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Around the Store in 31 Days: Day Six

Brian Hibbs

So yesterday I did a “kid’s” comic, let’s go 180 degrees the other way today, and talk about something that’s fully for adults.

With like screwing, and everything.

More after the jump, but if you’re a prude, you should probably stop reading here.

Erotic comics are a difficult thing, a lot of the time, because you have to rate them both on how well they tell their story (when, that is, they HAVE one), as well as how “hot” it is. That latter is SUPER subjective.

I think most erotic comics really (no pun intended) suck. Especially these days. There were a couple of years were stuff of pretty decent quality was coming out, that was human-driven (instead of purely fuck-driven), where the art was luscious, etc.

But these days, it seems like erotic comics are largely of the “Rebecca” school, or of the hardcore Japanese erotic (epitomized by A-G SUPER EROTIC ANTHOLOGY) where all women are stupid sluts who once you warm them up they’ll happily be humiliated in any number of subhuman and degrading ways, because all they REALLY are is a cunt (and mouth and ass…)

While (I suppose) there can be a few moments of hot fucking within that framework, that doesn’t do a whole lot for me. I’ve even seen increasing elements of this in artists whom I think are incredibly amazing craftsmen, like, say, Milo Manara.

There’s very little erotic comics in my personal collection, in fact, I only have two things in there. One of them is Coleen Coover’s SMALL FAVORS, the sweet and funny lesbian sex comic, and the other is my actual subject today: Bill Willingham’s IRONWOOD.

I’ve been a Willingham fan for a long time — heck, I bought my copy of VILLAINS AND VIGILANTES (to tie it back to the gamer-geek post from a few days ago) because of his art. V&V had a module (“Death Duel with the Destroyers”) that leads into Willingham’s ELEMENTALS series, and ELEMENTALS pretty much led into IRONWOOD… Yes, role-playing games lead directly to pornography.

What I love about IRONWOOD is that is has (*gasp*) an actual STORY, which, sure, is heavy on the fantasy tropes, (and kinda ends awkwardly) but actually moves forward and does stuff.

Plus there’s fucking. Always a bonus.

It’s funny, it’s pretty hot, it has a plot, and my memory of it is that it also has a diversity of sizes and shapes and things going into other things.

And can I tell you, the boy can draw. I wish he’d draw more these days.

So, yeah, that’s my pick today: IRONWOOD, the only Sword-and-Sorcery Porno Comedy.



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