Twisted Image is a comic strip by Ace Backwords that focuses on a wide variety of topics, including sex, politics, and homelessness. Though it is no longer in circulation, we re-publish the comic each month because its subjects are often related to the stories we cover.
Ace started writing Twisted Image in 1985, and did it full-time for about 10 years until 1995 (“when I ran out of punch-lines,” he says). Ace describes his comics as an unholy combination of Peanuts, MAD magazine, and R. Crumb. He guesses that he averaged about 10 strips a month for 10 years, totaling about 1,200 strips in total. The whole pile of them are sitting in a box in his storage locker somewhere.
Of writing Twisted Image, Ace recalls:
“I used to sit down at my drawing board in my kitchen late at night with this sense of glee. Like a pilot strapped into the cockpit, about to take off to god-knows-where.”