Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
TWO-DAY PORN BREAK!!!
Lost Girls is Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s stunning three volume work examining the lives of the “Lost Girls” of modern fairy tales through erotica. Alice, Wendy and Dorothy are our guides through a meta-textual look at eroticism, with a heavy dose of lesbian sex, particularly with Alice.
The book takes place at a hotel where the three women meet, and we get to see them all examining their own lives, and in that examination, they come to new realizations about their own sexual selves.
In Alice’s case, her childhood experiences in an all-girl school (where she was subservient to the female headmistress) inform her current life as a matronly, almost predatory lesbian.
In fact, if you want to find perhaps my biggest disappointment with the work it is in the way Moore does treat Alice’s lesbianism – it is almost as if she is a lesbian because of the trauma she has suffered, and after letting her feelings out, at the end of the novel, she is considering pursuing a heterosexual relationship. Although, I suppose Moore is simply making a commentary upon the time that the novel is set, where lesbianism WAS something that could be “cured.”
As you can see from the sample pages, Gebbie’s art is gorgeous in the book, although admittedly, some of her pages are better than others since she uses dramatically different art styles for different parts of the book.
Alan Moore himself referred to the work as pornography, but there, he was more attempting to cut off criticism of the book than actually saying it was pornography. That said, there is a great deal of sexual content in this book and of a very graphic nature, some of it including rather young women, which can certainly be disconcerting.
Like most of Moore’s current work, there are dozens and dozens of allusions to other works, not just the main books that the girls are from (Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan), but from the vast history of erotica culture.
This is an impressive tome, and well worth the expensive price tag of $75.
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