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A Month of Good LGBT Comics – Lost Girls

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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Very graphic, with lots of literal prose.

I’m not a Gebbie fan, but was even impressed by her work on this graphic novel.

May well be considered Moore’s best work to date, but too literal for me.

Now, maybe he’ll finish BIG NUMBERS!

I really enjoy the art in this. Particularly the distinct styles given to each character as they share their stories. Moore’s comments on the state of Europe during that time period also made an interesting thematic elements to the story.

That said, yep, it’s porn. It isn’t meant to be erotic at all either….this is something designed to be more in your face rather than titilating.

I wish I could enlarge those pages, so I could actually read them…

Brian,

While I still haven’t finished Lost Girls I’d suggest that you have to put Alice’s “lesbiansim” in the context of all the other characters in the story. From what I’ve read virtually all of the characters exhibit sexual desire towards members of both gender (even if they’ve been socialized to ignore those desires as in the case of the Potters). In this light Alice’s lesbianism is more exceptional because it involves not only the embrace of her homosexual impulses but the outright rejection of heterosexuality. I don’t think that it’s unfair for Moore to suggest that the particularities of Alice’s life, as depicted in the graphic novel, have lead to her despise men and thus ignore any heterosexual desires she may have. If there’s any ideology to Lost Girls it’s the embrace of complete openness to all forms of sexuality and sexual impulse. Seen through this lense the strict criteria and exclusivity of lesbianism (as a word or idea) is just another form of socially defined constraint that prevents Alice achieving full personal realization. Though I shouldn’t really comment on the end of the story, as I haven’t read it, it seems to me that should Alice, by the end of the book, become more open to the possibilties and varieties of sexual experience available it would be completely in keeping with arc of the rest of the characters.

I’ve bought, read and sold the books because of the content about child abuse.
Moore says nothing about it how the moral of this should be.
And in all the interviews I’ve found he just says “Well, so is life. It is realism. I just tell it how it is.”

No.
That is too much.
Porn may be okay.
But with child abuse the story reached a sharp end. :(

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