Mike Brunker: Reality has always been an insubstantial constraint for pornographers, but never has it been as trifling as it is in the thriving Internet niche of “toon porn” – a world where impossible couplings among cartoon characters are as routine as bad plots and fake orgasms in the flesh and blood arena.


It’s impossible to definitively gauge the appetite for cartoon copulation on the Internet, but anecdotal evidence indicates it is strong and growing.



The number of sites featuring adult cartoons has soared from just a handful five years ago to many hundreds today, with surfers paying as much as $39.95 a month for rights to view the illustrations and animation behind the credit-card window.



“Most owners of major adult Web operations now have at least one cartoon Web site that can be promoted by their affiliates,” said Kathee Brewer, technology editor of adult industry trade publication AVN Online. “… There’s obviously a robust market for it.”



The animation sites on the Internet fall into three broad categories – “hentai” (“perverse” in Japanese), which is the hard-core school of the art style known as “anime”; the Americanized version of hentai, featuring familiar cartoon faces or characters derived from recognizable U.S. cartooning genres; and anatomically correct three-dimensional computer generated figures similar to those in the Sims games.



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