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Gay Naked Surfing Nazis FTW!!!

The great thing is, not only is that subject line an attention-getter, but, it's completely accurate and germane to the subject of this post! :D

If you have never heard of THE DESERT PEACH, how to explain it? A b&w, small-press comic by Donna Barr that debuted in the late 80s, it's the story of Pfirsich Rommel, "the Desert Fox's pretty younger brother", and the most femme gay colonel of a Germany Army unit in the North African desert in WWII that you can possibly imagine. It is, needless to say, completely satirical (not to say, more than occasionally outright farcical) fiction; but underlaid by an impressive knowledge of period detail and an IMO gorgeously kinetic art style. The PEACH seems like it started off as a joke that was trying to see how broadly offensive it could possibly be, both dancing along with and puncturing stereotypes, but as issues went on, Barr's writing and treatment of Pfirsich and his supporting cast became more complex, and in ways more thoughtful and serious, though always bitingly funny.

Well! If you *have* ever heard of the PEACH, but never read it because you couldn't be bothered to track down back issues (or even the compilations that have been occasionally put out), you're in luck! And so are those of you out there who just read my description (or maybe just the subject line) and said "I've got to see this with my own eyes!"

Donna Barr has just announced (via her deviantArt account, http://rummelhart.deviantart.com) that she is scanning and putting up all the issues of THE DESERT PEACH for FREE DOWNLOAD at the following site:


Issues #1-5 are there already (including the one to which my subject line refers, #3). She says she has scanned up to issue 10 so far. She's planning to put up all PEACH material, and when she's done that, she'll move on to posting all STINZ material (another comic by her about, um... centaurs... sort of 19th century German rural-farmer centaurs... and believe me, no comics artist draws horses as gorgeously as Donna Barr does).

I don't know much about Wowio. Looks like you have to register. Barr reports that downloads are free for us, and that she and her publisher make a little cash on each download you do, from ad revenue or something. I'm going to play around with it when I get home -- because yes, I own all the PEACH run and all the STINZ run in various formats, but I sure as heck wouldn't mind having a backup of all of them on my hard-drive, no sir!




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Dec. 19th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
That issue (the surfing one) was one of my favorites. Another favorite was when Udo wanted to breed his favorite stallion to Pfirsich's mare. :D
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
The surfing issue is just so delightfully demented! One of my favorites has always been #4, too -- "ONE of these men is a NAZI!" I really thought that was where the series took off, moving past the realm of "extended joke" and into fascinating territory in which there was funny to be had, but not so much at the *expense* of the Peach.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'mma have to check that out myself -- I LOVED the Desert Peach!!
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Spread the word! :D
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
how cool is that!
we must introduce millions more people to the peach.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
As I said above: spread the word! The Peach! For FREE!
Dec. 20th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
OMG the Peach and then Stinz! That's great news. (must search through comic boxes and see what the ex took with him)

Thanks for letting us know!
Dec. 20th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
You bet! :D Spread the word far and wide! (She's even going to put up, eventually, the "Dreamery" issues of Stinz! Woo! And then "Hader and the Colonel"; talk about obscure!)
Dec. 20th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
so THAT'S who orca-girl is! hey! how ya been?
Dec. 22nd, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Sadly it seems you can only download if you are in the US. I have been rejected
Dec. 22nd, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
*nods* In the comment thread on her dA announcement, a number of people noted this. She reports that Wowio is working on being able to register non-US folks. I'm sure she'll announce it when that happens, given so many folks have commented that they can't do it because of this. I'll be sure to post an update when I hear more.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that would be great.
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