Sex Criminals

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Sex Criminals
Artwork for the cover of Sex Criminals #1 . Art by Chip Zdarsky.
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
No. of issues 18
Creative team
Written by Matt Fraction
Artist(s) Chip Zdarsky
Colorist(s) Becka Kinzie
Editor(s) Thomas K

Sex Criminals is an ongoing, monthly comic book published by American company Image Comics. It is written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky. The first issue was published September 25, 2013[1] and the series received positive reviews.

Sex Criminals was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2014 including Best Continuing Series and won Best New Series.[2] On February 25, 2015, it was announced that Matt Fraction made a deal with Universal TV to turn Sex Criminals into a television show.[3]


Suzie, a librarian, and Jon, an actor, meet at a party and, after sleeping together, they discover that they share the ability to freeze time when they orgasm. As their relationship develops and their sexual histories are explored, they decide to rob the bank where Jon works in order to save Suzie's endangered library.

Publication history[edit]

In March 2013, Image Comics announced a sex comedy during the Emerald City Comicon.[4] Later reports confirmed that it was intended for mature readers and would have Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky in the forefront. Films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, and Jackass: The Movie were referenced as touchstones for the comics, and Fraction himself confirmed in an interview that the works of Billy Wilder also inspired him deeply in writing.[5]

Zdarsky and Fraction had known each other for a short time before the book's creation. They communicated almost exclusively online and Zdarsky was the first to suggest a collaboration between the two. Initially, Zdarsky wanted to write a book that was their take on fantasy, as neither of the two were big fans of the genre.[6] Fraction responded with another idea, and suggested "what if we do a sex comedy about a guy, who every time he ejaculates, stops time?" Zdarsky was tired from a business trip he was on and agreed to the idea without much thought. After continued communication, their idea began to grow until the book was published in September 2013. The book has gained a cult following and its fans refer to themselves as 'brimpers' after a sex position described in the first issue.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

Time honored Sex Criminals as the #1 comic series/graphic novel of 2013.[8]

IGN tagged the work as "amazing", and said that the story is "so addictive, you'll find yourself staring at the last page in horror when you realize you'll have to wait another month to find out what happens next".[9]

Paste called the first issue "splendid", with "an immediately likable character", specifying that although one "wouldn’t trust most comic creators to turn a sexual awakening into compelling pulp fiction (...) Fraction and Zdarsky pull it off masterfully."[10] called Sex Criminals a "masterpiece", with "an adorable cast, virtuoso writing and stunning art,",[11] and called it "entertaining", "witty", and "very fun", while emphasizing that the sexual content is "tastefully presented."[12]

The first compilation, Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick, was nominated for the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.[13]

Collected editions[edit]

Tradepack releases[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date Diamond ID
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick Sex Criminals #1-5 April 2014[14] JAN140558
Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds One Cop Sex Criminals #6-10 February 2015[15] OCT140654
Sex Criminals, Vol. 3: Three The Hard Way Sex Criminals #11-15 June 2016[16] OCT150608

Hardcover releases[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date Diamond ID
Big Hard Sex Criminals Sex Criminals #1-10 March 2015[17] NOV140582

See also[edit]


  2. ^ "2014 Will Eisner Awards Announced". 2014-04-15. Archived from the original on 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Sex Criminals Comic Possibly Coming to Television". Renegade Cinema. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Fraction & Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Matt Fraction Gets Cheeky With "Sex Criminals"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Chip Zdarsky On ‘Sex Criminals’: The Comics Alliance Interview". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  7. ^ Sex Criminals: 15 Most Tongue In Cheek Moments CBR, Feb 17, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (December 4, 2013). "Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels". Time.
  9. ^ Melissa Grey 23 Oct 2013 (2013-10-23). "Sex Criminals #2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  10. ^ Martin, Garrett. "Sex Criminals #1 by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste". Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  11. ^ "Sex Criminals #1 Review - Matt Fraction And Chip Zdarsky". 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Comic Book Review: ‘Sex Criminals’ #2". 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  13. ^ Are the Hugo nominees really the best sci-fi books of the year?, by Damien Walter, at the Guardian; published April 6, 2015; retrieved July 10, 2015
  14. ^ "Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 TP: One Weird Trick - Releases - Image Comics". 
  15. ^ "Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds One Cop TP - Releases - Image Comics". 
  16. ^ "Sex Criminals Vol 3: Three The Hard Way - Releases - Image Comics". 
  17. ^ "Big Hard Sex Criminals HC - Releases - Image Comics". 

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