Molly Kiely

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Born Molly Maud Kiely
October 10, 1969
Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Eros Comix titles

Molly Maud Kiely (born October 10, 1969)[1][2] is an American alternative cartoonist best known for erotica.[3] Her work is published by Fantagraphics/Eros Comix and has influenced other artists such as Jess Fink.[4]

Kiely was born in Bracebridge, Ontario, raised in Kitchener, and attended the University of Waterloo.[5] She has liked drawing her whole life,[5] and discovered comics through Krazy Kat and Li'l Abner.[6] She created her first minicomic in 1991 at the San Diego Comic-Con.[7] She left Canada for San Francisco in 1992.[1] Her first comic, Communion, was a collaboration with J. Hagey based on a stream-of-conscience poem about a one-night stand.[7] It was published by the Eros Comix imprint of Fantagraphics in 1992.[8] In 1993, Wooley Comics commissioned her to do a comic adaptation of Marquis de Sade's novel Philosophy in the Bedroom.[8] She describes her work as "clean line style" that has been compared to Aubrey Beardsley and Jaime Hernandez.[5] The pornographic nature of her work sometimes draws judgement from feminists who see her as helping men exploit women.[9] Under Subsection 163 of the Canadian Criminal Code, the Canadian Customs and Post Office occasionally confiscated Kiely's work when it was being mailed between her and Eros in 1995.[8]

She had a daughter with her husband in 2007[7] before being widowed in 2015.[2] Kiely now resides in Tucson, Arizona with her daughter.[1][2]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Communion, 1992 (written by Jonathan Hagey)
  • Philosophy in the Bedroom, 1993
  • Diary of a Dominatrix, 3 Volumes, 1994–1995
  • Sass, 1995[10]
  • Saucy Little Tart, 5 Volumes, 1995–1997
  • That Kind of Girl, 1999
  • Tecopa Jane, 2000
  • On Your Knees Boy, 2002
  • Adaptation of Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji in the anthology The Graphic Cannon, edited by Russ Kick.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Kiely entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Mar. 6, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "About", Official website. Retrieved April 14, 2017
  3. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (October 25, 2015), "FFF Results Post #434 -- Dirty Comics", Comics Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2017
  4. ^ Chevat, Zoe. "The Mary Sue Interview: Sexy Comics Artist Jess Fink!". The Mary Sue. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Vasseur, Richard (June 11, 2007), "Molly Kiely Artist of Gothic Classics", Jazma Online. Retrieved April 15, 2017
  6. ^ Keller, Katherine, "She's That Kind of Girl", Sequential Tart. Retrieved April 15, 2017
  7. ^ a b c Dowers, Michael, "Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two" pp300-301. Retrieved April 15, 2017
  8. ^ a b c Mayerson, Ginger (February 4, 2006), "Erotica, Utopia and Judicial Proceedings", Sequential Tart. Retrieved April 15, 2017
  9. ^ Hall, Ed (April 28, 2011), "Chester 5000 XYV: Pornography and feminism in the graphic novel", Burnaway. Retrieved April 15, 2017
  10. ^ Kirby, Robert (February 26, 2015), "Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two", The Comic Journal. Retrieved April 15, 2017
  11. ^ Armitage, Hugh (September 17, 2013), "5 graphic novels to improve your mind: 'Neurocomic', 'xkcd', more", Digital Spy. Retrieved April 13, 2017

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