Madness Zines

Zines and Banners

Artist Dwayne Carter has been producing zines, paintings, animation/videos, banners and digital prints in the Dallas area since 1981.


Are we basically irrational creatures?

This is not to say that we should not seek scientific truth.  But art has the concern for the meaning of things rather than the scientific evidence of truth.  Perhaps at times meaning and truth can be the same.

Art is not science and cannot be easily reduced to quantifiable data. It is part of the subjective experience of being human. There are many things we cannot know by science. Some things we accept based on what our elders tell us, as well as, faith, peer pressure, emotional reaction and intuition.

There are many routes to meaning in art. Sometimes meaning can be found in its form or in the content. Sometimes meaning is found in the context. There is not one correct path to meaning. But when we find ourselves struck by something, it develops meaning.

Meaning in art and life cannot be described in words alone. The rhythmic beat of drums can affect the way we feel and and the way we interpret our surroundings. Our emotions are altered by the vibrations of the music. We can feel more at home or we can feel alienated based on our empathic response to music and art.

Probably early humans were drawn or repulsed in very similar ways. Perhaps these instincts are instilled in our fiber. We started as the hunter and gatherer. Many traits of our behavior are shaped by this early existence.

But, even the past is subject to major revisions as our perceptions change. Perspectives on history, politics and art change over time because of our allegiances and cultural biases.

Photo Novella

The photo novella format is being used increasingly by artists because of its directness in communicating stories and ideas. This format has a tradition in Mexican Comics and was common in the checkout lines at Supermercados in Dallas and other cities in the southwest. The photo novella is also used in health education since photo story telling is easy for people to understand.


Dreams and madness.

We can still apply reason in trying to understand our world. Goya’s painting The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters reflected his view of a corrupt and demented Spanish society.

However, Goya’s painting points to the realization that “Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and source of their wonders.”

I am the Sleep of Reason is one of my digital works that points to the impact of irrational and capricious behavior. Society should fear the sleep of reason; however, we should not be guided by reason alone, but also the strength of faith, emotion and other means.

Madness Zines and Banners don’t offer clear answers to questions of madness and rational thinking in our culture. But they can offer a means to examine a social structure that at times seems to favor irrationality over reason.  Perhaps art can reveal truths, but we may only know what it means to us.

Madness #9
Gus Greed

2023. Seems like everything points toward Greed.


In print at Curiosities , Awesome Comics and Keith’s Comics.

Madness #8
The End of Madness

2021, Solve Olive’s dilemma?

In print at Curiosities , Awesome Comics and Keith’s Comics.

Madness #6
Living in a False Universe

2018 ~ Forget the Truth as you know it.

Madness #4

2015 ~ Everyone needs a second chance.


Madness #2
Mirror of Madness

2012 ~ A dark tale of lust for money and power.


  Insurrection, The Way I Feel

2008 ~  Blue Revolution and Red Insurrection.

Is there no middle ground?

Madness #7
Extreme Discontent

2019 ~ What’s the problem?

The elite don’t need to look down from their lofty perch. The problem is right in front of them. Extreme Discontent!

In print at Curiosities , Awesome Comics and Keith’s Comics.

Madness #5
Disputed Ideals

2016 ~ Search, but you won’t find Paradise or Utopia.

Madness #3
Collective Madness

2013 ~ You can’t escape. We are all part of the Collective Madness.

Madness #1
Midway to Madness 

2010 ~ Things are in a state of critical exhaustion.