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Pink

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Wilfred Santiago
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Commentary

Dirty, filthy, dirty-dirty, dirty-filthy, naughty-bad.

Smarter than your average porn, PINK is a collection of vignettes about urban fucking. "Urban," if you're new to this sort of thing, is code for "people of color," which in this context is code for "poor people who are not white." Here, though, nobody's black or white or yellow or brown, for that matter. Everybody's pink. Printed in pink tones on pink paper, crack open the book and it's pink, pink, pi  yeah, you get it. It's not subtle; it's pornography.

It's inspired, it's insane and it gets exponentially more bizarre with every tale. We run the gamut from 'girl riding a dildo-seated bicycle' to 'futurewhore with a head like Cosby's Mushmouth, a foot-long organic strap-on and the familiar wave of Coco-Cola's logo undulating across her pot belly.' In between are lines like "It's early and the smell of morning dew soothes my head like monkey balm..." and "...just because you treat a whore like a lady does not mean she'll act like one." Now there's an axiom to needlepoint on a sampler!

The tones are sloppy and there are enough typos to make me want to break my boot off up in some proofreader's ass, but:

Dirty, filthy, dirty-dirty, dirty-filthy, naughty-bad and  the sexiest of all modifiers: smart. PINK: it'll swell your parts.

-- Kelly Sue DeConnick

 
Kelly Sue DeConnick relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Kansas City, MO, where she lives with her husband and artbomb.net colleague, Matt Fraction. Kelly Sue writes the English adaptations of several manga titles published by Tokyopop and Viz. She can be found on the web at kellysue.com.

 


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