Last week I went to check out the exhibit at the Museum of Sex in New York called “Comics Stripped.” I’d heard good things, so I was excited. Upon first entering the exhibit, I found the stereotypical comic tropes of “Wham! Blam!” painted in large letters on the wall. “Oh, great,” I thought, “another superficial treatment of comics.” But then I turned and saw on the opposite wall, similarly painted, “Boing!” and “Ohohoh!” I realized that it was actually a commentary on how sex and comics are both treated superficially, and both are far more subtle and nuanced than the general public assumes. My excitement restored, I explored the rest of the exhibit.
Hit the jump for highlights, and my take on the exhibit. Read more