Of Love-Bots, Jack Haley, Sans-Culottes, and Unprotected Anal Sex: The Absolutely Fabulous World of Maurice Vellekoop

review by BK Munn

The World of Gloria Badcock
by Maurice Vellekoop
Koyama Press

isbn 978-0-9868739-4-2
Do you like comic books about licentious fashion magazine editrixes and time-traveling scientists with big cocks and a taste for Swedish bodybuilders? Then The World of Gloria Badcock may be for you.
This delightful little stapled comic continues Vellekoop’s chronicles of the titular heroine first introduced in his 1997 strip collection Vellevision. Loyal readers will remember Gloria as a very stylish sexual adventurer with a liberal assortment of friends, lovers, and bespectacled, chinless, bun-wearing, yet-still-sexy administrative assistants. Professional magazine illustrator Vellekoop is part of the 80s-90s Toronto post-punk-comics generation and specifically forms a kind of alternative or polymorphically perverse flipside “Toronto 3” alongside Seth and Fiona Smyth, and his current book reads like a queer version of one of those classic issues of Jimmy Olsen or Lois Lane, complete with crackpot inventors and bull-dyke genies, with a couple of longer stories sandwiching a few one-page features and gags, drawn in Vellekoop’s trademarked Herge-meets-Boody-Rogers-meets-Tom-of-Finland cartooning style. See Gloria enjoy kinky sex amid the French Revolution! Watch as a very young Gloria comes to associate Adam and Eve, spanking, Nancy Drew, and masturbation. Ogle a series of wonderfully-delineated stock hardcore gay porn poses disguised as a science fiction plot! Read droll dialogue mixed with cartoon cliches and 1960s fashion references! Vellekoop’s art is beautiful and quite boner-inducing, and I recommend examining his clear-line approach in the privacy of your own home, the family Christmas gathering, at work, or on public transit, regardless of your sexual orientation or comic art preferences.