I don’t believe in the phrase “guilty pleasure.” I’m a huge fan of people reading whatever they like, without feeling like they need to make excuses. I’m also a fan of sex-positivity. Sex makes people feel good and without it our civilization would collapse. So why are we often so prudish about it?
Are you into comics? Do you like masturbating and/or having sex? Reading erotica or watching porn? I support you in all your consensual sexcapades. In an effort to encourage sex-positivity and reading what you like, I’ve come up with a list of seven sexy comics you may enjoy if you answered yes to any of the above questions. You see, these graphic novels are guaranteed to get you off.
Small Favors by Colleen Coover
If you are looking for a female-focused, extremely erotic, and completely shameless comic, Small Favors is the book for you. The basic premise is MC Annie has been masturbating too much so Nibbil, a manifestation of her conscience, has been sent to monitor her. And by “monitor her” I mean have sex. They fall in love and the rest of the series is about them having imaginative sex with each other, friends, and neighbors. Small Favors is a romance focused on creating safe and inviting spaces for both the characters and the reader; it’s sweet, seductive, consensual, and includes 0 cocks.
Letters for Lucardo by Noora Heikkila
Lucardo von Gishaupt is an immortal aristocrat, member of the mysterious and revered Night Court. Ed Fiedler is a 61 year-old scribe, employed at the royal palace. Love between a human and an immortal is never easy, but it’s usually hot and Noora Heikkila’s comic does not disappoint. A nice balance of plot and sex, Letters for Lucardo will have you quickly turning its pages, not just for the porn but because you’re rooting for these two lovers to make it work. But be warned, the first in a four-part series, Letters for Lucardo will not leave you wholly satisfied; as you turn the final page you’ll be begging for more.
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
Ok, in terms of eroticism My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is fairly tame. In fact, it’s more about mental health than sex. But with its honest depiction of anxiety and depression, I couldn’t not include it. Sex isn’t all stroking, tugging, and cumming—sometimes it’s difficult and uncomfortable, and maybe you just want to read a book that depicts that. Well, this manga about a painfully shy, depressed, 28 year-old virgin is just the ticket. And, if you like it, the sequel was just released by Seven Stories Press.
Crossplay by Niki Smith
Featuring a wide array of characters, genders, and sexual preferences Crossplay is all about exploration, self-acceptance, and (of course) sex. A group of friends, home from college, meet up at Comic Con for a weekend of cosplay, crossplay (cosplaying as a different gender), and general geekdom. If your first year of college also led to a lot of questioning of your identity and sexuality you’ll find much to relate to here—and much to be turned on by.
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
If you could stop time by orgasming, what would you do with that power? Rob banks to save a library, right? I mean what else? Suzie and Jon have always been able to freeze time after cumming. When they sleep together and realize they share this power, robbing banks to save Suzie’s endangered library sounds like the best idea ever. And then it gets complicated. Hilarious and hot, Sex Criminals is not as heavy on the erotica as other titles on this list, but its well worth picking up for the premise alone.
Garden of Flesh by Gilbert Hernandez
The creator of Love and Rockets brings you biblical tales like you’ve never seen them: full of cocks and cum. From an explicit Adam and Eve to a provocative Noah’s Ark, Gilbert Hernandez aims to show you the fun in Bible studies. If you’re hoping for a critical examination of sex and religion or a thorough retelling, this is not the comic for you. There’s not much substance to Garden of Flesh—that’s not always necessary with erotica. But if you’re looking for an amusing and titillating series of comics with a biblical bent, look no further.
Yes, Roya by C Spike Trotman, illustrated by Emilee Denich
A polyamorous femdom comic that’s based (very, very loosely) on the creators of Wonder Woman? Yes, please. Yes, Roya is about aspiring artist Wylie Kogan who gets a chance to meet his idol Joseph Ahlstrom and Roya, who, Joe quickly realizes, is the true idol. Every combination on m/f/m is explored in this extremely sexy comic. But besides fucking—of which there is plenty—Trotman also explores poly relationships, race relations in the 60s, and what it’s like to try and make it as an artist. The historical details and tips on comics and art creation are icing on this deliciously sexy cake.
Before you go, I’d like to give a special shout out to Iron Circus Comics, an alternative comics publisher founded by C. Spike Trotman. Letters for Lucardo; Yes, Roya; and Crossplay are all published by ICC, and they also publish an anthology called Smut Peddler. Trotman and her press are dedicated to publishing strange and wonderful comics by unique and unheard voices. It was these three comics that inspired me to write this post in the first place. They don’t just publish erotica, but, as I’ve already opined, theirs is quality erotica.