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Tue, 07/14/2009 - 12:58 by Ananth in response to his pride, her passion

We've done two subway related strips in the past week and a half! Well, we've been spending a lot of time on public transit, and it's a gold mine. 

To you ladies - are romance novels girl porn? I do believe that they are. 

My friends and I used to challenge each other to go into book stores and read aloud from romance novels. It was like russian roulette - one person closes their eyes and points to a page at random, which they then have to read aloud in their most dramatic voice. We got the boot from a couple of bookstores that way, until we finally found one where the staff joined us. Try this game! It is loads of fun. 

I'll be at Otakon this upcoming weekend! Then Yuko and I will be at SDCC (no table), and then Yuko and I will be at Connecticon (also Conrad?) ... we'll have a table there with some merch to sell. If you see us walking around at any of these shows, don't be shy - flag us down and say hello, we like to chat. 


Haha, they can be girl-porn,

Comment by Tagsy (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 21:57

Haha, they can be girl-porn, sometimes, but most of them are just enjoyable for the sake of some fluffy reading. Some people read trashy thriller novels, I read trashy romance novels. It's just another form of entertainment/escapism.

I am totally not knockin'

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:24

I am totally not knockin' it! I am just seeking a confirmation or denial. XD I seem to largely be getting confirmations. Awesome. 

Woman Porn

Comment by Eto (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:04

Romance books are totally woman porn. And older women get scary about this crap.

When I was working in the book store, I had a woman in her mid to late 40s ask me where a romance author was. I showed her, and she gave me this creepy smile and said I should read the books, the author was very "juicy." Just about the last thing you wanna hear an older woman describe an author as to you. *laughs*

It's fine to work at a

Comment by Lizzer (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:10

It's fine to work at a bookstore and have elderly women buy romance books from you.

The bookstore I worked at was going under inventory and a coworker and I had to restock the Romance novels. He then asked me why so many women read them. I opened a one and I told him to read it. He continued with a horrid look on his face. He then looked at me and said: "MY WIFE BUYS THESE BOOKS. DOES THAT MEAN SHE THINKS I'M LOUSY IN BED?!"

Me, being only sixteen at the time went: ._.


Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:25


Some friends and I have a

Comment by womanofsporks (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:31

Some friends and I have a similar game to play in bookstores only we flip to random pages to prove theories. Such as, they don't take their clothes off, the clothing finds other ways to remove itself. Sometimes they don't even mention it.....The most common that I remember is the clothes just melting off/away. Even more horrifying, we have a bunch of romance laying in our garage from a bogus book sale we ran that people donated books to.

Concerning Cons

Comment by The CronoLink (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:36

Does that mean we'll be able to take a photo with sexy Yuko? XD

I play that game with my mom

Comment by Jude (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:37

I play that game with my mom (who is hopelessly addicted to romance novels and has a stash of them in the closet), and I remember once in high school, a friend brought a romance novel to school and we read random pages during lunch.


Oh dear lord.

Wow, that is just ... wow. 

Comment by Ananth Wed, 07/15/2009 - 06:44

Wow, that is just ... wow. 

:D Eee, thank you very much!

Comment by Jude (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 02:26

:D Eee, thank you very much!

I consider yaoi more of the

Comment by Shew (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:47

I consider yaoi more of the porn for girls thing, but that's only for the ones who know about it. That gets pretty raunchy sometimes.


Comment by Mentaluproar (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 10:56

Yaoi can be kind of hot, but many times it's just odd. Have any of you ever seen one and thought "Is it wrong that I find this hot? It's wrong, isn't it."

The worst part is if you look any anything raunchy, recognize it as "interesting," and having no idea why.

Yaoi is more visual that text. Romance novels let the reader draw their own picture.

heaving/ throbbing ensues

Comment by alexds1 (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:57

Those books are hilarious. When I used to work in our library we'd get piles of those donated every week... I've yet to catch a real person reading one of those.

I resemble that remark!

Comment by Nisemono (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 23:28

Yes, we fake people like to hog them and keep them away from the "realies" whenever we can.

How dare they think of looking through our porn stash!

Just slightly off-topic...

Comment by Angela (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 00:47

Back when I worked at a bookstore we had the romance section on the other side of a shelf containing, from left to right: sex advice, erotica, and pregnancy advice and baby name dictionaries.

Not a coincidence, I'm sure, but I always thought it was kind of funny... >.>

At my bookstore, the Erotica

Comment by Lizzer (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 09:56

At my bookstore, the Erotica section was right next to Death and Dying and Self-Help section. XD

The Erotica could just go in

Comment by Ananth Wed, 07/15/2009 - 15:06

The Erotica could just go in the self-help ... 

Tell you this much, it was a

Comment by Lizzer (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 00:48

Tell you this much, it was a nice conversation starter for people looking for the Self-Help section.

I worked at the bookstore for almost two years and I only had one person ask me where the Erotica section is.

However, I suggest you try the "African-American Literature."
Now, that has some interesting stories lemme tell ya. Rape, single parenting, drugs, sex, violence, you name it, it's most likely in that book.

My best friend is addicted

Comment by Ellaanabeth (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 02:31

My best friend is addicted to romance novels and it drives her crazy that I won't read anything that doesn't have explosions or violence or scifi in it.

She recently bought me a bunch of cool vampire books and I really liked them...and then I looked to see who the publisher is and it's a ROMANCE! Nooooooo!!

My best friend is SO getting Heinlen books for christmas now. The scurvy wench.

Hah! You and your friend

Comment by Ananth Wed, 07/15/2009 - 06:45

Hah! You and your friend sound pretty funny. XD

While we're on the subject of Sci-Fi books...

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 01:16

There's a really, really good science fiction series called the Saga of the Seven Suns, written by Kevin J. Anderson. If you ever have a couple of weeks where you do nothing but read (or a few months, fitting the reading into a busy schedule), try these.

You haven't read science

Comment by Ben (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 11:20

You haven't read science fiction if you haven't read Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card). I will cheer the day tehy make that book into a movie. As long as they don't fudge it up.

Speaking of public transport...

Comment by Hannah (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 04:02

I once sat next to a woman on the bus who was reading a Snape/Harry fic - at a really raunchy bit >.<

Oh dear god no. Not the

Comment by Karla (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 12:54

Oh dear god no. Not the Snarry. Never the Snarry. Any fanfiction is preferable to that.

Well, actually I may have to redact that last statement. I once saw a Hagrid/Fang fic listed, but otherwise...


Comment by JSRadio (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 05:52

Will there be anyway we'll be able to meet you guys other than somehow running it you? Maybe a meetup?

I like this idea ... Let me

Comment by Ananth Wed, 07/15/2009 - 06:47

I like this idea ... 

Let me talk to Yuko and see what's up ... 


Comment by RikaNeko (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 06:59

For that romance book game, I do that all the time with friends. The staff does not like us.

And for the metro thing? Reading over people's shoulders is always fun.

Sounds like storybook circle time!

Comment by chinotenshi (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 07:11

Across the street from the university I attended was a combination used bookstore and coffee shop called George House. You could order a drink then sit and read any of the hundreds of used books. In four years I don't think I knew of anyone who actually bought a book from George House, though they did supposedly sell them.

My friends and I would go late at night to play Storybook Circle Time. Get drinks, then randomly grab books from different sections of the store. We'd all find a random page and go around the circle reading a line off of the page we found. As we almost always picked a tech manual, picture book and a romance novel, I'll never be able to legally repeat some of the stuff we came up with. But much fun was had by all.

My mom is addicted to

Comment by Emeryn (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 08:12

My mom is addicted to romance novels. The more terrible the plot, the more she enjoys it. So I bought her the "Viking Time-Travel" series by Sandra Hill. The premise of the books is that a viking time travels to modern day America and how he just happens to resemble a lady's dead husband. And they bump uglies. A lot.

Next time I went to her house I found a pile of books by that author. WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!

My friends and I have never done the "reading romance novels aloud" thing. What we have done is get really bad porn (titles like "Mission-ary Impossible" or the "MatriXXX") and mute the video, and then supply our own dialogue. While drunk. It's a helluva lot of fun.

Fun times with Amazon

Comment by spinachwrap (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 10:54

Reading book summaries and reviews for those Viking books nearly had me snorting my coffee. Absolutely hilarious :D

...I kinda' want to read one now.

Otakon! Otakon!

Comment by Ceruse (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 08:47

Otakon is almost here :]

Will JW have a table at the artist alley? I'd love to meet the members of the team :] (even though it's pretty much only 1/3 of the team that will be present XD)

Sadly, no! I'll be running

Comment by Ananth Thu, 07/16/2009 - 10:15

Sadly, no! I'll be running an Applegeeks table with Hawk, so drop by and say hey if you like!

I've been interning at a

Comment by NumaNuma (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 10:05

I've been interning at a library for about a month now. With the exception of James Patterson novels and young adult vampire books, by far the largest amounts of books I check out are large-print, pink covered romance novels. Little old ladies come up with stacks of 5-10 of them at a time. And the titles! "The Greek's Virgin Mistress", "The Spaniard's Baby", "The Italian Tycoon's Bride", "His Baby, Her Secret", etc. Gag!

Take a story from a magazine behind the counter at the gas station. Change the protagonists from a truck driver and a stranded, sexy young motorist to a rich person and a sexy, small town girl. Tweak the words so that they're "romantic" instead of raunchy. Add a few hundred words about love and marriage and you've got the same basic story. It's porn! :)

I'm missing out

Comment by mentaluproar (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 11:21

I wish we had better mass transit here. I live in Canton, Ohio, and all we have is the SARTA busses. They are HORRID! I rode them for 2 years before giving up and buying an old honda. It's the hourly maybe. They couldn't be used for a job because if they were running behind, they would frequently skip parts of routes to catch up. A trip that would take less than 20 minutes by car took an hour and a half by bus.

There are redeeming things about the bus though. Like, explaining to crazed anarchist nuts that no, aluminum cannot be converted into hydrogen and put into a regular gas powered car.

We once had a man throw up on the bus. I felt really sorry for the guy. The ass behind him, however, decided he needed scorn.

"Oh you NASTY!"

Rather than move away, he continued to sit right behind the guy and berate him with various mutations of "oh you nasty." This did not work out well for him. THe bus took a hard corner and all that vomit rolled right back to him. Covered his shoes. Awesome!

One guy decided he liked my ipod and wanted a listen. He apparently saw "bitch, bitch, bitch" displayed on the screen. It wasn't rap. It was from the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Sorry guy.

I miss these situations! I really want to move somewhere with good mass transit and ditch the car!

I'd recommend Japan's public

Comment by Rain (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 01:51

I'd recommend Japan's public transit if you want a good system, but no one will talk to you, sneak peeks at what you're reading, or demand to listen to your ipod. It's a shame really.

Will you guys have merch at

Comment by Michael (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 11:28

Will you guys have merch at SDCC or are you just attending?

We're just attending, but we

Comment by Ananth Thu, 07/16/2009 - 10:13

We're just attending, but we can try to bring some merch if you like!

I Do That Too!

Comment by Melanie (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 12:20

Romance novels are definitely girl porn. :P I found one in my basement when I was twelve, and I remember feeling very uncomfortable. I hid it somewhere in my mother's room, I think.

Also, my sister and I do that book reading thing all the time. Only instead of romance novels, we did it with picture books. We also did this thing with Harry Potter where we replaced the word "Wand" with every innuendo possible and "Voldemort"and "You-Know-Who" with various versions of the word prostitute. .__. We are very strange children.


Comment by Jessi (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 12:27

I've been going to Otakon every year since 2004, maybe I can see you ^^ I don't know how I'd recognize you though XP

I don't like romance novels really. I made it partially through a vampire romance novel once and just went 'bleh!'. I did force myself to read Twilight though. Jacob was cool before he joined the emo drama. Carlisle all the way~

This is exactly why I ride the subway

Comment by Bacon (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 13:02

And considering that our bookstore has recently downsized its science fiction section (to one shelf) to make way for girl porn
(half the store), I'll now have a reason to walk into it again! Huzzah!...?

Here's Another Game

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 13:53

We used to play the game where you'd pick up a romance novel and read the juicy parts, inserting *beep*s on random words. It made it sound so much more perverted than it was.

"So he slid his *beep* down her *beep* and touched her *beep*s gently. Her lips *beep*ed and she let out an audible *beep*. Staring deeply into her *beep*, he leaned over and *beep*ed her gently."

Here's the *beeped out* words: Hand, arms, hands, trembled, sigh, eyes, kissed.

We used to laugh our asses off.

Next time you guys are in

Comment by Cheri (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 14:14

Next time you guys are in the Illinois area, type in BIG HUGE OBNOXIOUS caps to let me know.

I'm still beating myself up over missing anime central...


Once in Wal-Mart I was

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 14:20

Once in Wal-Mart I was browsing the book section (a fruitless endeavor most days) and happened upon a book titled "The Warrior." It was sitting in that buffer zone between the smut and the real books and had a picture of some badass dude with a shotgun standing on a pile of rubble. I'm curious now so I check out the back of the book...
"[Generic Name] is a time traveling [lawperson] trying to stop [funny named terrorists] from altering the future. They are targeting [ladyperson], an artist from Maine for death and he takes it upon himself to protect her from that fate. _At this point I"m thinking "stupid, but has promise._ Little did he know of the passion she would awaken in him...
WELL DAMN. I dropped that book like it was made of human skin and written in blood.

Con Fun

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 17:49

A lot of my fellow writers play a similar game. At pretty much any convention where there's two or more writers, we'll trade off books and read a random page in the most inappropriate fashion possible. More than one book has been ruined for its author due to this game.

I work @ a nail salon and

Comment by bee (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 23:01

I work @ a nail salon and when I see a 60-70 year old lady pick up a Cosmo during a pedicure...I wonder if they are reading up on the latest sex article and then I cringe.

Women Porn

Comment by VV (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 00:10

Yes. It definitely is. I first started getting into it when they wanted to get rid of them so bad at a used book sale that they said they were all free. I filled up a box of books with the most interesting covers, which actually worked pretty well, they were all pretty good. The next year, they were willing to sell an entire box for 1 dollar. And the next year. So yeah, I like romance novels, but only free ones. I would never spend more than 2 dollars on any.

I'm not saying they're the only girl porn out there, seeing as I am someone who really enjoys all sorts of porn, but they are the most transportable. Good for airports, airplanes and the metro.
Was the type really big? I just can't envision being able to read over someones shoulder in the metro, but I also have really bad eyes, and I've never attempted to. (Just with newspapers)

The inter changing of Subway and Metro is really confusing me. Did the other comic take place on the New York subway? Sort of looks like it with how the seats are set up. Are the fire works nice in NYC? I'm only familiar with the DC ones.

I really like your comic! I'm going to try to be at Otakon on saturday, so maybe I will see you there. Yay.

Man,those romance novels

Comment by sue119 (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 01:54

Man,those romance novels crack me up.Seriously XD Though some are way too much to handle,and pretty much gross me out.Though personally I don't read romance novels,quite a few friends of mine do,so I do think that it's girls' porn.I remember being traumatized by one at 9.In that very same year I learned about the birds and the bees as well.Twas' never the same after....

Well - it looks like some of

Comment by CD (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 03:03

Well - it looks like some of your posters are traumatised by the idea that old people (especially old women) might know something about sex and still be interested in it (don't they know that after 30 you are supposed to become a neuter with no interest in it at all)

On topic - Romance Novels are definitely porn for women - their porn needs are slightly different and require a bit of an emotional commitment. I remember reading an interview with a gay writer - who occasionally wrote porn who noticed that the more emotional stuff he put in the novel, the more female readers he got - despite his target audience being gay men.

This is known by the industry - and most romance novel publishing houses have different labels for different types of romances - which lets the reader know what type of work they are getting - whether it's like Barbara Cartland - which ends with a virgin at the alter - or erotic romance (porn with romance) or supernatural romance - (vampire and werewolf porn).

Hahaha, they are girl

Comment by Lupus Draconis (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 21:36

Hahaha, they are girl porn.

I'm personally not a fan, but I also made a very hilarious game of dragging a friend to a bookstore and reading passages aloud. I recommend Christina Dodd for it. Very sappy.

QC and JW

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Fri, 07/17/2009 - 00:07

I was re-reading Questionable Content because I enjoy seeing how one's art progresses to see if I can catch the little things that lead to it. Anyway this totally reminded me of Jimbo the redneck in the dive bar that writes those romance novels!