Erotic Comics: A Graphic History (Volume 2) Coming to America in March
Ilex Press has announced a January release of Erotic Comics: A Graphic History (Volume 2) – From The 1970s to the Present Day. Former Vertigo editor Tim Pilcher returns for the second volume, with additional research by Gene Kannenberg, Jr, and the book sports a foreword by Alan Moore. Abrams ComicArts will release the book domestically on March 1, 2009, retailing for $29.95.
The book promises to explore European, American and Asian artists as they explored the possibility of the form in the years since the explosion of the Sixties’ underground comix.
The book will examine how the form has become an international publishing phenomenon by showcasing artwork that has inflamed desires, incensed censors, and caused controversy.
This provocative title covers everything: the erotic comics explosion in America in the mid-‘80s; the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender comics scene; UK and European erotic comic creators since the ‘70s; and the Japanese hentai phenomenon. The future of erotic comics online is also explored in this fascinating and surprising volume.
In the first survey of its kind in over 20 years, Erotic Comics completes this fascinating two-part chronicle with previously unpublished, rare and out-of-print material, featuring insights from key artists, editors, and publishers. Fully illustrated with stunning, rare, and seldom-seen art by Howard Cruse, Gengoroh Tagame, Melinda Gebbie, Hunt Emerson, Howard Chaykin, Giovanna Casotto (whose work graces the cover), Tom of Finland, Milo Manara, Junko Mizuno, and many other top erotic cartoonists. The informative text provides a sexy, intriguing, and entertaining tour through the origins of an often-overlooked art form and comic book genre.
Pilcher has previously co-authored of The Essential Guide to World Comics and The Complete Cartooning Course, and has contributed to numerous other publications including, Comix: The Underground Revolution, 500 Comic Book Action Heroes, The Slings and Arrows Comic Guide (1st Edition), 500 Essential Graphic Novels and the forthcoming War Comics: A Graphic History.