The way you write this makes me think you've been in a BDSM relationship before... hehe I love how accurate you are with this, safe words and the psycological aspects. Art is also amazing... (well, These are less amazingly colored then your others, but still great!)
This is really cool. I'm going to refer to it next time I need to explain the concept of safe words to anyone. Beautifully drawn, beautifully coloured and the word balloons really add to the atmosphere of it, too.
I just found your stuff tonight, linked in from somewhere else. But this comic... wow, this says what BDSM is in a lovely nutshell. You're ability to add characterization work to what others sneer at as porn is... incredible. Thank you for posting these for us to admire and... inspire.
So a question... This examples of BDSM are about roleplaying and limiting the dream until they get sattisfied and continue with their life.
But how would it be called for those who the entire Master/Sub relationship is not a make believe? The subculture of those who take the role playing out of the relationship and make it their daly life, as a part of their being and where there is no time out?
I mean, just like any type of culture, there most exist a sub-section which simply desire or need to take the actions a far more profound level without being considered sick and with over 6 billions humans with their own desires and neurosis and with over 350 years of history, well it mus have been created sooner or latter.
And what about the other circles of the BDSM that doesn't accomodate to the rules or practices as explained by your comics and footnotes? With their own brand of fetishes? After all, traditional BDSM must be like traditional marriage: a nice idea and idela, but hardly the only way (or healthy) way to go for everybody.
well they are all just freaks and should be destroyed!...
all joking aside though
what do you expect me to say, they exist? they do, but as i once said, taking such sxtreme versions as an exapmle is like a head to toe tatooed guy trying to persuade someone to get their first tatoo
i find those people to be unbalanced yes, that would be the perfect description, and here is why
there is more to life than just sexuality. anyone who lets one aspect of their life take control of their existance is unbalanced, and i dont mean that as insane. No i genuinely mean they lost their sense of balance in life
it is a quality common in our species, we take personal pleasures way too far. using these people as an example for bdsm would be like using a morbidly obese person as an example of a gourmand.
yes, we may call this type of bdsm a mid line traditional style. its not the only way, as far as healthy goes, now you are seriously nitpicking because one might argue that any bondage is unhealthy any pain is unhealthy, any overstimulation is unhealthy
so. please eaccept that im not making an encyclopaedia of bdsm here, just a basic look into some of the psychologycal aspects of it
not all, and not applicable to everyone. so, imma do my thing, and everyone else can do their thing.
> but this stuff.. it latches on the back of your mind...
So very true. And also: While it's all a game with very concrete rules, it's also a real relationship with strong bonds (the emotional kind) and necessarily huge trust. So on one level, the game level, things are arbitrary and contradictory, but on the higher, relationship level, the simulation aspect reflects something real, even if there are limits and it's a mutually agreed upon power exchange. It's the "I can't believe I'm doing this and liking it" syndrome, which is really about self-discovery and selflessness. How many scenes have left my playmates and I with the feeling of great competence, confidence and accomplishment? Pride, in fact. That's quite the high.
Just awesome, awesome work, love! To show how freeing it is to lose one's petty inhibitions when it comes to the pleasures of D/s play and relationships just drives me further in showing *my* subs more passion and love to them.
It would be wonderful to see in RL more and more subs wear their collars in public, and to see Dominants wear some latex at work, and display a paddle or crop outside of work.
I really and truly feel sorry for those whose upbringing shoved them in a box of vanilla and terrorized them by stating that if they even stuck a *pinky* outside that box, they'd be damned for eternity.
Yup, once you have that first taste of something exotic, you usually forget the regular stuff. I appreciate the fact that even with all this play and pomp and exhilaration that Anne still has to go home, pay the bills and live regular life. I like that your characters have a brain in their head and are not "She gave me pleasure and now I'm hers FOREVER!!" kind of people. They give each other-each other through choice and knowing that if anything interrupts, they can go and take care of it and resume the pleasure afterwards. It's great how everyone pairs off in this story too but it does make me wonder if 'the game' comes to an end after a while, as in, there may not be much 'unknown' to explore after a while. But that means they'll have more adventures finding as much pleasure as they can. (maybe even a new partner or a new couple)
As you can tell, I will be waiting to see where this all goes.
Why....do you think you have become so popular so fast. I've never seen it explained like this anywhere...and told as beautifully. So much more makes sense to me know (uber hugs) So thank you for sharing this with us.
I've recently gotten into your art, and I want to say thank you! I feel like your comics are a great expression and explanation of the bdsm world, and I finally stopped feeling like a freak for finding this stuff (THIS, not your stereotypical bdsm) erotic and appealing. Especially this little adventure, it's a great way to show what this side of life truly is. Thank you, shiniez. I love your work, keep at it!