Well, it's finally here. After working for so long and --- uh --- sometimes diligently, the official DIGITAL release of the first issue of "The Collected Black Gay Boy Fantasy" number one is here. This covers the first three issues and includes new art work. Some of it is even in color. It has all been colored in shades of gray. It's hard to believe that I put out my very first 'zine in 1998 and kind of did my lastest (last?) issue in 2011. But, it's finally here. It went from 8 pages to 16 pages to 20 pages, then a whopping 58 pages and finally --- DIGITAL!!! Next? PRINT!!! It's going to be available directly through Northwest Press (which has some preview pages), Amazon, Comixology and Gumroad.
I hope you buy it. I hope you tell your friends. But, most of all --- I hope you all enjoy it.
Yes, it's been forever. (You still there? Hopefully, I didn't lose you.) Don't know what happened, but Black Gay Boy Fantasy is going to be published as a collection in a two new beautiful format volumes from Northwest Press. Wow. It feels like forever. And, it happened after my trip to Howard and Eddie's, I started working. Ironically, it was my last entry from over a year ago. Wow. I've been working. Really, gang.
The books are becoming something beautiful and new. With "color." But, complete. Hope I didn't lose all of you. Just a glimpse of a LOT of work.
Howard Cruse, the Godfather of Queer Commix celebrated his 70th birthday!!! The moniker of "Godfather of Queer Comics" comes from our very own, Jen Camper, creator and illustrator of SubGurlz and editor of Juicy Mother --- Queer Lady Cartoonist Extraordinaire!?! Huh? Huh?!? No good? (I'll come up with something better later.) --- had the brilliant idea to get other queer cartoonists together and draw a little somethin' somethin' for Howard. She wanted to celebrate the creator of Wendel and Stuck Rubber Baby. Well, I hopped on a train. Then, we got into her brave little buggy and went up North to surprise Howard with unannounced arrivals and no place to stay. But, we came baring the gift of a lifetime. Cartoonists everywhere jumped on the chance to celebrate Howard by creating an 8 1/2x11 drawing. Then, the celebration began! It was a great adventure for Jen and I and an even bigger one for the small town they lived. I don't think they were ready for DC and Brooklyn!!! Well, maybe they were. But, I like to dream. If my boys, Neil and Jesus' didn't say it --- I'm saying it: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOWARD!!!!
Jen, me and Howard
(Hello, Pimms! Nice meeting you!)
I'm sure they will look completely different in make-up. Hopefully, they'll keep up with the 80s glamor, fashion and fame!!! I know that the 80s fashions in general were awful, but Jem and the Holograms should still represent! They're the first and only cartoon characters I knew to change their clothes.
Nancy Drew got a cute little Modern/Retro makeover from these books sold
exclusively at Target. By May 1st, I think they'll be available everywhere. I never saw this coming, but they're mine.
If it hadn't been for the Nancy Drew Sleuth blog, I would never have come across them. They're the same stories I read back in the 70s, but this was a cute twist. I had to have them!!! And, they ended up as fancy wall art!