Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Erotic Comics: A Graphic History reviews

The book has been getting some great (if limited) press lately with website saying "British author Tim Pilcher knows a thing or three about comics... the quality of this latest offering was never really in any doubt... Pilcher’s book does not disappoint. In 192 pages spanning from the prehistory of erotic art to the candid sexuality of 1960s/70s counterculture comix, we find much indeed to please the pervy sensibility... Of course one should not judge this book just by its visuals, fabulous though they are. Pilcher’s extremely readable copy puts artists and sub-genres into context with a confidence borne of depth of knowledge. This is enthusiast writing at its tightest and best, and your reward for reading the words that run around the pictures will be to discover all kinds of fascinating stuff you never knew about your favourite artists... His treatment of the broad subject is exemplary and only because this book is not totally devoted to fetish/BDSM have I docked a point off the maximum rating. 4/5" Which is nice! You can read the full review here.

Comic artist, Watchmen colourist, and all round general perv,
John Higgins called it: "...well written, well researched and well considered fun read with a lightness of touch that had a really neat educational tone." He also said a few other things I can't repeat here.

Others have said:
"...More than just a visual history, the book reads like a labor of love; images from pre-Depression nudie comics to modern-day Mexican sensacionales are presented along with insightful essays that make the book perfectly suitable for a coffee-table centerpiece..."—
Complex Magazine: The Original Buyer's Guide for Men

"Tim Pilcher's titillating new title, Erotic Comics: A Graphic History certainly covers the territory. Beginning with the salacious mosaics of antiquity—oh, those naughty Ancient Romans—and Japanese Shunga woodblocks, it travels through Hogarth's London and the ostensibly repressed Victorian era to the Tijuana Bibles of the 1930s, the rise of men's magazines following World War II and the underground "comix" era of the '70s."—

"Author Tim Pilcher 'with Gene Kannenberg, Jr.' delivers an academically heavy text in this chronological look at erotic art from antiquity to the counterculture comix of the 1960s. (Yes, there is text, a lot of it. There's also a foreword by comix star Aline Kominsky-Crumb.) But, no doubt about it, the pictures carry the day. Sexy? Yes. Erotic? Yes. Pruient? Well, yes. And your point? We're all adults here, and this reading material is a delight. It's art, I tell ya, it's art!"—Martin Zimmerman, (Union Tribune online newspaper)

PS - The image above is a painting by the amazing John (Alexander Coutts) Willie, the writer, artist, editor , publisher and creator of the original Bizarre magazine and creator of Sweet Gwendoline.

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1 comment:

Ian said...

I've got it and quite enjoyed it. It's open at the bibliography now so I can check out a few of the websites. I think I'm going to go and pre-order volume 2 as well.

I know it's cheeky, but I'd like to point you to my own erotic comics, being published online and self published later-