Book Review: Oh Joy Sex Toy, Vol. 3

Oh Joy Sex ToyName: Oh Joy Sex Toy, Vol. 3

Authors: Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan

Genre: Graphic Novel, Non-Fiction, Comedy, Educational

Source: I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

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Please note: This review discusses content that is NSFW (18+)


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This is my first experience of Erika and Matthew’s work – their website has been around for a couple of years now, offering free weekly comics reviewing sex toys and giving sex advice and education.  Their books are a collection of these comics, which thankfully don’t run in any kind of linear order – I was happily able to pick up Vol. 3 and read it without any prior context.

The artwork is adorable and incredibly well done – although it feels there isn’t much variation in the colours used, I think the simplicity works, and is a trademark of their style.  The drawings themselves are relatively cartoonish, but the products and educational content feel as though they are replicated with considerable care and accuracy.  That’s something that I really like about the comic – the authors don’t shy away from showing things as they are, and this extends to having a variety of characters of different body types and identities.

The whole collection is incredibly light-hearted and full of laugh-out-loud moments.  One that stands out to me is the review of the toy ‘Eva’, which contained a number of WALL-E jokes that had me giggling!

A definite criticism is that there are maybe too many sex toy reviews.  One of my favourite comics in the series is ‘Erika’s Personal (Incomplete & Simplified) Requirements for being Sex Positive’, and tackles the definition of ‘sex positivity’.  These informative pieces were an excellent way of splitting up the toy reviews, which could feel a tad monotonous at times.  I also really enjoyed Erika’s book reviews, and I’ve added a few – The Sex Myth, for example – to my TBR!

All in all, this is a comic that I think everyone should read.  It is a fresh look at a subject that still feels (sadly) quite taboo at times, and is full of great art, great laughs and most importantly some very good sex education.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5/5)

Emma

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