Friday, November 20, 2009
Carroll E. King Reads
The title referred to two things. Carroll E. King Reads was the name of the shop seen on the opening page, arresting the attention of the well dressed, groomed and walk stick carrying individual wandering past. It also referred to the Reads themselves. Reads were Weisshaupt's idea. They're books. They were soft porn of the kind that generally features Fabio on the cover. Weisshaupt claimed that they were written by important political figures such as Cerebus.
Initially the gentleman on the front page who enters the shop to inquire as to what the shop sold in addition to Reads is scornful of the medium, considering it an entertainment only for the lower classes he purchases The Prime Minister and the Hussey after reading some of it's racier passages, which really proves Weisshaupt's point.
The second part of this short chapter is entitled At The Club One Afternoon. The script is across two pages in an old fashioned font that is reminiscent of the late 19th century, which is also the period Iest seems to be set in.
It features two stuffy gentlemen of the type that were thought to frequent exclusive gentleman's clubs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are discussing Cerebus in approving tones, they seem to find him admirable.