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Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection Colleen Coover Oni/Limerence Press April 2017 Colleen Coover’s Small Favors was a growing experience for me. When I was younger, my only sources for wlw stories were the erotica section of my local bookstore (cue a traumatizing first encounter with bondage thanks to Anne Rice’s Claiming of Sleeping

Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection

Colleen Coover
Oni/Limerence Press
April 2017

Colleen Coover’s Small Favors was a growing experience for me. When I was younger, my only sources for wlw stories were the erotica section of my local bookstore (cue a traumatizing first encounter with bondage thanks to Anne Rice’s Claiming of Sleeping Beauty series) and Fantagraphic’s printed erotica catalog, Eros. The majority of the books in their free samples didn’t appeal to me—they were a little too on the bondage and nonconsensual sides, which I didn’t kink to.  The only comic I enjoyed without fail that they regularly offered was Small Favors, which I devoured because it offered to me the one thing the other books could and did not—consensual, happy sex! Performed on willing partners! By two or more happy, excited women!

Small Favors, Colleen Coover

 

Well, a second reading of the complete series of webcomics, republished last year in hardcover form, is a little less consensual than I remember—but the majority of it has the same sweet romance and cute erotic situations that I remember from my misspent youth.

The plot is simple—Annie loves to masturbate. A lot. A lot lot. So much that after she masturbates al fresco while peeping through a hole in her fence and watching her neighbor Yuriko pin laundry to her clothesline, she’s sucked through the Earth’s surface to confront the Queen of her Conscience who informs her that she’s used up an entire lifetime’s worth of masturbation at the age of twenty-one. She’s introduced to another element of Annie’s conscience, Nibbil, a miniature blonde woman who’s about as sexually starved as Annie. The Queen of her Conscience orders Annie to take Nibbil home, where Nibbil will monitor Annie’s behavior and keep her from interfering with herself as frequently. Unfortunately for The Queen of her Conscience, Nibbil and Annie immediately fall into a sex-charged partnership. While the majority of the stories feature Annie and Nibbil exploring various acts together—from bondage to tub sex to sex marathons to roleplay—in a joy-filled way, the book does have a plot. For, while Annie and Nibbil are falling in love, Yuriko, the neighbor on whom Annie has a crush on (and vice-versa) entertains Janus, another of the Queen of her Conscience’s minions and another fragment of Annie’s conscience. It’s up to Janus to finally shove Yuriko and Annie together during a costume party on Halloween night—but since Annie now has Nibbil, will her crush live up to her expectations and fantasies? In the meantime, they meet a shy girl named Sage who’s looking for female company, and she becomes their lover as well.

Small Favors, Colleen Coover

Annie & Nibbil

Small Favors explores a few things at once—a free-wheeling story of sex, romance, and microphilia (you don’t have to enjoy macro/microphilia to like Small Favors, but let me tell ya, if you do it’d help—there’s a lot of it, as Nibbil is quite a tiny pixie who can grow to full-size when the hour calls for it. That results in everything from Annie using Nibbil as a dildo to Nibbil snorkling her way into Annie’s vagina during a bath. That … was never my kink either). A happy, giddy, guilt-free ride. A raspberry blown in the direction of Freudian thoughtlines. And a somewhat groundbreaking representation of female sexuality in indie comix. The book itself is just plain fun to read—playful and brightly-drawn, with an almost silly peek at what sex can be, even when it gives us a semi-serious romance with Annie and Nibbil, and creative in its paneling and inking. The art is cheeky and ’50s pop-bright, but wonderfully explicit. The sensuality of the book is still bright and strong, though I found that it doesn’t tweak my id the way it once did when I was young. Annie and Nibbil are both easy to like as characters, and Sage is one of my favorite characters here. Tragically, Yuriko is very underdeveloped, which makes sense, as she’s Annie’s crush and ends up being seen exclusively from an outsider’s lens.

My biggest problem with the book is that Sage was under-utilized; the poor girl was so lonely. Because Annie and Nibbil fall in love, she doesn’t get much of a love story of her own, though she’s quite happy to have their friendship and companionship. Those are both good things, but I still wish she’d gotten to have a girlfriend of her own. Another issue is that Annie and Nibbil’s physical open door policy (they literally give their number to a cute waitress at lunch) clashes with the fact that they’re only in love with one another—Coover does a good job portraying that, but I think it might’ve been interesting to explore this element more, if only to make further jokes about Annie and Nibbil’s love story being about Annie falling in love with herself.

There is one caveat to that freewheeling parade of consensuality—two scenes in which Annie is paralyzed and forced to watch a sex scene (the way she breaks free of that enchantment through sheer will to eat out one of the girls is pretty hilarious) and one in which she is paralyzed by the Queen of her Conscience and forced to ask Nibbil to stimulate her. Depending on your triggers, you might find this discomfiting.

Artwise, the breezy sense of inventiveness is typical of Coover’s later work, but it also has a sense of freewheeling playfulness. Panels don’t follow the linear format, which can sometimes be a dizzying prospect to follow along, but Coover keeps the audience’s eyes on the action and manages to put across what she needs to creatively and with a wink.

For those who want a slice of vintage ’90s wlw history, for those who like playful sex, and for those of you who’ve always secretly wanted to make sweet love to your own conscience, Small Favors is guaranteed to please.

 

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