What makes a good money shot? Vault Comics is about to find out this Fall. Writer Tim Seeley (Grayson, Revival, and Hack/Slash), co-scripter and comedian Sarah Beattie, artist Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith), colorist Kurt Michael Russell (Hack/Slash, Glitterbomb), and letterer Crank! (Rick and Morty, Curse Words) have joined forces to create this scifi tale about scientists having sex with aliens for money.
“It’s about porn but it ISN’T porn,” said writer Seeley. “You have no idea how many times I’ve said that about Money Shot. Every time I pitched my Fantastic Four by way of Sex Criminals comic book series over the past three years, no matter how great the idea sounded to the pitchee, no matter how much they loved the art of Rebekah Isaacs, or the idea of bringing on comedian Sarah Beattie, they’d inevitably say ‘Oh, but you can’t sell porn comics. There’s a stink on adult material. No publisher will want it.’”
The story is set in the near future, where space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. That is where Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device, comes up with a big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage —intimately—with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientists/pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex.
“It’s a science fiction epic about a group of underfunded scientists using a porn website that broadcasts their alien sex conquests to fund their research into the depths of the universe. It’s supposed to make you laugh, make you a little uncomfortable, make you confront the realities of the modern struggles the scientific community faces as they attempt to innovate and discover,” continued Seeley. “But ultimately, that’s not all Money Shot is about either. Sure, it’s ABOUT porn. And, it’s about sex. It’s about love. It’s about the weird overlap between the two, and the occasional lack of overlap. It’s about how physical intimacy often leads to emotional intimacy, and how often we wish that weren’t true. And it’s about coming together to do something for the good of mankind, even when you’re dealing with all those complexities. It’s about discovery…learning about yourself as you learn about what lies beyond the planet our species evolved on—via thousands of years of sex.”
When the writer approached editor Adrian Wassel at Vault Comics, he was the first one who didn’t shy away. Wassel was open to the idea of a comic that combined sex and satire, but also a certain vulnerability.
Seeley added, “And, so, now that’s what we’re asking of comic book retailers and fans. Look past your preconceptions. Join us. It’s not porn. It’s about porn. It’s about us.”
Money Shot #1 will have a Vault Vintage B Cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to John Byrne and Joe Sinnott’s iconic cover to Fantastic Four #220 (Marvel Comics, 1980). The first issue is set to release on October 23.