Thursday, 10 January 2019

Torture Galaxy

A Girl Gotta Have Some Fun!

"Torture Galaxy", "Video Bizarre", "TG2Club" are some of the names that, along the years, have taken the websites distributing the work of  - mainly - a gentlesadist [sic] known as  Master Serpent.

The scene you see above - slightly exaggerate by yours truly, but only slightly - is pretty typical of his work: a very young looking woman strapped in a gynaecological chair, with her vulva sutured with surgical thread.

I will be honest - when I first encountered him - and his models - I stopped drawing my stuff for a while.

Because, well, he does in real life what I would only dare to draw!

At the same time, theirs [serpent & models] is not the most brutal S&M videography out there - for all his passion for piercing through a woman's skin and flesh with wildly inappropriate instruments, "Serpent" feels no compulsion to brutalize his models.

He may subject them to what amounts to sexualized elective surgeries, but that is all it does.

He uses no ill language, no open disrespect for the model but, rather, a matter-of-facts collaboration between equal dignity partners. The two of them - rarely more - are there to do what needs to be done - he to torture her, her to feel the pain and get an orgasm - and that's it.

I like it.

If the process was a bit more ritualized and they managed to convey the suggestion that they are operating for a higher purpose, it would be the perfect embodiment of the childhood fantasies that  boredom brought, on in me, when I was a kid and forced to go to Sunday mass (to date, my parents do not accept that I am agnostic or, even, that I have a sexuality of any kind - ).

It is, thus, easy to see why, from time to time, I like to pay homage to Serpent, and to the most fascinating - for me - of his models, Anita.

Arguably, the Queen of over the top breast-torture.  

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Cynicism of the day

"No man can win an argument.
 Don't criticize, condemn, or complain."
    - Dale Carnegie

"It's just, all, completely useless."

    - Dabotz

Friday, 12 October 2018

The Farewell of Don Rosa to Creating Comics

The Second Coming of The Man of the Ducks

OK, I see your faces, a blank stare and a question printed in capital letters on your brow:

"Who the ... is Don Rosa?" 

Don Rosa is arguably the best creator of comics with Disney's Ducks Family, after Carl Barks.

Not the greatest artist to have drawn "The Ducks" after Barks - I think Giorgio Cavazzano is the one -
and maybe not the best writer - and here, I draw a blank -  but the best author.

He did both art and stories, with a meticulousness in the art that betrayed his origins as a fan of Carl Barks and a thoroughness in straightening up pending plot threads - left dangling from Carl Barks stories, usually - that betrayed his training as a civil engineer. Or the reverse.     

I discovered the guy only a few years ago, as I had stopped reading the Ducks - (I do not really care for Mickey Mouse, crypto-fascist law&order bastard that he is) - long years before his stories started filtering into Italian publications.

But my nephew was a huge fan and so I had occasion of reading some of Don's seminal "The Life And Times of Scrooge McDuck" - it is, indeed, a reading well worth its time (and, no, "Fifty shades" definitively IS NOT!).

Also, apparently, Don created the basic plot of Inception for one of his Ducks tales in the early '90s - no, he ain't got nor going to get a dime for it - he is that kind of good, as a storyteller

Anyway, Don Rosa is probably also the last great comic artist to have run all of his career inside the so-called "Disney System" -  read: slavery for artists. 

He knew he was surrendering a lot of money and some authorial control, to keep working with the characters he loves the most in the world, and over time that knowledge took its toll.

And yet it took something worse than that, to knock him off the drawing board...

Before leaving you to the man and his farewell words, one last note from yours truly:

Get it, boyo, Disney's ain't no "Rebel Alliance" -  it's the Empire.

Also, keep the Kleenex at hand - for one of their explicitly intended uses, for a change.  

And now, 

The Farewell of Don Rosa to Creating Comics

- sniff, I am crying again...

What We Are in the Dark

From "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", by Don Rosa

Here, Scrooge is still a duck in search of his luck, little more
than scraping by while he chases a "big affair" after the other.
He could just steal the opal and be rich
- nobody, but him, would know.

To troll or not to troll? - this is [not] a question.

On-line life [supposedly] allows for a fair amount of anonymity and, as a consequence, of freedom from social pressure.

Apparently, for some this means the freedom to troll, to be the jerks that they cannot fully be in their off-line life.

If that is the way in which you consistently use the freedom afforded you by the technological miracle of Internet - consistently; we all have our three minutes of jerkiness - then I refer you to the title of this.

We are what we are in the dark, where the power of social pressure does not reach us and, apparently, what you are is A Jerk.