Episode 83 of the ComicsVerse Podcast centers around sex in comics! ComicsVerse Comics and Managing Culture Editor Jamie Rice is joined by panelists Bob Franco, Dellen Miller, Phil Casey, Matt Murphy, Mark Bouchard, and Kay Honda!

LISTEN: Want more tawdry comic book stories? Listen to the comics that are our guilty pleasures!

In this episode, our panelists discuss books like SEX CRIMINALS, CATWOMAN, and SAGA in an attempt to unpackage the way in which sex and sexuality function in comic narratives. First, they recount the days of the CCA, or Comics Code of America, and the impact that it had on the American comics industry before moving on to discuss the idea of feminist sex in comics. The comics industry has and continues to suffer from a lack of female creators- thus, female characters are often both written and drawn by men, often leading to the character catering to the male gaze. Our panelists unpackage the intent behind the characters, as well as the actions taken by the characters themselves, to see just what makes a depiction of sex, “feminist.” They unpackage how real world attitudes about sex culture, such as the double standard that exists between men and women regarding promiscuity, and how they function in the real world.

In addition to this, our panelists explore the world of fetishism and erotic comics before moving on to a discussion about consent and rape in terms of a handful of comics, including NIGHTWING and KAIJUMAX. Going further, the panelists discuss whether or not rape should be present in comics at all, and the use of trigger warnings.

HEAR: Lots of SAGA in this podcast! Want more? Listen to Jamie host an entire podcast on SAGA alone!

With a reading list comprised of superhero and non-cape comics, this podcast was so intense, and had so many puns, that it couldn’t be contained in just one segment, so stay tuned for part two!

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  1. meinmeme42

    December 6, 2016 at 2:06 am

    The problem is that not everyone on this podcast is as memorable. I have listened to every episode almost. Hell, I’ve listened to some episodes three times. The guy with the accent is good. I guess his name is Marius. I just wish this was a video podcast with only him, Gabby (is she really a doctor? I can’t figure it out if she is or not), and Justin. When one of the episodes starts and they aren’t on it, I’m optimistic but disappointed. I wrote on iTunes that this podcast can be “hit” or “miss” sometimes, and the “miss” part is me “missing” Gabby (she’s intelligent and hysterical, the glass palance? LOL!), Marius (hope that’s him), and Justin. Whenever they are on it, this becomes my favorite podcast and IMO by far the best comic book podcast.


  2. dardy310

    November 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    That’s funny because I wondered the same thing. I listened to this on my ride back from Santa Barbara down to LA. Don’t get me wrong. It WAS good. This podcast is ALWAYS good, and I think it’s sweet that they rotate hosting duties, but what makes this podcast GREAT are the questions and answers Marius, Gaby (is that her name?), and Justin bring to the table. It is just not as insightful without them and their knowledge.


  3. Dahlia

    November 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    no justin?


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