crystal meth, they try to weasel their way back into their old girlfriends’ embraces, they say totally the wrong thing to orphans.
They are us, but worse, much worse. And they look as silly in their costumes as we would.
Materials: I draw everything on various types of paper, ink it with a Pilto Rolling ball and scan it. Then everything’s colored in Photoshop and laid out in InDesign, where I also place the text using a font of my handwriting.
Interview with Jon Adams:
Q: Did you have any favorite super-heroes when you were a kid?
A: Spider-Man, of course.
Q: What elements of super-hero comics have you specifically paid attention to in working on Truth Serum?
A: Specifically? I suppose the breasts and explosions mostly. I find those elements really give a depth to stories that would otherwise be tiresome.
Q: Do you know people who treat you like your characters treat each other?
A: Thankfully, no.
Q: Do you have any mainstream super-heroes you’re dying to work on?
A: I’d happily work on any mainstream super-hero, provided I could do whatever I wanted with them. If it were Spidey, I’d be willing to accept some editorial restrictions.
Q: Have you ever thought of a hero or villain for the strip that was just too much or went too far?
A: Nope. I’ve thought of some jokes I thought might be a little too much, but not a character.
Q: Can you tell me one?
A: In particular there was a joke about one of my characters masturbating behind a car wash, but how he didn’t really want to be doing it. He wasn’t forced to do it, he just wasn’t really into it. I think it’s funny and I may still use it, but I just wonder if it isn’t crossing some sort of line.