Artist Call For Tom Of Finland Art Fair

September 20th, 2014

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Dear Artist,

This year, the Tom of Finland Art Fair returns to TOM House, the iconic property where it has been held in earlier years. We invite you to become a part of this event to be held on October 4-5, 2014.

We are reviewing applications and sending confirmations via email. This allows us to tailor the event to the space available and to better serve the desires of the buying public as well as the artists. This will insure the greatest possible mix of established artists and exciting new ones as well as a variety of media (sculpture, photography, drawings, etc).

The Foundation is making an extra effort in advertising aimed at attracting collectors of art as well as the general public.

The registration fee for this year’s event is $100.00, and a limited number of grants from our Marcello Lupetti Artists Fund are available to offset the booth cost in whole or in part.

The Foundation receives 25% of all art sales at the Fair to cover processing and administrative costs. Each artist will appear in the printed program using your artist name, a brief description of your work, and contact information.

If you are interested in being a part of this classic event click here to apply! 9Note: This link will load an Adobe Central form.)

Receive the latest Art Fair updates by Liking and Sharing the Facebook Event and please invite all your friends!

Sincerely,

Toni Rodriguez (office AT tomoffinlandfoundation DOT org)

Event Coordinator
Tom of Finland Art Fair

Tom Of Finland Art Fair

September 18th, 2014

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Anyone living in or near Los Angeles or visiting the area may want to mark October 4th and 5th on their calendars. Those are the dates for this year’s Tom of Finland Art Fair being held at the TOM House on a quiet street in the Echo Park area. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for members and participating Fair artists. For more information go here.
Check out some of the mostly NSFW art and photos taken of work from the Tom of Finland collection over at the Gay Manga blog!

Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Genius Grant

September 17th, 2014

Gayleague congratulates Alison Bechdel on the news of her being awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant! It’s a well deserved award for a cartoonist who’s given decades of stories with Dykes to Watch Out For and shared secrets with the world in Fun Home and Are You My Mother.

Zombie Boy Kickstarter

September 15th, 2014

DALLAS – Mark Stokes launched his Kickstarter on September 15, 2014, with a goal to raise funds to help him publish the first-ever collected volume of his online comic strips in book form. Zombie Boy Vol. 1: Some Kind of Horrible will print the first 200 Zombie Boy comic strips, along with some additional material never before published.

The popular comic book character is actually well into his third decade, now, having originally sprung from Stokes’ pen in the late 1980s. “Zombie Boy, as a character, celebrates his 27th birthday this year,” said Stokes. “His first appearance was in print in 1987, as a comic book, with subsequent issues throughout the next decade. I made the transition from a comic book into a online comic in 2010, with the first strip posting on Aug. 2, 2010.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity for the Ju-Juvenile to rise again in print!” said Stokes. “I just can’t seem to keep the kid in his crypt!”

Follow the latest installment at Zombie Boy Comics!

Ignatz Award Winners

September 15th, 2014

Ignatz Awards were announced this past weekend at the SPX convention in Bethesda, MD. Gayleague would like to congratulate three award winners in particular: Robert Kirby, along with the 33 contributors and Northwest Press, for the anthology Qu33r and cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki for their graphic novel This One Summer.

The complete list of the 2014 winners may be found here.

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QU33R At Amazon

This One Summer At Amazon

Rude Dude – Ian Fischer Colors In The Man Behind The Art

September 15th, 2014

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Rude Dude Coming to DVD and VOD October 7th

Washington, DC – Garden Thieves Pictures has announced that Rude Dude, Ian Fischer’s documentary about comic book legend Steve Rude, will be available nationwide on cable and internet VOD and DVD October 7th. The film, which has screened to audience acclaim at comic conventions across the country, follows the toll it takes on Dude and his family when he decides to leave the comic book field that made him famous to pursue a career in fine art.

Possessed of an incredible artistic talent, Steve Rude is “The Dude ,” an eccentric personality as colorful as his comic book art. Filmmaker Ian Fischer (Magritte Moment) presents Rude’s rise through the comic book world and difficult transition from comic book shops to art gallery walls, made all the more challenging by Rude’s battles with mental illness.

Rude Dude is a deeply moving portrayal of a talented yet tortured artist. The film is surprisingly honest in how it shows the impact that his illness has had on his family, his colleagues in the comic book world, and his ever-dwindling set of friends.

The DVD release of Rude Dude (SRP $24.99) will exclusively include two feature-length commentaries (director Ian Fischer and composer Ross Williams, Nexus co-creator Mike Baron) and a gallery of Steve Rude’s sketchbooks.

Rude Dude: Not Rated / 91 Minutes / English

Order Rude Dude from Amazon!

Arrow Season 3 Trailer

September 10th, 2014

Wuvable Oaf At SPX & New Oaf Figure

September 10th, 2014

The Goteblüd Resin Cast Figure is available for pre-order at http://www.wuvableoaf.com/and catch Wuvable Oaf at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD this weekend! First up, check out Erik Erspamer’s awesome GOTEBLÜD Resin Case Figure!


​Sculptor Erik Erspamer returns with another resin Oaf masterpiece: Goteblüd!
Sculpted and cast by Erik himself, from Ed’s original character design, Goteblüd comes with a removable blood pool base! Handpainted by both Erik and Ed, this figure is limited to an initial run of 25 copies! PRE-ORDER NOW for shipping by DECEMBER 1st!

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Not All Comics Shops, Yes All Fangirls

September 7th, 2014

Written by J Valentine

This past week my local comic shop found itself unintentionally newsworthy thanks to some unpleasant allegations, which they followed up with a string of social media blunders. I was a little surprised to hop onto Facebook for my morning procrastination and find so much negativity aimed at my store, but after it sunk in the surprise evaporated and an ugly feeling of resignation settled in to replace it.

For those unfamiliar with the story, a former employee at Harrison’s Comics and Collectibles sent out some tweets about a possible wrongful firing. She’d reported a manager’s lewd and workplace inappropriate behavior to the store owner, and when she showed up for her next shift she was fired. The story was picked up by Jezebel and Bleeding Cool, among others, and suddenly the store I once visited on a weekly basis had become viral. Harrison’s has a few locations, but the one I primarily visit and the source of the controversy is the spot in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.

Naturally, a lot of people have been trying to discredit Ms. Williams, the ex-employee. Her detractors have ranged from sincerely loyal Harrison’s patrons to viciously misogynistic dude-bro geeks whose hackles rise anytime ‘sexism’ and ‘comic books’ can be brought into the same conversation. While I’m not personally acquainted with any of the parties involved, based on my past experiences with the store, I find Ms. Williams’ account of the situation sadly credible, and that’s where that sinking feeling of resignation sprang from.

I started shopping at Harrison’s when I was a teenager. I’d started reading comics casually when I was six, but since I’m a girl, that was considered abnormal and weird. Accordingly, my comics and comic book related toys were stored in my brother’s room, and most of our superhero stuff was purchased with him in mind. When I was a teenager I finally had my own bedroom, and after acquiring a job at the mall, a disposable income I could use to acquire and store a comic book collection of my own. Harrison’s was very helpful there. I started exploring their shelves at the same time I started figuring out what I liked in a comic book, independent of what my brother was reading.

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Superheroes Going Viral

September 4th, 2014

By Jericho  Wilson

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It was an honest mistake. Reading Grant Morrison’s Multiversity #1 from DC Comics, I saw a square-shaped bottle with an orange & brown label that looked exactly like Sustiva, one of the medications I take for HIV. In the midst of a discussion on Facebook with fellow gay geeks, I got all excited and posted about it. But alas, I was mistaken. Another fan pointed out that a few pages earlier the word “Zoloft” (medication for depression) was visible on the bottle in very small print.

Damn. I got all hyped that Morrison’s lead African-American protagonist might also be HIV+ making a book with an already very diverse cast even more diverse. Aside from my embarrassment at missing the label in a previous panel, I shrugged my shoulders figuring that was the end of it. Then a friend sent me a message on Facebook: “Would you like to write a piece about your thoughts on an HIV+ hero as representation?”

Well, there was an angle that was the farthest thing from my mind. That is because I think the subject is unrealistic for many reasons. HIV+ heroes? Very, very rarely does any major multimedia company allow such a thing to ever happen, let alone would most writers even propose the idea. Granted, there are exceptions with controversial stories by brash creators. And you can count them all on one hand.

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