The idea for the show began about four years ago, when Clark began to notice the prevalence of comic imagery in contemporary culture. Helnwein's large painting, American Prayer, for example, depicts how he, a German, was influenced by images from Disney cartoons. In the blue-toned painting, a little boy kneels at his bed, saying his prayers. Above his bed floats a smiling Donald Duck; the boy is praying to the cartoon character. The images in the painting seem somewhat realistic until the viewer notices that the joints of the boy's hands are hinged like Pinocchio, another reference to the wonderful world of Disney.