Sunday, 18 August 2013

Review: Spunk Comics 1 And 2 by Dexter Cockburn

For those of you who have been reading previous reviews (Romp, Monty Comix #4, Hot Little Cut, JB's Comic Stories), you'll be aware that Dexter Cockburn, publisher of Canada's The Comix Company, has been putting out really interesting Underground/ Adult sex Comix for a while now, from some of the best people in this field (Aaron Lange, Robin Bougie, Carrie Q Contrary, Kayla Escobedo, JB etc).

You may or may not know that Dexter himself has a long list of his own comix out there also, and one of his most notable is Spunk Comics.

Dexter's comics are as much contemporary continuations of the 'Tijuana Bibles' sex comics of old as they are of '70s Underground Comix.

Ranging from light satire, to parody, to the gross out, but with cartoon graphic porn being the main staple, Dexter's drawings show funny, unashamed glee as his characters joke, fuck and suck their way through the pages.

The stories are riddled with puns and one-liners, which mostly end in porn/ stag film scenarios, where guy takes girl, or girl fellates guy in various positions until he 'pops his cookies', shooting his load (often funny in itself), often with an appropriate pay-off gag.

My favourite story was Pubert Blunderbuss, a suburban, slightly philosophical peeping tom, who walks around his middle class neigbourhood, seeing all kinds of depravity in the seemingly 'respectable' middle class surroundings, which includes the local catholic church (And it was a refreshing change to see that the local priest was fucking a grown woman instead of an alter boy!)

I also liked the more gross out, subversive/ deviant comix, such as the one-page strips; Lord Stucklewadd, and the 'Subversion Begins In The Bedroom' parody of uptight, All- American foam-mouthed conservatism and their "Clean up America" campaigns. The latter features Dexter's moral crusader and xenophobe 'Yankee Dildo'; who is outraged at the spectacle of a man being fisted by his girlfriend in an American bedroom! "Keep It Pure And All American: Keep It Missionary" cries the Dildo.

Dexter's drawing style is fun and playful bold line which reminds me in style of newspaper comic strips and also of early '90s UK adult humour comics such as Viz, Zit and Smut. There's also an infectious 'naughty school boy' quality to a lot of his strips, that recall back to the days of drawing rude cartoons in the back of your maths books, or the beginning of having fantasies about various real-life and fictional characters. His fantasy women, such as his muse 'Pippa Creme' have exaggerated but nice and fleshy proportions, most notably with their massive mammaries.

On a more critical note- after reading these comics, and several others of Dexter's titles which he sent me, I liked the various ideas of using different characters and scenarios (in his comics he uses everything from horror, sci-fi, adventure to comics parody and much more besides), but there was, with quite a few of the comics, a sameness and repetitiveness (with a few notable exceptions), to the execution of them. In most of the comics the actual sex scenes and sexual positions themselves are pretty much the same, which is your bog-standard male-orientated hardcore porn type stuff - girl fellates guy, guy gives her a good pounding, then cums all over her, which can get a bit dull after a while, even if the costumes are different. Also, while the female characters are all happy and having fun, they're almost always very passive, they don't have much to say at all and don't have much in the way of personality,  unlike the wise-cracking fellas. I personally like a little more variation in adult comics, and a bit more imagination and expression in the sex scenes, otherwise it gets a bit mechanical for me. I also like more personality in the female characters, but that's me.

Quibbles aside, Dexter's comics have a charm, visual distinctness and audacity to them all of their own;  in a world where his characters have no hang-ups, celebrate their horny desires and literally jump on top of each other at the drop of a hat, they all have good, harmless, filthy fun. He makes the comics he like to make, so more power to him. Out of those titles I've read of Dexter's so far; Spunk Comics in particular for me, had a variety of ideas, so I'd say they are a good place to start if you're thinking of checking out Dexter's comix for the first time.  You can find his comics here, along with many other underground greats:
 http://thecomixcompany.ecrater.com/c/1133573/underground-comix




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