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Jessica Campbell Casts A Female Gaze On The Art World In ‘Hot or Not?’ [Love & Sex Week]

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Jessica Campbell’s Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists has a very simple premise: which 20th century artists were bangable? And based on an artist’s work, can we tell if they were hot or not?

Published by Koyama Press in fall 2016, Hot or Not is a short but searing work of satire skewering the male-dominated world of art, and society’s desire to pass judgement on people based on their attractiveness --- which is of course subjective, as is art itself.

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Unsinkable Ship: The Endearing Appeal Of Spideytorch [Love & Sex Week]

Hannah Blumenreich
Hannah Blumenreich

I don't spend a lot of time seeking out fan-generated content or non-canon ships, possibly to my own detriment, but the pairing of Spider-Man and The Human Torch is one that I've become very invested in over the past year. Spideytorch not only helped me put a lot of important personal things in perspective; it gave me a way to appreciate how fan-art can have an impact on how different individuals approach canon stories.

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Gun and Ships and Fraught Relationships: Should You Be Reading ‘Starfighter’? [Love & Sex Week]

HamletMachine
HamletMachine

In Starfighter by HamletMachine, two young men are thrust into the inky blackness of space, forced to work together to pilot their ship against the enemy and make it out alive. They couldn’t have less in common at first --- but things heat up very quickly between them…

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Good Thing: Jory And Hunter Take The Next Step In ‘Backstagers’ #6

Boom Studios
Boom Studios

Boom’s Backstagers is one of my favorite comics to premiere in the last year. Ryan Sigh’s lineart and Walter Baiamonte's colors bring the weird, gorgeous magical backstage world to life, but it’s also worth highlighting James Tynion IV’s writing, particularly his focus on overt, in-canon queer representation.

Before Backstagers #7 comes out on February 22, I want to take note of the loveliness that is Backstagers #6, published in January. Spoilers for #6, and for the series as a whole, below.

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Sex is Rad: Should You Be Reading ‘Oh Joy Sex Toy’? [Love & Sex Week]

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Oh Joy Sex Toy began in 2013 with a simple comic reviewing one of the most popular sex toys out there -- the Magic Wand Original, a vibrator of much renown. From there, the comic has spiraled out to cover every subject related to sex in a joyful, informative, and very funny manner.

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Unsinkable Ship: All The Girls Love Kitty Pryde (Especially Illyana) [Love & Sex Week]

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Illyana Rasputin was Kitty Pryde's first true love, and you'll never convince me otherwise. Sure, Kitty had already expressed an interest in Illyana's brother Piotr (the gentle giant known as Colossus), but at the time that was more of a childhood crush. It was only later, after Kitty had become an adult without Piotr getting much older, that later writers decided that Kitty and Colossus had been "true love." Kitty's relationship with Illyana, meanwhile, was a close connection between two equals.

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‘Supergirl’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2 Episode 12: ‘Luthors’

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This week, there’s a Luthor on trial in the court of law, and another on trial in the court of public opinion, and Supergirl must decide who she can trust. Also, Metallo returns, and romance may be in the air. “Luthors” was directed by Tawnia McKiernan from a script by Robert Rovner and Cindy Lichtman.

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Passion & Propriety: Should You Be Reading ‘Miss Abbott and the Doctor’? [Love & Sex Week]

Maripaz Villar
Maripaz Villar

Imagine Pride and Prejudice, only Darcy is a handsome young doctor, and Elizabeth Bennett is the daughter of anthropologists who grew up in the rainforest, only just now returning to “civilization.” Fighting with propriety and their own feelings, the protagonists of Miss Abbott And The Doctor must learn that maybe the other isn’t so bad. Maybe they’re actually kind of cute.

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Unsinkable Ship: Why ‘Bleach’ Should Have Made Ichigo/Rukia Canon [Love & Sex Week]

Tite Kubo
Tite Kubo

Friends, how many times have you seen this story play out? Boy meets girl who ushers him into a hidden world beyond our own where he gets special powers. Girl mentors boy in use of said powers. Girl and boy, despite a solid bond formed in battle, argue constantly. But then, after enduring innumerable trials and hardships only to come out the other side stronger, girl and boy realize they can't live without each other and finally admit their feelings. Cue Big Dramatic Kiss and Sappy Montage of Happiness, right?

Well, in the case of Tite Kubo's Bleach, which concluded last August after 15 years, the answer turned out to be a firm "no." And that still kinda bugs me.

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Comics Alliance Rates The Avengers Hunks [Love & Sex Week]

Marvel Comics / Marvel Studios
Marvel Comics / Marvel Studios

The 1989 Avengers West Coast Annual featured an unusual short story by Mark Waid and then-newcomer Amanda Conner called "Rate The Hunks," in which Wasp and She-Hulk offered their expert assessment on the sex appeal of their male Avengers colleagues. Almost thirty years later, we've assembled our own experts to repeat the exercise, with an updated twist.

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