Dark Mirror Muse Publishing Have A New Pussy Willow Kickstarter

Last year, Garth Htimz’s Dark Mirror Muse Publishing published the first, of what we hoped would be many, collections of the works of Australian artist Kam Taverner’s ribald classic Pussy Willow.

(Now I shall share some pics, but for modesty’s sake I shall utilise the ‘censored’ stamp that Htimz used on his release of the first volume ‘Baron Priapus’, which looks like this…)

These tales tell of secret agent Pussy Willow, who works for the Female Erotic Espionage League, aka F.E.E.L., and are stories in a Modesty Blaise/ James Bond/ Man from U.N.C.L.E vein. These tales were originally published in an adult magazine, Ribald in the early 70s and continued for 10 years. As you can see from the samples of artwork, Taverner’s art is an amazing example of independent comic art from the period, and really deserves much more exposure.

(Again, the modesty stamps did not appear on the final art)

Speaking of modesty, the Kickstarter had a very small quantity of backing opportunities but the rewards were impressive for a small publisher producing a reprint collection of a comic from such a long time ago, and even included autographs from Kam Taverner himself. The biggest reward though was the efforts from the restoration and research team, including Htimz and his collaborator, Research and Art Director G. L. Smith. I myself backed the first edition as I am a fan of indie art of the seventies (mainly the American guys like Crumb and his ilk) and jumped on the opportunity to back an Australian project of this type.

This first release from the publisher by Taverner sees Pussy Willow up against the fearsome sex trafficker Baron Priapus and his awful team of oversexed and zealous followers. For those who are interested, Priapus was a Greek god of fertility, fruit, livestock, plants, gardens and male genitalia, and was known for his excessively large… ahem… appendage, which unfortunately was permanently erect. His name is even lent to the medial term ‘priapism’ which indicates a condition in which the penis is in a constant state of arousal.

The reason I write this is Dark Mirror Muse Publishing and Press have a new collection going onto Kickstarter today, and I was so impressed by the first editions release, that I’ll be backing it, and if you are a fan of 70s independent comic art, or just want to support an Australian publisher, I urge you to get onboard, though I will once again stress that this is an EROTIC comic and not necessarily for the faint of heart, easily offended or the under 18s.

This new adventure is titled ‘Pussy Willow – On Lesbos’ and is starting on Kickstarter today and is the first published tale of Pussy Willow from 1972. Unlike the Baron Priapus edition, this HAS been collected before, but not with as much respect as the team at DMMP&P will offer it if their previous release is anything to go by.

The Kickstarter can be found at the following link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dark-mirror-muse/kam-taverners-the-passions-of-pussy-willow-on-lesbos?fbclid=IwAR3zQm2QHgF-527TllMb7hlrIJO44XXCToyb89lrTl2gIEip39l_5HYNGO8

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