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First Look at Steven Sanders’ Anime and Fetish Inspired Pin-Ups [EXCLUSIVE]

Now that Kieron Gillen and Steven Sanders’ “S.W.O.R.D.” run has wrapped, fans may be wondering where the quasi-controversial Beast re-designer will turn up next. While the wheels are turning on the artist’s next paneled project, Sanders has taken a short sabbatical of sorts to clear his head and experiment illustrating subject matter he had previously shied away from. The result: A collection of anime (and anime fetish) inspired pin-ups showcasing some of the medium’s trademark taboos.

But rather than simply pandering to perceived taboos, Sanders has instead worked to conquer them – or at least his own attitudes toward them as a viewer and comic book creator. As Sanders explains, “I do think that a lot of the pinup scene is iffy from a standpoint of fostering healthy relations between the sexes; if you aren’t careful it’s not difficult to start seeing [a gender] less as people and more as abstracted objects of desire. That said, viewing and appreciating pinups (and pornography, for that matter) is possible without such objectification, too. Staying introspective with your relationship to it is key, in my opinion.”

Take a look at a few of the pieces Sanders has provided us with after the jump.

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