BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #185 – The Christmas issue – Top 10 Holiday Musts!

Boytoons Magazine #185 cover

Ho! Ho! Ho!

It’s that time of year again.  Man, it came fast this year!  I guess it always does, but somehow, the Holiday Season always manages to sneak up on me.  Go fig!   Well, what would this time of year be like without the annual BOYTOONS MAGAZINE Christmas issue?  God only knows!  Why, the world might implode without it, I tells ya!  LOL!

So here we go, boys and girls.  I hope you’ve all been extra special naughty and nice this year, ‘cause this years’ list is simply stuffed with fabulous goodies – -in no particular order as always!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. #1 - The 2010 Fanboys of the Universe Calendar.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. #1 - The 2010 Fanboys of the Universe Calendar.

#1 – The Fanboys of the Universe 2010 Calendar.

Folks, I have to tell you, there is simply nothing sexier than a studly comicbook fanboy lying nekkid on a bed of Marvel and DC comics! Oh man… you feel that?  Them’s your knees getting’ weak! LOL! You wanna have a great 2010? Then pick up your very own copy of the “Fanboys of the Universe 2010 Calendar”. You can get yours from the Fanboys of the Universe website (which I love by the way!) and drool over these hunky hotties every single day of the new year!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. "Sauna Slumber", the new Manga by Humbuged.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. "Sauna Slumber", the new Manga by Humbuged.

#2 – “Sauna Slumber” by Humbugged

God knows, I have been longing for this day since I first laid eyes on Humbuged’s incredibly sexy artwork.  Finally, Hummy’s treating us to a Manga starring the all-too-delicious Keric.  “Sauna Slumber” is available for download via the StudioRai29 website, and it’s print-ready.

While Keric tries to relax in a sauna, a mystery man comes in and gives him an intense orgasm.  Do you really wanna miss this?  I got it.  It’s AWESOME!  Get yours today Humbuged fans!!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. The Anti - Heroes Deck of Cards.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. The Anti - Heroes Deck of Cards.

#3 – A deck of dicks – The Anti-Heroes playing cards.

Folks, if you’re into playing Strip Poker, or any other naughty card game, this deck of cards is for you.  Created by JC Etheredge, the official Anti-Heroes deck of 54 playing cards is nothing short of awesome.  These cards are beautifully printed, and each one features an incredibly hung hunk hornilly drawn by JC.  This deck of dicks makes a fabulous stocking stuffer… and trust me when I tell you it’s the best fun you’ll ever have playing Dirty Clubs!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. Tori Amos "Midwinter Graces"

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. Tori Amos "Midwinter Graces"

#4 – Winter Graces by Tori Amos.

What would the Holiday Season be without a soundtrack?  This year, I choose the lovely and wildly talented Tori Amos and her beautiful new Holiday album “Midwinter Graces” to keep me company while I take a page from Mrs. Claus’ book and wrap presents and bake gingerbread cookies! LOL!  Tori may be a little out there, but only in the very best ways.  Her voice is exquisite and her music is enchanting.

This collection of Holiday songs, some originals, some reimaginings of old classics, puts a terrific new spin on Christmas Carols, and welcomingly freshen up the holiday repertoire.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. "Sworn #1" by C.J. Evans and Silvano.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. "Sworn #1" by C.J. Evans and Silvano.

#5 – Sworn #1

Okay.  Maybe I’m tacky, I dunno!  I mean, I know that Sworn #1 is a Class Comics title!   And maybe it’s crass for me to plug one of my company’s books in this issue, but seriously folks, if you have not tried this fantastic comic… well… shame on you!

This comic is brilliantly written and illustrated by the creative duo of CJ Evans and Silvano and it’s one of my fave Class titles to come out this year.  It follows the adventures of Calais and Slammer, two sexy young super-powered dudes who fall in love.  Trouble is, they’re sworn enemies.  Sworn #1 is steamy, sexy and beautiful… and makes a fantastic gift for that special someone in your life.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season One on DVD.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season One on DVD.

#6 – The Clone Wars – the complete first season on DVD.

Oh Hells yes!  This right here has made my Holidays!  LOL!  You know I am a Star Wars nut, and I have happily embraced the Clone Wars series.  The animation is simply amazing.  Everything is rendered with such love and attention… you can’t help but admire every scene.  The stories are usually quite fun, and the Clone Wars Season 1 manages to deliver excitement and character development in a way that frankly, the prequels never could.  If you’re like me and have always wanted to see secondary characters like Kit Fisto, Plo Koon and Luminara Unduli in action, you’re gonna love this.

Also the behind the scenes specials are awesome.  You can really tell that the creators of the show love what they are doing, and love to share that with you.

My only criticism… WHERE THE HELL IS SHAAK TI?!?! Ah well, thank GOD for Ahsoka!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. "Under the Dome" by Stephen King.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. "Under the Dome" by Stephen King.

#7 – Under the Dome by Stephen King.

Okay.  So it weighs a ton.  But it’s a brilliant read.  Why does King Rock so much?  Simple.  He’s not a pretentious asshole.  He’s a regular Joe who writes for us regular Joes, and that’s part of why I absolutely adore him.

“Under the Dome”
(which incidentally, King started working on several years before the Dome in the Simpsons movie ever happened) is full of characters you would never want to be trapped anywhere for too long with.  From country bumpkins to corrupt councilmen, the little town of Chester’s Mill, Maine is trapped under a mysterious invisible barrier.  What happens when food starts to run out?  What happens when generators give out?  It ain’t pretty I can tell you that.  This book may be a work of fiction, but it’s also a fascinating glimpse into the human psyche… and a riveting thriller that’s been my big page-turner this Holiday Season.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. GLEE!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. GLEE!

#8 – Glee Season 1, Volume 1 Road to Sectionals.

Yes. You will have to wait for December 29th to get your hands on this Season’s most addictive new show on DVD… and normally I loather half season DVD sets… but for the gem that is Glee, I will whole-heartedly make an exception.  I F?*%ING love this little show.  It’s wonderfully acted, and the music will make you want to jump onto your couch and sing along!  It’s so much fun, and so very nothing like real life in any way shape or form, that you simply can’t help but get pulled in!  While you’re at it, check out the awesome soundtracks.  Volume One and Volume Two are out right now!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. The Tom Of Finland Comics Collection.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. The Tom Of Finland Comics Collection.

#9 – Tom of Finland: The Comic Collection

Oh Tom, how I love you so.  You know, Tom of Finland is STILL the ultimate master of Gay Erotic Comics, and this fantastic collection of Tom’s Comics is truly a must-have for any creator of the genre.  Tom’s guys were so effortlessly sexy and masculine, and though his comics weren’t necessarily on-going story lines, they are nevertheless extremely engrossing.

Each of five 192-page volumes features eight or more complete stories, including all twenty-six episodes of Kake, Tom`s infamous ultimate leatherman. For boys and girls who like boys who like sexy male art, this attractive package is not to be missed.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. Boytoon Adventures #1.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE top 10 Holiday Musts. Boytoon Adventures #1.

#10 – Boytoon Adventures #1

Now I know I am truly tacky! LOL!  This is the second Class Comics title I’ve plugged this season… but folks, seriously – and I am not trying to toot my own horn here, but this book is a must.  I only say this because I am extremely proud of it.  Boytoon Adventures #1 is like nothing I’ve ever drawn before, AND to date, even the readers who were skeptical about it but tried it anyway have all been totally thrilled with it. So if you haven’t gotten yourself a copy yet, be sure to do so.  You might be surprised to discover a book that not only turns you on, but really pulls at your heart strings!   Plus, it’s a very attractive book.  Trust me… It makes a lovely XXXmas gift!

So there you have it, my friends.  My TOP 10 HOLIDAY MUSTS for 2009! I want to wish you and yours all the best the Season has to offer.  I leave you with this naughty Deimos Holiday Wallpaper, my special XXXmas present to you all. I dunno, Gnomes seemed festive to me this year (you can thank IKEA for that!!).  HA! HA! HA! Regardless, big, sexy, naked, hairy-chested Deimos is enjoying them!  He’s actually smiling for once!  LOL!

Have a safe and fabulous Holiday Season folks, and I’ll see you again here very shortly!

Loads of luv to you all,
Patrick XOXO

Happy Holidays Deimos Wallpaper - 1280 X 1024

Happy Holidays Deimos Wallpaper - 1280 X 1024 (Standard Screen)

Happy Holidays Deimos Wallpaper - 1680 X 1050 (Widescreen)

Happy Holidays Deimos Wallpaper - 1680 X 1050 (Widescreen)

Sworn, Boytoon Adventures and all other Class Comics characters are © Copyright & TM 2009, Class Comics Inc.  All rights reserved.
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Anti-Heroes © Copyright & TM 2009, JC Etheredge.  All rights reserved.
All other copyrights held by respective owners and creators.

Adam G’s Male Art & Photography Resource is back!


Hey Folks…

Just a little heads up to let you know that my pal Adam G is back with his Male Art & Photography Resource Blog and it’s better than ever! He’s put together some really cool features on some of your fave artists of Gay Male Erotica such as JC Etheredge and FMX, two of my personal fave artists.  He even did one on yours truly!

New features pop up pretty regularly and they usually include great interviews, artwork and/or photography!  Definitely worth checking out on a regular basis!

Welcome back Adam G!!!!

Hugz + kisses,
Patrick XOXO

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #141 – Anti-Heroes #3 is here!

I was thrilled to get a very special package in my mailbox the other day — A gorgeous, shiny new copy of JC Etheredge’s Anti-Heroes #3.  I was so excited because this was something I had long been looking forward to.

Anti-Heroes #3 was an absolute blast.  The art is some of the best JC has produced for the series so far and the writing is extremely entertaining.  This third issue has all the humor you might expect, but it also offers a very cool look at Caleb’s past.  And beware the Bomb Squad!!  The Villains of the issue turn out to have some very interesting ties and shall we say, effects on our 3 beloved Anti-Heroes.  Wrapped up in a very slick and THICK, gorgeously printed book complete with some awesome 3D pages and 3D glasses, this book is a crown jewel in my collection of male erotic comics.

I fired a few questions JC’s way the moment I finished reading issue #3. Figured we’d all enjoy a little one on one with the mastermind behind the Anti-Heroes. And be sure to rush on over to the Anti-Heroes website and get your very own copy of Anti-Heroes #3… and heck, if you haven’t done so yet, why not grab issues #1 and #2!

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE: Anti-Heroes #3 has just come out, and having just read it, I can honestly say it was my favorite issue from the series so far.  Your art is gorgeous, sexy and fun, and the printing of the book is superb.  It also seems to me that issue #3 has more penis actual sex content (and I am SOOOOOO not complaining!) than #1 and #2.  What prompted you to include more naughtiness and do you see that escalating even further in future issues?

Thanks, it’s my favorite one as well. It was so long in the making that I made for SURE it was going to be best yet. At first, book 3 had limited nudity, as in my first 2 issues. But that just wasn’t doing anything for me. It wasn’t sexy enough. So, I thought back to why I covered up the characters more in the first 2 issues and the only reason I could remember was that I was just simply embarrassed to show full-frontal in a published work. I’ve since gotten over that hang-up and basically realized I really need to embrace what my work is known for.

The other reason I decided to go more porny is kinda you, Patrick! (haha) Or more specifically, the sudden boom in gay erotic art. I’m noticing more and more extremely talented artists working in our genre, producing some really great raunchy work. By not showing so much nudity, I began thinking that I was kinda falling behind the curve. So I went back and redrew a lot of book 3, making it more sexy… i.e. adding more dong!

BTM: We learn a lot about Caleb in this issue, which is very cool, and without giving too much away, I think it’s safe to say that a good deal of his past is revealed.  The issue also focuses on him a great deal. Was it tricky finding a balance between the humor, the sexiness and the substance of the story, especially where exposition is concerned, or do you find that as a writer, you are able to blend all of this stuff without much effort?

JC: Yep, this is the Caleb ish. It’s important for me to reveal major elements of a character’s past early on. It helps me get a real grasp on the character. I know you’ve heard this before, but the characters seem to write themselves. Once I have a vague idea of what I want to happen, interactions and dialogue come really easy. For the most part, the humor comes naturally too. Every once in a while, I’ll ask my partner– “hey think of a joke for such and such situation.” We have a similar sense of humor so most of the time he’s right on the mark with his suggestions. He’s the one who came up with all the jokes around Binky, the helper monkey. As far as the porniness– yeah, I have to admit, it’s a bit of a process coming up with reasons to have these guys exposed so often!

BTM: Does one particular Anti-Hero come more naturally to you?  Is it easier to write one over the others… I guess what I am asking is, do you find you favor any 1 Anti-Hero more than the others?  Why?

JC: Zeke’s the one I’ve drawn the longest and is thusly my favorite.  But he is also the one who is most challenging to write. Because of what I want to do with his past (which I want to reveal in #4,) he is full of contradictions. So sometimes the most obvious approach with him isn’t want I end up going with. Tai and Caleb come a little easier because I end up calling on two basic sides of my own personality.

Tai’s the immature kid in me while Caleb’s the rational adult. As a unit, the Anti-Heroes’ general attitude toward things is really like mine. They say and do the things I wish I could!

BTM: The format of this book is radically different from the first 2 issues?  It looks fabulous and very slick.  What prompted you to make this change in format?  And what made you decide to include some 3D pages in the book?

JC: All hastily planned after-thoughts! haha! Redrawing the book, doubling the number of Splash Pages, and adding a few 3D Splash Pages made my page count a little higher than the first two issues. I kinda forced myself to go with perfect-binding. It put a hurting on my wallet, but I couldn’t accept anything else. Saddle-Stitching would have worked but the thickness of the pages would have made the book buckle into itself too much.

The 3D idea came from some good friends of mine, all artists. One does traditional illustration and design and it was actually her idea. Both of our spouses work in CG and knew what was needed to make flat 2D images work with the anaglyphic 3D glasses. Basically, they took my flat art and rebuilt it in Maya (a CG modeling / animation program.) Then they rendered it out for anaglyphic 3D. Of course, I had to go in and tweak the final images in Photoshop but that was nothing compared to the initial effort they put into it. I’m very grateful to have awesome, intelligent, artistic friends!

BTM: You color your own stuff beautifully, but for this issue, you called upon Silvano to do the colors, which he did remarkably well.  What was that like for you?  Did you enjoy working with a colorist, and how did the process flow?

JC: Silvano is an amazing artist whose own erotic artwork should be coming our way very soon! I am totally in awe of his stuff and am a little self-conscious to have him coloring my drawings. But he has absolutely no ego about how good he is, and just works like the professional he is.

What amazes me about this guy is the speed at which he works. He turned out the entire book in less than 2 weeks! He also sees eye-to- eye with me when I describe what I want, so I never have to ask him to redo anything. I’ll say this, working with him was easily the most pleasant aspect of getting this book out. Almost everyone else I’ve had to deal with has caused me so much stress that there have been times when I just wanted to give up. So it’s refreshing to work with a real professional.

BTM: I absolutely adored Anti-Heroes #3, but I was sad when I got to the end because, being the greedy little fan-boy I am, I wanted more!  LOL!  Can we expect an Anti-Heroes #4 soon, and if so, what sort of things can we look forward to happening in it?

JC: Aw– haha! Dude, if I could, I’d have #4 in your hands right now!  But I don’t wanna say when I’ll have it done, because I’ll not have it in time. With 4, I want to reveal Zeke’s past as well as culminate what I’ve been setting up with the recurring side characters (Cassio, Toni, Bug.) Cassio and Zeke will have a rematch and the rest of the Anti-Heroes will deal with Bug and Toni. I’m still working on the script, but what’s definitely set in stone is that Zeke has a hitherto unrevealed stronger form much like “Super Semen” Tai and “Power Suit Caleb.” I can’t tell you what that form will look like, but if you think about it, I feel like it might be kinda obvious.

BTM: Are there any other projects of yours we should be on the lookout for?

JC: I’m working on putting Phase 2 of my websoap, Persuasions online and also still tinkering with Omega Phi, which I want to be another printed book, but not in the traditional comic-style format. Both of those series’ have a definite foreseeable END in my mind, unlike Anti- Heroes, which I want to do indefinitely. I’m almost sold-out of issues 1 & 2 and figure once that happens, I’ll offer them as downloadable content on my website. I know there’s a lot of folks who prefer online media, so they’ll be pleased to hear that. In the meantime, stay tuned to my blog and for more individual pieces and updates!

BTM: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat, JC!  I really appreciate your time, and am always looking forward to your latest projects!

JC: And thanks so much for giving me another cover story, Patrick! You know better than anyone what an influence and inspiration you’ve been to me! Long live Boytoons!

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