I used to be sort of scared of Cinema Sewer. Robin Bougie does not hesitate to go into some of the nastiest corners of the grade B movie world. On the contrary, he jumps in with both feet. Some of the movies he talks about are way too harsh or gross for even my depraved tastes. But I finally broke down when I found Volumes I and II at some great discount while waiting in line at Fantasia. Once I started reading them, I realized what I had been missing: tons of awesome information on all kinds of crazy movies delivered with a rocking attitude and beautifully laid out and designed. Since I devoured the first two volumes, I've been following Robin's awesome (and definitely NSFW) blog and waiting impatiently for volume III.
Robin also has a tradition of doing a dedicated drawing to each person who buys the book directly from him. His pictures are bonkers, possible quite offensive even. You can see them over at his blog. I was quite excited to get my own dedication drawing. The drawing itself showed up on his blog this summer, but it wasn't until last week that I got the actual book. Wow is it ever gorgeous. And just so stuffed with info. Bougie hand-letters each page himself and there is a ton of text. When I first looked at it, I was sort of intimidated by the amount of text, but once I got into it I am having a hell of a time putting it down. This is the kind of book you want to just sort of jump around from article to article, but it's so engrossing that I am almost tempted to just start at the beginning and read it straight through (it does have a great opening essay on the origins of obscenity).
I have mixed feelings about the dedication drawing I got. On the one hand, I really appreciate the effort that was put into it and in real life, the quality of the art is really impressive. It's just that I think I may have gotten the tamest image of them all! It's an elegant little piece, but it feels almost absent when you see the insane robots and aliens and amputees in dripping, stretching sexual acts that everybody else got! It is entirely possible, though, that I may have asked for him to not go too gross on mine when I ordered my book. Nevertheless, I treasure my dedicated drawing and am just loving the book itself. I already read a great piece on "southern discomfort" movies by contributor Don Guarisco (who has his own SchlockMania blog here) that led me to Race with the Devil which we watched last night as part of a Halloween double feature.