Sunstone tackling the problem of sexuality and erotica in comics.
Sunstone is the story of Lisa Williams, a fledgling writer who has kept her submissive longings buried for years, and Allison Carter, a dominant woman who has found herself largely isolated from the outside world. Following their relationship from early online interactions to their first meet up and beyond what Sunstone handles impressively is the BDSM nature of their relationship.
Crafting a story based on a lesbian couple with a fondness for bondage and domination makes for a pretty easy target of accusations of sleazy exploitation. The magic of Sunstone is the intelligence, wit and well crafted characters circumvent any such accusations.
What is most surprising is Sunstone is the work of Stjepan Sejic aka nebeziel known for his stunning art on Witchblade, Artifacts and more and his wife Linda Luksic Sejic aka sigeel who handles the writing.
Sunstone was born from a frustration and burn out with the comics industry that Stjepan was working in, primarily that he was drawing other peoples stories and prompted by an earlier experience previous to him making it professionally, he decided start an alias on Deviant Art where he could explore fetishistic images. A series of pin up pieces slowly evolved into what Sunstone is now.
The story doesn’t shy away from the couples sexuality or their love for fetish gear but makes Lisa and Allison complex, alive, flawed and believable characters. It shows that it’s possible to create something about lesbians in a BDSM centred relationship that is sexy and erotic, without reducing them to deadeyed sex dolls.
Whilst it’s currently a webcomic there is a mounting demand for a printed edition.
To follow the erotic adventures of Lisa and Allison check the shiniez Deviant Art page
A Deviant Art account is required though.