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Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie 
11th-Sep-2006 11:59 pm
Okay, I admit I've been eagerly awaiting this since seeing it featured in Diamond Previews several months ago. It's not often that I "must" have a comic book ASAP, but this was one of those times.

Moore, Alan and Melinda Gebbie. Lost Girls. Vol. 1-3. Portland: Top Shelf Productions, 2006.
Summary: On the eve of WWI, three women named Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy show up for extended stays at a most unusual hotel in Austria. There, they meet and become friends...and tell their histories and "shameful" girlhood fantasies to each other while having lots and lots of kinky sex.
Comments: Don't be deceived, boys, by the lavishly ornate, pastel packaging--you're in for a wealth of lovingly-drawn, hot girl-on-girl (sometimes in strap-ons) action that, at least on the surface, right up to the characters looking invitingly out from the page, seems like pornography. (There's some man-on-man action as well, but it is invariably less provocative, and a good part of it involves Dorothy's bore of a husband whose name is, whaddaya know?, Harold Potter. FYI: The series predates the Rowling books.) Those who like looking deeper, however, will find a wealth of buried commentary about how freedom of speech relates to drawn erotica. Characters ponder the morality of a pedophilia and incest in the hotel owner's "white book" (the three volumes themselves also happen to be bound in white cloth) while engaging in the sort of sex that invites the reader to ponder those same moral dilemmas. And, indeed, the stories of the women, adaptations of sorts that turn classic children's literature Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan into adolescent sexual awakening, desire, and perversion add to the urgency of such inquiry. Some might call this series glorified fanfiction, but I would disagree. Though it may be structured like some (better) fanfiction, this is not about a fan of children's literature wanting more of the characters and the story; rather, this is about exploiting the pre-existing stories for an explicit, transgressive purpose that would not have been as skillfully accomplished had the three women been wholly original. Moreso than any of Moore's other works, in fact. Art history buffs will undoubtedly love the many various styles and homages to period illustrators, as well. And if the conclusions the work draws seem too pat in the end, well, everything's so beautifully rendered and creatively imagined that you'll likely forgive it.
Notes: three hardcovers in a slipcase, 1st edition
Rating: 7/10 - A pleasing addition to British erotic literature--and it's literature, alright, not "just" a comic book.
13th-Sep-2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Damn, I can't order this can I?^_^
13th-Sep-2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Think they'll notice that it says "For Adults Only" in fine print on the back? It otherwise looks so innocuous... ^^;;;;;
13th-Sep-2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Keep a copy for me so I can smuggle it when I visit you^^
13th-Sep-2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
You're gonna have to send me $80.25 (list price + tax) first. I can't float that amount of funds. :P

(But if you're serious about it, send money ASAP. I think it's a very limited edition, and I'm not even 100% sure if you ordered it now from, say, Amazon, whether you could actually get it.)
13th-Sep-2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
That expensive?^_^ It says on Amazon that it'll take 5-7 weeks to ship. Is it really that popular?
13th-Sep-2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
You can read the list price on Amazon, right? I suspect that if you ordered it on Amazon that after a month or two they'd admit they can't get it for you. To get it, you'd have to comb local comic book shops.

The books are huge, expensive, and pornographic. Which means limited demand and limited printings, most likely.
13th-Sep-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose you have a bank account do you?^^ That would be the fastest way to send it to you.
13th-Sep-2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Of course I have a bank account. :P

In fact, I'm digging around, and only B&N of any of the major online bookstores, even claims to have it in stock (and their stock is always bigger than anybody's).
14th-Sep-2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ganked from Neil Gaiman's blog:

According to Chris Staros, publisher of Lost Girls,

The first printing of Lost Girls (10,000 copies) completely sold out on Wed Aug 31st when it hit stores. So, that's why it's not available anywhere, itjust vanished (it actually hit #19 on Amazon.com on that day). Also, the back orders in the system as of Friday the 1st have already sold out the 2nd printing (another 10,000 copies), which will hit stores in early October. So, we've ordered a larger 3rd printing (20,000 copies), which will hit stores around Xmas/January.
14th-Sep-2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
I somehow landed myself a copy of the first printing for less than $45 at Buy.com. How? Dunno. *bwa ha ha ha ha...*
13th-Sep-2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Pretty good price in Canada ^_^
13th-Sep-2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
But it's not in stock there, either. I'd say you've got less than even chances of actually getting it if you order it from them.
13th-Sep-2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting, and I've hard other good things about it in the past as well. Unfortunately it's way out of my price range.
13th-Sep-2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was my thought too....
1st-Oct-2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Review archived.
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