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Sex in the Comics Industry

December 5, 2008
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I’m still getting used to the way wordpress formats things for bloggers. It’s a huge change that I wasn’t exactly expecting, nor is it entirely welcome but it’s not so bad that I can’t use it.

Here’s a weird one.

This isn’t a review so much as an observation. 

I’ve known, and I’m sure many have too, that sex comics exist and have existed for a while now. The thing is I’ve never actually come across one before. Sure, my Dad was a fan of Boris Vallejo, but that’s not exactly a comic or sex…

Recently, though, I’ve come across a rash of them. I’m not some crazy right-wing neo-conservative who believes sex doesn’t exist, nor am I some crazy left-wing liberal who thinks orgies should happen on football fields instead of football. Point is I’m not concerned about whether or not there is sex depicted in comics or art. 

What surprises me is how it’s starting to slowly creep into mainstream comics in general. Maybe I’ve been unobservant but in my mind comics haven’t included that aspect of human relationships to such a strong extent before. Sure, they may have hinted at, or had a character say that he/she was going to have sex but considering the sexualization of comic book heroes it’s surprising that it hasn’t been more prevalent from the start.

The last “pure” art form right?

Now, don’t take my finding sex comics as just me looking at copious amounts of porn and happening to stumble across porn comics, no. There are several web comics that I read that I’ve seen links to sex comics too. For example, this website is one that I see bannered next to a webcomic that I read daily:


It’s a website that features a collection of adult comics. This is advertised next to a very popular website, that I’m sure draws readers from several different age groups, maybe not old people but others…

I suppose the inability to access any thing without paying is a hinderance to younger readers but they can get around that for their fix. Me? I don’t really care, hence the link.

There are also a couple of websites that I visit that sponsor webcomics that deal blatantly with sex. If I could find that link I’d post it but I lost it, so the evidence makes the argument somewhat moot.

In the mainstream though, I think writers like Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan, and Frank Miller have really started to let the sexual nature of humans into their comics and are not afraid of the human body as a nude form.

It helps those three are three of my favorite contemporary artists but then again, all of the top artists and writers who contemporary even in the 80s, early 90s, and 70s, weren’t doing comics like these guys, they weren’t even close. Alan Moore is a little bit for his depictions of sex in Watchmen and rape in V for Vendetta but those were outliers even in his works. 

I haven’t quite decided if it’s a good thing or a bad thing yet. Sex shouldn’t permeate the industry because amazing stories have been told without using sex and I’m afraid that some writers and artists would use sex as a crutch rather than a helpful or causal moment in a story.

We’ll see it where it goes.


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