Aurora Snow Interview

Posted in 1 on June 20, 2009 by SSCrompton

Aurora Snow is one of the biggest names working in the adult industry today. Ms. Snow has starred in three hundred plus films, and directed over a dozen titles as well. Most recently she can be seen in two parody blockbusters from Hustler Video, “This Aint Star Trek XXX” and “Not The Bradys XXX.”
Carnal Comics will debut her comic biography this summer at Comic Con San Diego. Learn what makes this brainy beauty tick and more inside the pages of the first Porn Star Biography Carnal has published since 2005.
Aurora Snow took time out of her incredibly busy schedule to speak to us, and this is what she had to say…AScover2
1. Your comic biography is set to debut later this summer at the San Diego Comic Con, what drew you to this project and are you, or have you ever been, a fan of comic books?

I am fascinated with comics. As a kid I loved to read the sound effects out loud, now as an adult I do that with my nephews. They love the Batman and Spiderman comics, though I am partial to X-men; Rogue and Wolverine are my favorites.

2. In the past few years you’ve preformed mainly in plot driven films, as opposed to gonzo releases, do you have a preference?

I enjoy the work I do whether it is gonzo or plot driven. I enjoy the plot driven movies as there is another dimension of the creative process that goes into making these films. I find it inspiring to play a character or add something more to the scene than just being myself. Of course I adore theater, hence the acting is always a thrill for me.

3.  During your extensive career you took part in two films in the “Extreme Teen” series produced by Extreme Associates. One of the movies in that series, “Extreme Teen 24” was seized in a federal obscenity investigation. Although you did not participate in that particular installment, the films all have a similar nature of indulging the fantasy of having sex with a young, arguably underage girl. What is your stance regarding this sort of content, should the plot scenario of sex with a minor be considered federally obscene and warrant prosecution, or is it just a harmless playful fantasy?

This was not simulated sex with minors. No way was this anything close to such an awful monstrosity. This was simply an exercise in fantasy role playing that most adults get into. Perhaps the porn world makes the dress up and role playing a little more detailed, but it is no more than a role playing game meant for grown-ups playing around.

4. You maintain an incredibly active MySpace presence, blogging several times a week. How important is contact with your fans to you, and how has it boosted your career?

I love my fans. I never knew how much I adored the internet or traveling until I understood it meant I could communicate with fans. I love having friends everywhere. I find blogging on MySpace to be very therapeutic. I enjoy sharing my life with the world, and blogging my personal life is a great way of doing that….I often wonder how having a reality T.V. show would go….as I really enjoy putting myself “out there.” Just a thought J

5.  Regarding the same subject, your blogs often contain personal information that anyone might be nervous to share with the world. This information does indeed help to paint a vivid picture of the real Aurora Snow. Has that at all been a detriment to you, given that a great many adult entertainment fans would rather separate the porn star from the human being? I ask because in a previous interview I conducted with another starlet, she thought her “fans” might treat her a bit differently if they knew her better, if they knew for example that she was a mother.

I believe that in giving my fans access to the real me it will shed some light and break down the barriers people have built up around the stereotyping of “porn girls.” I enjoy letting people in on a little secret–porn may be fun but at the end of the day it’s my job not my lifestyle. I don’t judge people by the jobs they hold and yet I often feel judged by the job I do, bit by bit I intend to break down this wall.

6.  One of your more recent roles was Jan in the porno parody “Not the Bradys XXX”, what is it like to be a part of such an iconic sitcom’s history? Have fans asked you to sign any “Brady Bunch” memorabilia, or quote the famous “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” line?

Yes, I have many new fans thanks to the Brady spoof. I have enjoyed being a big part of that series and am under the impression that we may be shooting parts three and four later this year.

7.   Besides acting in adult films, you’ve directed several as well. The films you’ve directed have predominately been in the anal genre. A lot of adult actors/actresses who move into directing specialize in a genre they’re known for. But when one hears the name Aurora Snow, they might not automatically associate you with anal sex, since you’ve been in such a diverse collection of scenes. Why did you decide to adopt anal as your directorial specialty?

I believe in creating what is in demand; in short I believe in pleasing my fans. My fans often call out for anal and therefore I feel inclined to honor their requests, as a good hostess would.

8.  In a previous interview you mentioned that after you are finished with adult films, you would like to work in entertainment law. Perhaps it’s just me, but I can’t really imagine Aurora Snow behind a desk. With your blogs and the film, “The Perverted Tales of Aurora Snow,” you have shown a gift for writing and creativity. Has the idea of authoring erotica or any other fiction ever crossed your mind?

Of course! Aside from law school my other life’s ambition is to write a book or two. I am almost certain in years to come I can see that through. For as long as I can remember I have always viewed this life I lead as a path, I am on it collecting the necessary material so that one day when I am old and gray I may finally sit down with pen and paper and share it with the world in many colorful stories.

9. What, if anything does your theater background bring to the porno production table?

It certainly helps me memorize lines quickly! Also it has helped with script reading and taking direction.

10.   In a large number of cases your job demands certain standards of beauty, have you ever felt pressured to get plastic surgery or make any other alterations to enhance your appearance?

Yes I have felt pressured, but I am terrified of surgery. If not for being so afraid of it I may have caved by now. I have a philosophy–if it’s not broken don’t fix it (wait).  I have however become obsessed with the gym…now if only I could perfect my diet….I have a horrid sweet tooth.

11.  A person you have spoken of quite frequently about on your blog has been your brother. It appears that you have a very close relationship with him. Can you speak a little about his current situation?

Yes, my brother is very near and dear to me, all three of them actually. I have three younger brothers and we are all very close. It was hard when I moved away to college but we managed to keep in touch and stay close.  I blog about my brother as it is the only way to let some of what I am holding on to out. He was in a near fatal motorcycle accident February 20th of this year. He was in Critical Care for 4 wks and in a coma most of that time. When he came through the coma without a trace of brain damage we were elated. He’s only 24 yrs old (today June 7th was his birthday which we celebrated at the hospital) and he has three little boys ages one, four and six.  My life is forever changed. I ping pong between my brother and my nephews (he has full custody of his boys and is a great daddy) trying to hold it all together and propel this family forward while managing to work here and there to fund it all. I am disgusted by our health care system and the lack of care hospitals issue.  My brother was an EMT working two jobs and still going to school to become a firefighter and yet his insurance has decided to drop him due to all of this and now he is stuck dealing with the state care which puts him at a distinct disadvantage for proper care. He has a spinal cord injury and was sent to a place that specials in brain injury because that was the closest rehabilitation hospital in the county that the state was willing to pay for. His therapy is a far cry from being what he needs and there is not a thing we can do about it. The hospital has set a discharge date for June 17th, which is both good and bad. Great to have him come home, bad because we have to scramble to somehow get ramps built for his wheelchair, doorways widened and then we have to figure out how to have him continue on with some sort of in home nursing system or therapy however I believe most of that is up to us to take care of. It’s overwhelming and astounding that so little care is given to patients who cannot afford better through no fault of their own.

12. You have stated that you first entered the adult industry under the assumption that you were answering a nude modeling add. Jumping from nude modeling into full on sex scenes seems like a pretty huge leap. What convinced you to go forward when signing up for your first scene?

Honestly? The money–I really did it all for the money in the beginning and then I stayed on as I began to enjoy it.

13. The name Aurora Snow is an amalgamation of two fairytale princesses, Princess Aurora from the Disney adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” and Snow White who eventually becomes a princess at the end of her harrowing ordeal. What significance do fairytales have in your life?

I don’t believe in fairytales, but I always wished I did. To have such a naively ignorant outlook struck me as a sort of blissful state. Fairytales sugar coat reality so I adore them for their simplistic beauty, though if given the choice I am pleased life isn’t a fairytale as that in the end would be very boring.

14. What is the best and worst thing about being Aurora Snow?

I would answer this differently at various points in my life. At the moment one of the best things about being “Aurora Snow” is the luxury of having the time to be here for my brother (partially thanks to my career and it’s unrestrictive schedule); I am also thankful for the vast amount of life experience I have gained in a relatively short amount of time. The worst thing about being “Aurora Snow” is that I am judged on a character I have acted as on film before being given a chance to disprove the stereotypes that surround this business.

Please visit Aurora Snow at…

www.AuroraSnow.com

www.myspace.com/clubaurorasnow

www.twitter.com/missaurorasnowbrady_banned

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Carnal To Release Limited Edition of Nymph

Posted in 1 on June 14, 2009 by SSCrompton

Carnal Comics has just cbookcover_nymphonfirmed with Frank Thorne (Red Sonja, Ghita of Alizarr) plans to release a limited edition of his first illustrated novel in the Alizarrian trilogy “Nymph.”
“Nymph” chronicles the early adventures of Ghita as a teenage girl, and if you thought the original comic series was hot, you haven’t seen anything yet. The story is told in sweeping erotic pros with all new drawings by the master of rendering sexy women, Frank Thorne.
The limited editions of 100 will come signed and numbered, and also include an audio CD of the book read by the author himself.
This is truly a unique item that any fan of Mr. Thorne’s work should add to their collection, as  well as anyone who loves erotic sword and sorcery.

Aurora Snow, Sinn Sage, Frank Thorne And More

Posted in 1 on June 4, 2009 by SSCrompton

Hey Carnal fans! Sorry the blog hasn’t been updated in awhile, but we here at Carnal Comics have been working on some pretty great stuff.
Aurora Snow has agreed to do an interview with us, in honor of her new Carnal Comics’ biography debuting at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Look for that to be posted here in the upcoming weeks. We cannot say for sure when the interview will be up, as Aurora is extremely busy, especially taking care of her injured brother and his children.

GREAT NEWS!!!! Vampirooni actress Sinn Sage is out of her coma and back home. Sinn recently e-mailed me, and is now back actively checking her MySpace. Please head over there and leave her a sweet comment. Sinn is not out of the woods yet though, there are still a great deal of medical bills which need paying, you can help her and her family out with this by going to savesinn.com and making a donation. Every little bit helps, so don’t feel like you won’t make a difference even if all you can spare is a few bucks.

Your trusty caretaker of this blog and I guess Steve Crompton’s (Publisher of Carnal Comics) assistant recently traveled to New Jersey and had a visit with the legendary erotic comic artist/writer Frank Thorne. You may know Frank from his incredible run on “Red Sonja” in the seventies, or perhaps from his other smash hit barbarian character, Ghita. If you’re not familiar with his work you should be, along with Richard Corben and Wally Wood, Frank is the best artist in adult comics ever to have graced the medium. Carnal is deeply honored and proud to announce that we will be publishing the next two illistrated novels in the Alizarrian trilogy featuring Ghita.
You can pick up the first novel in the series “Nymph” available from Fantagraphics, as well as  the complete Ghita comic book series in one massive volume.

We will also be conducting an interview with Mr. Thorne, but it will not be posted until sometime in July, as he’s swamped right now with Playboy work and Red Sonja commisions. After all there is a big “Red Sonja”  flick coming out later this year, or early 2010, whenever the big Hollywood dudes finish it.
Many people have lost track of Frank Thorne’s work as of recent years, and are surprised when I tell them that he does a gag strip for Playboy almost every other month. Be sure to subscribe so as not to miss a single installment of his sexy and wacky shorts.

Well that’s all for now, but look for an exclusive page from the upcoming Demi the Demoness Movie Comic Special coming out later this year. It’s pretty awesome.

Audrey Elson Interview

Posted in 1 on May 11, 2009 by SSCrompton

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Audrey Elson is an adult film actress probably best known for her role as Lyssa the delicious yet deadly witch in the “Demi The Demoness” film, based on the popular adult comic of the same name (both the comic series and movie can be purchased on demicomix.com). But besides being someone who gets paid for playing naughty dress-up, or down as it were, hopefully, you will come to know Audrey as much more than that by reading this interview. For behind this delectable Detroit diva’s onscreen persona lies a unique individual, who is much more than a pretty face, and as she describes one of her fan’s saying to her, a woman with “Awesome Rockin’ tits.”

1.Did you enjoy your experience playing Lyssa the witch in the “Demi The Demoness” movie? If given the opportunity would you be willing to reprise your role? You do die in the film, but it is based on a comic, and everybody knows, no one really ever dies in comics.

I had a lot of fun working on the “Demi” movie. I especially enjoyed being directed by Steve Steele and performing opposite Sinn Sage. It was a strenuous day of shooting, but a worthwhile experience overall. I would love to reprise my role; Lyssa is a fun character to play. And yes, it is true:  if you die in a comic, you’re never really dead. However, I’m in a state of semi-retirement in which I’m not sure whether or not I’ll continue performing the rest of the year. If the timing and circumstances were all in sync, I’d love to reprise the role.

2. You have a very distinct tattoo of an old English font letter D which stands for Detroit where you are from. What does Detroit mean to you and what do you miss most about living there?

I got the tattoo as a reminder to myself to never get a big head and to keep in mind where I came from. It’s impossible to feel high and mighty in any capacity when you come from a shithole like the “D.”  Detroit has its charm, and I kid when I call it a ‘shithole,’ but it ain’t Beverly Hills, that’s for sure. It’s the spirit of the city, the attitude of the city that will always be with me. The best example I can give would be to compare the attitude of Los Angelinos to the attitude of Detroiters. People in LA will kiss your ass and curse you as you turn your back. If a Detroiter doesn’t like you, there’s no need for sugarcoating it—they’ll let you know to your face. It’s a type of raw honesty that I appreciate. I don’t ever want to lose that perspective, and my tattoo reminds me of that.

3. In past interviews you’ve indicated that you would ultimately like to have a career in mainstream cinema. How optimistic are you about a crossover given that there have been several starlets in the last few years to have done so quite successfully,  the most recent being Sasha Grey and her roles in several upcoming independent features?

The constant fear of a normal job keeps me going in that direction. Actually, I’m very happy and content with my life right now. I’m taking a much needed break from the work-force and raising my family. It’s time spent that I can’t put a price on. I’m very fortunate to be able to stay home right now. I’d love to get back into acting, but I definitely need to work on my skills. With acting, you’re never really finished learning. I could be in training for the next fifteen years and learn something new every day. The whole crossover thing is a bit silly, but I understand its place. The unfortunate thing about being an adult performer is that, no matter how successful you become in mainstream cinema, you will always be a ‘porn star.’ Or, you’re a gifted actor, ‘for a porn star.’  The stigma never goes away.

4. If acting in the mainstream does not work out, would you consider becoming more involved in the adult industry, say, transitioning into writing or directing?

I’m fairly certain that I’d be a better director than performer, it’s something I’m not sure I’d want to get into. The ‘writing’ that goes into the adult industry is a joke. Lame dialogue, POV shot, more lame dialogue, black guy enters scene, blowjob, anal, popshot, scene. There’s your script. One of the really fun things about porn is all the improvisation. I’ve worked with some really funny, quick, talented people that would excel if given the proper venue.

5. On your MySpace page you list Larry Flynt as a hero. I doubt there are too many women who would consider him as such, and if they did, they probably wouldn’t admit it. What about Mr. Flynt is special in your eyes, so special that you would list him as one of your heroes?

Americans owe that man a ‘thank you.’ A big one. That man has fought tooth-and-nail        for free speech since the early days of smut. His enthusiasm towards the cause always struck a chord with me, and I appreciate the service he has provided and the sacrifices he made to give me the right to be a porn actor in 2009. He came from nothing, worked his ass off as a business man, and used his wealth to protect the freedoms that make this country so great. God bless Larry Flynt.

6. Many argue that your occupation is immoral, how do you respond to these sorts of claims and what value do feel adult films have in society, if any?

The people that argue that my occupation is immoral come from a little hypocrite club called ‘organized religion.’ The people that crusade against porn during the day are jacking off to it at night, and absolutely loving it. I’m doing what they are too embarrassed and afraid to so. I’m liberated by the very acts of sexual defiance that others wish they had the courage to do. To be naked in front of the world—stripped down, raw and explicit—is one of the most liberating feelings I have ever experienced. I wish those that judge before they think or experience would just wake up. This is your life—FEEL IT. Adult films push the boundaries—they do us the service of letting us know just where those boundaries lie, and they show us that sexuality is something to be celebrated and enjoyed.

7. Adult actresses, as well as actors have often commented that their fans seem to believe that they are who they portray on camera. Why do you think this is the case, when we don’t see it happening as much with non-adult actors/actresses?  For example, Christian Bale plays Batman, yet he’s not expected to run around at night fighting crime.

This is always really irritating. I’ve had more than my fair share of unpleasant public experiences with ‘fans’ that think I’m some kind of sideshow freak that they can poke at until I collapse in a puddle of bad makeup and hair extensions screaming, “I’m not an animal!”  They don’t separate the fantasy from the reality, or maybe they just don’t want to. If they stopped to think while they comment on my awesome rockin’ tits that I’m someone’s mother and someone’s daughter and an avid gardening enthusiast; the sexual fantasies they have about me would probably be ruined forever. I also have it on good authority that Christian Bale is, in fact, Batman.

8. What led to your decision to enter the adult film industry? After all you did enter at a slightly older age, at least in terms of porno years.

Are you trying to call me old!? Jesus, I’m only 23! I don’t know how to answer that. When I look at my peer group in the industry, the vast majority are women my age or older, and men in their late thirties (or older, if you can imagine). I entered the industry at 21-22, which I think is a pretty average age in the business. Young enough to be clinging on to that last thread of innocence, old enough not to give a shit anymore. It’s a fine age, as a matter of fact.

9. In your view, when, if ever, should erotica be deemed obscenity in the eyes of the law? (Excluding content involving minors which is a given.)

NEVER!!! Let me be more direct with you…FUCKING NEVER!!! I don’t want the law telling me what I can and can’t jerk off to.

Something that’s obscene to you may be perfectly acceptable or even super-duper hot, to me. The whole ‘obscenity law’ issue is another brilliant disguise for censorship. Congratulations America; you let some prick that you don’t know in a building  far, far away tell you what you can and can’t enjoy. If you let him get away with that, just IMAGINE what else you’ll let him take away from you.

10. Some might deem the scenes in which you’ve participated in as degrading towards women and would argue that those who are a party to such things could only have a low opinion of themselves. What does the woman behind Audrey Elson feel when she wakes up in the morning, are you genuinely happy?

I’m as pleased as punch when I wake up in the morning! Seriously! I live a very blessed and happy life. I have so much to be happy for. My self-identity has little to do with “Audrey Elson” and comes mostly from being “Mommy.”  I’m not so different from anyone else; granted, I may conduct myself a bit differently in the work place (but always professionally, and with utmost courtesy for my co-workers. I have a very high opinion of myself, and am a very confident lady. I’ll agree that some of the scenes I participated in have been somewhat degrading to women, and I in NO WAY condone such behavior (which, I think would be obvious). However, it is a work of FICTION, just like any other movie you’d fork over your fourteen bucks a ticket for. No one ever gave the actors in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” any grief for their work in the most successful snuff film in history. Take it at face-value; it’s a little story told by actors on a screen before your eyes, and you’re paying to watch it.

11.  Is it in some way empowering to know that you are the object of someone’s fantasies, or does it give you some other feeling?

I wouldn’t say it’s empowering. I don’t desire any sort of ‘power’ over others. It does give the old self esteem a little boost, though. It’s nice to have a stranger tell you that you’re the most beautiful woman they’ve ever seen. It’s very flattering and sweet, you know?  Even if it’s absolute bullshit, it still feels nice and makes me walk a little taller during the day.

12.  You have placed this quote on your MySpace page. “There is too much burden placed on the orgasm to make up for empty areas in life.” That’s an interesting statement. What personal significance does it hold for you?

I just think people are obsessed with sex. In good ways, in bad ways; especially Americans. It’s this big deal, and it really shouldn’t be. Sex is fantastic, and without it, none of us would be around, but I think people make it into this Holy Grail. Maybe it’s because they aren’t having any sex, or are frustrated with their sex lives in the first place. I apply the idea to a personal relationship I’ve had. Sex became a deal-breaker, when it should only have ever been an amplifier. The sex was standing-in for an emotional void that this person had in their life. When sex becomes a substitute for something else, it does a disservice to your life, as opposed to enriching it as it properly should.

13.  How do you balance your career and personal relationships? Is it ever difficult to separate the two?

It can get pretty rough. I’ve had ‘best friends’ and close family members insult and abandon me due to by choice to participate in adult films. It’s difficult to maintain a stable romantic relationship because human nature leads us to feel jealousy and resentment towards a partner that is non-monogamous. I myself have the same feelings of jealousy towards my romantic partners—I don’t want to share, either! And most men, no matter how secure in themselves, don’t want to see their lovely lady getting railed better, faster, and harder than they can do with her. The male ego is a delicate dainty little bugger, and it doesn’t like to be fucked with. At the end of the work day, porn is a job. I do my job like you do your job:  I show up on time, I’m a team player, I collect my pay, and I go home to cook dinner and watch “The Office.”  I just have a lot more free-time than you do; oh, and there’s the little part about the sex, but that goes on at most workplaces, anyways.

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SINN SAGE – VAMPIROONI ACTRESS IN COMA AFTER ACCIDENT

Posted in 1 on May 8, 2009 by SSCrompton

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Calif. — Sinn Sage, a 25-year-old brunette who works exclusively in girl/girl scenes, is in a Vancouver hospital undergoing treatment for a head injury sustained in a snowboarding accident two days ago.

According to boyfriend Jason Ramirez, Sage was snowboarding in Whistler, two hours north of Vancouver , when she hit an ice patch. “The board came out from under her legs and she hit the back of her head on the ice patch.”

Doctors, he said, “did surgery on her and then they induced a coma so her brain wouldn’t be stressed out, wouldn’t slow up. They did have her on morphine. They took her off the morphine yesterday.

“They’re going to get her off the machine and they’re going to completely not give her any type of drug or painkiller and see how she responds to that. They’re going to keep on doing CT-scans every day to see how her brain’s doing. They did have to drill into her brain to relieve pressure.

“She’s going to be in the hospital for another two, two-and-a-half weeks. She’s going to have to do therapy… The doctor says, as it is right now, there’s not going to be any brain loss, but he doesn’t know that until she comes out.”

Ramirez said that Sage’s mother is at her side, and that she holds her hand and “gives like a light squeeze, so I think she knows her mom’s there. But I’m not sure if she’s aware of where she’s at and everything right now.” 

 Ramirez has started a website, http://www.savesinn.com/ for donations for her medical expenses. He said he would keep it updated so friends and colleagues can check on her progress.

Sage is perhaps best known for her many appearances in Belladonna’s girl/girl epics, including No Warning 4, Evil Pink 4 and Fetish Fanatic 7. She has also appeared in movies from lesbian studios Sweetheart Video, Abigail Productions, Triangle Films and Girlfriends Films.

 She is one of the stars of Belladonna’s latest release, Belladonna’s Road Trip: Cabin Fever. Ironically enough, it deals with girls on a winter sports holiday in Big Bear. 
Please forward to anyone who might want to help or contribute to Sinn’s recovery costs – thank you  SSC.

 Source: AVN:  http://business.avn.com/articles/35230.html

CARNAL COMICS IN YOUR FUTURE

Posted in Adult Comic Links, Adult Comix Artists on April 30, 2009 by SSCrompton

Hi  all – SS Crompton blogging in today, with some news about what books we are currently working on and when we might see them.  So here’s the list and some info about each book and when it might come out…
True Stories of Adult Film Stars: AURORA SNOW #1:  This book is mostly finished and we have sold am ashcan of this book at San Diego year year.  It’s Aurora Snow’s life story and sexual fantasies told in her own words!  Unlike some of the other bio comics, this book will also contains a 3rd section that will include illustrated highlights from Aurora’s diary!  Should be out this summer!

DEMI & THE SEX SQUAD #1:  48 pages. This is basically issue 3 of Sex Squad, but with more pages and a little more emphasis on Demi and her other co stars who help out the Squad.  This time out, Vampirooni guest stars, along with new member Sumona (from Demi Hardcore 2 & 3)  Plus Kit-Ra.  A sexy-thrill-packed issue!  Look for it in August.

DEMI’s MOVIE SPECIAL #1  This book features stories that take place inside the Demi the Demoness Movie, including flashbacks that show how Vampirooni knew about the Thule-Gestaf (Rooni dated Lyssa’s Grandfather in the 1930’s!)  Plus How Lyssa recovered the Thule-Gestaff and got a new girlfriend and the time Demi was summoned to Castle Von Crowley during WWII!  Lots of cool , sexy Nazi sex and mysticism!  Look for this book in the Fall.

We are also working on a few surprises… so stay tuned! And thanks for being a fan!
http://www.demicomix.com/demsite1.htm

In the Gutter: State of Erotic Comics

Posted in 1 on April 27, 2009 by SSCrompton

The state of erotic comics, to put it lightly, is in turmoil. At no other point in the medium’s history has it been hit harder by factors including (but not limited to) censorship, economics, and perhaps its greatest threat yet, the catastrophic impact other media continues to have on the art form.

The comics’ industry in general has seen some hard times as of late. Its audience continues to grow older, and still the industry has yet to figure out a way to bring in new readers. The readership shrinks ever more into nothing but a small band of ancient old timers who have been reading the books since they were children in the fifties and sixties. Year by year more and more of this generation kick the bucket.

Fantagraphics/Eros Comix has all but halted the release of any adult material, aside from the books which have established themselves as sure fire bread winners. In the early nineties, Eros put out a slew of adult titles every month. At present one can scarcely hope to find a single adult release per month. This has led to a staleness of the genre, and with a lack of material to choose from, otherwise loyal readers have been forced to seek entertainment elsewhere–after all, not everyone can find something to enjoy in “Housewives At Play,” the highest selling adult comic at the moment.

Enter the internet, with just one click of your mouse you can unleash a treasure trove of porn, enough to last you a whole lifetime. It used to be that erotic illustration was popular due to the limited amount of hardcore images available to the masses. This has changed dramatically. No longer does little Johnny hide a “Playboy” under his bed for some late night entertainment, but instead is at the keyboard furiously downloading adult content while his parents are away.

We must not blame adult video for the downward spiral which erotic comics has entered—we can only blame those who deal in erotic comics themselves, with Eros Comix coming in at #1.

Fantagrphics has never been interested in publishing adult comics, they simply started the Eros line as a money making venture in order to fund the publication of their pretentious artsy books that nobody ever buys. Thus, they’ve treated adult content as second class since the beginning, as an afterthought if you will.

After Fantagraphics acquisition of the rights to a number of classic strips including “The Peanuts,” the Eros line has been deemed to have fulfilled its function. Now Fantagraphics, which never wanted to get into the adult market in the first place, need not participate in it anymore, for “The Peanuts” pay the bills now. As a result of Eros shutting down, a vast number of wonderful books have gone out of print and will continue to remain so, as it appears Fantagrphics has no interest in resurrecting them. Recently, Diamond canceled the adult supplement to the “Previews” magazine, further signifying the end of erotic comics unless great steps are taken to offset the damage which has occurred.

What will ultimately save adult comics in America is the emergence of a new publisher—a publisher who does not treat erotica as throw away material, but instead invests heavily in a product the company behind it can be proud of. NBM often shines as a guiding light in these dark times for dirty books. The publisher produces high quality color graphic albums that any fan of sequential art can display in his or her library. Unfortunately NBM does not exclusively deal in adult books, but publishes all sorts of genres. Until a publisher emerges that puts the amount of work NBM does into the few adult books they do release each year, perhaps the best thing for adult comics fans to do is to make sure your favorite titles do not go out of print, whether through writing to a publisher, or just encouraging your buddies to pick up a copy of something you like. A little can go a long way, especially if you put forth the idea that these books are not merely just porn, but actually mean something and deserve better than being a nameless statistic in some bigwig head of marketing’s spread sheet.