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BEST EROTIC COMICS 2008 Paperback – February 6, 2008
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Fair enough. But these criteria for determining what's "erotic" are boggy, even allowing for the fact that "erotic" is notoriously hard (and probably impossible) to define tightly. "Hot," of course, is unabashedly subjective. "Serious literary/artistic merit" is less so, but Christina says nothing to explain what she means by the standard except that it connotes "thoughtful, insightful, engaging, funny, poignant, political, and/or exceptionally well-drawn." Not much help there.
I bring this up because it seems to me that the comics included in this volume--which Christina claims is the first in a series--are seriously mixed in quality. Part of what's going on is undoubtedly a matter of taste: Christina's aesthetic and erotic tastes don't match up perfectly with mine. But part of it is the needless ambiguity of the standards she claims to have used in putting the volume together. Perhaps a more thoughtful discussion of what she means by "erotic" would've helped her be less scatter-gunned in her selections and more consistent in choosing high quality ones.
Ellen Forney's cover as well as her "Handy Map to Erogenous Zones" and "After House"; Colleen Coover's playful "A Bondage Tale"; Vince Coleman's "Flying to New Heights"; and Dori Seda's "F--- Story" are perfect examples of what this book could've contained: teasingly sexy, funny, playful, unconventional, tender, well-executed.Read more ›
There's kinky sex, lesbian sex, dogs talking about their owners (or rather, "the man with the can opener") having sex. Erika Moen's tribute to her silver bullet vibrator, and its ability to give her her first orgasm, when she feared she was lagging behind her peers, is one that many women will be able to relate to. There's everything from cock and ball torture to a man going down on himself to Susannah Breslin's journalistic take on bukkake, where she interviews and examines the motives of the participants, male and female, with an open-minded, curious tone. Some, like "Talk Show Queers," don't need dialogue to get their point across, while others rely more heavily on textual storytelling in addition to the visuals.
Ellen Forney's artwork is a favorite of mine as well, from her eye-catching cover art to her diagram of the human body's erogenous zones to "After Hours." Seasoned sex writer Greta Christina is out to provoke discussion, identification, lust, and much more with this collection. Thankfully, it's so much more than just naked bodies, but gets at the ways we think, talk, and feel about sex. She's included some classics as well as newer work.Read more ›
I understand that its erotica, that the point of these stories is to get to the erotic part, plot and dialog be damned. But some of the stories are lacking in the most simple of literary basics.
Some are difficult to understand whats going on, the expressions are off or understated, the details (where you really want details) are skipped or butchered.
There are a couple of good comics in here to pull this collection back from a 0 star rating, but over I was disappointed when I bought it.
I can't believe my first review of a book is on erotica.
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. Sex worker turned Sexologist, and Author of Spectacular Sex.