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Some Flamer Fan Art!!!

Hey Gang…

Hope your week is going well! Just wanted to post this STUNNING illustration of Flamer that my pal White Wabbit drew!

As you know Flamer is one of my newest characters, and Wabbit did a SUPERBLY HOT, HOT, HOT job of creating this gorgeous image of him! I just love it and wanted to share it with you all!

So thank you sooooo much to Wabbit for drawing this for me… and I’ll have more great stuff for all of you very shortly!

Much love to you all!
Patrick XOXO

Illustration © Copyright 2007 White Wabbit. All Rights Reserved. Reposting of this image without permission is STRICTLY prohibited.
Flamer © Copyright and TM Class Comics Inc, 2007. All Rights Reserved.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #67 – Belasco is in da house! – PART 2

Hey Gang…

Thanks for your patience in awaiting the second part of Belasco’s interview. It’s been a pretty hectic January. LOL!!! So here is part 2! Enjoy!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE: You regularly participate in the Tom of Finland Erotic Art Shows in Los Angeles and sometimes in New York. How is your art received at those shows, and what are the fans like? In what ways do you find that it is a good way for artists to network together and get in touch with their fans?

BELASCO: Well every year I reserve a space, and every year, right before the event, I swear never to do another one because I get very nervous about exhibiting. Then I go and have a great time meeting people and talking to the artists, so overall I love the event. I’ve attended so many of them it’s usually like old home week seeing everyone again and catching up. I would say my reception at the New York show is ten times more enthusiastic. I don’t know if it’s that New Yorkers just ‘get’ me better, or what. But they tend to really be responsive and also willing to buy originals, which usually isn’t the case at the Los Angeles event. Overall, the Tom of Finland foundation has been more than great to me. They were helpful in me making the connections I made to get more exposure. I do wish they would do a more focused effort to recognize the homo -erotic cartoonists and graphic novelists out there. At this point, we have enough to hold our own event! I do think it will happen though.

BTM: What was your first published work and in what publication did it appear? How was that experience for you? And looking back on things, is there anything about that experience that has stayed with you and better prepared you for future projects?

BELASCO: My very first published work appeared in a gay club magazine called “Thing”. It was actually a very dirty illustration I did on a birthday card for my best friend. It was a black orgy scene and at the last moment I signed “Belasco” instead of my slave name. LOL. Anyway, he worked on the magazine at the time and showed it to the publisher and he printed it in an issue. Well the issue did really well and my artwork started making waves. That was the first time I saw my erotic art in print and I was hooked. After doing art for that and another magazine called “Shade”, it wasn’t long before I published my first chap book called “Belasco 1: Lust for Sale”. The main thing I learned from my first publishing experience was that people actually liked my work and thought it was art. Something that I was compelled to do had resonance with people. That was a powerful and addictive feeling to know that your work makes a difference in the way someone else feels. That it brings them pleasure and they see all kinds of meaning in it that wasn’t intentional is very deep to me.

BTM: What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced as an artist of gay male erotic comics?

BELASCO: Probably the biggest challenge I face is finding a way to capitalize on my exposure. I have a demanding day gig that I like so it has always been an issue of how much time to devote to Belasco. I’ve had several false starts at trying to run a consistent publishing venture but having my attention divided like it currently is just won’t allow me to do Belasco art to the level I envision. Yet. That’s one of the things that astounds me about you, Patrick. You seem to have a handle on the art vs. commerce equation that is so elusive to so many artists. I’ve really excited about the things I see coming from Class Comics! Also the fact that you seem pretty selfless in your support and promotion of other artists is a great thing!

BTM: I have often said that one of the most frustrating things about being an artist of gay male erotic comics is that the genre is not widely respected by either mainstream comics artists or worse still, by fellow gay artists who create their art on canvas rather than in comic pages. Do you also find this to be so, and do you think that artists who have made a name for themselves in the field of gay male erotic comics could ever gain their due respect from their non comic peers?

BELASCO: Well, I don’t really worry about mainstream comics because after dabbling in it in the early days of my art career, I don’t have a burning desire to do them like I used to. And erotica, gay or straight, isn’t very well received in the mainstream comics community so I don’t give them any energy. As far as being a gay erotic artist dealing in cartooning and comics, it’s amazing that there hasn’t been a bigger push to bring our work to the attention of a bigger audience. But I’m used to cartooning and comics being looked down upon by the greater artistic community. The ironic thing about the gay erotic art thing is that the king of gay erotic art, Tom of Finland, did comics! It just seems we’re kind of the red headed step-child when it comes to gay art. I really believe that it’s because we make what we do look easy. And again, the bias against comic book style art goes back to the creation of comics. Will it change? I think it will.

BTM: To this day, the Brothers of New Essex remains one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. n>Can you tell us a little bit more about the Brothers of New Essex and how that collection came about? Did you always plan to release the material as a compilation, or did you select specific works for the project?

BELASCO: I don’t remember exactly how they contacted me. It perhaps was from seeing my stuff in GBM, but an editor at Cleis Press, Don Weis, called me out of the blue and said they’d like to publish a collection of my artwork. I agreed and it was a very heady experience. Before they called me, I didn’t even think I had enough to make a full collection. I sent them pretty much everything I had published up to that point, and they picked the stories that worked best for them out of all the chap books I had published up til then. The funny thing is that ‘Brothers of New Essex’ is maybe 40% of my full output. I have a lot of stories that haven’t been published yet or only had very limited runs.

BTM: A good deal of your art has appeared in the Meatmen Anthologies. How did that all come about and how did this help to further get your work out there?

BELASCO: Winston Leyland, the publisher, contacted me and asked to include me. I don’t remember when exactly. It was simple as that.

BTM: So we have talked about your comics and your life drawing, but upon visiting your Blog I was also BLOWN AWAY by your skill as a sculptor. I am always so amazed by artists who can bring their creations to 3D life since I can’t sculpt to save my life. What motivates you to create these amazing works of art? Do you have any plans to focus on sculpting on a more regular basis and to make these works available for sale? Or are they uniquely for personal enjoyment? Can a fan commission a sculpture from you?

BELASCO: My main motivation for those sculptures was quite honestly stress! I had been in a car accident a few weeks before I did my first sculpt. I had always sculpted before but always small figurines, and only sporadically. Well, after the accident, even though I wasn’t hurt physically, I was stressed out beyond belief to the point where I was actually not sleeping very well. Well, when I can’t sleep, I tend to create. So I started sculpting. The main difference was that these sculptures were a lot bigger. Anyway, over the span of four months I sculpted around 12 full sculptures. It was a crazy time. As things resolved themselves with the accident, my sculpting leveled off.

That’s also around the time I started my Blog to kind of focus all this stress I was experiencing in a constructive fashion. I do plan on doing more sculpting though but of course, now I’m working on a larger scale. Currently I’m sculpting a 3 ft figure in paper mache and art foam. It’s taking a lot longer, but I have tons of ideas for more. As far as making them available for sale, most of the ones on the Blog are for sale, but since they’re one of a kind, they are kind of pricey. I’m asking in the 750$ to 1000$ range for them depending on the scale. I think because they represent a very trying time in my life that I made a positive out, I’m reluctant to part with them. I’ve very bad with selling originals. I’d much rather reproduce the piece as a print or a resin cast of a sculpt and sell that affordably. But I’m learning to get over that. I sold the original cover paintings I did for the B-Boy Blues series of books by James Earl Hardy and there isn’t a day goes by that I wish I hadn’t sold them! Lol!!

BTM: You accept commissions, and from reading through your Blog, I saw some gorgeous proof of that! What sort of projects do you accept and are there specific criteria that the commissions have to meet before you will even consider doing them?

BELASCO: With commissions it just depends on whether it interests me or not. I don’t like to be micro-managed over a piece and I don’t like to be dictated every detail in a piece. Give me a basic topic and let me go to town. The curse and/or blessing of a day job that I like is that I don’t have to take commissions and so if I’m going to spend my spare time doing artwork, I need it to be something that I can personally get off on myself. The samples of commissions I have on my Blog happen to focus on foot fetish, which most followers of my work know is one of my ‘thangs’, so doing commissions like that can be fun for me.

BTM: Well my friend, it has been a real pleasure having you talk a little bit about yourself and your art for all of us here at BTM. In closing I was wondering, what words of wisdom do you have for emerging artists of male erotica? What are the Belasco “do’s” and “don’t’s”?

BELASCO: Oh, Lord…I could go on all day about that. Let’s see..

Do:

Believe in yourself and your artistic vision.

Do develop decent work habits to allow you to create even when you don’t ‘feel’ like it.

Do teach yourself how to draw and from many different sources.

Do draw, draw, draw!

Do stay up to date with the latest technological advances and software that can make creating easier.

Do set general goals and then specific pie in the sky goals. As you mark the general goals off your list, the specific ones start becoming a reality.

Do remember that there were great artists before you and there are great artists being born every hour, so…

Don’t:

Get a big head.

Don’t sell yourself short, but do price things realistically if you’re just starting out.

Don’t wait to be ‘discovered’. You make your own destiny. Get out there and get your stuff seen.

And…

Don’t let fear
of not paying a bill keep you tied to a job that doesn’t fulfill you. Be willing to take a chance on your talent and dreams.

Thanks, Patrick!

Again, I think you’re doing a lot for homo-erotic cartoonists with this great site and your comic book company. F*** the mainstream! (Unless it’s a comicbook with Luke Cage doin’ The Falcon! )

BTM: It was a pleasure, Belasco! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. I and the readers really appreicate it a lot!

So there you have it gang, straight from the artist’s mouth! Be sure to check out Bleasco’s Blog for more info on this fantastic artist — and be sure to check out all the cool merchandise you can get your hands on featuring Belasco’s HOT HOT guys!

See you soon!
Patrick XOXOXOX

All illustrations © Copyright 2007 Belasco. All Rights Reserved. Reposting of these images without permission is STRICTLY prohibited.

2007 Wallpaper Kickoff – The Explosion Series – Wave 1


Hey Gang!

Happy New Year to you all! I certainly hope you all had a great Holiday Season and that 2007 is treating you all well thus far.

Myself, I’ve been hard at work over on various projects so I haven’t had as much time to Blog as I would like. But I dug up a few wallpaper designs I created last year that I thought I would post for you to enjoy! I created a few more in the style rounding out Wave 1 with six 1024 X 819 designs.

I tried to vary up the characters for Wave 1 of the “Explosion Series” instead of serving up the usual suspects. Plus used some older illustrations just to make things fun. I tend to always use new stuff in wallpaper designs, so revisiting some old images was a lot of fun. Anyhow, I hope you enjoy them! I’ll have more goodies shortly, including part 2 of the Belasco interview, and maybe even a Wave 2 of these Explosion Wallpaper designs. Time permitting, I also plan to catch up on answering the comments you’ve all been so sweet to leave on the past few posts. Thanks for bearing with me.

So have fun with the wallpaper! Much love to you all, and all the best to you and yours for the New Year!

Much love,
Patrick XOXO

All characters are © Copyright and TM 2007, Patrick Fillion / Class Comics Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reposting of these images without permission is STRICTLY prohibited.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #66 – An Interview with BELASCO – Part 1

In today’s issue of BTM, I have a very special treat for all of you: an interview with the FANTASTIC BELASCO!!!! Most of us know Belasco’s amazing, urban flavored work, and are more than familiar with drooling over his gorgeous black men. He’s a multi-talented artist with a rich background in art, and someone who is never afraid to speak his mind.

Belasco is someone whom I have admired for several years, and who is a constant source of inspiration on my own black male art. I discovered his work years ago through his “Brothers of New Essex” book, which was published by Cleis Press. I immediately fell in love with his style and skills as a story teller. That’s also when I first met Boo, one of Belasco’s recurring hotties… this character is one fiiiiiine mixture of attitude and sex appeal, I’ll tell ya that!

I continued to follow Belasco’s art in the pages of the Meatmen anthologies and was so pleased to discover his Blog, Belasco art and Comixxx, upon receiving a very sweet message from this amazing artist. Begging him to do this interview seemed to be an ideal way to get to know this creator a little bit better.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE: It’s so great to have you here, Belasco… I know many of my readers are squeeling with glee right now. LOL!!! I’d love to know how you got started as an artist. What first motivated you to do art? Did you always know you were meant to do this, or did you happen into it? Did you receive formal training?

BELASCO: Well, I think I’ve drawn as long as I can remember. I distinctly remember being in nursery school and being told to draw a house and the amazement of the teachers when I fully rendered a house…in perspective, no less. Drawing has always come naturally to me and some of my earliest memories are of drawing Batman on the end papers of my mom’s college text books. I was doing my own comic pages of Batman probably by the time I was in 3rd grade and started creating original characters by 7th grade. From the minute I saw cartoons and superheroes, particularly the 60’s Batman cartoon as well as the live action show, I was hooked on comics, animation and drawing.

As far as if I always knew that I was meant to do this, had you asked me that question in my teens and 20’s, I wouldn’t have been able to say so, because at that time it was as if I was operating on instinct with no plan, just a lot of dreams. I wasn’t very ambitious but I was competitive with other artists in school because I knew this was the one thing that I did well. Drawing really made those intolerable years of being young and not in total control of my destiny somewhat tolerable. Now, if you ask me if I was meant to be an artist, I can firmly say ‘yes’ because I now have perspective. I always knew inside that I’d be doing exactly what I’ve done with my career in art. I had no plan on how to do it, however. I’m truly blessed to have been able to do exactly what I dreamed of doing as a child without really being an ambitious person. The only thing I did was A) constantly draw and absorb good influences, B) not listen to bad advice, and C) be willing to take chances and changes that allowed my art to provide for me.

As for formal training, I consider myself self-taught even though I took art classes all through grade school, high school and college. But I was very self-motivated when it came to teaching myself how to draw and sculpt and any other discipline. I tried them all. I took it upon myself to learn how to draw the human figure by copying nudes out of old classic art books that I checked out of the junior high school library. I would regularly come out of there with a stack of art books every week and devour them and copy the drawings. I was lucky that even the inner city junior high school I attended had a decent collection of art books! I realize now by doing that I was giving myself a version of how classical artists used to be trained when they went to art school and copied and drew from sculptures and paintings.

Later in college I was exposed to a lot of different disciplines like sculpture and jewelry making. The problem was is that I was penalized for actually being able to draw. Raw talent was discouraged over the pseudo-intellectual crap that passes for art education in most art programs. So college was spent with me basically trying to retain my desire for comic art and animation even though most of the teachers were trying to get me to do everything but.

BTM: On your Blog, you mention that “People always ask me if I have models pose for all the erotic artwork? I do and I generally reply that I draw it out of my head which only enhances my reputation as a freak. LOL!” You also mention that it is important to know ones anatomy and that you have honed your skills through “years of figure drawing from life and a steady diet of comicbooks!” The life drawings you’ve posted on your Blog are incredible, and have that distinctive Belasco style we all love. In what way do you feel that life drawing and comic book art have come together to help you evolve your style? What aspects do you routinely retain from both influences?

BELASCO: Well all good art in my opinion starts with a foundation in the figure. Initially when I first started drawing my own comics as a kid, I was a sponge for whoever was hot at the time in comics, so I had my John Byrne phase and Dave Cockrum phase. Later I learned how great guys like Alex Toth and Frank Robbins are. While I was copying out of comic books I was also copying out of classical art books and I guess it made it easier to see the connection between the two. The final key was discovering the work of Frank Frazetta. His art perfectly combined the look of classical art with the dynamism of comic book posing. Being a sponge, if I see art I’m inspired by, I instantly try to create my version of that work. So my high school final art exhibit consisted of all these not so vaguely homo-erotic barbarian paintings. I ended up actually tying for first with this girl who painted cotton fields and still lifes. I was robbed! But even then the homoerotic aspects were coming out in my art. I had already begun to do my own comic stories that had homoerotic elements in them. I remember it was a big breakthrough for me to draw a penis! It was still a few years before I got it hard, but it was a start!

BTM: Your art is amazing because it is such a respectful and proud depiction of the African American male. When I first discovered your work, it really struck me how authentic it was, and how you really stood out as one of the only artists who focused on the African-American community and culture. Did you have to make a conscious decision to draw black men primarily or did you feel this was something that needed to be done – a calling so to speak? How are your own ethnicity and your experiences a source of inspiration to you?

BELASCO: First of all, thanks for the compliment! I think my erotic art expression and growth coincided with my evolution as a black gay man. The earliest images I created of man on man love weren’t of black men at all. At the time I was coming of age, there were very few depictions of black in homoerotic art. There were very few pictures of black men in the gay magazines, no Black Inches, and very little black male porn even. It was truly a waste land, so I didn’t see anything that showed me what it was to be a black gay man, much less, how to draw one. At that time, hell, I thought I was the only black gay man. However, since I did see white gay people to a degree even back then, I just mimicked what I saw. So my first images of gay art were white guys together, even when I was drawing autobiographical comics stories about coming out, I didn’t use black characters, I actually created white surrogates.

That didn’t really change until I moved to Chicago in the early 90s and got caught up in the ground breaking black gay consciousness raising art that was going on at that time with Marlon Riggs’s film, “Tongues Untied” and Essex Hemphill’s poetry that really was blowing open the doors on black gay culture. The fact that there even was black gay culture was a revelation at that time. It was then that I began drawing my experiences and depicting my own desires.

It was truly inspiring and when people actually responded to it so enthusiastically, it just fanned the flame… so to speak. That whole time was very empowering and I saw that there was a niche to fill as far as depictions of black men in gay art. Before, I would have been sitting around waiting for the next Tom of Finland book to include black men, or Advocate Male’s yearly issue devoted to black men. One day I just said to myself, why am I waiting for someone else to do what I am capable of doing myself. The earlier art I was doing featuring white men was hollow and wasn’t a reflection of me. When I finally began drawing what was real to me, my art got better.

Now, that’s not to imply that a black artist can’t draw great white guys or vice versa. You, Patrick, and Joe Philips, both phenomenal artists, are testimonies to that. I’m only speaking of what I felt my niche was. There’s an old adage that I’ll paraphrase, “Draw what you know” which is all I’m trying to do. So yes, Belasco was created when I made the conscious decision to draw my own reality AND I felt it ws something that needed to be done. And, yes, my ethnicity and experiences are my primary source of inspiration.

BTM: Do you sometimes depict men of other ethnic backgrounds in your works as main characters, say through commissions or various personal works?

BELASCO: I haven’t yet. Apart from some Asian and Latino imagery I’ve done for my own amusement. That can always change. The main reason is because my artistic out put is very low in general and any time I have available to draw erotic stories I give to my two existing characters, Boo and Oasis. Besides, I honestly feel I just draw black men better. LOL…There are so many amazing erotic artists out now drawing every ethnicity that those are niches I really don’t need to fill. It’s not to say I won’t ever, but I do have to fall back on my earlier quote about drawing what I know. However, having said all that, just because I don’t have other ethnicities in my own stories, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be willing to draw commissions or stories with another creator’s characters.

BTM: I’d like to talk a little bit about your creative process. What inspires you to create a story? Are events that happen around you the catalyst, or do you just pull al
l these wicked scenarios out of your head? HA! HA! HA! Do you wake up in the morning filled with inspiration, or is it a disciplined process, one you have to ease into?

BELASCO: Unfortunately, I don’t really have a creative process. The weirdest things will inspire me. I have stories in my head that I’ve still not done yet. Other times, I can be driving somewhere and get a burst of inspiration and go home and fully draw an idea that comes out of nowhere. It’s different almost every time. Also, since I do have a day job, I’m not able to always act on ideas I get at the moment I get them. I wish I were more disciplined but my major goal in life was to never feel like I had a ‘job’. I try not to make my Belasco art a ‘job’. It takes the fun out of it for me.

BTM: Boo is one of your most popular characters, and has such a distinctive look and feel to him. There is no mistaking him! How did you create his character? Did you take a while to evolve the character’s look and feel or did he sort of just happen one day as you were drawing?

BELASCO: Well I’ll give the Cliff notes version. I was approached in 1996 at my first Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair by the publisher of GBM magazine (long since defunct) and asked to come up with an original character for their first issue. I had about 3 months and of course, at the end of that time I still hadn’t come up with anything. It was New Year’s Day and I went out to a strip show at the local club here. One of the dancers was called “Daddy” and had a phenomenal body and I was sitting at a table in the dark drawing him on the back of some business cards I had. I like to doodle in the most inappropriate places! Anyway, I was really inspired by his body, and his attitude was really appealing but the visual wasn’t complete. Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw this slight, cute guy walking past the stage with his baseball cap pulled down almost to the brim of his nose and something clicked and I drew his head on top of the body of the stripper I had been drawing and Boo was born!

I instantly knew who he was, his name, his back ground, everything. It was pretty amazing. I went home and the next day began drawing the very first story introducing him that had him seducing the guy at church. He definitely debuted with a bang. I’m just realizing as I write this that Boo will be 10 years old in Jan.! Amazing! Also, I’m realizing he’s a Capricorn! It never dawned on me but he was born on January 1st. I have a long history with Caps, so it’s ironic. I’m an astrology nut, in case it doesn’t show.

Well gang, that’s it for part 1 of Belasco’s interview. Did you get a load of all his sexy studs and his WICKED rendition of Boo riding my Space Cadet! LOVED IT!!!

Be sure to come back after the Holidays for part 2, when Belasco talks more about his HOT HOT HOT work as well as his future plans and projects.

Much love to you all, and warm Holiday wishes to you and yours. And if you’re feeling festive, check out this great little website for some Holiday fun with Fruitcake: www.gotfruitcake.com

See you soon!
Patrick XOXOXOX

All illustrations © Copyright 2006 Belasco. All Rights Reserved.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #65 – Bcomics: Boytoons from Germany!

There is nothing I find more thrilling than discovering an emerging new artist! Sometimes you happen upon them by searching the vast recesses of the internet, and other times, they contact you.

Recently, I received an email from a fellow named Guido. Guido is from Germany and creates some really beautiful male erotic imagery. He has recently set up his new website, that I thought you might all enjoy taking a look at.

I don’t speak German myself, so it is impossible to read any of the information currently available at his site, but once again we are shown that art speaks quite loudly for itself. One peek through Guido’s gallery ought to be enough to get you hooked onto this very talented artists’ work.

Meanwhile, I have a VERY SPECIAL surprise for all of you tomorrow. I won’t say who it is with, but I’ll have part 1 of a very special interview for all of you to enjoy! Trust me, you won’t want to miss this! So make sure you all come back tomorrow for some more hot Boytoons, and meanwhile, head on over to Guido’s BCOMICS for some mouth watering artwork!

Much love to you all!
Patrick XOXOX

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #64 – The Return of Diablo

WARNING!!! Spoilers Ahead!!!

A funny thing happened after I saw Rapture #2 in print. I realized that Incubus was at last on his own path as a character, and that Diablo and he were finally on their way to truly being 2 separate characters. That was nice!

I have to admit that their imagery and characters have often been muddled together, and that most people have a hard time identifying one from the other. Now that Incubus has his bold (or BALD, as it were) new look, this no longer seems to be as problematic!

It’s been established that Bruno Ragetti was transformed by the Cube wielding Jeanne Darque into the oh-so-hot-and-sexy Diablo. Red skin, pitch fork tail, horns, hoofs at first, and then later with real human legs and feet and eventually wings. After being repeatedly groped and ravished by the wicked Jon Dazy, he decided he’d had enough of the whole Diablo thing and relinquished his powers. To everyone’s surprise, those powers transferred over to his 19 year-old son, Eric. Eric was thus transformed into a new super sexy demon boy, calling himself Incubus.

Now I haven’t actually drawn any of this…well except maybe for the Jon Dazy groping Diablo part. Yah! I’ve drawn that a few times! But most of the other stuff I’ve just insinuated and explained away in comic book narrative.

With Rapture #2, Incubus sort of comes of age. He accepts himself as the man he is, and decides to change his appearance so that the people around him will be less tempted to compare him to his father.

So Incubus is at last set on his own path, but as happy as I am with the new look of the character, I suddenly realized that I too have ALWAYS compared him to his father. Incubus is a great character whom I enjoy writing very much, and he’s a blast to draw, but the original Diablo always seemed to have such a flare that his son never really captured for me.

So Diablo is coming back, horns, tail and piercings and all. In preparation for Guardians of the Cube #6, Fraser and I have decided that the book needs to sort of make a return to simpler times. It’s gotten so heavy with issues #4 and #5, and the whole Ghostboy/Ghostgirl thing, though much fun in some ways, has really begun to darken the series. We’ve decided that “new old” blood is in order.

To begin with, Diablo is technically in his mid forties, which sets him apart from most of the other characters. He has life experience and is more settled as a person. He knows himself, and he returns to the series with a renewed confidence, which even his mistreatment at the hands of Jon Dazy has not managed to shake. He is an expecting father, and still married to Pascale Dimorne. He is also still Incubus’ father, and the two don’t always see eye to eye, which ought to make for some interesting plot lines.

But first, Bruno has to be re-transformed into Diablo, and that won’t happen in Cube #6. You see, if I had the luxury of releasing one issue of the book per month, the way Marvel does with their titles, then I could take my time with all of this, but that just isn’t the case. So instead, you can read of Bruno’s re-transformation into Diablo in the online comics section of my website come the January 2007 update.

It occurred to me that the website is a great tie-in to what I am doing with the comics themselves. It can also serve as a bit of a short-cut in some ways, allowing me to jump back into the swing of things with Diablo in the mix on Cube #6.

So no more muddling! Diablo is not Incubus, and Incubus is not Diablo. One is bald, one has lots of really spiky jelled hair. One is cut, one in not. But both will once again be part of the series that spawned them. You can count on seeing a lot more of this father and son duo… ahem – that sounded pretty dirty! LOL!! Well, hopefully you know what I mean! Hmmm… Do I KNOW what I mean?!?! ;)

Much love, dear friends!

Patrick XOXO

PS – For those of you who are curious, the illustration of Diablo on today’s cover will actually be printed in the up-coming Guardians of the Cube companion! Man, I love doing them close-ups! HA! HA! HA!

Diablo, Incubus, Jon Dazy, Guardians of the Cube and all other related characters are © Copyright and TM 2006, Patrick Fillion / Class Comics Inc. All Rights Reserved.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #63 – Trash From My Closet!

Okay, so first, you must ALL promise you won’t laugh! Fraser and I were doing a little office cleanup last night and we unearthed a bunch of old crap that I thought you might get a kick out of. It is always so cool and weird all at once to take a trip back in time by viewing stuff I drew years and years ago.

A lot of it brings back memories of where I was both personally and professionally at the time. Some memories are good, some are not so good! LOL!!! But one thing is fer sure, you can’t spit on your roots and you have to respect the work that came before what you are doing today. The way I see it, it is your path as an artist… your journey if you will. All that old work is ultimately what has led you to where you are today! Although, I must confess. That crappy little pic of the Street Fighter characters I did makes me kinda wish I COULD forget some of my roots! LOL!!!

I have these little sketch books I keep that have stuff I’ve written and doodled in them. They house ideas, my thoughts and a lot of my creative notes. In the pile of crap we dug up, I came across a bunch of those sketch books and found rough thumbnail sketches I doodle to map out my comic pages. It’s cool to see where the art and stories evolve from. Some are more refined and detailed than others (like those I draw for stories that will be illustrated by other artists), but their purpose is always to serve as a road map for creating the final art. Above you can see the evolution of a Deimos page — from start to finish.

Check out this REALLY REALLY rough doodle of Incubus’ new look. I handed that over to poor Spubba and said “HERE! This is what he looks like now!” LOL!!! Spub did a wicked job on Incubus and really made the new look work super well in Rapture #2.

We found old, un-used cover illustrations (like the one of Dane, Diablo, Jon and Matt, meant initially for an early verion of the Boytoons comics) as well as unfinished pencil sketches. The sketch of NJ was one of the very first drawings I ever did of him.

I also got to revisit my work on the TidePool Sketches stories, written by Robert Gray.

We even turned up some old artwork I drew YEARS ago for Canadian Male Magazine, my first job drawing male erotica, and the place I met my dear friend and the voice of Naked Justice, Donald MacLean. Wow…looking back at some of that stuff, it’s a wonder I ever got published! HA! HA! HA! Check out the old Road Trip comic strips I used to do for the magazine as well! Good silly fun!

Canadian Male was actually cancelled before they could run Road Trip 10, so in a way, this is the first time this strip has ever been seen by the public! It’s a shame about the mag though. Don and I had a great time working on it, and it was really starting to be a great publication. But alas, it was not meant to be. Boy these old
drawings bring me back! :)


Oh yeah, and we even stumbled upon a cartoony Princess Leia illustration I drew eons ago for my friend Robin who was to get her tattooed on her arm. She never went through with it, but I figured I’d update the sketch a bit and color her up for ya! I even created a fun little Cloud City background for her royal Highness!

And speaking of Star Wars, here’s a rough concept sketch of a nude Kit Fisto drawing I’ve been meaning to draw. Again, this one was pulled from one of my many sketch and note books.

All of this to say that I would like to think that my art has come a long way since those days! LOL!!! Still, I figured sharing this stuff might give you all a fun glimpse into my past as an artist.

And todays’ cover hunks… well, they really don’t have much to do with today’s post, ‘cause they are a fairly new illustration. But I like them a lot and figured they (and their big weiners!!!) might get your attention! LOL!!!

So enjoy all of these old chicken scratches, dear friends. I’ll have more goodies for you very soon!

Much love to you all… and again, thank you for not pointing at your screen at laughing your asses off! HA! HA! HA!

Hugz + Kisses,
Patrick XOXOXO

PS — Cartman is NOT FAT! He’s Festively Plump! ;)

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #62 – Christmas Comes Early!

Today I thought it would be fun to share some great new fan art that I have recently received! As you all know, I just LOVE seeing my characters interpreted by other artists, that’s why getting these goodies is always such a treat.

So I have beautiful art here by the fantastic JC Etheredge, who created the wonderful illustration of Space Cadet which graces this issue’s cover. JC is well known for his cum-covered studs, and I just love it when he takes his pencil to one of my Boytoons. This Space Cadet is dripping with sexy hotness, and though I realize a good many of you may already have seen him at JC’s Blog, I still wanted to show him off here! LOL!!!

I have a wonderful new illustration of Deimos looking very noble and pensive by the very sweet Reikro, a regular reader of my modest little Blog. What I love about this piece is that it has such a unique style. Reikro is a lovely fella who says he doesn’t often get the opportunity to draw. That makes this little gift especially touching to me. Also, check out Reikro’s awesome Blog. This boy can write with such terrific flare, he’s always a real joy to read!

And last but not least, I have a few new offerings from the amazing Lex. Lex has even created 2 SUPER HOT new wallpaper designs featuring his re-design of Naked Justice as well as his very own character, Sapphire for all of us to enjoy over the Holidays. Also check out his redesign of Icecap! Cool never looked so damn HOT! LOL!!! Look for more from this awesome artist very shortly!



So enjoy dear friends, and I will be back very shortly!

Warm Holiday Wishes and kisses to you all,
Patrick XOXOXOX