When Money Shot, the erotic science fiction title from Vault Comics, returns in April, the XXX-plorers will welcome a special guest to the show — underground comics legend Cherry.
Cherry, also known as Cherry Popstar and, before a threat of litigation, Cherry Poptart, debuted in her own series back in 1982. Created by Larry Welz and published by Last Gasp, Cherry Poptart had a title change to just Cherry with its third issue thanks to legal threats from Kellogg’s, owner of the Pop-Tarts brand. The underground comic has had 23 issues since it debuted, as well as spinoff series and collections, and Welz is still actively producing new content for the Cherry website (which is very much NSFW).
“Cherry comix were a formative force for me,” Money Shot writer Tim Seeley said. “They were the forbidden fruit on the top shelf of the comic store, the little piece of subversive history to be found while thumbing long boxes. Larry Welz’s eternal balance of sexy and satirical helped me realize what an adult comic could be. It’s with great reverence that we welcome Cherry Popstar to the pages of Money Shot for our tale of billionaire greed and tech’s obsession with stealing art from humanity.”
Money Shot first debuted back in 2019, introducing a team of scientists who decide to make money by running an internet site where they have sex with aliens (and each other). It combines science fiction, humor and sex positivity into one very large package (sorry). It ran for 15 issues and will return in April with Money Shot Comes Again, a new series with a new artist, Gisele Lagace.
“Erotica has always been an integral part of comics” said Vault’s Editor-in-Chief Adrian Wassel. “The history of erotica comics is rich and lovely — a story of artists rebelling against shame and bigotry, demonstrating in the pages themselves and the audiences they’ve found that beauty exists in sex and romance of all sorts. Money Shot has continued that proud tradition of sex positivity. Here is a series, going on its fourth adventure into the world, that’s not actually porn, even if it’s about porn. Money Shot is more interested in warmth and humor than what’s under the underpants. And that’s the great trick of Money Shot: it sounds a whole lot dirtier than it is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s plenty cheeky (you’ll see!), but it’s a story about oddballs, a bunch of overly smart scientists who are probably the least emotionally equipped people on planet earth to be undressing in front of, well, an audience a whole lot bigger than just planet Earth. And so, finally, it’s about how these people come to respect themselves and each other as partners, as friends, and as lovers. What’s more human and necessary than that?”
Look for the first issue of Money Shot Comes Again, which will feature a cameo by Cherry, on April 26.
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