Gay Previews November 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Goodbye summer! Hello autumnal equinox and everything bloody pumpkin flavored! By Thanksgiving time the thought of another pumpkin pie has me asking people if they’ve ever tried a sweet potato pie. Sorry, that’s enough ranting about pumpkin!

Look for a couple of Oz books with Oz afficiando Eric Shanower attached to them. Vertigo releases a new edition of Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo’s Enigma! That story had a huge impact on me when it came out. Sina Grace draws the new all ages Image series Penny Dora. Drawn & Quarterly gives Moomin the deluxe treatment and Fantagraphics offers up again the searing and haunting 7 Miles A Second. Also, there are several new or reissued trades from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image, like the second trade of Rat Queens and the last half of Gail Simone’s short lived The Movement.

So hey, a few words about being an Amazon affiliate again. Sure, there’s a small commission on each purchase you make if you make purchases 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 specifically linked books and DVDs though, so don’t be shy about using these links to make your other non-book related purchases!

Amazon & Gay League

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 #30 $3.99 each Page 250
Terry Moore
In a dramatic showdown, Rachel’s killer is revealed! But the truth may be the final nail in Ra-chel’s casket when she finally confronts her killer. Will she survive or is this really the end of an extraordinary woman? Find out in this powerful issue!

STRANGERS IN PARADISE SC OMNIBUS $100.00 Page 250
Terry Moore
The greatest love story ever told is finally available in an affordable softcover omnibus edition! This two book package contains all 2,128 pages of Terry Moore’s epic tale featuring Katchoo, Francine, David, and Casey as they face life’s biggest challenges by facing them together. All 107 issues of the series are here, including the spin-offs Molly & Poo, Princess Warrior, When World’s Collide, and David’s Story.
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sabrina3AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #8 $3.99 Page 260
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Ghosts of Christmas Past.” Contrary to popular belief, the current zombie outbreak is not the first time a shadow fell across Riverdale and its citizens. As the survivors hunker down in a hotel to wait out a snowstorm, Hiram Lodge and Mary Andrews relive the darkest chapter of their town’s history. Ten years ago, the adults of Riverdale struck a terrible bargain with the witches of Greendale, setting the stage for the present-day apocalypse. With a regular cover by Francisco Francavilla and a “Cheerleader” variant by Andrew Pepoy.

SABRINA #3 $3.99 Page 260
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Rejected by the Council, Sabrina takes matters into her own hands to find Harvey’s missing soul. Recruiting two other young witches (from a neighboring coven), Sabrina holds a seance to locate her missing friend, but as ever, Madame Satan is pulling the strings behind the scenes, and what Sabrina taps into is much more dangerous-and diabolical. And will send our beloved teen witch on an epic quest.
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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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