Today’s Guest: Tim Pilcher, editor, Erotic Comics: A Graphic History from Tijuana Bibles to Underground Comix
Tim Pilcher has a dirty mind!
That’s what some people think, no doubt. He did just publish the second edition Erotic Comics: A Graphic History and it is filled with cartoon images of men, women, aliens and even a cat dancer engaged in all manner of physical intimacies.
(If you have sensitive ears or are under the age of 18, please stop here. You might be offended by some of the content of this interview.)
Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off and examines how the form has become an international publishing phenomenon by showcasing artwork that has inflamed desires, incensed censors, and caused controversy.
TIM PILCHER podcast excerpt: “It’s a natural progression of growing up for comics readers. Erotica is a fact of life. But anytime you put ‘comics’ and ‘sex’ together, people go, ‘Oh!’ Erotic comic is a genre, just as westerns, sci-fi or superheroes are. It hadn’t really been written up; it’s sort of a secret history.”
Fully illustrated with rare 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, this book 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.