Hello my friends…
I trust you’ve all been well! How appropriate that BOYTOONS MAGAZINE should be back from the dead, on this day of all days… HALLOWEEN! MWAH-HA! HA! HA! Yes, I’ve been away from this blog for several months now, and while there are several important and legitimate reasons for this, I simply could NOT miss doing a Halloween issue.
The BOYTOONS MAGAZINE HALLOWEEN ISSUE has always been one of my favorite to put together each year. I absolutely LOVE Halloween, and writing about all the things I find personally horrifically satisfying is something I always look forward to. So let’s jump right back in, shall we! LOL!
I want to start by making a very personal, and important announcement. Last year I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the incredible CLIVE BARKER in person. While at Bent-Con, my partner Fraser and I were invited to come see him at his home. You all know that NIGHTBREED is one of my all-time favorite films. I love the book and source material CABAL, and must have read it at least a dozen times. So, suffice it to say that meeting Mr. Barker was more than a dream come true… in fact all this time after the fact, thinking of it still leaves me buzzed. I should point out that Mr. Barker is a big fan of Class Comics, and he had some incredibly wonderful and deeply touching things to say about what Class Comics and its group of creators have accomplished. As I said — still buzzed!
Anyway, one thing led to another, and now Mr. Barker and I are collaborating on a VERY SPECIAL comic project together. I know you’ll hate me for this, but I don’t want to reveal anything further at this point. Please bear with me, there is still much work to be done, and I just want to leave it at that for now. What I can tell is that working with Mr. Barker is a BLAST, and I’m finding myself with the opportunity to draw characters I’ve LOVED for a very, VERY long time. I can’t even begin to tell you how OVER THE MOON I am with this. Mr. Barker is one of my heroes and working with him and his creations is quite frankly one of the greatest joys of my artistic career. I promise to keep you all posted on the project we’re working on together in the months to come. In the meantime, here’s an illustration of Devil Lude, Leroy Gomm and Kinsky of the Nightbreed. I drew this image for Mr. Barker as a gift of thanks and appreciation for receiving Fraser and I into his home last December. I couldn’t be prouder to say that the original and a color print of this piece hang framed in Mr. Barker’s studio.
Next on my Halloween list (not that this is particularly Halloweeny, but I had to mention it…), I want to talk about that always-impressive God of Gay Erotic Comics; LOGAN! It may surprise you to know that despite the fact that Logan and I have known each other for several years and that we’ve collaborated on the Deimos series and other comic projects on a number of occasions, I had up till now, never heard his voice before. Yup — we do everything via email. LOL! This morning I was treated to an awesome 2-part interview with Logan on Dr. Dick’s Sex Advice Blog. Dr. Dick interviewed Logan and asked him a ton of really great and intelligent questions, and Logan gave very insightful and thoughtful answers. It was a pure delight hearing Logan talk about his work and his artistic process. If you’re a Logan fan, you MUST listen to the interview. It’s a fabulous podcast… And Logan has one HELL of a sexy voice! XD Part One is here, and Part Two is here.
Logan is currently hard at work on PORKY #4 and #5… and if you LOVE his illustration of Deimos which I posted above, you’ll be thrilled to learn that he is also preparing to take on DEIMOS #3. Naturally, I couldn’t be more excited… so I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on that as well.
Speaking of artists I admire and love to work with, the spectacular JACOB MOTT and I collaborated this year on the Class Comics Halloween STRIPSHOW episode. Seems that Jacko the Halloweener was in the mood for a little something… “exotic” this year, so he decided to have a go at Camili-Cat! LOL! Cam of course doesn’t really know what Halloween is. He’s an alien after all… But the action between he and Jacko is MIGHTY HAWT! Not surprising really, since everything that Jacob does is scorching, erotic perfection. This strip was especially fun for both of us since Jacob had never worked with Cam before. I couldn’t be more thrilled with his depiction of my beloved Felinoid… and I love the way he captured Cam’s sexy new look. So naturally, I simply HAVE GOT to post the episode here for all of you to enjoy. It’s just TOO FABULOUS not to!
You may also wanna do yourself a very large favor and visit Jacob Mott’s BIG WATCH BOIZ Tumblr page. He’s been whipping up some of the hottest Halloween Hunks you’ve ever seen and posting them there for our enjoyment. Definitely my kind of HALLOWEEN TREAT!
Meanwhile, if you’re a Class Comics fan, you probably already know about the CLASS COMICS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Meaty #3 that was just released this month. But just in case you haven’t checked out the Class Comics website in a little while, or aren’t subscribed to the Class Comics newsletter, let me just fill you in on this amazing Meaty. Actually, the Class Comics Halloween Special is a two-volume Digital Comic that features all your favorite Class Comics characters, and the work of almost 80 wicked and mind-blowingly talented artists. This is Class Comics’ BIGGEST Halloween celebration to date, and I strongly encourage you to download both the TRICK EDITION and the TREAT EDITION.
Each book is completely different and features 70 pages of all new mini comics and pin ups by some of the most gifted artists working in Gay Erotic Comics today! Yours truly has even created several new illustrations for the Halloween Special, including my first ever official drawing of Glow Worm… I had such a great time lighting that jack o’ lantern with his glow stick that I simply HAD to put him on the cover of this BTM Halloween issue. I’ve also drawn new Trip, Diablo, Locus and Camili-Cat art… and here’s a little teaser from a piece I call “The Dead are Horny”! LOL! Clearly the dead have great taste in men!
I tell ya, the Class Comics Halloween Special is a FANTASTIC way to celebrate Halloween, and Fraser and I both want to thank each and every artist and creator who submitted artwork for this smashing 2-volume Meaty from the bottom of our black, black hearts! LOL! Be sure to check out the complete list of creators and artists here… and be sure to check out their websites and blogs and give them some love. They all deserve it!
Incidentally, the very talented Steven Bereznai, writer of the fantastic novel Queeroes recently interviewed me via Skype regarding the Class Comics Halloween Special. You can check that out over here on YouTube.
It wouldn’t be a BTM Halloween issue if I didn’t gush about a few horror themed films or television shows worth seeing on Halloween night! Dare I say that I love this season of FX’s deliciously sacrilegious American Horror Story even MORE than I loved the last one. This year’s Asylum is creepy/cool beyond the telling of it, and if Jessica Lang’s hatefully twisted/hypocritical Sister Jude doesn’t scare the crap outta you, the exorcisms and bloody faces definitely WILL!
But quite by accident, Fraser and I discovered and rented a film called Red Lights. The movie stars Sigourney Weaver, Robert DeNiro and Cillian Murphy and it’s captivating from start to finish. A real gem of a find, more thriller than horror, but smart, brilliantly acted and chillingly compelling… we couldn’t tear our eyes away from it.
“Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origin. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge for both orthodox science and professional skeptics. Tom starts to develop an intense obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core.”
Red Lights is brilliant, and a perfectly thrilling Halloween affair you will be glad you popped into your Blu Ray or DVD Player.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this year’s BOYTOONS MAGAZINE HALLOWEEN issue… and know that I will be back again very soon. I want to freshen up my template and make this blog fun to do for me, and fun to read for you once again. So stay tooned… and HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you all.
Spooky Hugz and Halloween Kisses, Patrick XOXOX