This is a lovely little book! The book itself is beautifully designed and the production values are lush. But, the real treat is the artwork. The comic is wonderfully drawn and embellished, and the story is charming. Yes, it's an adult comic. It's quite graphic. There's lots of explicit (and hot) sex. The story details what happens when an overly-busy inventor husband is annoyed by his wife's sexual appetites and builds her a robot (Chester 5000) to satisfy her needs. The outcome isn't quite what he had in mind as Chester is not only a physically satisfying powerhouse, but also a considerate and kind partner. This book expertly blends hot sex, romance, gorgeous art, and a great story.
I read Chester 5000xyv a few years back online, and was floored by the combination of erotic imagery in combination with a very stylized reinterpretation of victorian age illustrations. I could talk about how the juxtaposition between the two create something very uncommon in comics, but what impressed me the most was how little actual dialogue was spoken and how easily you could follow the story via the illustrations. The printing of the book is absolutely wonderful as well, a half sized hardback with an embossed cover and a good weigh for the pages. I think that years later this will be viewed as a stepping stone blending the worlds of pornography and comics and creating something that goes beyond any sort of masturbation material but rather a story with substance that uses certain imagery to get a point across. This is a must buy.
Sexy, beautiful, and ultimately very sweet. I love this story, and Jess Fink's fantastic art really makes it a worthwhile read. I can't give it enough stars. The story takes place during the Victorian times, and is about the relationship between a wife, a workaholic husband, and a robot that he built for her. I wont say much more, except that you should buy this book! :)
There's been a lot of ink spilled lately about the under-representation of women in mainstream comics. So where are all the lady creators? Well actually, they're making amazing comics outside of the mainstream.
Jess Fink is one of the vanguard of independent female cartoonists making delightful comics outside of the superhero genre. Jess's work is lively, funny, gorgeous and very, very sexy. Chester 5000-XYV is a wordless erotic tale about an inventor who creates a robot butler to satisfy his lonely wife. It's a great find for anyone who likes unique, quirky comics, Victorian science-fiction or erotica from a woman's perspective.
Innovative, wordless storytelling, gorgeous, fluid linework and effortless ink washes, luxuriant panel borders and decadent settings... and did I mention the erotic heat radiating from every page?? Yes, it is smut, but this is a perfect example of how wonderful and painterly porn can be. This isn't your teenager's juice factory, this is grown-up stuff. You won't regret picking this up. This is a coffee table book for voyeurs, and your guests will thank you.
I really enjoyed this comic; A webcomic artist friend of mine pointed it out to me (d20monkey.com), and I read through the whole thing in an evening. The art is charming, and what story there is supports the erotic premise well without devolving into vulgarity. I thought, on the whole, it was sweet, and definitely sex-positive which is not something you really see in a lot of erotica lately.
I first read Chester 5000 XYV a year or so ago at Jess Fink's website, where it started its life as an adult webcomic. I absolutely loved it then, and I nearly leapt for joy when the hardcover bound version arrived in the mail. Even the second time around, I enjoyed the heck out of it.
How exactly can I describe Chester 5000 XYV? It would be easy to say that it is Victorian robot porn. And it is, but Fink manages to make the story emotional and sweet while still making the artwork explicitly sexy. And explicit it is! Keep a fan handy, because you're going to need it.
Fink's artwork is gracefully explicit. She creates a heightened sense of arousal and emotion by exaggerating body parts and positions, and I think it's extremely effective as well as very pretty to look at. I particularly like how she uses elements of the characters' clothing or hair to frame panels in a very organic sort of way.
The story is pretty simple, and it's simply told without any dialogue aside from the occasional "'!" to express a particularly awesome moment of pleasure. The simplicity of the story and the storytelling method, though, allows emotion to take center stage. Priscilla is a very sexual woman who feels neglected and unloved by her husband. Chester 5000 is just a robot, but at the same time, he is more capable of love and devotion than his human creator. It was fascinating to watch Priscilla and Chester fall for each other, and to watch her husband Robert come to realize exactly what's missing in his own heart.
The dialogue-less storytelling does bring to mind silent film, and I think that works perfectly with the setting of the comic. It reminds me of a more mature version of Victorian dirty drawings (I tried to Google that to illustrate my point.Read more ›