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Back in the Dark Ages known as the mid 1990’s, I was heavily into superheroine fiction. Reading straight out porn was a little boring to me but I enjoyed the stories of superheroes I grew up with having sex. The genre has a few subgenres within it and I pretty much explored them all. There were relationship stories that bored me, rape stories that made me think way too much about other writers’ mental issues and then there was my favorite topic: Superheroines in Distress stories.

As a kid I was always an escape nut. I loved the idea of heroes placed in a trap from which they escape. I would play those scenarios with my toys over and over again. When I grew up, I was intrigued by the idea of sexual traps that maybe threatened your life, but mostly they threatened your libido and your shame.

It is a very tricky genre. Do it wrong and you are writing overcomplicated rape stores. Do it wrong in the other direction and they come across as just silly. It is a damn difficult genre to play in.

Raven has been doing it right for over a decade. He relies on a combination of excessive text and a single image to get across his stories. He has female characters who are captured by dark forces and then subjected to many cute sexual ordeals. The overall tone is one of playfulness. This is aided by the fact that the heroine always wins in the end.

Although his stories are set in a science fiction setting, he incorporates just about damn near anything in his stories. Witches, pirates, robots and aliens share his kinky universe. He also spreads out into a nice range of bondage fetishes from spider webs, to robot manacles to frequent darts to the ass. When you read a Raven story, all sorts of shit can happen.

His main character is a sexy little sidekick named Gull. Her husband and boss, Raven, is a mysterious space Batman type who always has a plan. Don’t judge Raven too much for going by the name of his sexy character. It was the 90’s, we were all doing it. Gull somehow gets captured by evil forces and must endure humiliation and orgasms at the hands of her captors.

I want to take a moment to talk about escalation. Most BDSM fiction depends on escalation to keep the reader involved. The sexual acts get more and more extreme as the writer tries to top himself. A woman might be forced to strip to start with, by by the end of the story she is being given enemas by a football team. Raven never seems to fall into this trap. If he escalates, he escalates the creativity. That is a trend we need more of.

I also admire his use of text to convey his story. These are not comic books, these are illustrated erotica stories. Sex is too complicated for just words or pictures alone. Raven is one of the few people who knows when you talk and when to let the image speak. Click this panel and see what I mean.

What continues to impress me about Raven is that he is still doing this. He has been plugging away at this niche at his own pace and he is just getting better and better. He obviously enjoys what he does and the niche nature of his genre hasn’t slowed him down.

His stories are at the Wizard’s Lair, which is a post all to itself. Through two disclaimer pages you have to click on “Wizard’s Henchmen” in order to select Raven’s archive. It is well worth the journey. Be sure to check out the rest of the site for all sorts of costumed bondage goodness.

  2 Responses to “And the Raven Drew Hot Chicks, Forevermore.”

  1. Thank you very much for the post on Raven, who is, IMO, one of the most talented and under appreciated writers/artists of the genre.

  2. Vlad- I couldn’t agree more. The man should have exhibits at museums.

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