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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 53

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

PORNOGRAPHY BREAK!!!

Today, we look at Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls!

Enjoy!

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. The “Lost Girls” are Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Wendy from Peter Pan, who are all meeting together at a hotel for some, well, I guess it sort of like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, only with strictly erotic stories.

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.

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.

Like the Canterbury Tales, the book is basically split into short little scenes throughout the three books featuring Alice, Dorothy and Wendy (as well as other characters at the hotel).

Here is our introduction to Alice (and her famous mirror)…

Here is Dorothy’s introduction….

And here is one of my favorite scenes in the whole volume…

This is a set-up for an amusing pornographic scene involving Wendy (who, by this time, is in her 30s and married to a man about 20 years older than she) and her husband…

They arrive at the hotel…

Her husband is intrigued by the erotic literature the hotel has in their room (this is a special sort of hotel, as you might imagine) and Wendy is intrigued when, while on a walk, she sees the silhouetted figure of their bellhop masturbating in a window…

So when she returns to the room, both people are secretly quite sexually excited, but far too prim to actually act on it, so instead we get this impressive scene by Moore, which, of course, makes even more sense knowing that this specifically Wendy from Peter Pan…

Pretty darn cool.

Anyhow, it was a clever work by Moore (unless you absolutely hate erotica) and excellent artwork by Gebbie.

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some of it including rather young women, which can certainly be disconcerting

And young boys…

The cleverest part in the book came near the end, I thought… Where the proprietor of the hotel is talking meta-textually about fantasy and reality, and how one is acceptable and another not so…

All-in-all a very good book. The artwork actually helps because it IS so stylised… but I’d still rather my mother didn’t see it… and I’d rather my kids waited until they were nearer 18…

:-)

Everytime I see the trade for this i’m always having seconds doubts about buying it or not. How does it compare to Moore’s other stuff?

How does it compare to Moore’s other stuff?

Well, that’s a pretty high standard, ya know? :)

Just compared to his recent work, I’d put it below League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea and Top Ten, but better than Tom Strong and Tomorrow Stories (Tom Strong is a close call, but it’s definitely better than Tomorrow Stories).

I am having a bit of a “deja vu” episode. Weren’t these pages featured before?

The silhouette sex scene was a Cool Comic Book Moment.

Oh, that’s probably where I saw them.

A minor quibble, perhaps, but Moore’s sub-literate dialect for Dorothy rubs me the wrong way. In the Wizard of OZ, her speech is grammatically correct, with no double negatives or dropped s’s. Of course, this is Moore’s take on the “reality” behind the fiction, but I do not see why he had to debase Dorothy’s style of speech.

I love erotica when it’s done well, which it so seldom is. Is this as explicit as it gets, or is this just all you feel comfortable showing?

I still haven’t read this (I don’t think they’re gonna get it at the library).

Two of the my favorite characteristics of Moore as a writer are his sense of humor and his depth of research. In interviews on this work, he stated that he was interest in exploring basically every variety of sex and pornography. With that in mind, I think the sequence with Dorothy and Rolf is a riff on the old joke, “Nice shoes. Wanna fuck?”

Mary, I’m pretty sure that this is as tame as it gets.

I love erotica when it’s done well, which it so seldom is. Is this as explicit as it gets, or is this just all you feel comfortable showing?

It gets extremely risque at many points in the story.

Is this as explicit as it gets, or is this just all you feel comfortable showing?

Heh. Heheh. Hahahahahahahahahahah. Ahem.

I’m surprised there were this many non-explicit pages in the book! It’s pretty much just porn, porn, porn the whole time, as many varieties as Alan Moore can fit in. I can’t say it holds up as literature.

every time lost girls is mention. i keep wondering how Alan managed to get away with all the erotica in it wihtout surley causing some pc censor or official have a fit. not to mention seem to recall due to the copy right of peter pan lost girls could not be sold in britian. this shows that there is nothing Alan will ever consider off limits to try and turn into a work .

The artwork in Lost Girls is really interesting. I love the way Gebbie differentiates between the stories artistically.

As porn it didn’t do too much for me. It’s very much straight guy porn. But it was intellectually interesting. And the last volume got a little disturbing in places- which I liked.

Lost Girls amused me in places, challenged me in places, disturbed me in places, and bored me in places. It certainly shows that Moore is someone with a talent for inspiring discussion.

Well, I like how this, unlike most GNs, required you to pay attention to the art to see what was going on!

With Lost Girls Alan Moore has given us both a literate and ecstatic pornography. At its heart this book seeks to shatter the old story of history and civilization by putting down an alternative to the prevailing narrative of progress, strife, politics, cynicism, decadence, patriarchy and the broken world of adults. Moore sets up an erotic milieu in pre-war Europe, and pulls off a strangely innocent and liberated work in the shadow of the horrible conflagration to come. An arena of children engaging in sex versus madmen engaging in bloody mechanized war is rather wonderfully transformed into an exultant and virtuous world. Truly a triumph of the sexually empowered fantasy of Neverland over the bloody awfulness of Ypres and the Somme.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

February 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I’m surprised there were this many non-explicit pages in the book! It’s pretty much just porn, porn, porn the whole time, as many varieties as Alan Moore can fit in. I can’t say it holds up as literature.

Really?
There’s very little in the first volume – and what’s there is tame – and after a rather hectic first half, I believe the second half of the last volume is quite light on it.
I mean it’s packed to the rafters with explicit sex, but not to the point that it’s wall-to-wall non stop porn as you suggest.

As for not holding up as literature, that’s not very true.
On technique alone – the pacing, repetitive imagery etc – it’s some of the best work Moore’s ever done (making it some of the best in comics), and as for the story and it’s themes, what about the approaching of the war, and what it means for the characters, both literally, and thematically?
Just seems you’re selling it a bit short.

(Not to make it sound too stuffy though – it is a ripper of a porn as well!)

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