The Compellingly Repellent Sexual Surrealism of Dave Cooper

The Comics Journal recently posted their review of Dave Cooper’s new book, “Mudbite,” which they described as “abject fantasias of intense sexual anxiety rendered in Cooper’s compellingly repellent style.” I think that about sums it up. I’m fascinated by Cooper because he’s part of a new wave of artists who don’t inhabit a singular defined space.… Read More The Compellingly Repellent Sexual Surrealism of Dave Cooper

Do Popular Genres Map to the Seven Emotional Pathways of the Mammalian Brain?

The eminent neuroscientist, Jaak Panskepp, pioneered the study of emotion in mammals. He is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He discovered that all mammals, including humans, share the same seven emotional pathways, commonly identified as: fear, care, lust, rage, panic/grief,… Read More Do Popular Genres Map to the Seven Emotional Pathways of the Mammalian Brain?

Namio Harukawa’s Gender-Swapped “Hentai” Art

namio harukawa is a japanese artist known for inverting the traditional themes of hentai and other graphic erotica of his country which typically (but not universally) depict men in positions of sexual control over young (or even underage) women, who are usually submissive, often groped (secretly but in public, like on a crowded train), sometimes… Read More Namio Harukawa’s Gender-Swapped “Hentai” Art

Eros Surrealismus: All Creativity is Sexual

We are the animal brain: hunger, impulse, response, a desire to survive… but not for survival’s sake alone–survival for the sake of reproduction. All higher brain functions derive from or are filtered through the hypothalamus (hunger, thirst etc.), amygdala (emotions), and midbrain (sleep/wake/arousal). You cannot escape it. It is your anatomy. We are the animal… Read More Eros Surrealismus: All Creativity is Sexual