Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips Artist: Andrea Camerini Publisher: Titan Comics
Peepland is a place, and it’s one for voyeurs, sadists and sex addicts. The eponymous location of this Titan comic brings readers into the seedy side of ’80s American society: a theme park of strip clubs, porno theatres, heroin galleries and crime dens. Writer Christa Faust and artist Andrea Camerini embrace this sleaze with unabashed glee, and create characters who are embroiled in this culture, such as erotic peep booth performer Roxy and her punk-rock lover, Nick Zero, who stumble across the murder of a pornographer.
This is a comic that revels in the raunchier side of the ’80s, where sex wasn’t readily available on the internet so it poured onto the streets and out of dark corners. Accentuating the fantasy of sex, the comic is always drawn like a Saturday morning cartoon, with soft curves and bright colours, rather than the shadowy, hard-edged style you might expect.
And while sex and death is a popular combination, it’s one that’s usually shown from a male point of view. This time round, Christa Faust and Andrea Camerini put their own spin on it, creating an empowered heroine who navigates the sleazy streets without letting herself be brought down by them, from the pervert on the corner to the rich dick in City Hall.
Peepland explores sex and death from a female perspective.