I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during intermission we were passionately arguing over whether half a 5 Hour Energy shot would give you 2.5 hours of energy or 5 hours of half-assed energy so we turned around to ask the opinions of the three people behind us and one of them said “Are all your arguments like this because we heard you in the lobby earlier fighting over the right way to pronounce ‘egg’?”
(I imagine I’ll be getting a call from HR at some point.)
Sex Criminals #4: Friendly Neighborhood Sex Tips
"that’s about right I pack five whole equal signs"
Sex Criminals #3
And maybe that’s what sets Fraction apart—and what makes Sex Criminals his most daring book yet. It’s not just that he realizes that there’s a serious sex problem in comics, or that he knows how to discuss it in incredibly nuanced ways, or even that his work often functions as counterprogramming. It’s that it so obviously pisses him the hell off. And in an industry that often seems trapped in a reductive and inane conversation about whether or not sex in comics is “good” or “bad,” Fraction loves both sex and comics, and loves talking about both in equal proportion to how much sex in most mainstream comics makes him want to facepalm.
Are there? Respectfully, I reject the premise. There’s a lot of comics that peddle in titillation and sensationalism but are there comics capital-A ABOUT sex? Not that I can think of. Which was part of what drew me to the idea of the project. I don’t think a drawing that gazes surreptitiously up at the pudendum of a woman as she kicks another woman in the face so hard we see both her tits and her ass in the same pose as being ABOUT sex, I guess.