Month of LGBT Comics – Sticky
All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books with LGBT themes (LGBT standing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender”), based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here is an archive of the comics featured so far!
I’ve had some major internet connectivity issues the last few days, so I fell behind. So I thought a neat way to catch up was to feature all three of Dale Lazarov’s erotic graphic novels in a row. Here is the review for Sticky, and here‘s the review for Manly and here‘s the review for Nightlife. Sticky is written by Lazarov and drawn by Steve MacIsaac.
Remember, we’re talking EROTIC graphic novels, so be forewarned before you read any further! There are sample pages, and they likely are not “safe for work.”
Sticky is the first, and I think I would say the best, of Dale Lazarov’s series of erotic graphic novels. All of the novels are noted by the fact that they are without dialogue, and I think Sticky makes the best use of that format for interesting, unique erotic tales.
Steve MacIsaac is the artist, and at first, I thought all the stories were going to look like the cover because, for whatever reason, I had this idea in my head that MacIsaac just drew big, burly guys (I think it was that his story in the recent Glamazonia collection that I read was like that), but I forgot that when I reviewed MacIsaac’s Shirtlifter comics (my review is here), I specifically noted how he changed up his styles for each story, and that’s just what he does in Sticky.
The lead story in Sticky is possibly the best individual story out of all the stories in these three books. Titled “Hold On,” it is about the first time that a couple met and how they hooked up, but tried to hold off from ejaculating for as long as they can.
It’s a very clever idea, and MacIsaac frames the story beautifully – capturing the clock very naturally…
There’s an interesting sort of meta-fiction bit going on at the beginning of the story, as the story is a flashback. The framing sequence shows one of the couple masturbating to pictures? drawings? of this first meeting – and the pictures/drawings are the actual drawings from later in the story. Cute.
The next tale is a cute story about a security guard on one of those Jerry Springer type shows who ends up hooking up with one of the people whose heartbreak is paraded in front of the audience. Very sweet story.
Next is a hilarious change of pace titled “Too Drunk To Fuck.” It is about a couple who, well, just like the title says. It is very unexpected to see something like that thrown into an erotic graphic novel, but very funny.
The last story, “Treats,” is about a costume party that quickly descends into just porn, basically. Not much of a story there. There’s certainly a lot of vibrancy to MacIsaac’s artwork, though!
All in all, this is a very well drawn story (in a variety of styles) with a strong variety of stories by Lazarov, keeping it from being just a flat out porn book. Very strong work, and not a surprise that this launched a series of similar novels. If you’re looking for a good gay erotic graphic novel, this is the best one you’ll find!
Check out Dale’s website for info on how to order (and to see even more sample pages – even more “not safe for work” images!).