S. Clay Wilson, one of the seminal figures in the underground comix movement, suffered a “severe brain injury” last weekend, according to his partner, Lorraine Chamberlain, although no one is yet certain what caused those injuries.
“I just talked to the neurologist a few minutes ago,” Chamberlain said early Sunday afternoon. “He’s in a decline because of the pneumonia. They can’t seem to stabilize him.”
Chamberlain — Wilson’s partner of the last eight years (“though,” she added, “we’ve been flirting with each other for 40”) — said authorities in San Francisco originally believed that Wilson was mugged on his way home from a fairly heavy drinking binge. But Chamberlain now believes “it may be that he fell so many times” on the short walk home.
Wilson is one of the godfathers of underground comics, a perennial bad boy whose comics can be seen as utter filth, but a filth redeemed by a gusto for life and a passion for cartooning. Send a little good energy his way.