Comic Turn-on: This Publisher Uses Her Talent To Make Women Hot for $ex
If you’re an ardent follower of comics, you may know that the giant conglomerates control the big publishers. For example, Disney controls Marvel and Time-Warner controls DC. These massive corporations focus group and market test everything down to a level of supreme blandness, trying not to affront anyone so they can squeeze out the last few sales in a passing market
She talks about her comics.
“My Monster Boyfriend,” a compilation of short comics that blends eroticism with horror. Or “The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal,” a road trip about a pair of dudes who drive from Berkeley to Providence. Both the comics sell well in stores and online. The titles of Iron Comics are defiantly adult, sophisticated, and strange.
Trotman deals with this saying:
“The mainstream’ is irrelevant. What passes for ‘mainstream comics’ are cape books, superhero books. But they don’t dominate because reader demand for them is insatiable or something; they’ve been artificially buoyed by industry politics and self-censorship to their place of primacy,” she says. “A mid-century moral panic torpedoed romance comics, horror comics, war and crime comics, lots of popular genres. Superheroes were all it was safe to publish.”
The turning point in her career.
In 2012, she released a Kickstarter campaign for a new volume of “Smut Peddler,” an anthology of smutty comics by women. Initially, the original series had been a small press project with a limited print run. After not publishing for a while, the property was high up in the air. Spike wanted to see another compilation, knew a few interested artists and decided to try crowdfunding it.
Though her goal was $20,000, she took in $83,100.
This was definitely not what she expected. She said,
“Smut Peddler wasn’t what it is now; it was an esoteric minicomic series that a micropress had stopped printing years ago. There was no mantle of notoriety to take on, or pressure to equal previous successes; nobody thought it would be anything other than a nice little Kickstarter with a middling take.”