BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #176 – The coming of Black Wade!


Hello my friends…

What a HELL WEEK! Fraser and I have been sick like dogs!  I guess it’s the change in the weather, but we’ve been down with colds for nearly seven days.  But amidst all the coughing and hacking, there has been a bright spot, and I want to talk to you guys about it today!  I am of course referring to Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love by the incredibly talented Italian creative duo, Franze & Andärle.

I gotta say, this is what gay male erotic comics is all about.  With Black Wade you have a fantastic tale, deeply rooted in a time of where Pirates sailed the High Seas, coupled with artwork so sublime that you’re instantly in love.  It’s a perfect blending of story and art which gives the reader a superb opportunity to escape to a time filled with romanticism and incredible adventure on the Seven Seas.

Black Wade by Franze & Andärle. Now on sale!

Black Wade by Franze & Andärle. Now on sale!

The story which was painstakingly developed, focuses on the dreaded pirate Black Wade.  He has a cruel mind and an insatiable sexuality.  His mercilessness is legendary, but wavers upon meeting the young Jack Wilkins, a warm-hearted English officer.

These two men couldn’t be more different, both helming from completely different walks of life.  And yet, their attraction is absolutely undeniable. Their fate is sealed, and they are soon overwhelmed by their passion which unites them in a grand fight for freedom and love.

It’s an absolute pleasure getting to discover these characters.  Despite his reputation as a scoundrel and a rogue, Black Wade is incredibly endearing and has a charming nature that is very hard to deny.  Jack’s “situation” is at times almost heartbreaking and something that can be related to by many gay men.  You can’t help but love this guy.

Black Wade by Franze & Andärle. Now on sale!

Black Wade by Franze & Andärle. Now on sale!

You know me, I hate giving too much away when it comes to the story, so I will let you all have the pleasure of diving into the book for yourselves.  But I will say this… this 80-page volume is a sheer delight.

For me, Black Wade was far better medicine than any mug of Neo Citron.  It’s an incredible, deliciously sensual adventure which is brought to life with a finesse that is pure graphic novel perfection.  Black Wade is published in English by Bruno Gmünder, and in French by the good folks over at H&O.

You can get your copy in English via Amazon, and in French via the H&O website.

Black Wade by Franze & Andärle. Now on sale!

Black Wade by Franze & Andärle. Now on sale!

For more info on Black Wade, and the book’s creators, Franze & Andärle, check out the official Jimbo Comics website.  Meanwhile, head on over to my lovely pal Sarah’s blog, Rain on the Roof, for her great review of this terrific book.

More from me soon, boys and girls.
Hugz + kisses + sniffles!
Patrick XOXO

All characters & Artwork © Copyright & TM 2009, Franze & Andärle.  All rights reserved.


  1. Oh! This Looks Promising! The colors are just BEAUTIFUL!!

  2. I loved Black Wade.

    But more to the point.. 2 shots of good bourbon ( I recommend Woodbridge Reserve), 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice of 1 lemon top it off with African red or bush tea. A couple of these and you’ll sleep like a baby and your cold will be gone in 2 days.

  3. Bought this a few weeks ago, and I must say, it was well worth it.

  4. I bought this a few weeks ago too. I was starting to wonder if anyone else knew about it. It’s a very gorgeous book. They must have spent eons illustrating this.

  5. Patrick, so sorry to hear you boys are feeling so crap. Hope you’re both better soon!

    I loved this. Could you tell? LOL. Magic stuff and so damn gorgeous!

  6. Aww, 7 days.. that’s too long! Hopefully the gay porn gods will see to it that you guys get better really soon.

  7. I just got my copy in the mail today. It’s awesome! The story, the art… I just loved it!

  8. i loove this book! illustrations are beautiful and Black Wade is HOT! :)

    PS i hope your feeling better form your cold Patrick


  9. Hey everyone…

    Just wanted to say a great bog THANK YOU to all of you for the well wishes! The cold is FINALLY gone. Now I am just stuck with that annoying dry cough thing that always seems to linger afterward. Ah well. That too shall pass! LOL!

    I am so pleased you guys enjoyed my review of Black Wade. It’s a terrific book and it is great to see that so many of you enjoyed it!

    Loads of luv to all of ya!
    Patrick XOXOXO

  10. Re: Matthew DinosaurPrice,

    I just got the book myself…. the quality of the illustration is amazing! I emailed the creators to congratulate and express my delight with work. They replied to say the volume took 4 long years.

  11. I loved this book. Great art, great story.

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