Comic Heroes - - Feature -

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.

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