Comic Book Porn

10 Things about comic book porn artists Robin Bougie and Maxine Frank.

 

  1. They started drawing together in 2008. “We started out just meeting for coffee at a local cafe near our places, and drawing stuff that made us laugh. Just dumb stuff. A little comic about a sexy nurse being haunted by ghosts, or a surfer guy who gets punched a lot. Just drinking frappes and passing the sheet of paper back and forth between us, and adding stuff to it until the page was full.”

  2. They describe themselves as pornographers: “We're pornographers - comic book pornographers. Although I don't know if it's all that easy to masturbate to the kind of comics we do, to be honest.”

  3. They describe their work as “Sleazy and gross but with an element of fun and lots of enthusiasm… We make the kind of comics that we'd like to read.”

  4. They’re old school: “Neither of us really got the hang of drawing digitally, so it’s always ink on paper. The comics we’ve coloured have also been traditionally done instead of in photoshop. We’re old-school that way.”

  5. Their comics are often dismissed as gross and violent for the sake of it. “No one is ever dismissive of comedy because it is ‘funny for the sake of it’, or drama because it's ‘being dramatic for the sake of it’. Exploitation is a genre, and as such it needs to be judged and evaluated on its own merits, and against similar content - that is if you want a fair assessment of its worth. Sometimes it's just fun to make and enjoy entertainment that is weird, and fun, and sexy and crazy, and I'm kinda sick of people feeling like they have to apologise for that.”

  6. In the near 10 years they’ve been working together, their favourite comic so far is Naked Girl Big Battle. “It stars Maxine and I as ourselves, except Maxine is a scientist who has a giant incubator unit in her basement where she grows a giant naked woman, who then busts out. We crawl inside her vagina and brain, and we use video game controllers to drive her around our neighborhood and then fight with a giant naked 15 story tall alien woman who has come to earth to destroy humankind... It’s got one of the more overtly comedic tones of any of the comics we’ve done before, possibly even since. It’s also the one I’ve gotten the most positive feedback from, so I’m glad other people like it as much as we do.”

  7. They don’t draw ‘traditional’ porn depictions of women, with big breasts and impossibly small waists. “It’s more fun to draw what people actually look like! So many comics, porn comics included, always seem to have just one body type of a sexy woman and that can get repetitive after awhile. I much prefer drawing characters with different bodies to distinguish them, makes them immediately recognisable as different besides just different hairstyles. Plus drawing all the interesting ways the body bends and folds in places is fascinating.”

  8. They split the storyline and drawing amongst each other. “It’s a fairly even process. Our usual way of coming up with a story is to have a brainstorm session where we bounce ideas back and forth until we get one we think we can make a comic out of. Then the story points we want to cover are done in bullet form and we use that as a sort of blueprint to make the comic. Drawing is also very evenly split. Sometimes one of us pencils something while the other inks it, sometimes one of us draws the background and the other draws the characters. We also try to draw a bit like each other so it melds and you almost can’t tell who drew what.”

  9. They believe that people’s taste in porn hasn’t changed drastically. “It’s only changed in so much as fashion and beauty standards. Like the lack of pubic hair on women being seen as the standard where in the ‘70s a full bush was the norm. Body type diversity, outside of “fetish” stuff, isn’t that wide in mainstream porn. The most that’s changed about it is delivery mechanism, internet over magazines being the first exposure most people have to porn nowadays.”

  10. They consider themselves feminists. “I think the way this has shown itself in the comic work we’ve done is, we prefer to do stories with female protagonists who narrate their own stories, rather than being purely objects of sexual desire.”

 

 

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