Dave Davenport, Justin Hall, BiL Sherman, Steve MacIsaac, Drub, Brad Rader, Jon Macy, Victor Hodge, William O. Tyler, Julian Cardozo,
Hard to Swallowby: Dave Davenport, Justin Hall, BiL Sherman, Steve MacIsaac, Drub, Brad Rader, Jon Macy, Victor Hodge, William O. Tyler, Julian Cardozo,
Hard to Swallow Comics was launched with a simple premise: that erotic comics should be great stories as well as being sexy. The series ran from 2006 to 2009 and featured everything from werewolves and skater ghosts to pirates and porn stars. Now the whole series—plus a whole issue’s worth of new material—has been collected into one deluxe volume!
$14.99 – $39.99
Dave Davenport lives in Los Angeles with his dog. His comic book work has appeared in Hard To Swallow Comics, and his own book Feral and the Ghostskater (winner of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant). Anthologies that have included his work have been Best Erotic Comics, True Porn 2, and Alphabet. Dave is an alumni of the Academy of Arts in San Francsico, recieving a bachelor’s degree in illustration, though he’s mainly only illustrated for the likes of Unzipped, Freshmen, Men, Out, and Instigator magazines (smut, smut, SMUT!). In a past life Dave animated from the video game developers Illusions Gaming Co., and BLAM! In this life, he tattoos under the name of Dogspunk, and the shop name of Marginalized Tattoo. He was a founding member of Bent Comix, and from 2010-2013 was a founder and art director for Bent-Con.
Explore more Dave at dogspunk.com.
Justin Hall is a San Francisco-based cartoonist and educator. He created the comics series True Travel Tales, Glamazonia, and Hard To Swallow (with Dave Davenport), with his work also appearing in such places as the Houghton Mifflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, QU33R, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award and received an Eisner Award nomination and is now being adapted into a documentary film. Hall has curated shows of comics art at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules (Gay) Museum in Berlin, helped create the Artists’ Area at the Folsom Street Fair, and is the co-organizer of the Queers & Comics conference. He has been on the boards of the nonprofits Prism Comics (supporting LGBTQ comics) and Our Books (supporting Cambodian comics), and has done academic writing on comics for the Routledge and Cambridge presses. He is an Assistant Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts, and a Fulbright Scholar. Find out more at justinhallcomics.com.
Steve MacIsaac has been drawing naked men pretty much since he could pick up a pencil. Being somewhat slow on the uptake, he had a hard time figuring out that this tendency might hold some clue to his sexual orientation. He has self-published five issues of his series Shirtlifter.
Visit SteveMacIsaac.com for more.
Drub has been drawing perverted pictures since age 15. He’s also a fist pig, armpit muncher, dildo freak, watersports enthusiast, and a shrimper of men with dirty tube socks. Drub has been featured in Blue, Freshmen, Gay-News Amsterdam, and Instigator Magazine, and has exhibited in Amsterdam, Berlin, Toronto, Hollywood, Seattle, and other cities.
For more, visit DrubSkin.com.
Julian Cardozo is an Argentinian illustrator in his thirties. Likes: beefy tits, mate drink, oral sex and redheads. Hobbies: reading comics and quoting The Simpsons. He was a tattoo artist one time, but got drunk and made a mess and then stopped.
Dave Davenport and Justin Hall launched Hard to Swallow Comics with a simple premise: that erotic comics should be great stories as well as being sexy. The series ran from 2006 to 2009 and featured everything from werewolves and skater ghosts to pirates and porn stars. Now the whole series—plus a whole issue’s worth of new material—has been collected into one deluxe volume!
Watch the video trailer for the book below:
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Publisher: Northwest Press
Publish Date: 2016
Page Count: 320
Hardcover, Paperback, Digital, Apple Digital Version
Rated 4.00 out of 5A Waste of Time #3 by: Rick Worley $2.99 – $4.99
Rickets the broken robot and Prester the born again teddy bear finally discover the whereabouts of the elusive Bill Watterson; he’s spent decades as the prisoner of a deranged Jim Davis, forced to draw Garfield comics! Can our heroes rescue Watterson from the clutches of this commercial enterprise, or have they arrived too late?
The Power Within by: Charles “Zan” Christensen, Mark Brill, Donna Barr, Matthew Clark, Phil Jimenez, Andy Mangels, Carla Speed McNeil, Dan Parent, Greg Rucka, Stephen Sadowski, Gail Simone, $2.99 – $4.99
A comic book tackling the subject of teen bullying and suicide, written by Charles “Zan” Christensen and drawn by Mark Brill.
Shannon gets picked on a lot; his dad and teachers think he should just “fit in” more, but that doesn’t help. So Shannon escapes into a super-powered alter-ego whenever he’s in a bad situation. But will the power within be enough to save him?
In addition to the main story, the book contains bonus pages by a collection of comics industry heavyweights, including Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey), Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, Wonder Woman), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics, Gotham Central), Matthew Clark (Outsiders, Wonder Woman), Stephen Sadowski (JSA, Warlord of Mars), Dan Parent (Archie, Kevin Keller), Donna Barr (The Desert Peach), Andy Mangels (Gay Comics, Iron Man: Beneath the Armor) and Carla Speed McNeil (FINDER).
Copies of The Power Within are available free of charge to youth services organizations and teachers’ groups. Please contact us by email to request copies. The book contains discussion questions so that the book can be used as a tool to start a conversation about issues of bullying and harassment.
Review at Gay.com by Jase Peeples — “Moved by the rash of suicides committed by bullied LGBT teens last year, Christensen and Brill took it upon themselves to create a story they hope will reach others in a way only comics can.”
Interview on Tacoma KOMO — “Imagine a world in which bullied teens are protected by muscled superheroes. It sounds fantastic, but this is exactly the world Zan Christensen and Mark Brill have created in a new comic intended to help teens cope with bullying and harassment in school.”
Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics by: David Kelly $6.99 – $19.99
From 1995 to 1998, David Kelly’s “Steven’s Comics” ran in LGBT and alternative newspapers around the country. This comic strip explored the world of a sensitive boy coming of age in the seventies, with all its joys, quirks, and heartbreaks. Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics collects the entire Xeric-Award-winning series in one volume suitable for young adult and adult readers, with additional material created specially for this collection.
The book also includes a foreword by advice columnist and It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage; Northwest Press will be making a donation to the It Gets Better Project with every copy sold.
Includes a foreword by It Gets Better founder Dan Savage.
You can read a preview of Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics right here on the site.
Rated 4.00 out of 5QU33R by: Rob Kirby, David Kelly, Rick Worley, Justin Hall, Jon Macy, Steve MacIsaac, Craig Bostick, Jennifer Camper, Tyler Cohen, Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Kris Dresen, Dylan “NDR” Edwards, Michael Fahy, Edie Fake, Nicole J. Georges, Terrance Griep, Andy Hartzell, Ed Luce, MariNaomi, Carrie McNinch, Annie Murphy, L. Nichols, Jose-Luis Olivares, Eric Orner, Carlo Quispe, Marian Runk, Christine Smith, Sina Sparrow, Sasha Steinberg, Ivan Velez, Jr., Amanda Verwey, Eric Kostiuk Williams, $9.99 – $39.99
Winner of the 2014 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology!
QU33R, from editor Rob Kirby, features 241 pages of new comics from 33 contributors—legends and new faces alike.
In 2012, Justin Hall edited a book called No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, that took readers on a journey from the beginnings of LGBT comics history to the present day. QU33R is an all-new project featuring queer comics legends as well as new talents that picks up where No Straight Lines left off. We’ve set down our history, now QU33R shines a light on our future!
QU33R had its genesis in an all-color queer comic zine called THREE, which featured three stories by three creators or teams per issue. Rob Kirby published three installments of THREE annually from 2010 to 2012, and the series did well, garnering not only an Ignatz nomination for Outstanding Anthology or Collection but also earning Rob the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2011.
Producing the anthology was immensely gratifying, but featuring just three comics and publishing only once per year meant a lot of cartoonists weren’t getting the exposure they deserved. The publishing opportunities for queer cartoonists and queer subject matter are still limited, even today, and Rob longed for a wider distribution than he was able to manage on his own. He approached Northwest Press about doing a bigger compendium of all-new work.
While THREE was happening, Justin Hall was preparing his book No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which Fantagraphics published in the summer of 2012. No Straight Lines traced the history of queer comics from their humble beginnings in the late 60’s/early 70’s all the way up to the present. The book was a whopping, award-winning success. Rob got to thinking that a follow-up volume—a sort-of-sequel focusing on all new work—would seal the deal, informing the world at large that we are still here, still queer, and still producing fresh and innovative work. He wanted to include not only several queer comics veterans, but also some fresh new faces and a few folks who haven’t necessarily belonged to the orthodox “queer comics scene” but have been doing non-heteronormative work all along.
QU33R features over 240 pages of new comics from a cross-generational lineup of award-winning LGBTQ cartoonists.