Claudia Corvette. From her tousled bedroom hair to her name–all the porn stars in this world take their names from supermodels and sports cars–she is adult entertainment's prototypical femme fatale. Her life is the collision of countless troubled–childhood cliches and grown–up wet dreams, projected onto her as surely as her videos project their blue light onto lonely men around the world.
From its first panel, How to Make Money Like a Porn Star draws the reader into the dark world of girls like Claudia, the men who fantasize about them, and the monsters who control them. In the hands of Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss and illustrator Bernard Chang, this adult graphic novel weaves together black humor and blacker reality. Like all great American stories, it features humble beginnings, life–changing tragedy, stripping, abuse, implants, fame, addiction, bigger implants, abduction, gunplay, downfall, and even bigger implants. Not to mention a thousand shades of latex and L'Oreal.
Part parody, part morality tale, here is the truth about the porn life, its outsized visual splendor captured in a comic parade of doe–eyed centerfolds, its essence distilled in a story that will haunt every reader who has ever wondered where his next fantasy is coming from.
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Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead. He is also the co-author of three other New York Times bestsellers - Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road out of Hell. A writer for Rolling Stone, Strauss lives in Los Angeles.
Bernard Chang firmly planted his artistic roots in the comic book industry with his work for Valiant Comics, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics, which landed him a coveted spot on the Wizard Guide to Comics top ten artist list. Bernard has also illustrated two New York Times bestsellers, The Game and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, and recently debuted a new children’s book series through Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, The Black Belt Club. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pratt Institute and currently lives in Los Angeles.From Publishers Weekly:
Strauss's first graphic novel—named after his Jenna Jameson collaboration How to Make Love Like a Porn Star—could be called a well-intentioned failure if its intentions weren't so hateful. A desperately unfunny satire of the porn industry, it follows the rise and fall of generic skin-flick queen Claudia Corvette through a convoluted time line littered with guns, knives, violent perverts, fiendish Middle Eastern types and breast implants. Strauss's plot makes almost no sense, and it's soggy with insiderish gags, rape jokes and sneering contempt for every one of his characters, whether they're the (inevitably venal) producers or (inevitably pathetic) consumers of pornography. Whenever the story threatens to develop some parodic bite, he spoils it with a batch of fizzled gags or, worse, overwrought scenes of degrading violence. The book runs through a catalogue of formal tricks, letting Chang cleverly switch his art style scene by scene—there's a "Dark Knight"–style video-screen montage, a big-head comic strip, some spoofs of X-rated video boxes, a mangafied high school scene, a mock centerfold, a sketched-out storyboard for a movie and (naturally) a whole lot of slick titillation. But even Chang's versatility and smooth, graceful line can't clarify the book's garbled storytelling or redeem its ugly attitude. (Oct.)
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