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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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04/02/2005 Archived Entry: "Adult Comic Review: Sticky #1"

Sticky #1
by Dale Lazarov & Steve MacIsaac
24 pages, $4.95
Published by Fantagraphics

Reviewed by Lene Taylor

Dear Readers, the arrival of a comic book with art by Steve MacIsaac is one of the most exciting events in a woman's life. Especially if that woman is me.

But first, let me step back and say that I have huge issues with the publisher, Eros Comix. As much as we here at LHLS love Fantagraphics (who owns Eros), we cringe a little when we look at the lastest Eros offerings. Eros specializes in hardcore sex comics, 90% of which feature enormously-breasted women being raped and brutalized and subjected to baroque S&M scenes. Is this really every straight man's fantasy? Wait, don't answer that. Oh, there's also some straight-guy lesbian stuff (featuring aforementioned enormously-breasted women). With the exception of Molly Kiely's exceptional comics, there isn't much that doesn't make me close my eyes tightly. Feh.

So when we heard that Eros was going to put out a gay male comic, we cheered. And when it turned out to be drawn by Steve MacIsaac, well, it was like Christmas and Fourth of July all at once.

Let us be honest with one another, readers: We're not looking for War and Peace when we pick up a smutty comic, are we? And when the cover is a big burly naked man leaning over another naked man who's sucking his nipple, well, you just hope there isn't too much dialogue. Guess what? There's NO DIALOGUE! Dale Lazarov's plot a casual pick-up that turns into an afternoon marathon fuck session is conveyed through looks, gestures, and a whispered suggestion for (yes!) more sex. The actual fucking is pretty graphic and very very hot; there's a nice give-and-take dynamic between these two guys. Lube and condoms are present in abundance. And it all takes place in a clean, well-lit, comfortable little room that seems just made for an afternoon tryst. Great story, great art, great cocks - what more could you want?

I really love that Lazarov and MacIsaac structure this comic like a classic porn film; Sticky ends with a money shot that's two minutes long (there's a clock on the wall). There is come *everywhere*. And then, sweetly, we leave our guys kissing, and kissing, and kissing and gearing up to do it all over again.

My favorite part is the "dizzy circle" over one guy's head after a particularly intense round on his back. It reminds me of the way Dori Seda used to draw couples post-sex only she had the circles over their crotches.

It's interesting that the blurb for Sticky says It's "suitable for gay men and the women who love them. Gasp! Could this mean that Eros thinks women read dirty comics? Could this mean they might actually make MORE comics for women? Guys at Eros, the Sticky series is a great start. You're going to make a ton of money from women on it. Don't fuck it up now.

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