Crash Course and Tug Harder mini sites now live! A post a day – Day 4!

Hiya Gang…

Fraser and I are getting ready to officially ( I say “officially”, because they are already available on the Class Comics catalog — the official release announcement will come this weekend ) release our first 2 books of the new year: Tug Harder #2 and Crash Course #1. I’ll be doing write-ups on both of these amazing comics in the up-coming days… but tonight I thought you might enjoy a look at the official mini sites.

The newly updated Tug Harder mini site... check it out adn view the official Tug Harder series animated trailer!

The newly updated Tug Harder mini site. Check it out to view the official series animated trailer.

The Tug Harder mini site has been completely updated to include free previews of issue #2.  It also has new goodies for ya, featuring art from the second book — and best o fall — you can view the WICKED animated Tug Harder trailer! You gotta check this out.  It’s total coolness, my friends.  Tug Harder #2 features more stunning art by series creator Butch McLogic and takes the story in places you have to read to believe.

Dive into the sexy world of Crash! Check out the official Crash Course series mini site.

The Crash Course mini site is gorgeous, and was superbly designed by my pal, Nookiedog.  He did a terrific job, and I urge you to rush on over to the site right now and dive right in to discover this wonderful series created by Johnny Murdoc (writer) and TJ Wood (artist).  The colors are lovingly provided by Lizz Ventura.  Crash Course is an incredibly sexy science fiction odyssey that will introduce you to a gamut of iconic new characters, such as Crash himself, the sexy, blond and buff space-faring adventurer.

Have fun surfing, my friends.  I’ll see ya tomorrow!

Hugz  + kisses, Patrick XOXO

Tug Harder & Crash Course © Copyright and TM 2010 Class Comics Inc.  All rights reserved.

Tug Harder © 2010 Butch McLogic.  All rights reserved.

Crash Course © 2010 Johnny Murdoc and TJ Wood.  All rights reserved.

Glowing Review of Angelface #1 and Tug Harder #1.

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Desmond Miller has reviewed Angelface #1 and Tug Harder #1 for Prism Comics,  and I couldn’t be more tickled by the kind words he wrote.  He seems to truly have enjoyed both titles, and that is awesome!!

To be fair, these were 2 of my fave Class Comics releases of 2008, and I felt they were brilliantly created books.  Benoit Prevot and Butch McLogic are exceptional comic book creators, and if you have not yet checked these titles out, you may feel compelled to after reading Desmond’s glowing review!

Thanks so much Desmond! It’s greatly appreciated!

Hugz + kisses,
Patrick XOXO

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.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #132 – Zahn Appreciation!

Hello dear friends…

Aahhh…! At last, all seems to be getting back to normal!  As you all know, Fraser and I have moved and of course, such things rarely go completely smoothly!  We’ve had a few internet connection problems, but I am pleased to say that they have mostly all been resolved.  Thanks so much to all of you for being so patient!  I’ve tried to post a few times before now with no success.  Ah well, better late than never! LOL!

So now, Fraser and I are happy to get back to doing what we love best: Making Comics!

I thought I’d catch you all up a little with this issue, and I want to kick off by saying that TUG HARDER #1 is now available for purchase.  We’ve just gotten the issue back from the printers and it looks amazing.  That Butch McLogic is a true genius!  The book has a terrific story and fan-freakin-tastic artwork!  I strongly recommend it… it’s definitely one for the collection!  Here’s a link to Tug Harder #1, and if you want to familiarize yourselves with the series a bit more, check out the official Mini-Site Fraser and I put together.

The lovely Sarah, owner and operator of the always eloquent Rain on the Roof Blog, has just done a very fun interview with yours truly.  She asked some cool and very fresh questions which I really enjoyed answering.  I hope you will check it out… and peruse the rest of her fabulous Blog.  She recently did a wicked interview with Mike of Mikemen.com which makes for some great reading as well.

Meanwhile, I would like to talk about Zahn #1.  I’ve gone on and on about how proud I am of this book.  I feel it’s one of, if not my best title to date.  A whole lot went into the development of the series and the issue in particular, from the establishing of the setting and the inhabitants of Varda, to Zahn himself and what his true nature is (and boy do I have some surprises in store for all of you in the next few issues!).

Paul, the FANTASTIC Gay Comic Geek, has just released his video review of Zahn #1 on You Tube and he had many kind words to say about the book.  I also love that he picked up on a lot of the subtleties of the issue.  WAY COOL, PAUL! Thanks for the awesome review! :oD  Be sure to check out his site.  He has a lot of cool comic reviews posted that I am certain you will find very enjoyable!

Getting back to the issue at hand… I suppose the reason for this post is that I want to discuss the book with you!  I am inviting your questions and comments… whatever you want to fire my way about Zahn and Zahn #1!  Consider this issue an invite to something of a discussion board with yours truly.

You see, it’s all good and well to be pleased with the end result of your own work, but it’s also very helpful to hear your fans’ impressions of it.  It helps to figure out whether you’re headed in the right direction or not. (As an aside, check out the non-explicit Zahn #1 trailer above which is posted to You Tube.  The explicit version is available at classcomics.com in the Video Vault)

I look forward to hearing form you.  Meanwhile, I leave you with this new Zahn wallpaper design. Enjoy, dear friends and I’ll chat with you soon!   And not to worry, I will be answering all the comments from last issue very shortly!  ;)

Hugz + Kisses,
Patrick XOXO

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Zahn © Copyright and TM 2008 Patrick Fillion / Class Comics Inc.  All rights reserved.

Tug harder © Copyright and TM 2008, Butch McLogic / Class Comics Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

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BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #125 – 2 new MINI SITES from Class Comics: Angelface & Tug Harder!

Hello my friends…

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday morning so far! I have a great issue for you today! I am so pleased to announce that Fraser and I have just finished putting together 2 new mini sites for Class Comics.

The first one is for Tug Harder. Written and illustrated by Butch McLogic, Tug Harder recounts the story of an undercover photographer who works for a Gay Magazine. Tug gets a job at a pig farm where he hopes to snap a ton of candid shots of the farm hands so he can sell to his magazine. Thing is, his plan may not go off without a hitch.

Just like the Zahn mini site, this one gives you a very special sneak peek at the first issue, as well as info an all the main characters, goodies and much more!

Later this summer, Class Comics will be releasing the first issue of renowned French artist Benoit Prévot’s exquisite series, Angelface. Angelface is set in the 1920s and is lavishly painted and written by Prévot to be as authentic to the time period as possible. The men are sophisticated and gorgeous, but most of them are deeply flawed characters (just the way I like ‘em!). They are always horny and in true Class Comics tradition, this tends to land them in some serious trouble.

The Angelface mini site is now live and you can get a sneak peek at it by following this link! Meet the main characters, learn more about Benoit Prévot and his accomplishments, and get a wicked 6-page sneak peek at the first issue!

Meanwhile, if you’d like to take a look at some of Benoit’s other artwork, check out his fabulous artist site.

The mini sites seem to be quite popular with you good folks, and I am truly thrilled about that. They are so much fun to put together, and though they can be time consuming, I truly believe that they are worth the effort. They immerse you, the reader into the world of the series they are based upon, and that is a great way to help you discover the characters involved.

As I’ve said before, it’s our goal here at Class to create a mini site for all of our up coming titles. It’s part of our imminent Class Comics website redesign plan. But more on that later.

So that’s it for me for today. Have a great weekend, and enjoy these 2 new mini sites. Don’t forget to let me know what you think of them in the comments section! You know I always love to hear your opinions!

Hugz + Kisses,

Patrick XOXO

Tug Harder created by Butch McLogic. © Copyright and TM 2008, Class Comics Inc / Butch McLogic. All rights reserved.

Angelface created by Benoit Prévot. © Copyright and TM 2008, Class Comics Inc / Benoit Prévot. All rights reserved.

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