BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #172 – The Art of Ryld!

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Howdy Folks…

There’s nothing I love more than learning that one of my fave artists has a new Blog.  I almost fell off my chair with excitement when I learned that Ryld had set up his own art Blog!!   See, Blogs are great because the artists who own them usually infuse them with their very own unique flavor, and the artwork they display is completely up to their discretion.

I first discovered the amazingly talented Ryld through the Y! Gallery.  It’s been a pleasure watching his gallery, and seeing each breathtaking addition he posts.  This is an artist with an almost classical influence to his lines.  Take a close look at “The General’s Tent” to see what I mean.  There is a richness to the lines that reminds me of renaissance drawings, or those wonderful classic Greek illustrations.  Ryld does male erotica effortlessly, and always adds a touch of class to the subjects he draws.

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Ryld’s gifted hand has created gorgeous fan pieces of pop culture icons such as Thor and Captain America… and his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are STUNNING!  Don’t misunderstand me, I have a lot of respect for TMNT, but I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan… until Ryld drew them that is!  DAMN!!!  That boy has a way of infusing his subjects with intense eroticism. Now the turtles totally turn me on…at least when Ryld draws them!  LOL!

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His sense of humor is also a real pleasure, and quite apparent in some of his pieces.  I especially love his interpersonal play between Capcom’s Ken and Ryu.  In a lot of fan slash, Ryu is generally portrayed as being the dominant character… but when Ryld draws these sexy boys, he turns the tides.  Ryu is Ken’s bitch!  LOL!  I love that!  It’s a great role reversal!

You’ve all noticed Ryld’s SUPERB rendition of Zahn on the cover of today’s issue. I love his angular take on my barbarian, and he’s at once powerful and beautiful by Ryld’s hand.  And just wait until you see his take on Cam!!

I must confess I was EXTREMELY tempted to show more of this fantastic artists’ artwork in this post, but in the end I felt it would be even better for you guys to check out Ryld’s Blog and his Y!Gallery page.  There is so much to see and appreciate, and it’s artwork best appreciated in it’s own environment. LOL! ;)

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It’s so exciting for me to see all of these wickedly talented new artists find their voice and express themselves freely.  I watch Ryld and his peers with great appreciation and look forward to seeing where their vast talent will take them.  And I thank them for sharing their visions with all of us!

Hugz + kisses,
Patrick XOXO

All artwork  © Copyright 2009, Ryld.  All rights reserved.
Zahn © Copyright & TM Class Comics Inc. All rights reserved.
Ken & Ryu © Copyright & TM Capcom.  All rights reserved.
Thor © Copyright & TM Marvel Characters Inc.  All rights reserved.

BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #159 – Treasures at the Y!

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Hello dear friends…

I hope you have all been well!  I really want to apologize for not posting anything new in such a long time!  As you probably guessed, my work at Class Comics has kept me unusually busy in the past few weeks.  But I am NOT complaining, because the reason I’ve been so busy is… Naked Justice!!!

Yup – everyone’s favorite heroic redhead is really getting the star treatment.  To begin with, his new book, NAKED JUSTICE: BEGINNINGS #1 is just around the corner.  That’s meant a lot of work preparing for the book, including creating a mini-site for the new series and other cool promo stuff.  Basically, we want this Naked Justice series to do as well as possible, so the team and I have been giving it our all.  I’ll have more on Naked Justice’s new book very soon.

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Meanwhile, I want to talk about the Y!Gallery.  More specifically, I’d like to tell you about all the terrific Class Comics fan art that’s been posted since the creation of Club Class there and the wonderful people and artists I’ve recently met there.

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I have always said one of my most favorite things about this job is that it permits me to interact with so many talented folks.  I love artists!!! And I love to see how other artist draw my Boytoons.

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You’ll notice that on today’s cover, I’m featuring a SUPERB illustration of Camili-Cat getting a heavenly blow job by none other than my favorite Darkstalker character, Rikuo.  I almost fell off my chair when I saw this image for the first time!  It was created by a fantastic artist who goes by the name of Neo 123!  This boy’s work is incredible, and his take on Cam is purrfection.

There are of course a lot of other wonderful artists at the Y! who’ve taken time out of their schedules to draw Class Comics characters, and it is always such an incredible joy to see their interpretations.   I’ve posted just a few of the fan arts I’m referring to here today to give you a little taste!

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My pal Gninrom even created a special character for me called Maxie Mouse.  He’s the perfect partner for Camili-Cat!  LOL!  What’s cool is that Gninrom drew Maxie in my illustrative style — it’s amazing how close he got to it!  I could very well be an endangered species!  HA! HA! HA!

But there is someone else at the Y! Gallery that I want to talk about here today.  His name is Dinosaurprince, and he truly ROCKS!  Why?  Well, he isn’t an artist himself, but what makes him so special is his absolutely love and unconditional support of the up and coming artists on the Y!  He has commissioned countless artists to draw his visions ( a good many of them include Rikuo! Yummmm!).  In fact, he is the one who commissioned Neo to draw Cam and Rikuo on the beach.

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I am always impressed by people who believe in young talent and who go out of their way to encourage.  Dinosaurprince is truly an incredible asset to the gay erotic arts community because at the end of the day, he is there to not only encourage artists, but to support them by commissioning them to do what they love best.

Dinosaurprince, you truly are a class act!  And everything you do for the gay erotic arts community is greatly appreciated.  We need more folks like you!!! LOL!

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If you haven’t checked out the Y! Gallery yet, I encourage you to do so.  I must confess that since my first encounter with them went so poorly, I expected little this time around.  But what I have found is a community that is there to encourage and network and that is always welcoming of new talent and fans of the genre.  I’ve been happily surprised by this, and since re-joining I’ve made some really wonderful acquaintances and connections.

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In the next few days, I have big plans for Boytoons Magazine – including a face lift and some really great forthcoming issues.  I’ve delayed posting my issue about the Class Comics line up of titles for 2009 until I had a lot of art and goodies to share with you.  This year is gonna be crazy good for Class – think Logan’s Porky #3, Boytoon Adventures #1, Sworn #1, Angelface #2, the Initiation #2, Felinoids #3 and SOOOOOO much more – not to mention the new Naked Justice: Beginnings with breathtaking art by the amazing Jacob Mott which will leave you begging for more!

All that is coming up soon!  Stay tooned, dear friends.

Hugz + Kisses,
Patrick XOXO

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Camili-Cat, Naked Justice, Zahn, Bob, Deimos and Space Cadet, are © Copyright & TM 2009 Class Comics Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Maxie Mouse is © Copyright 2009 Gninrom.  All Rights Reserved.

Rikuo is © Copyright & TM 2009 Capcom.  All Rights Reserved.

Today’s artwork created by these fantastic artists:  Vishis, Hallokatzchen, Cruxixion, Lexx, Adonix, Neo 123, Gninrom and Jacob Mott.  All artwork  © Copyright 2009 individual artists.  Be sure to check out ALL of the tremendously talented artists who are members of Club Class.  The selections I made for today’s article are just a sampling of the awesome artwork you can feast your eyes on.