Cabarga’s XXX “Topless Summer Love Girls”

This is one of the strangest things I’ve ever plugged on Cartoon Brew. We all know Leslie Cabarga as the author of The Fleischer Story, the best history of the Max Fleischer studio ever published. More recently Leslie blessed us with The Logo, Font, & Lettering Bible, which presents comparisons of early Mickey Mouse comic strip inking of Floyd Gottfredson, and the classic Betty Boop inking of Fleischer animator Willard Bowsky to how various type faces are rendered. Now Leslie’s got a new book and it’s slightly OT, thoroughly XXX and totally NSFW.

The book is called Topless Summer Love Girls; A Gentleman’s Guide to Women, Relationships, and Breasts and its now available on Amazon as well as at Cabarga’s own site. The breadth and variety of the book’s contents defy simple description, but suffice it to say that “TSLG” is part-spoof of vintage men’s mags, part self-help for “lovelorn lotharios”, and part-treatise on the female anatomy. It’s also funny as hell.

Like all of Leslie’s books, it’s chock full of incredible visuals. There are old newspaper clippings that may (or may not) be real, weird charts and diagrams, new and vintage girlie photos, Playboyesque gag cartoons by Pixar’s Bill Presing (thumbnail image below right), as well as illustrated contributions by Shane Glines (sample drawings above), Mitch O’ Connell, Alex Niño, Milton Knight and classic artwork by Dave Tendlar (center thumbnail below), Al Capp, Will Eisner, and many more. If you happen to be in L.A. this weekend, Leslie’s having a book signing party (complete with live band and a burlesque dancer) on Saturday, December 4th from 6-9 PM at Hollywood’s Soap Plant Bookstore / La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Check it out — if you dare!


  • eeteed

    wow!

  • http://rodtejada.wordpress.com/ Rod Tejada

    The art and design are amazing…

  • Chris Sobieniak

    He’s stepping up!

  • Floyd

    Finally, something provocative! After that article about Symbionic Titan I was worried this site was getting too uptight and puritanical.

  • Bruce Wright

    Is there much cartoon content in it?

    All I saw were page after page of nudist photos. Does the cartoon/nudity ratio exceed that of your average playboy?

  • http://www.chogrin.com Chogrin

    Count me in!

  • http://www.cartoonsolutions.com Ryan Simmons

    I’m actually quite shocked that Leslie would put out this book after a comment that he had in one of his previous books. In the “Designers Guide to Color Combinations”, after using a photo of a girl in a teddy outfit for color reference he says:

    “Personally, I find such pandering to prurient attitudes and the exploitation of women reprehensible, although the colors are nice”.

    WTF?

  • http://yoebooks.com craig yoe

    this is one of the greatest books i have ever seen. ALL of leslie’s books are TOPS but i really dig TOPLESS. don’t hesitate folks, cop this feel good book of the year (and to answer the question, and a good one, it DOES have plenty of cartoon goodness)!

  • Funnyboy

    Then he’ll write about Betty’s Boobs.