sex element

The Sex Element, part 4

Sex, comics, porn… they don’t go together in my mind. Setting aside porn (as a mechanical solution to a problem of mechanical societies, not something I find critically interesting), I still struggled to come up with comics that I’d call sexy. Two works stood out from my shelves. The first, an American underground from 1972, […]

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the sex element: yes, please. eww, not you.

My parents enrolling me in nude figure drawing classes starting when I was fifteen was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I hadn’t kissed a boy or girl, but suddenly I found out how sharp light reflecting off completely bare human skin was utterly different than any kind of light reflecting […]

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Sex Element: Just Because the Men Are Dead Doesn’t Mean that Cheesecake Has to Be

So, as I recently threatened, I did in fact purchase the first volume of Brian K. Vaughn’s Y:The Last Man. It was…okay. The overall concept is pretty entertaining: one day, all of a sudden, every creature with a Y chromosome on earth dies. All that’s left are women, a guy named Yorick, and his male […]

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The Sex Element, part 1 (b): The Problem with Lost Girls

To continue our blog’s sex theme … Man, Lost Girls really sucked. It crapped. It was terrible. All right, the coloring was fantastic. But imagine reading the thing as a pile of black-and-white xeroxes. That’s what I had to do, since the book costs a ton and Top Shelf would have needed a bank loan to […]

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The Sex Element, part 1

We’re doing another series of themed posts, this one about sex and comics. Decades ago Peter Cook did a funny routine about a coal miner who wanted to be a novelist but whose novel got turned down “because it lacked the sex element.” I’ve always loved that phrase. I can list seven sorts of comics […]

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