Wuvable Oaf Goes To Comic Con!

July 22nd, 2014

There’s a bunch of new Wuvable Oaf items up at http://www.wuvableoaf.com/products.htm and available this week at San Diego Comic-Con!

Wuvable Oaf has made the leap to his own Comic-Con booth this year, in the Small Press #L-11! Ed and Mark will be at the show all five days with a bunch of goodies, including: Music Mini Comic

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​This collection gathers up Oaf stories from Maximum RocknRoll, the Mercyful Fate tribute comic and QU33R anthology, along with a previously unpublished “Worst Dates Ever” story! Choose from three variant cover choices!

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​Wuvable Oaf #s 0 and 1 sold out a while back, so we combined them into one handy flip-book volume! The Special Edition version comes with a new Ejaculoid Dust Jacket and three art plates featuring Smusherrrr, Goteblud and Oaf!

Classic Oaf shirts are back in stock!

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Oaf Undies, Goteblud, Slumber Party and Oaf Hulk are back in limited quantities, so don’t wait too long! Sizes S-3XL on Fruit of the Loom T’s.

Finally, Ed will be signing the new Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever at the Last Gasp booth (#1614) on Thursday, July 24 from 12:00-1:30 pm!

​LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING A BUNCH OF YOU AT THE SHOW!!!
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Teen Titans #1

July 21st, 2014

teentitans1001Teen Titans has returned with a new number one courtesy of writer Will Pfeifer after the previous unreadable volume was mercifully laid to rest only a few months ago. Comparisons of the two volumes will inevitably happen, so let me offer mine. Several things in the plus column. scott Lobdell is not the writer. I repeat: Scott Lodbell is not the writer. Will Pfeifer doesn’t have as long a career in comics writing as Lobdell does, and his writing on Catwoman and HERO, his “Dial H for Hero” revival, shows to me he can deliver solid scripts not mired with derivative exposition. The team is trimmer by four, with the former Kid Flash and Solstice off in the future and Superboy and Skitter who knows where. Or possibly five if counting Danny the Alley ne Street which Lobdell used a few times. Bunker did not disappear into comics limbo as all too often happens with LGBT characters in supporting or ensemble roles, and  and he isn’t annoying because Pfeifer isn’t peppering his dialog with Spanish phrases in a lame attempt to make the character seem Mexican, just as the dialog for all the characters seeming more natural. Another positive note is that Pfeiffer also seems eager to continue the friendship between Beast Boy and Bunker.
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The Cure For What Ails You

July 16th, 2014

Are you burnt out on spandex? Need a break from the latest mutant melodrama? Are you bored to tears by slice of life comics? Has your libido flatlined and your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of that expensive blue pill? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions – and even if you didn’t – have I got the answer for your dilemma! Well, not me personally. Let me point you to a growing number of robust and soundly erotic comics by one Dale Lazarov and a bevy of artists hand chosen for their anatomical inspiration! Try one or more scintillating selection to cure what ails you! Just click the ad in the top right of the sidebar or here.  Disclaimer: Please don’t read while driving. Not responsible for chafing or repetitive motion injuries.

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Gay Previews For September

July 15th, 2014


Hiya! September’s Previews has more fun and interesting surprises! A gay private eye comic from Northwest Press, another volume of Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book with P Craig Russell, a Young Avengers Omnibus hardcover, and Adrian & the Tree of Secrets all caught my attention! And then there’s this massive Taschen book about Marvel’s 75 years publishing comics that’s really tempting. Is it saying “buy me” to you too? Go check out the other stuff!DC’s presence on the list this time out is a tad messed up thanks to the Futures End event being solicited two months ago. I debated on including any DC books since you’d only be able to pick them up in store.

Credit to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT or supportive.

So hey. A few words about being an Amazon affiliate again. Sure, there’s a small commission on each sale you make if you make purchaes by clicking any of the links in this list or through that widget thing in the sidebar or if you bookmark the link below. Supporting your local comic shop and bookstore is really important too. Being an Amazon affiliate isn’t just about commissions on books though, so don’t be shy about using these links to make your other non-book related purchases!
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Credit to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT or supportive.

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING TPS Vol 1 – 4 $16.99 each Page 230
Terry Moore
Rachel Beck wakes in a shallow grave and claws her way free as a mysterious woman watches from a bluff. With no memory of the night before, Rachel enlists the help of Aunt Johnny, the town mortician, to find her killer. But when repeated attacks send her to the morgue, Rachel’s ability to wake from death again and again prove to be a blessing and a curse, and the eerie town of Manson will never be the same! Volume 1, The Shadow of Death, collects issues #1-6. Volume 2, Fear No Malus, collects issues #7-12. Volume 3: Cemetary Songs, collects issues #13-18. Volume 4: Winter Graves collects issues #19-24.

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AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7 $3.99 Page 241
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Betty, RIP,” part 1 of 6. It’s been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive!

kevinkeller15KEVIN KELLER #15 $3.99 Page 245
Dan Parent
Kevin became a semi-celebrity after coming to the aid of a robbery victim, and it got Veronica’s wheels turning: of course, Kevin would make the perfect superhero! With her unlimited resources and limited common sense, Veronica built a secret lair into her mansion, where they could monitor crime and send Kevin out to fight it as The Equalizer! The only piece of the puzzle left is Kevin-he still has to decide if he wants anything to do with her crazy schemes! This super issue features not one, but two variant covers by superstar artist Phil Jimenez!

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ADRIAN & THE TREE OF SECRETS $18.95 Page 247
Hubert and Marie Caillou
The bittersweet story of Adrian, a nerdy teenaged boy who falls in love with Jeremy, the cool kid at school. Adrian isn’t very happy these days. He lives in a small town and goes to a Catholic high school. He’s dogged by a strict mother, bullied on the soccer field, and chastised by the school principal, who considers gay rumors about Adrian as a sign that he is “ill.” But Jeremy, the coolest kid at school, thinks otherwise; he takes Adrian on scooter trips, where they end up in Jeremy’s secret treehouse stealing kisses. Adrian finds himself falling in love, until Jeremy’s girlfriend rats them out, sending Jeremy into a tailspin of embarrassment for being different than the rest. What will become of him?

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Robert Rodi Essentials & A New Book

July 13th, 2014

Robert Rodi has a modest Kickstarter to reissue new editions of his out of print books along with a novella updating the stories of these characters! Check it out!

Grayson’s Surprise

July 13th, 2014

Nightwing! Nightwing! Nightwing! Who could pass up Dick with that incredibly tight butt? Me, for one. What the hell?! Nightwing’s first volume – and I have the entire run – had been cancelled for over a year at that point if I recall correctly so I’d already gone through withdrawal aside from the occasional appearance in Batman Inc. So after DC’s relaunch nearly three years ago limiting my Batman related titles to Batgirl. Batwoman, and the last of Batman Inc. wasn’too difficult. Whether you read Forever Evil or not you know that Nightwing was captured, tortured, forced to listen to Owlman’s rambling thoughts, and unmasked for everyone to see, leaving Dick’s fate uncertain until the announcement that he’d become a super spy in a new series drawn by the very talented Mikel Janin, whose work I’ve admired from Justice League Dark. As first issues go the story is mostly set up with Dick boarding the Trans Mongolian train in his inimitable style. For me the best scene occurs toward the end when Stormwatch’s Midnighter makes a surprise appearance. Actually he appears in the beginning as well. Stormwatch is cancelled for now (thanks, Jim Starlin and DC!) but Grayson writers Tim Seeley and Tom King told Newsarama they have plans to use Midnighter as a recurring character and integrate him into DC’s spy world. To top off their first encounter Seeley and King added a little sexual tension to the scene! Looks like I’ll add Grayson to my pull list!

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Sequart’s Wertham Documentary Diagram For Delinquents Now Available

July 8th, 2014

sequartwerthamdocSequart Organization is proud to announce that the Fredric Wertham documentary Diagram for Delinquents, directed by Robert A. Emmons, Jr., is now available for download purchase and DVD preorder.

In 1950, America was in a state of panic. Juvenile delinquency was destroying the very fabric of society. Ninety percent of all children were reading comic books. In 1954, psychiatrist Dr. Fredric Wertham wrote a scathing indictment of comics called Seduction of the Innocent. Its central premise: Comic books were the leading contributing factor to juvenile delinquency. That same year, Dr. Wertham testified at special hearings on comic books at the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the United States. Comic books were on trial!

Diagram for Delinquents captures the zeitgeist of late 1940s and early 1950s America and investigates how the funny books found themselves on the fire. Using expert and comic book insider interviews, never seen before historical photographs and films, and animation, Diagram goes further than any previous comic book documentary to explore and understand the controversial figure at the center of this American tale: Fredric Wertham.

The movie is currently available for purchase as a download from the Sequart store, including a version with over an hour of bonus material. Also at the Sequart store, you can preorder the DVD version, which is expected to ship in August. For more information on Diagram for Delinquents, and to see its official trailer, please visit the film’s page on Sequart.org.

About the Publisher: Sequart Organization is devoted to the study of popular culture and the promotion of comic books as a legitimate artform. Sequart has released twenty books, five films, and thousands of online articles. Its documentaries include The Image Revolution, and its books include Grant Morrison: The Early Years. Later this year, Sequart will release the documentary She Makes Comics (about the history of women in the comics medium), and next year will see the release of a documentary on Neil Gaiman.

About the Director: Robert A. Emmons, Jr. is a documentary filmmaker focusing on American popular culture and history. His films include Enthusiast: The 9th Art, Wolf at the Door, Yardsale!, Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza, and De Luxe: The Tale of Blue Comet. Goodwill was screened as part of the Smithsonian exhibition “Our Journeys / Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement.” It also won Best Homegrown Documentary Feature at the 2008 Garden State Film Festival, and it led to him receiving Mexico’s Lindbergh-Carranza International Goodwill Award as a “Messenger of Peace.”

The Vamp

June 24th, 2014

vampContributed by Ronald Byrd

Nothing is known about the Vamp’s life prior to her entry into the subversive criminal organization known as the Corporation; the lover of the Corporation’s east coast head, Senator Eugene Stivak, the Vamp was assigned to infiltrate the international law enforcement agency called SHIELD, and she, along with another double agent called Blue Streak, joined SHIELD’s Super-Agent program, in which capacity she wore the energizing absorbo-belt and served alongside genuine heroes the Texas Twister and Marvel Man (later known as Quasar). While serving as a SHIELD Super-Agent, the Vamp was also active as a Corporation agent in the form of the Animus, a psionic-powered, neanderthal-like, and apparently male superhuman; her ability to assume this new form was presumably given to her by the Corporation’s genetic engineers, who evidently worked under criteria different from that of most other subversive scientists (although, in all honesty, for all we know it is the Animus who is the original form and the Vamp who is the transformation, which would lend the Vamp’s romance with Senator Stivak a rather unusual subtext). Thus, the Vamp targeted the super-hero Captain America in the form of the Animus, even while she was posing as his ally in SHIELD.

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Mephisto

June 23rd, 2014

Contributed by Michael McDermott

Mephisto is a demon who rules a fiery “hell” dimension. He is a being of pure evil, and his entire existance seems to be devoted to causing suffering and capturing the souls of various mortals. Mephisto has many different forms and appearances, and although his natural state appears to be male, he can assume a female form when it suits his purposes.

Over the years Mephisto has been a threat to nearly every character in the Marvel Universe, and has targeted various heroes as Adam Warlock, Thor, Wonder Man, Black Panther, Hellcat, and many others in his schemes. The hero he seems most interested in is the Silver Surfer.

In one encounter, he assumed the form of the the female Nova, and seduced the Surfer and managed to trick him into surrendering his soul. The Surfer was now Mephisto’s property, although he did eventually manage to escape.

Mephisto: “You exist for my amusement… to do and be anything I desire… take any shape… serve any purpose. It is mine to deem you slave… or lover… or nothing.” (Silver Surfer vol.3 #100)

Given that he is a creature of pure evil, Mephisto is ob-viously incapable of love, and therefore his sexuality changes to suit whatever scheme he is currently involved in. This is best illustrated in a scene from Black Panther #2, where Everett Ross asks Mephisto if he is gay. His reply: “No. At least, not today.”

Mephisto has a son,Blackheart, and in an alternate future has a daughter named Malevolence. There is no information on who the mother of these offspring is.

Mephisto first appeared in Silver Surfer #3, volume 1 and is outed in Silver Surfer #99 & 100.

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Ambassador Odan

June 17th, 2014

ambassadorodanContributed by Michael McDermott

Odan is a Trill, a joined species where a humanoid host body houses a parasitic worm-like creature that is the true intelligence. The symbiote moves from host to host, but the Odan identity remains the same.

Odan met and fell in love with Dr. Beverly Crusher of the starship Enterprise during a peace mission. The two of them became lovers. During the mission, Odan’s male host body died and Odan temporarily took over the body of Will Riker, until a replacement host could arrive. The new host was a female, and although Odan still wanted to pursue a relationship with Dr.Crusher, Beverly was unable to cope with the constant changes that Odan goes through. The two parted as friends.

They met again a few years later during a mission to transport a dangerous Trill criminal. Odan attempted again to renew their romance, but Beverly was very uncomfortable around her. Despite her discomfort, it was obvious that Beverly still cared deeply about Odan, and that concern came to the surface after the criminal, Dalor, escaped and took Odan hostage. Beverly was able to rescue Odan, but the two women ended up trapped on the starship with him and his mercenary crew, while Crusher’s Enterprise crew mates attempted to recapture Dalor. The two women fought side-by-side, and were able to hold off Dalor’s men until the Enterprise was able to rescue them.

This experience helped the two of them to bond again, and although Beverly was still not ready for a relationship with Odan, she admitted that it may be possible someday.

Odan first appeared in the TNG episode “The Host”,episode #97 and in comics in Star Trek The Next Generation Annual #4.