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Erotic Comics: A Graphic History from Tijuana Bibles to Underground Comix Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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About the Author

Tim Pilcher is the coauthor of The Essential Guide to World Comics and The Complete Cartooning Course. He lives in Brighton, England.

Gene Kannenberg, Jr., is a respected historian of comics and the director of comicsresearch.org. He lives in Hudson Valley, New York.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb is a pioneer of autobiographical comics. She recently published Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir, and is married to fellow comix creator Robert Crumb.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; First Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810995158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995154
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It makes me laugh to imagine anyone finding my comic work erotic," states Aline Kominsky Crumb, "and in general I can say the same thing about most Underground comic art." She's got a point. Other people's erotic fantasies and obsessions are ridiculous, unless they happen to turn you on, too.

If Sturgeon's Law is true, then ninety per cent of all the erotic comics drawn, then and now, are crap. Tim Pilcher's brief but informative history of the remaining ten per cent revels in the allure of that minority of comics, those drawn with a powerful personal style. What's weirdly consistent about powerful personal styles (and this is an observation Pilcher never quite manages to articulate, though he comes close) is that going public with one's sexual fantasies means going public with one's fascination with the grotesque as well. It's as if artists can't choose which boundaries not to cross in their work, not if they're being honest with themselves as well as dedicated to cartooning as a professional pursuit. That dedication, and society's expectations of us, however hypocritical, may explain why the history of erotic comics (at least up to this volume's cutoff date of the early 'seventies) is a history of artists getting screwed -- by their publishers, usually, but also by the police and the courts.

This is a picture book, and Pilcher's selection of images is very good indeed. The first of five chapters covers the prehistory of underground comics, from the bounty of the 18th century (Hogarth, Rowlandson, Japanese shunga prints, and illustrations for the Kama Sutra), through saucy postcards, Tijuana Bibles, pin-up paintings, and risque comic strips for servicemen.
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This is a great book, lots of pictures and just enough text to inform the reader rather than just to bog them down. Highly recommended!
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By Miss N~ on December 12, 2011
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This book is massive I thought it was going to be some little thing. Pictures are plenty and very nice! My only issue is the way it came. The hard cover comes with a paper cover (?) but that paper is not tight so it kind of moved along its trip to me. I wish it were packaged very tight instead of in this big box with air filled plastic protection. Luckily the paper isnt too damaged but it couldve been brutal. This book was a great purchase. Highly recommend it!
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This book has a lot of information as well as amazing pictures. It covers everything from ancient erotica to pinup girls to modern playboy comics. I was very impressed. :)
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