Comics have come a long way since Jughead. In fact, they're now routinely going all the way, as—you should pardon the expression—illustrated by the cheerfully gay-erotic work created and/or published by Dale Lazarov.
(Image from Fast Friends via Sticky Graphic Novels)
Lazarov's output is the subject of a review by Cathy Camper for Lambda Literary, in which she reacts to discovering the fact that Lazarov's graphic novels are more graphic than novel, in that they have no written story, only visuals:
A wordless graphic novel is similar to a silent film, in that the story is told through the characters actions, expressions and small nuances in the comics’ settings, layout and pace. In these productions, Lazarov lists himself as writer, but also sometimes art director, and both his eye for detail and his artists’ talents are what make the sexy proceedings in these comics work.
Sometimes, a dirty picture is worth a thousand words.
Samples from Greek Love (Work Unfriendly) here.
Samples from Fast Friends (Work Unfriendly) here.
Samples from Peacock Punks (Work Unfriendly) here.
For his Sticky Graphic Novels imprint, Lazarov is a writer and art director, and also acts as publisher for books by others, all of which he describes as “wordless, gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels.”
(Image from Greek Love via Sticky Graphic Novels)
Check out Lazarov's books on Amazon, or get digital editions here.