The Perineum Technique

Mulot, Jérôme & . Fantagraphics. Mar. 2019. 112p. ISBN 9781683961833. $19.99. Rated: Mature. LITERARY
JH is a successful video artist and self-described sex fiend. After meeting a woman named Sarah on an online dating service, and the two enjoy several virtual hookups, he becomes obsessed with meeting her in person. Eventually she agrees, and the two begin a game of seduction…or is it all just mind games? After Sarah informs JH that she's leaving town for four months and asks him to practice a form of abstinence while she's away, he's not quite sure. Longtime French collaborators Mulot and Ruppert (Famille Royale) craft a carefully paced, skillfully illustrated meditation on dating in an age of hyperconnectivity in which the ease with which one can cultivate a persona makes real intimacy difficult, if not terrifying. While the work is sexually explicit, Mulot and Ruppert utilize a variety of clever visual metaphors that explore not just what people are doing to each other, but how they feel about each other as well.
VERDICT A cleverly presented and provocative exploration of mutual attraction that flirts with satirizing the art world as well.
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