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Excellent Introduction To The Art Of The Erotic Cartoonist
on 8 September 2010
Drawings that depict erotic activities have an interesting relationship with photographic images that show precisely the same activities. In general, a given image is perhaps better appreciated as a drawing. The arousal required for perception of an image as erotic by any individual can so easily be spoilt by really small 'niggles', such as those inadvertently captured by a camera. This, I'm sure, is one appeal of erotic comics. Pilcher's Volume 1 here (there seem to be three volumes) provides a useful and fascinating introduction to the art form and to many of its proponents, more-or-less approached from an historical viewpoint. The analysis of particular aspects doesn't go deeply in this book - the later volumes may well add depth to just studies - but the result is highly attractive, and indeed thought-provoking, suggesting the need for further examination of the art. Enough is shown about specific artists and phenomena (including the famed 'Tijuana Bibles) to set the reader on the right track.