BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #143 – STRIPTEASE is here!

Hiya Gang…

I hope everyone has had a great week.  I have some really great news this morning.  My new book, Striptease is back from the printer and now on sale on the Class Comics website.  The cool thing about this one is that is was not supposed to be out until next year, but we had everything finished up in time and figured we’d put it out before Christmas.

In this industry, it’s pretty rare to have stuff done ahead of time!  I think for me, it’s definitely a first!  LOL!

So what the heck is Striptease?  Well, it’s a collection of the one-page mini comic strips I’ve created over the years.  You will have seen some of them in the adult section of my website, but I created a whole bunch of new ones for this book.  There’s a bunch of new stuff in this.


The comic stars a lot of my Boytoons.  Camili-Cat, Zahn, Locus, Lanor and Space Cadet are featured prominently, but there are also some new faces.  Cauldron, today’s cover Boytoon is one of those new faces.  You see, Striptease is a light-hearted fun, with lots of humor and sex… but I wanted it to have some good substance as well, so I created a 3-part Zahn #2 prequel for the book.


That’s where you’ll meet Cauldron, who is similar to Zahn in that he too is an elemental.  Pay close attention to Jonah’s reaction to Cauldron.  I’m dropping some MAJOR hints as to what is really going on in Varda.

You’ll also get to see Dominion and Devilhound in comic book format for the first time.  I’ve drawn them a few times over the years, and even written short fiction about Devilhound, but this is the first time these Boytoons actually appear in a comic.


Feels to me like Striptease has been a long, LONG time in the making, and in some ways it has.  Some of the strips in it date back to 2001 and it’s such a great joy for me to see them all collected together in one book.  Mostly, I enjoyed working on Striptease for the humor.  You people know me, and you know I like the dramatic in most of my stories.  Humor feels good once in a while and is a nice break from the way I typically like to write.


Also I wanted to let you know that Fraser and I just finished the official Striptease Mini Site.  It’s now live for you guys to check out.  My favorite part about this mini site is the character bio section.  It was a blast to put together.  PLUS, there are 4 brand new wallpaper designs for you guys in the goodies section.  I hope you will enjoy them.  They’re my way of saying thanks for your constant support and encouragement.  You guys are all MAJORLY appreciated! :-)

Meanwhile, for those of you who prefer to get your Class Comics through your local comic shop, Striptease is also available through the Diamond Previews Adult catalog.  You can pre-order it now from your fave shop (STRIPTEASE DCD ITEM: DEC08 3877 ISBN: 978-1-897102-42-8)

I’ll be back here very soon with some new artwork for you guys, a huge Boytoon Adventures #1 preview as well as reviews of some really cool new gay comics I’ve just gotten my hands on.

Thanks again for everything, my friends!
Hugz + Kisses,
Patrick XOXO


All artwork and characters © Copyright 2008 Class Comics Inc.  All rights reserved.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #142 – Advertising Class!

I just finished putting together an advertisement for the next Diamond Previews Adult catalog.  This ad was for my upcoming Striptease book (by the way, I’ll chat more about Striptease very soon!).  I was quite pleased with it and it occurred to me that I’ve never really talked about the advertising side of things with you guys.


It’s funny you know – I love to design.  That isn’t to say I think I’m any good at it, but I approach every piece with a lot of enthusiasm.  Graphic Design and creating advertisements can be a blast and a great way to take a break from my drawing, but it can also be very stressful!

You can’t help but feel the pressure, because each piece you do has a lot riding on it.  After all, you are trying to sell the product you’re advertising, and hopefully entice bookstores and readers to invest in that product.


Each ad we put together at Class Comics begins with the whole team sitting down and coming up with ideas – brainstorming!  What do we want to say?  What do we want to show?  What don’t we want to show and keep a surprise for the readers?

We have to keep in mind what publication we are creating the ad for.  What are its dimensions and specs, and just as importantly, what are its criteria.  Though some publications are aimed at adult readers, like the Diamond Previews Adult Catalog for example, there is still a strict “no penis” policy.  So each ad for Diamond needs to be approached very carefully.  We constantly have to find creative new ways to hide our Boytoons’ bits, but still arouse interest.



Covers for the Previews Adult catalog are always such a pleasure, but sometimes need to be turned around on tight deadlines, so there is rarely time to create brand new artwork for them.  For this latest one advertising Rapture #3, I had to resort to older images that could still promote the book, even if they did not feel all that new to me.  But on some covers, like the one advertising Brother to Dragons, I’m lucky enough to get awesome new artwork from the series’ artist, just in time to compose the piece.  In this case, Carlos García was sweet enough to work under the most impossible deadline and whip up these 2 gorgeous illustrations of Alai and Jiki!

Recently I had to create an ad for the Program of the HX Gay Erotic Expo held in New York.  That was SUCH a blast.  Their instructions to us: “Make it as explicit as you like”! WAH-HOO!  Rarely do I get to haul out the big guns.  It felt so nice to have the opportunity to put something together that did not hide any part of our Boytoons.  It was tricky choosing the illustrations that went into the piece, but in the end, I think I got a fun cross-section of our books. Here we opted to let the images speak for themselves, using only a minimal amount of text.

In-house advertising, basically the ads we use on the Class Comics family of Blogs and Websites are obviously less restrictive about content.  I can show as much penis as I want, but no matter what the purpose of an ad, I always try to abide by the following 3 rules…

1. Never lie!  Don’t make bullshit up to sell a product.  It’s perfectly fine to extol the virtues of a product, and the spin you give things is super important, but you’ll just piss off your readers if you promise stuff that isn’t part of the actual product!

2. Less is more!  Don’t give everything away.  People like to know what to expect from a book, but only to a degree!  You want people to get excited about what you’re advertising, but you also don’t want to spoil the fun of actually reading the book!  You want to give them the opportunity to be surprised and discover stuff too!

3. Give it everything you’ve got! And by that I mean, get as creative as you can.  I swear, it makes a difference how invested you get in your advertising pieces.  If it’s worth doing, its well worth doing right, and your fans and readers will appreciate that you hold them in high enough regard to give them the best teasers you possibly can!

Anyhoo, dear friends… I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of my advertising portfolio and my impressions of advertising and graphic design in general.  I’ll see you all again very soon!

Hugz + Kisses,
Patrick XOXO

All artwork and characters © Copyright 2008 Class Comics Inc.  All rights reserved.

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