I have not read that, sir, but I just googled it, and it does look really awesome. And of course, any comparison to it is incredibly undeserved, though thoroughly and wholeheartedly appreciated nevertheless!!!
It's full of weird. And the state of Massachusetts tried to have it banned for being "completely prurient and of no redeeming value," back in the day, which I think HAD to fail because there's clearly a lot of social and political satire and commentary in it. It's not entirely about sex and drug use -- just mostly.
well, if it's not entirely about sex and drug use, I'm not so sure if I'm going to read it after all....
Just kidding. Hey, that reminds me of the very first Milo Manara comic I ever read. I was fifteen years old and I found some old used heavy metal mags at a garage sale. They had Manara's "An Author in Search of 5 Actors" in it. Wow, that story blew me away and changed my life!! Yes, it was an erotic story, and each episode centered around a woman showing her body or getting involved in some sort of intimate situation, but there was also some heavy social / political commentary in it. And of course a vibrant atmosphere of psychedelia. The blend was awesome. Psychedelia, sex, and social commentary. A heavy mix. An awesome portrait of "the human condition".
Too bad that particular story is out of print. Manara's more recent stuff tends to focus more on sex and less on psychedelia and social commentary. Which I find really sad.
that's what I have always hoped. But another part of me wonders if a rebellious, experimental young man simply grew up into a more pragmatic person with less vision and sense of wonder.
On the other hand, I have recently noticed that everything I think is awesome about him is more or less always present in his "Bergman" series, while other comics outside of that series, unless it was written by someone other than himself, tends to gravitate a little more to straight eroticism / porn, even when he was younger.
So I might be wrong about his stuff losing something special. Maybe he was always running the gamut from visionary to pure porn, and I just need to keep reading his Bergman series if I want stuff that incorporates the things I love most about him...