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Peepland Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2017
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"Peepland hooked me instantly" - Comic Bastards
"An interesting look at crime in the mid 1980s." - SciFi Pulse
"One of the most exciting, intriguing and explosive starts to a story this year!" - Reading with a Flight Ring
"...if you’re not familiar with noir, this is a great introduction to the genre. You’re in the hands of two master storytellers working in a genre they obviously love. And if you’re already a fan, sit back and enjoy the ride they’re going to take you on, with every dark and greasy twist it has in store for you." - Fanbase Press
"A comic with sleaze in its DNA... Camerini’s art being both visually appealing and provocative." - Medium
"Hard Case Crime may be the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade" Neal Pollack in The Stranger
All told, “Peepland” is a gritty, brilliantly conceived thriller told in a grand, colorful cinematic way. It is what good comics are all about and a fantastic bridge between them and New Pulp. We’re looking forward to future issues with enthusiastic anticipation. - Pulp fiction review
About the Author
Gary Phillips is a critically acclaimed author of mysteries and graphic novels. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips grew up reading comics, classic pulp and detective fiction. Besides writing several stand alones like The Jook and The Underbelly, and editing anthologies such as Orange County Noir, Phillips has found success in the field of graphic novels, penning illustrated stories such as The Rinse and High Rollers.
Andrea Camerini is an up-and-coming Italian comics artist. He has written and contributed cartoons and animation to various TV stations and is the author/illustrator of Vernacoliere.
- Publisher : Titan Comics; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785851195
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785851193
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.8 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
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The plot is bleak and bloody noir, as befits any project from this publisher. Do not expect any happy endings. Those who are not dead or dying by the final panel probably wish they were. Some of the art is risqué, but unlike the other HCC series, it does not feel designed to titillate or exploit. If anything, it underscores the hardscrabble conditions of this world.
The unique aspect of this work is the depiction of how Roxy copes with a life that most people would find demeaning. Much of the story is an indictment of how sex workers are mistreated in our society, particularly those of non-heterosexual persuasion. In her afterward, co-author Christa Faust explains she once worked in a peepshow booth, and she says the job was “neither as sexy as some might like to imagine or as degrading as others claim.” It was, in fact, “often absurd and occasionally boring.”
Much research shows that many women in similar lines of work are victims who were trafficked into that life by a man at some point. This was not the case in Peepland. One character chose the life due to drug addiction, another because it was the only way to support her child. Roxy seems to have gravitated to the peepshow because it offered a non-judgmental subculture that allowed her to express her bisexuality.
There are nice subtle character touches throughout the book like, for example, how Roxy wears a wig to hide her blonde spiky hair in the booth, so as to preserve a line of demarcation between her working life and her personal life.
I did have one complaint about the book. There were a lot of characters to follow which is not always easy to do in a comic book. I found myself wishing several times this were a traditional novel so each character could be explored more adequately. The background of one minor character in particular--Ti-mons, the surly African immigrant janitor--gets short thrift even though it is a pivotal plot point in the final scenes.
The only real fault with the book is that is really too short given the number of characters and storylines contained within. Too bad the publishers couldn't have given it two full volumes so it would have had a chance to properly breathe. Otherwise, an excellent comic that is only for mature audiences.