Thursday, July 4, 2019

Saving Face by Shadoman (BDSM comics erotica)

Something a little different for all you fellow lovers of illustrated delights, a BDSM-themed comic by Shadoman from his Renderotica files!


Saving Face is an older comic from the digital pen of Shadoman (going back to 2010), so it may not have all of the visual flourishes that fans of his current work have come to expect, but it still captures his flair for characters, storytelling, and dramatic tension.

When Kaho Osawa's uncle finds himself with a massive gambling debt, he delivers her - bound and gagged - to the local gangster. What immediately makes this interesting is that Johnny Chang gives the young woman a choice. She can walk away, forcing her uncle to lose face, lose his store, and leave her mother homeless, or she can work off his debt. It is only once Chang assures her that her uncle will no longer be extended credit for further gambling, ensuring her sacrifice will not be wasted, that she agrees serve her family's honor.

The brothel estate in which Kaho finds herself is an interesting place, looking nothing like what she expected. The story follows her over her first years of service, starting with the vanilla sex, and leading up to elaborate bondage scenarios and increasingly rough treatment. Some of those visuals are exquisite and inventive, including a bent-over-backwards contraption leading to upside-down fellatio, and clever rope bondage that allows her to be penetrated while suspended.

Eventually, Kaho earns the trust and admiration of her handlers, earning her the opportunity to leave the estate as a high-priced escort, which will allow her to work off her uncle's debt even faster. The castle to which she is taken first looks suitably foreboding, and the polite friendliness of her client is soon betrayed by a sedative in her drink, after which she awakes bound in a straight-jacket, ball-gagged, and fully masked . . . before being drugged again and subjected to electrical torture.

It is here that the story takes another twist, proving that Kaho is more than just a piece of meat, more than just merchandise, but a valued employee who is to be protected from such abuse. There is even a hint of between Kaho and her handler, but a final twist puts and end to that as her contract is bought out by a client, whom she will escort exclusively for the next year. We get to see a little of what that entails, but Shadoman saves the full story for Saving Face Book 2, which begins a month later.

Having established the scenario and the scene in the first book, Shadoman is free to spend more time on developing (and showcasing) Kaho here, and it immediately pays off. The scene of her hogtied and ball-gagged, worried about the house kitty nipping at her is actually quite cute, but how she prepares herself during a day alone is glorious. Her lingerie is lovely, the use of a chastity belt to hold her vibrator in place erotic, and her PVC maid's outfit absolutely gorgeous!

As their global travels begin, Kaho is exposed to a whole other BDSM subculture, one that requires the submission, punishment, and marking of a slave as part of her Vows of Commitment. After, Jason and Kaho talk of what led to that scene, and she learns about the love behind it and the 8-year struggle for that Master to find the right submissive - which, of course, has us wondering where Kaho sees herself in a year, even if Jason declares himself not interested. A twist back home changes everything, though, and the story will swing between emotions before finding its end.

Again, Shadoman outdoes himself when the focus is on Kaho, with her ponygirl dressage - right from the cute ears to the hoofed boots - one of the sexiest things I have ever seen illustrated. It is sexy and erotic and gorgeous, but there is a hint of sadness and regret to her soul-searching. The second half of this story really gets inside her head and her heart, and I love how it completed the journey she began as an indentured submissive. The final scene is glorious, just what I had hoped for, although I will be honest that I began to doubt it would go there.

Shadoman is a CG artist who enjoys telling stories through 3D comic art. Originally from the Mid-west, he now resides in Southern California. He is a Viet-Nam vet in his mid-60’s, married to a wonderful gal who is also his best friend and text editor. A film buff with an extensive library, it was his passion for film as a young teen that was his vehicle to escape and expand his own creative mind and become a storyteller.
https://www.renderotica.com/artists/shadoman.aspx

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