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?
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.
Rated 4.25 out of 5The Legend of Bold Riley by: Leia Weathington, Marco Aidala, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McLellan, Konstantin Pogorelov, Jason Thompson, Brinson Thieme, $9.99
Leia Weathington’s sword-and-sorcery epic The Legend of Bold Riley is illustrated by Leia and a host of talented artists.
“Who is Bold Riley?” you might ask. She has hunted the wildest game and dallied with countless beautiful girls, but still longs to know the world beyond the city walls. Princess Rilavashana SanParite, called Bold Riley, leaves behind her station and sets out to travel through distant lands and find forgotten ruins, fearsome enemies, inscrutable gods and tragic love.
She’s as capable with a sword as she is with her wits—man, does she carve things up when the need arises—and is a strong, beautiful, confident woman who doesn’t wear a bikini into battle. And she always gets the girl!
Created by Leia Weathington, with art by Weathington, Marco Aidala, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan, Konstantin Pogorelov and Jason Thompson. Cover artwork by Brinson Thieme. 232 pages. 7″x10″. Full-color with metallic ink cover.
Retailers! Download a Bold Riley Promotional Display that highlights the foreword by fan-favorite writer Jane Espenson and helps encourage customers to check out the book.
You can download a 67-page preview of the book in PDF or EPUB (iPad-only) format right here on the site. The preview includes excerpts from four of the stories in the book, bonus artwork and more.
Additionally, there’s a ZIP file of preview images available for use in reviews and articles. Download it here. (11MB ZIP file.)
Feature on Panel Patter by Rob McMonigal — “Ms. Weathington, working with a variety of other artists, has created a fantasy world ripe for exploration, with our guide being Bold Riley, a young woman with royal (but restless) blood. It’s great to see the ‘Uncharted Fantasy World’ idea given a new twist by having a protagonist that’s not only female, but queer as well.”
Feature on Portland Comic Books Examiner by Christian Lipski — “Author Leia Weathington is releasing Bold Riley, her first book, at the end of June, and spoke with the Portland Comic Books Examiner about her own journey.”
Interview on Portland Comics by Doug Dorr — “I worked with 5 other artists for Bold Riley and made the mistake at first of trying to really tightly control the visuals of the comic. That was something I learned to back off from pretty fast. If you are working with artists you probably decided to get into a collaboration with them for a reason. SO TRUST YOUR ARTIST! What I’ve started doing is making model sheets characters, objects and places that must look a certain way to maintain continuity in the story, after that I send photo references, script and descriptions of mood and setting and turn the artist loose to have fun with it.”
Interview on The Hathor Legacy by Maria Velazquez — “Like many creators I started writing the kind of story I always wanted to see. Like most women I was raised with fairy tales and the complex feelings that go with them. Sure they focus primarily on female leads, but those leads tend to be passive objects. The women are what things happen TO not people who make things happen themselves.”
Interview on Sequential Tart by Lee Atchison — “We like the anti-hero right now. And with reason. Things are shit, we’re all pretty jaded. How can you not be when at the click of a button you can see the latest string of atrocities played out before your eyes. I like the anti-hero, but somewhere amid all of the horror and the skepticism, I wanted to place a story about a hero who, while not beyond reproach, is good and wants to do good and tries her hardest.”
Sale!The Mark of Aeacus #2 by: Charles “Zan” Christensen, Mark Brill, Terry Blas, $2.99 – $4.99
Jack’s adventure as the Bearer of The Mark of Aeacus continues. A mysterious stranger appears at the foot of Jack’s bed, tells him the secrets of the mark of power that he bears, then tells him he must die. Can Jack’s mysterious new powers save him… or would we all be better off if they didn’t?
The digital edition of this book adds 25 bonus pages, including Mark Brill’s original pencil artwork and a bonus pinup by Briar Hollow artist Terry Blas!
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.