Support for an English-language Erotic Comics Archive

This petition argues that erotic comics are an important cultural record of the way in which diverse sexualities are understood and portrayed, and sexual fantasies explored. An Erotic Comics Anglophone Archive (ErotiCAA) will preserve these works for research by scholars in many different disciplines.

One of the biggest problems facing anyone researching pornography/erotica or comics, and therefore doubly so for anyone researching erotic/pornographic comics, is finding and gaining access to primary materials. So we have decided to have a go at establishing an archive in the UK to collect and catalogue English-language porn and erotic comics.

We intend to approach a number of libraries and research institutions to host and/or fund the archive. Persuading them to support us will be a lot easier if we an show that there is a need for this archive, so to help with that we’ve started this petition.

We’ve already got this kick-ass logo designed for us by Alison Lucy Stone and meetings set up with a couple of big libraries. Help us out by signing the petition? And if you’d like to be more involved, please tweet Dr Anna Madill @UKFujoshi or Dr Jude Roberts @tangendentalism - we’d love to hear from you!

Discussion

  • Tim Pilcher This is an important area of study that has seriously been undervalued over the past 50 years. As the author of two books on the subject I know that there is a vast wealth of crucial material that needs curating and I support this archive completely.

  • Feona Attwood Middlesex University, UK

  • Roger Sabin (Professor, University of the Arts) This is a much-needed initiative! Without a decent archive how can we seek to understand these extremely important comics?

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