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Sex > violence: Dave McKean on his new erotic comic Celluloid

The depressing majority of comics seem to be about violence of one sort or another, yet how much violence does the average person have to deal with in their everyday lives? Unless you live in Bogotá or somewhere similar, mostly it’s pretty petty stuff; the odd drunk looking for a fight, the odd crazy shouty person, the odd mad taxi driver, maybe. And I just don’t enjoy violence. I can see that narratively it is often a powerful spike in a story, but I certainly don’t want to dwell on it. I don’t want it in my real life, I don’t find violence entertaining in and of itself, or exciting, or funny.

But sex is happily part of most people’s lives, and crosses the mind most days, I would say, even if it’s just watching your partner get out of bed in the morning. All my stories tend to be about things that mean a lot to me and may be fragmented through dream imagery, or metaphorical settings, but basically, my stories are just about the people and places in my life.

Dave McKean, artist of Arkham Asylum and many memorable collaborations with Neil Gaiman (including The Sandman‘s distinctive covers), on Celluloid, the upcoming porno-graphic novel from Fantagraphics that’s his first big comics project since his 1998 magnum opus Cages. I like that practical argument on erotica’s behalf. Ideally, we’ve had sex more often than we’ve thrown punches or shot bullets — why not reflect that in the art we make and consume?

McKean’s whole CBR interview with Robot 6’s own Chris Mautner makes for a fascinating read: He fills us in on how he’s been spending his time (lots of comics-esque collaborations with avant-garde musicians), talks about the unique challenging of baring it all (artistically speaking) in an erotic comic, discusses working with live models for some of the book’s sequences, and more.

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“So it’s much more the strange and beguiling images of Hans Belmer … that I’m most intertested in.”

Yikes. Bellmer’s great, but, uh, not the source I would go to for porno inspiration…this book may end up even skeevier than Lost Girls.

[on the other hand, new McKean–yay!]

If McKean sticks to his sexy standard (viz. the encounter at the end of CAGES & his contribution to the FIRST TIME anthology), I don’t see how this could possibly be skeevy. I’m confident he can Bellmer it up visually without stooping to questionable or tasteless content.

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