So full disclosure- I don't really do comics often, and erotica is too exaggerated for me to enjoy. But I just finished a 5 Volumed graphic novel that I really, really love. Enough to gush about here. A colleague of mine introduced me to Sunstone
by Stjepan Šejić. It's a story about two women who are deeply involved with BDSM. On the surface, you may think my perv flag is waving, but it's SO much more than sex. The story has a lot of heart. Each character, even the minor ones, are going through their own personal dilemmas and are better people for it. It's not cartoon porn. Sex is a theme, obviously, but it's not the major thing that drives the story forward. The two main characters, a sub named Lisa and a domme named Ally, are first-timers who meet up after talking online. They are awkwardly endearing. There are elements of understanding the self, and what it means to learn from past relationships. Also, and this one is a big one for me as I'm working on a story involving this topic, there is focus on how people can carry on a healthy friendship with past exes. It's done with care.
Two things that stick out for me after I finished reading:
1. It does a service to that particular community that mainstream movies have failed to. Yes, there are erotic scenes and nudity, but it's handled in a normal way. There is no over-the top- bullshit. Everything shown has a point. No crazed possessive dominatrix or weak as shit submissive. These women are people, multi-faceted and easy to connect with and relate to.
2. Sexual identity is also an important part of this, but it's not borderline cliche. Sexual awakening is there, yeah, but it's not played up as them having a bad childhood, or they were kissed by a girl on a dare and they liked it. Their awakening is depicted very naturally, with trial and error anyone can understand.
Like BDSM? Want a story with feels? You can have both. Read this.