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Drawn to Sex: The Basics

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The first volume in a planned, 3-volume, sex-education series.

Erika and Matthew are ready to talk about sex!

Have you ever had a question about sex, but didn't know who to ask? Well, Erika and Matthew have spent years learning, talking, and creating informative comics about all aspects of sex. Using comics, jokes, and frank communication, they're her
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Limerence Press
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I still remember when I had 'the talk.' I was sitting in my dad's car eating ice cream (of which I quickly lost my appetite for) and we had the talk. My dad only have me the basics and so I had to pick things up along the way through reading, t.v., Etc.

If you're looking for answers to the questions your afraid to ask, this is the book for you! Complete with all sorts of instructions, warnings, and answers.

The drawings were good and I loved the humor and writing. This book is a staple for all k
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When I was younger, I struggled a lot with recognizing what was healthy or unhealthy in a sexual relationship. Sex has been a part of my life for a long time as someone who is attracted to multiple genders and does not fall anywhere on the asexual spectrum, but unhealthy relationships and exposure to unhealthy scenarios as a teen messed up my views on what it should look like, and honestly, Erika Moen's Oh Joy, Sex Toy webcomics were a tremendous help. In fact, I have to say that I think I first le ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to get funky (by themselves or with others)
Full review on my blog!

A joyful, approachable, gloriously inclusive volume on the basics of sex. It welcomes and celebrates consenting adults who are comfortable doing any and all kinds of sex, as well as those who are uncomfortable with some or all sex. Informative, well-researched, friendly, and well worth a read, even if you know plenty about these topics already.
There are a lot of books about sex, and understanding it, out there, but Erika and her husband Matt, have written the clearest, most comprehensive, easy to understand book about sex out there.

Erika and Matt have been running their site, Oh Joy Sex Toy, to talk about toys, but they also get into the ins and outs, no pun intended, of, well sex. Erika has a very easy on the eyes cartoon style, and she tries to include all types of sexualities, as well as bodies, when she draws her stories.

This book i
Tori (alwaysbookphoenix) Kisamore
Before I start, I want to point out that I received this as a free eARC from Net Galley and the publisher.

This book was perfect!!! I am a Planned Parenthood advocate and volunteer and one of my passions is nursing, especially sexual health nursing. This book is a brilliant guide on sex. The illustrations are indeed super graphic so I do not recommend reading it in public unless you are comfortable doing so, but even then, it may be uncomfortable for others around you so be wise.
This book is really great, and I’m really excited that it exists for everyone who needs or wants it (of course it’s not a subtle cover/title, but at least it’s on Amazon for $15 for any embarrassed/young buyers or those whose libraries won’t collect it)! I have long loved Erica Moen’s work, and this is a fantastic collection of basic (and, honestly, not-so-basic) sex how-tos.

I love that the first half or so is dedicated to the emotional aspects of sex, consent, communication, and fig
Growing up, up until now really, I always had been curious about such things, living in a Catholic-majority country with such conservative beliefs and the atmosphere in schools even in some universities, made it weird to look up such, but that didn’t hinder me. I know for a fact that I am not doing harm to myself and others. I may have been creating a safer world for me and some others. Haha.

I am no expert, when I found Drawn to Sex on NetGalley, I had to know. What really covers? th
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
If this is the basics I don’t want to think what the advanced book is about LOL. At any rate, this comic is explicit but it’s funny and informative at the same time, I learned new things myself, so don’t think you’re ever too old to learn about sex and contraception.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I had never read the webcomic that inspired this graphic novel, but that didn't stop me from backing the Kickstarter to get my copy. I loved the humor, non-judgmental nature, and accessibility with which the authors covered these topics. And the diversity! Of genders, parts, colors, body shapes — even limb differences. I really appreciated all the thought they put into this.

My one disappointment is that their coverage of birth control did not include vasectomies. Our society puts mor
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Recommended For: Everybody and anybody, whether you've never had sex or you do it all the time.

About the Book...

Drawn to Sex: The Basics is a brief (but extensive) look into the world of Sex Education. Wise and clever advise on a whole host of important topics is presented with a wonderful array of cute illustrations.

The book is broken up into four sections; Sex the Concept, Doin' i
Holly GoLightly
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cross-posted from my blog

Despite being a longtime fan of artist Erika Moen, I actually put off reading Drawn to Sex: The Basics; I had read all of her comics online at Oh Joy Sex Toy. However, having recently sent Drawn to Sex to My niece, I wanted to review it. Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan is a compilation of their sex education comics arranged from super basic "Am I ready?" to more advanced with "How to Rock a Threeway". As a professional pervert, I knew many of the covered facts, but it was still quite ref
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did, but I loved it! I think sex-positivity is super important and I love that more and more people are talking about it. Whether it be a from lack of sex education in school, not having an adult figure to talk to, or being afraid of getting judged, many people don’t have a lot of guidance when it comes to sex, so they don't talk about it.
At the beginning of the book, one of the
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My sex-education was really wonky - from my public high school in a small-town conservative Arizona and my private all girls Catholic high school in socially conservative Incheon, South Korea to my grandmother who was brash, blunt and cursed worse than a sailor I had a really confusing mixed bag of information. Luckily (?) for me as a demisexual with just enough popularity sex wasn’t something I wanted or felt I needed. But today’s young people - especially high school aged ones - are under lots ...more
Steff Pasciuti
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan is definitely a bit of a shocker the first time you read it. But, I have to say, it was pretty amazing. In a society that regularly has issues with sex education and being inclusive, this book was a breath of fresh air. Not only did this book include people of all sexualities, but it also included transgender and disabled. It also includes all kinds of body types, which was absolutely wonderful to see. Those aren’t things I come across in books v
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the creators of "Oh Joy Sex Toy", this book is refreshing to anyone looking to learn about sex- from beginners, to veterans who sometimes just need a reminder.
This is done webcomic style, with illustrations and guides in subjects like: defining sex, consent, protection, and 'how tos' on the more common sexual acts.
The biggest breath of fresh air (for me) was the inclusivity in the drawings- featuring couples of every gender, different types of relationship, and even illustration
Ally Camble
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed, ab
For the first half of Drawn to Sex I thought repeatedly, “This is the book I needed when I was a teenager. This is exactly the book.” But. I’m not sure I would have read it when I was younger because of some of the content that comes after that first half. Unfortunately, it’s not a book that I can give to just anyone. That being said, after finishing I went to find Moen and Nolan’s comic strip and sent it to my step-son.

Ok, the good stuff.

There’s a lot of positive things about Drawn to Sex: ...more
Alyssa Jo Rietz
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally review books but felt the need to for this. I got this book by backing their kickstarter. I feel like I should say that I went into this with no prior knowledge of their previous sex comics. The reason I found interest in this is because while I’m 30 I have a 16 year old sister who I thought this book would be perfect for. I knew that she never got a talk from the rents, and with me being so much older and her and my husband being very close, she would only want to hear so much ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whereas most educational books focus on sex as a way to explain where babies come from, this book focuses on understanding your body, contraception/safer sex and sex for pleasure. "People deserve to know how their shit works, to be empowered to ask for what they want, and to feel secure in saying 'yes' or 'no' or 'Let's try it but I reserve the right to change my mind'" (page 28).

The artwork is great quality and features cartoon versions of the authors answering questions from a dive
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Initially NetGalley allowed me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. I wasn't able to read this copy before it expired, so I read the printed version of this book after it was released. This is my review of the printed version.

I work in a high school library and requested this book with the interest in ordering it for our students. It has a lot of great information and the illustrations were plentiful and clear. I also enjoyed the diversity in the information and people
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book has a wealth of information on topics that many young people are curious about when it comes to sex. Living in a country where sex education seems to be considered taboo and where young adults everywhere are more clueless about their own sexuality than not, I can definitely see how this graphic novel could be a positive influence. Topics such as individual readiness for sex, consent, STDs, tolerance for others, communic ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Erika and Matthew's Oh Joy Sex Toy series so I was really excited to see they had started a new sex education series. I didn't think I was necessarily the target audience for this, being married and in my late twenties, but I definitely learned a thing or two from this!

The highlights for me as always are the hilariously random sound effects ("splort" being a highlight) and cartoons (the confused duck killed me). But I am just so grateful that this is something that is availabl
Soobie's scared
I was a Kickstarter backer for this project.

I stumbled upon Moen's blog some time ago and I just skimmed it. I'm not that keen on reading comics online. So, when this popped up on Kickstarter I backed it without even thinking about it.

It was extremely interesting and I learned a couple of things I didn't know before. Very informative even if it felt rushed sometimes.

And yes, sign of the time: the authors had to keep repeating that they were just expressing their opinions
Paul Decker
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press & Limerence Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book is a compilation of educational comics featuring various subjects surrounding sex. It's essentially a silly sex-positive comic. There's humor. There's heart. There's sex. There's information.

There is a great amount of information in this book. There's a chapter on asking yourself if you're ready for sex. There's many chapters on contraception and STI prevent
Adam Stone
When I was in high school, the publisher of The Horny Teenagers' Guide To Sex stopped by our campus and left cases of their books around. I think every student read it at some point.

It was designed to be funny but also informative. And, while it was written well, not a lot of people go to books for sex advice, no matter how well written.

This book is fine. It's informative. But, the thing is, this information will evolve over time. This makes their websote (Oh Joy Sex Toy)
Autumn Flansburg
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sex Positive People; People questioning sexuality; Ignorant/naive people
Very informative, all-inclusive, sex positive, and an all around great read. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to add to their sex knowledge, learn, or even have a refresher. Sadly, I wouldn't/couldn't recommend this as a sex education book for youth, but only because I fear elementary students running around screaming about "fuckin'", due to the vulgar language used throughout the book when referring to sex. Why the writers chose "fuckin'/fucking/fuck" over "sexual intercourse" or ev ...more
I think this would be best for young adults or those thinking about becoming sexually active. She doesn't really leave any stones unturned- but that is all the more reason that I think this is important for teens and college-age individuals. The internet is great, but also kinda overwhelming, frequently gross and sometimes terrifying- a book like this would be a good (albeit probably embarrassing) gift to a teen who may feel like the internet is their only source for info. While there's nothing ...more
Amber Simon
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: factual-books
I backed the kickstarter because I knew this book would be worth having... and it is! This book is absolutely amazing. The pictures are clear and detailed, the writing is comprehensive and easy to understand, the subjects and displays are diverse. While I was lucky to grow up with good sex ed, not everyone was. At a young age, I became an advocate, a teacher, for those around me. This book is a fantastic resource for anyone starting their sex ed journey, looking to add to previous knowledge, or ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Drawn to Sex: The Basics by Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in mid-October.

A graphic novel primer on safe, self, and interpersonal sex that's extremely body positive (quite positive all-around, in fact), exhibits an excellent use of gender fluid rendering, and describes intimacy as a low pressure, consent-based, exploratory, lifelong activity. I actually learned a lot (i.e. dental dams are NOT retainers, the difference between a combination and mini birth
Wow! This comic seems to cover everything. But then, it is a primer.

And was that a Labyrinth reference on page 32?!?

This really is a good reference if you’ve got any questions about sex in general, consent, safe sex, and everything else. And in this day, when people are trying to stop schools from giving sex ed, it’s probably really needed.

That being said, it’s pretty graphic - that should be obvious. So even though it’s a great reference, and covers a lot of material, it’s not something you wa
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Explicit. Informative. Positive.


Drawn to Sex: The Basics is the most direct guide to sex I have ever come across (pun intended) covering topics the sexually interested and sexually artistic can learn something from. There is always more to learn about your sexual self.

Share this with the young adults in your life. This is a great resource with a much better message then television, peer pressure or a watered down politically correct sex ed curriculum c
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Erika Moen is a freelance cartoonist born June 25, 1983 and graduated with an Illustrated Storytelling self-designed degree from Pitzer College in 2006. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she has been a member of Periscope Studio since 2008. Having created comics for well over a decade, her work has been published by Dark Horse, Image, Villard and Scholastic, among many others. In addition to cre ...more