After Pinky’s lethal performance art piece, her devoted girlfriend Pepper follows her into death, only to find that in Hell, Pinky is… thriving?!
Pinky & Pepper Forever is a dark comedy full of furry feelings and a little gay Catholic guilt.
Follow these two puppygirls’ relationship and artwork on Earth and their new life along the River Styx.
Soft Cover, 72 full-color pages, 6″ x 8″
SILVER #086; ISBN: 978-1-945509-22-3
Shipping: June 2018
Order direct: Silver Sprocket
Pinky and Pepper Forever is full of sincere, beautiful art that practically writhes off the page. Ivy Atoms is a genius; this book made me cry.
I never thought a surreal comic about gay puppygirls in love and in art school (and, after their tragic suicides, in hell) would ever make me cry, but here we are. Pinky, the performance artist of the relationship, literally gives her life to art and Pepper (the painter) follows soon after. There’s something so brilliant about a depiction of hell that leans into the worst of Catholic guilt so as to thoroughly subvert it: a hell where queer artists, through vivacious masochism and dedication to each other, thrive. Ivy Atoms says so much with so little, and has created something that could help anyone who gives their life to love and art flourish.
Pinky and Pepper Forever is a perfect example of the power comics can have to tell a deeply human story by rendering it in a fantastical manner. Atoms tells larger truths about the futility of seeking validation in notoriety by dragging two anthropomorphic dog dolls though hell. The way the book reveals in its art literacy is exactly what so finely sharpen the knife it drives into the heart of art school snobbery. Atom’s aesthetic is an exact match for the story she is trying to tell here, but it’s the conceptual choices she makes as a visual storyteller that hint at the even greater potential she has to tell all manner of stories in the future.
Each page is bright, with vibrant colours and full of energy. Bright pink, purple, orange, and green pop off the page and with very little black space the artwork has an almost psychedelic feel.
Pinky & Pepper Forever by Ivy Atoms is a dark comedy about two teen puppy girls, determined to stay together through high school, death, and hell itself.