Spain Rodriguez, the author of controversial underground comics, did not fit in with the politically correct era - even he seemed to be aware of that. Director Susan Stern talks lovingly about her deceased husband, while admitting that he did not fully understand feminism and „retained the right to objectify women” in his works. At the same time she discloses that she is not sure whom she is defending: him or herself. It was in comics that Rodriguez discovered his darkest secrets, talked about fights with members of the „Road Vulture” motorcycle gang and the pleasure of „kicking someone's ass.” Nevertheless, his colleagues, from R. Crumb to Art Spiegelman, praise the talent of the man who created Trashman and Big Bitch, described by the New York Times as „the pornographic cross between Angel Charlie and Rambo.” And he never stopped creating, although he had been told since childhood that comics were the sum of all vulgarity.
Susan Stern is an American poet, reporter, director, and founder of the production company Bernal Beach Films. Although her Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour featured the most famous doll in the world, she is not afraid to touch on personal topics in her work. The Emmy-nominated documentary The Self-Made Man is dedicated to her father, fighting for the right to die on his own terms, while her Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez, about her husband, author of controversial comics who died in 2021, screened at Slamdance.
1998 Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (doc.)
2005 The Self-Made Man (doc.)
2012 Trashman: The Art of Spain Rodriguez (short)
2021 Niepokorny. Sztuka komiksu Spaina Rodrigueza / Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez (doc.)