NO SEX, PLEASE; WE’RE PRINTERS: ‘SMUT PEDDLER’ CREATOR SPIKE TROTMAN ON THE CHALLENGE OF PUBLISHING PORN
American printing houses: We need to talk.
I coordinate an erotic comic anthology called Smut Peddler. The 2014 edition is on Kickstarter right now, and it’s slaying. Owning. Knockin’ ‘em dead. Far and away, the most popular KS project I’ve ever run. And I’m glad its been so well-received, because otherwise it wouldn’t be worth the aggravation.
Have you ever tried to print comic book porno? Not a picnic. I know where to look, thanks to two years of experience and the aid of a freelance print production manager, but it still took two weeks and a dozen price quotes. I had to assemble a PDF of what I call “the black diamond pages,” or the most potentially objectionable content, to send around with the quote requests. I had to double and triple-check. “There is sex in this. There are sex organs in this. There is penetration in this. Is that okay? Are you sure? Very sure? Did you see the PDF?”
I don’t enjoy being a pain in the ass; I do it because I can’t just assume. I’ve heard all the horror stories. Printers ditching a job halfway through pre-press. Printers pulling out after the proof stage. Printers price-gouging when they think they’re your only option. I’ll have 4,000 Kickstarter backers waiting on me before this is over; I can’t let this go up in smoke.
Before you say these are reasonable obstacles on the path to producing graphic content, know that the first printer I approached — the first house, a personal favorite I’d worked with before — happily produced my previous anthology, a horror collection called The Sleep of Reason.
Smut Peddler features consensual oral sex. The Sleep of Reason features a man getting his dick bitten off.This. 9000% this! Getting porn printed in the US is way, way harder than it should be. It’s always erked me, ever since starting Grave Impressions, this situation we have going in this country where graphic violence, abuse, blood, guts, even heavily implied (heterosexual) rape are perfectly fine to be printed in our comic books but if you want to produce a complex, thoughtful storyline with adult characters who have explicit consensual (homosexual) relationships with one another? Hell no. Nope. No way. It’s obscenely difficult to find a porn printer in the US and that really ought to change
More of same! I got grey hair when the printer I thought I had ready to go pulled out on me with a tight deadline to make the debut at MOCCA fest.
Also- we should all get together and make a database of Adult friendly printers~
While I’m here, I would like to plug Fireball Printing, because they treat me right, and I would love for them to succeed. I contacted them with the “adult materials” question, and they responded that all they needed was a statement that all figures depicted in the images were over 18 years of age. Easy peasy.
See what I did there…
I just gave a goblin an accidental handjob in D&D I’m so
For anyone curious, I tried to rip his dick off and then botched my roll. Now our caravan won’t stop calling me the “Hand of Mercy”
A friend asked me if I had any pointers on drawing dingle dongles and I may or may not have gotten totally carried away and drew out a bunch of stuff, heheh.
Figured Id post it just in case any nsfw artists found it helpful at all~
Also if I have any incorrect info or you have tips feel free to let me know. Always eager to supplement my penis expertise~ haha~
thank you now everyone can stop drawing upside down dongs
they have to go out