Border Crossings: Page 1

Here’s the first page in one of the new stories which will be in Shirtlifter 2. No, its not really readable at this size — I’m posting it more more in a “Hey, this is what it looks like” sense than a “Hey, read this and then continue reading when the issue comes out” sense. The comic’s about immigration and gay marriage, and will be out in late August if all goes well.

SHIRTLIFTER 2 COVER

Here’s a look at the cover for the second issue…not completely finalized but close. Thoughts? Is it…um…APPARENT what the reference is? Feel free to leave thoughts and impressions in the comments section — after all, we can’t let the spambots have ALL the fun.

Portrait – John

I going to try to start posting more art on this thing — if only because, in the absence of having anything substantive to say, I will otherwise only post on this thing once a month at most, which is not what people want or expect in the blogosphere. Besides, I am almost alwaysworking on new art so — why not make it easy on myself?

To begin with – a commission that I completed over the weekend. Will try to get something up once a week. Some of it will be beefcake…some not. You’ll just have to check in to see…

PARENTAL ADVISORY – EXPLICIT CONTENT

While going through the logs for this website, I came across a referring link to this LiveJournal entry from Mattycub. I’ve met both he and his boyfriend a couple times now — once at last year’s San Diego Comicon and again at the LA Bizarre Bizarre. At Comicon they bought the above 13 ” x 19″ print from me – a blow up of the cover to the STICKY hardcover. Anyway, the print hangs in their bedroom, and he took a poll of his LiveJournal friends to see whether or not they should take it down while the parental units were visiting (and staying in their bedroom). The comments are kind of interesting; I generally don’t think of that picture as being really explicit, especially when compared to some of my other work. However, reading Matt’s post reminds me that when I display that print while exhibiting, it generally always gets three reactions: 1) The flinch (generally done by straight guys) 2) Nervous Laughter (generally done by straight women) and 3) “Cool!” (Generally done by gay guys and the women who love them). It’s not exactly a neutral image.

I don’t think I’ve ever had to “de-gay” my apartment, because I don’t generally ever have much on the walls to begin with. But if it were me I would likely take it down; my parents don’t even KNOW that I drew STICKY. They tend to be a bit prudish; 12 years in, they’re still struggling to come to terms with my sexuality, and when I was a young pup writing and performing in a lot of theatre, they would flinch at all the “bad language” in my work. Seeing a big ol print of fondling musclebears would be shock enough for them; knowing that their son draws that kind of stuff would really be a case of TMI.

XERIC GRANT

I am one of 5 artists who have been awarded a 2007 Xeric Grant. The grant is given out twice per year by the Xeric Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Peter Laird, one of the creators of the ever popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Since the Turtles started off as a self-published comic book, the Foundation was founded in 1992 to support comics self-publishers by assisting with the printing and distribution costs of publication.

The grant means that I will be able to publish the second issue of SHIRTLIFTER as a 56 page, full-color, perfect bound periodical. The second issue will collect short pieces from various publications over the past five years, alongside two new pieces. Most of the pieces have been revised or redrawn, and most are loosely autobiographical. One of the pieces from the book, “Waiting for the Bus”, has just finished serialization over at my Roughs strip on Adultwebcomics.com; you can navigate to the archives by using the scroll menu underneath the current strip(Warning: Not Safe for Work).

Most of the work is already completed–I’m currently working on finishing up the the second new story. I’m planning should be ready for the Toronto Comics Art Festival in August, which I will be attending.