I did this years ago for The Thickness magazine (#2) edited by Michael DeForge and Ryan Sands.

It’ll be included in the forthcoming Thickness anthology from Youth in Decline.

Deforge did the cover of the issue I was in, and I did a sketch off of his that was printed in the inside cover

Back then I used to often figure out difficult pages by drawing them even bigger than the original (11 by 17) pages on butcher paper.

Here’s the rough for page 4 and the way the Risograph printed pages of the original edition looked

Back when I did porn comics for a living, I always felt like I was figuring out the science of their rules being different from other genres of comics.

Closer shots– it’s all about faces. I had moments but never felt like i succeeded at doing porn comics in the way artists like Kevin Taylor or Newmen did.

So this Thickness story was going to be my last push years after all the Pillow fight and Perverts of the unknown books I’d done. I felt like I hit a better stride than the previous porn I’d done.

but I suspect that my need to make comfort comics– where I enjoy spending time with the page is at odds with the kind of tension maybe needed in doing porn — but maybe that’s just me doing me. (Masturbation jokes!)

I was really impressed with what Deforge did in the same Thickness issue. It felt really personal and real.

My off brand Dirty pair. was based mostly off of Adam Warren’s version– with nods to some of his issues– along with other anime and sci fi novel nods.

I sent this to Warren after I finished it. “Hey here’s some porn I did based off your work!” He was cool about it– Adam is always the coolest. His comment was that Kei wouldn’t have tan lines because she has the ability to control the pigment of her skin. — but I like tan lines — they make people look more naked.