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A salacious title belies a moving look at intimacy and all its delicacies and absurdities. Begun as a loose, ephemeral zine that was produced in limited editions, these small comics in both size and length are esoteric and immensely personal. Covering a span of four years, the comics collected here build a relationship that is deeper than their elegantly drawn surfaces.


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A salacious title belies a moving look at intimacy and all its delicacies and absurdities. Begun as a loose, ephemeral zine that was produced in limited editions, these small comics in both size and length are esoteric and immensely personal. Covering a span of four years, the comics collected here build a relationship that is deeper than their elegantly drawn surfaces.

30 review for Sex Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Sorry, it's more about intimacy than it is about actual sex, though it is about attraction and a very few sexual acts. It's mainly, I think, about cartooning, actually, and what comics/cartoons can convey. Based on her zines on this topic. http://sophiafosterdimino.tumblr.com/... Feels like experimental storytelling in many places. Sometimes pretty funny, whimsical, sweet, odd, insightful. The book moves from minimalist cartoons to a little longer (but still very short and minimal) stories. I rea Sorry, it's more about intimacy than it is about actual sex, though it is about attraction and a very few sexual acts. It's mainly, I think, about cartooning, actually, and what comics/cartoons can convey. Based on her zines on this topic. http://sophiafosterdimino.tumblr.com/... Feels like experimental storytelling in many places. Sometimes pretty funny, whimsical, sweet, odd, insightful. The book moves from minimalist cartoons to a little longer (but still very short and minimal) stories. I really liked it a lot. Unconventional, in the best way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    What did the title have to do with the graphic novel I read? Nothing as far as I can tell, but it might just be me. It seems that you need to already be familiar with her zines that are collected here, but it felt episodic, disjointed, and rather pointless. Not for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Sex Fantasy is a collection of zines about relationships. It can get rather dark, but honestly, none of them really delved into their topics enough for me to be wowed. The first few in particular were pretty insubstantial.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    What the WHAT did I just spend sooooo much time on!?!?!? I am half tempted to return this book such a waste of time for me, ugh. This specific video review will be included in the February 2018 Wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liz Yerby

    Cuuute and weird and a nice format

  6. 4 out of 5

    Raina

    Four years of an ongoing zine, one page panels, sometimes episodic, sometimes more narrative. The book itself is compact and brick-like. Several hundred (unnumbered) pages, probably, though they go super-quick. Black and white line drawings, occasionally adult-rated, but not always. I connected the most with the hiking couple narrative piece. Good, glad I read it, not particularly memorable but for the queer visibility yays.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A moving graphic novel analyzing modern relationships. People going in for the saucy title will be disappointed, but will hopefully stick around for the social commentary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    V.

    Moving and well-crafted. I liked some stories better than others (partly just because some hit closer to my own experience than others), but overall very good. Not actually mainly about sex except to the extent that a lot of things are ultimately about sex, if you are willing to talk and think about sex, which this book is.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirra

    I had no idea what this book was about when I saw the cover and decided to read it and after finishing it I still don’t know what it was really about but it was interesting enough in the moment and didn’t take long to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mateen Mahboubi

    A quick collection of Foster-Dimino's short zines. They are all fairly different from each other and in different styles. A decent collection of works, getting stronger towards the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    M

    Not as exciting as the title suggests.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shazia

    Not what I expected but also not bad. The comics get better the further you get into the book. Also don't think I'm a huge fan of these square books that have a panel a page - for me it's a bit tedious to hold and read. Just recently read Unlovable which is physically similar - small square shaped book with one panel taking up each page. Still, I would check out more work by this artist. Not what I expected but also not bad. The comics get better the further you get into the book. Also don't think I'm a huge fan of these square books that have a panel a page - for me it's a bit tedious to hold and read. Just recently read Unlovable which is physically similar - small square shaped book with one panel taking up each page. Still, I would check out more work by this artist.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lanei Kasir

    Sophie Foster Domino is one of the best comic artists currently creating work and in my opinion is greatly unappreciated for her genius and makes some the best panel compositions since Chris Ware (not that, that is very evident in this single paneled book, but her rhythm is definitely on point). Not only are her comics deeply skilled in just visuals but her writing will bring you tears often, by depicting the book's subjects in deep profound manners. This is comic that calls itself Sex Fantasy b Sophie Foster Domino is one of the best comic artists currently creating work and in my opinion is greatly unappreciated for her genius and makes some the best panel compositions since Chris Ware (not that, that is very evident in this single paneled book, but her rhythm is definitely on point). Not only are her comics deeply skilled in just visuals but her writing will bring you tears often, by depicting the book's subjects in deep profound manners. This is comic that calls itself Sex Fantasy but decides not depict the act itself and seems to have little interest in it, and is more interested in the ways in which we view ourselves, loneliness, and complicatedness of intimacy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    A beautiful collection of ten zines in the "Sex Fantasy" series by Sophia Foster-Dimino. The early chapters collect lists of desires, many of them extremely practical, while the later installments present fully fleshed out stories. The charm of the collection is only increased by the small and compact square format of the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    vostendrasamigosyotengolibros

    I like some of the zines, others I find like a little strange or very abstract for my taste, but it's a cool book, it's ok

  16. 4 out of 5

    Harris

    Originally published as a series of zines, I found the short stories and artistic pieces collected in Sex Fantasy to be compelling, reflecting the ambivalent feelings of contemporary life and relationships. Working in themes ranging from the autobiographical to the surreal, Sophia Foster-Domino’s comics are definitely engaging works, both funny and affecting. While the sex and romance implied in the suggestive name are present, it is a lot more nuanced, exploring the nature of gender identity, s Originally published as a series of zines, I found the short stories and artistic pieces collected in Sex Fantasy to be compelling, reflecting the ambivalent feelings of contemporary life and relationships. Working in themes ranging from the autobiographical to the surreal, Sophia Foster-Domino’s comics are definitely engaging works, both funny and affecting. While the sex and romance implied in the suggestive name are present, it is a lot more nuanced, exploring the nature of gender identity, sexuality, and yearning for connection. Throughout, Foster-Domino’s artwork is deceptively simple as she conveys a lot of emotional resonance in her sparse cartoonish linework, but works in many interesting takes; every story or series in the collection feels entirely different, from the early series of single panel drawings each containing a single first person statement, to the surreal dating stories, to her memoir of traveling to Hawaii with her husband. Her dialog, in particular, feels realistic and natural, like something you’d hear someone say. A quick read, Sex Fantasy leaves much to think about.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was all set to give this one two stars - just random drawings you could find on tumblr, meh. But then jeeeeeeesus #4 was brutal as all get out. It hit a nerve. Don't read that one if you're having a bad day. You will find the title misleading, just FYI. (Similar to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness.) So while the majority of it was not my cup of tea, there were just enough comics with cutting truths to upgrade it. It borders on a 4 star. I was all set to give this one two stars - just random drawings you could find on tumblr, meh. But then jeeeeeeesus #4 was brutal as all get out. It hit a nerve. Don't read that one if you're having a bad day. You will find the title misleading, just FYI. (Similar to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness.) So while the majority of it was not my cup of tea, there were just enough comics with cutting truths to upgrade it. It borders on a 4 star.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was looking forward to this comic just based on the summary. There was no comprehension to what she was doing, her story was too fractured to tell anything of value, she relied heavily on people having seen her work before in the zine format to understand what it meant and overall it felt like a way for her to show off rather than show anything meaningful she's learned in being in relationships or hearing from those around her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    I had been waiting ages to read this based on a review by Broken Frontier, but when I actually read it... I'm not sure I liked it. Maybe I misunderstood what it was about. But I didn't enjoy most of the comics, and it was unlike anything I'd read before. I dunno. I guess I was mostly meh about it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Despite the title this book is not really about sex. It is an exploration of connection and relationships of all kinds, how strange and funny intimacy is. Simple illustrations and meandering glimpses of stories, its a pleasant little collection, which you can definitely tell came from a series of zines.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Hmm, the title of this book really didn't fit the content for me (which makes me feel like I'm missing something?). This is made-up of vignette line drawings with no apparent connections to each other. Not what I was looking for.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Very odd collection of comics. I liked the last story best and enjoyed the minimalistic line drawings. Just not a favourite for me (and the title really has nothing to do with the comics; it’s more of a study about relationships and the general difficulty of love).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    I confess to not knowing a thing about this artist. I saw it in my library's 14 day book section and decided to give it a go. I liked its loose style. It starts off very abstract, almost experimental, and gradually themes and stories emerge. I enjoyed it a lot.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A sweet collection that looks at the minutiae of life and relationships with a gentle hand. My favorite was the story about the tiny girl going to meet her boyfriend - it was relatable in its emotional sincerity.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    I checked this one out because I'm on a graphic novel kick and the titles scandalized my coworkers. Short comics; I loved some, didn't understand or didn't connect with others. Quick read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Nothing standing out here for me. More of an example of relationship moments and some stuff at the beginning that didn't make any sense to me. Fair but not memorable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Roseann

    I’m giving this book two stars only for the effort that the author put into it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason Boggs

    Wonderfully different and imaginative. I think it will stick with me for some time

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Some gloriously simple artwork put to gloriously complex introspection. I want to slip under the covers of this comics world and stay there all weekend

  30. 5 out of 5

    PvOberstein

    I tried to get into it, but it just didn’t work for me. A few clever and poignant moments, particularly in the latter volumes.

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