Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Chrysalis Inn by Bex (#crossdressing #comics)

Continuing our theme of illustrated delights, author/artist Bex has graciously offered to grace our pages once again, this time to share some of his work from, home to The Alchemist, The Chrysalis Inn, and The Attachment.

Now, without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to the delights of The Chrysalis Inn.


The Chrysalis Inn is a lovely two-part comic from Bex, who is very quickly becoming a favorite author/artist of mine. There is a scene in the story where Danielle walks into a bookshop and buys professionally printed copies of all of his comics, and I found myself envious to the point of jealousy that she got to have them on her shelves . . . but I am getting ahead of myself.

As the story opens, Daniel is a successful romance author whose agent wants to make famous. She encourages him to explore his feminine side, in order to better connect with his readers, but he is offended by the idea and heads off to enjoy his vacation. The little seaside resort to which he retreats is a lovely place, full of women who have no problem flaunting themselves, and when a package arrives on his first day, he is annoyed (but not entirely surprised) to find that Amanda sent him an entire woman's wardrobe, plus a make-up manual. He, of course, has no intention of doing anything with it, but you can guess how well that turns out.

I love the mystery of the story, with just a hint or suggestion of there being something special about The Chrysalis Inn itself. There is no magic, science, or other tricks that are obvious, but something about the Inn plays on Daniel's mind and body, making it easier to explore (and ultimately accept) his newfound femininity.

The first book ended on a curious note, with a some sepia-tone panels of Danielle reflecting on her first blowjob, and her date relating the experience to an unseen interviewer, but the opening to the second book is even more interesting. The first few pages are clearly Bex's style, but are colored to look washed out and faded, fitting with the dream of the auctioning of a female sex slave a century ago. We never find out whether it was just a dream, or whether it was Danielle connecting with the Inn's history, but it adds a new layer to the overall mystery.

This second part is all about Danielle slipping deeper into her new self, with her thoughts and dialogue becoming increasingly feminine. She begins to look, sound, and think more softly, more romantically, with a greater appreciation for the little details around her. In terms of artwork, her outfits are absolutely gorgeous, and the way the move with her is exquisite. There is a scene about halfway through at a waterfall that may be the most beautiful thing Bex has ever drawn, with layers of detail, some in and some out of focus, that really capture the scope and grandeur of the scene. Just lovely!

This second part is much more erotic than the first, but I think it was wonderful that Bex took such a realistic approach to Danielle's first time, dealing with the fear, the anxiety, and the physical discomfort. It is a happy story, and she does learn to appreciate her sexuality, but it takes time, just as accepting her transformation took time. There is some definite romance to this second chapter as well, with Danielle pursued by one man, and (more importantly) pursuing another. Both men are aware of her gender, and are very quick to appreciate and admire her for whom and what she is.

While the ending to The Chrysalis Inn was fitting, bringing the story full circle and revealing Amanda's plans (without spoiling the mystery of how or why it all happened), the epilogue adds a fun little twist that . . . well, I will let you enjoy that for yourself.
Bex is an Italian who specializes in hand drawn comics - erotic, transgender, sissy, shemale, slut, crossdressing, fetish, and fumetti erotica.

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