“It’s about an alien who crash lands on Earth and a lonely mechanic from an all boys college who helps him fix his ship,” says Jess Fink of “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?,” her submission to adult comics anthology Smut Peddler.
Spacecraft repairs might not seem like the setting for your typical porn, but Fink’s story is a perfect fit for Smut Peddler 2014, the latest installment of the erotic collection. Specifically woman-centric, the original Smut Peddler launched on Kickstarter in 2012, earning $80,000 and coming out to great critical acclaim. The 350-page volume proved once and for all that erotic comics focusing on women’s sexualities could sell, and it wasn’t long before a sequel was planned. Smut Peddler 2014 received almost ten times its original goal, clocking in at an impressive $185,000.
The collection, available to Kickstarter backers in August, stands apart for its commitment to giving women a voice in porn, and Fink, for one, believes wholeheartedly in its message of accessibility. “The fact is women like erotica,” she says, “but many feel, as I felt when I first started looking for erotica, that there just isn’t very much of it that is made for women.”
Fink is no stranger to erotic art. She’s the creator of adult comics like steampunk robot-themed Chester 5000 XYV and We Can Fix It!, a tale of time travel. Smut Peddler’s inclusivity is something she’s tried to put forward with her own work. “There should be variety in porn, and the erotica that Smut Peddler proudly showcases is trying to create a safe space for people whose sexual desires are often overlooked.”