Queer Pin-Ups Cardsby: A.K. Summers, Alison Bechdel, Annie Murphy, Ariel Schrag, Becky Hawkins, Bill Roundy, Burton Clarke, Carlo Quispe, Carrie McNinch, Christine Smith, Craig Bostick, Cristy C. Road, Dave Davenport, David Hooper, David Kelly, David Shenton, Diane DiMassa, Dylan “NDR” Edwards, Ed Luce, Elisha Lim, Ellen Forney, Eric Orner, Gengoroh Tagame, Gina Kamentsky, Howard Cruse, Ivan Velez, Jr., Iwao Iwata, JD Glass, Jennifer Camper, Jennifer Cruté, Joan Hilty, Jon Macy, Justin Hall, Kate Charlesworth, Kris Dresen, L. Nichols, Leanne Franson, MariNaomi, Maurice Vellekoop, Michael Fahy, Mike Diana, Nicole J. Georges, Paige Braddock, Rica Takashima, Rob Kirby, Robert Triptow, Roberta Gregory, Rupert Kinnard, Sina Sparrow, Soizick Jaffre, Tim Fish, Tony Breed, Tyler Cohen, Victor Hodge
A sexy deck of 54 playing cards by LGBTQ cartoonists, including cards by Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Gengoroh Tagame, Ariel Schrag, Maurice Vellekoop, Diane DiMassa, Robert Kirby, Cristy C. Road, Eric Orner, Carrie McNinch and more! A limited edition fundraising item for the Queers & Comics LGBTQ cartoonists’ conference in May 2015.
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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.
Tony Breed is a Chicago-based cartoonist and illustrator. He grew up obsessed with Peanuts, Bloom County, and Doonesbury, and made his own comics as a kid. In college he wrote a lot of short stories, but didn’t return to comics until much later, when he created Finn and Charlie Are Hitched.
He volunteers with CHIRP Radio where he’s a DJ and member of the board of directors. During the day he manages web sites, and on the weekend he goes to the farmer’s market with his husband. He makes good pie.
His latest comic, Muddlers Beat, is a continuation of Finn and Charlie Are Hitched and can be found online at muddlersbeat.com.
A sexy deck of 54 playing cards by LGBTQ cartoonists, including cards by Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Gengoroh Tagame, Ariel Schrag, Maurice Vellekoop, Diane DiMassa, Robert Kirby, Cristy C. Road, Eric Orner, Carrie McNinch and more!
This is a limited edition fundraising item for the Queers & Comics LGBTQ cartoonists’ conference in May 2015, presented by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, NYC.
Edited by Jennifer Camper and designed by Craig Bostick, with 54 pinups donated by the artists!
Publisher: Northwest Press
Rated 4.00 out of 5Positive by: Tom Bouden $3.99
Cartoonist Tom Bouden (Max and Sven, The Importance of Being Earnest) invites you to meet Sarah, a young woman whose life is about to be turned inside out when she discovers that’s she’s HIV positive.
Join Sarah and her partner, Tim, as they take the journey together through shock and uncertainty, pre-dawn pill schedules, side-effects, well-meaning friends, tasteless jokes, medical missteps, and ultimately, hope.
“Positive is a story with the universal message of how to live life without being afraid,” writes GayLeague.com‘s Joe Palmer in the introduction. “This is the story I wish I’d been able to read after my diagnosis years ago. It is the story I hope everyone regardless of his or her sero-status will have the opportunity to read and by which to be inspired.”
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.”
Three #2 by: Rob Kirby, Craig Bostick, David Kelly, Jennifer Camper, Jon Macy, Michael Fahy, Sina Sparrow, $2.99 – $6.25
Created and edited by Robert Kirby, Three is an all-color queer comics anthology series featuring 3 new stories by 3 different creators or groups of creators per issue. This second “all-duos” issue features comic collaborations by Britain’s Sina Evil and Jon Macy, author of the Lambda Award-nominated Teleny and Camille; alt-comics vets Jennifer Camper teamed with cover artist Michael Fahy; and “Go-Go Girl” creator Craig Bostick with the author of Rainy Day Recess, David Kelly.
Rated 3.67 out of 5Al-Qaeda’s Super Secret Weapon by: $5.99 – $14.99
Turns out the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was just the opening that the terrorists were waiting for! This witty, sexy, spy tale sends up Republicans, the War on Terror™ and gay clichés from A to Z. The end of the world was never so fabulous!
Shirtlifter #5 by: Steve MacIsaac, Jon Macy, Eric Kostiuk Williams, $4.99 – $14.95
This issue, the first in four years, concludes Steve MacIsaac’s “Unpacking” graphic novel. Starting in Shirtlifter #3, “Unpacking” follows Matt, a gay graphic designer living in Vancouver. Newly-single after the sudden dissolution of an eight-year relationship, Matt is living in a new apartment he can’t seem to quite move into, and is wary of becoming involved with anyone ever again. His commitment to remaining single is challenged when he begins spending time with Connor, an Australian-ex pat who identifies as straight, is married to a woman, and seems to be the only person capable of cutting through Matt’s defenses.
Also features new stories from Jon Macy and Eric Kostiuk Williams.