Zahn #1 – A working Diary!

Hey folks! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Fraser says that I have a hard time keeping stuff to myself when it comes to the work I’m doing on Class Comics. LOL! He’s pretty much right, ‘cause I’m always so excited to share the stuff with you guys!

As you know, I’ve been working on Zahn #1 recently (also titled Zahn: Son of Winter). I haven’t had this much fun on a comic in a long, LONG while. I figured I’d give you a very early sneak peek of how things are progressing.

So here is what I can tell you (mostly, ‘cause this all I know so far! ;). I am pretty certain that Zahn #1 will be a one-shot. The script has HUGE continuity potential, and I may well do a second issue, but I have learned that I always perform better when I don’t have the pressures of a title being a “series”. The book will be in full color and it should be out this summer (as long as all keeps going the way it currently is!)

I am really channeling my love of John Buscema’s work on the old Conan comics in this book, as well as my love of the Masters of the Universe. In fact, Zahn is an homage to John Buscema, whom I consider one of the most gifted comic artists of our time.

It’s been great fun to take those “typical barbarian” stereotypes and twist them all around. No more damsels in distress… now we have scantily clad hunks in plenty of trouble for Zahn to rescue… and screw of course! HA! HA! HA!

Story-wise, the book explains Zahn’s origins and who he is… kinda… but Zahn himself won’t remember who he is for more than half the book, which will inadvertently lead him to his destiny. He starts off kind of disoriented, but soon enough his tough son-of-a-bitch side emerges when the fit hits the shan!

I can tell you that he is a gay barbarian in a world where sorcery and monsters run rampant, and he LOVES men. I can also tell you he gets a very HOT sidekick… and I can tell you he gets to have lots and LOTS of sex… and not just with scary monsters.

Oh yeah, and there’s a twist at the end that should be pretty cool!

And that’s all I can say for now… after all, I don’t wanna ruin the book for you!

I thought you might like to see a few pages from the book. I am trying to nurture the art as much as possible. In any case, I hope you will enjoy this little sneak peek. As I said, I am totally stoked about this book. Zahn is quickly becoming one of my favorite new creations… Hell, he might even give CAM a run for his money! LOL!!!

Enjoy dear friends… and have a fantastic weekend! :o)

Hugz and Kisses,
Patrick XOXO

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






  3. White Wabbit says

    Wicked, looks and sounds epic. And your art looks more confident with each new release *ahem excuse pun*. It’s so agonising having to wait though! Haha!

    Wabbit xx

    P.s. Update on Chad my rabbit: castration booked for the 15th March… *sigh*

  4. Oh my god… these pages are supremely hot!!!! =D Is Zahn’s sidekick the beautiful dancer on one of the pages? I’d really love to know, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see =D

    Btw, awesome background work in the “Zahn leaves his village”-picture! Very Buscema-like! I love Your storytelling as much as the sexiness and beauty of Your creations!

    Awesome, just awesome! And thanks so much for the previews! I am already looking forward to the next stuff You’re going to post (hint hint hint! =))

    All the best and have a great new week.

  5. Patrick ..
    just great !! this guy called ZAHN is very exciting !! i want to see more …
    en tout cas, je voudrais te dire que français que je suis est très fier d’avoir de bons vrais dessinateur comme toi … merci pour tous les plaisirs que tu nous donnes ….
    cheers xxx

  6. Can’t wait to see more, strangly the panel where Zahn leaves his village reminds me of the original He-Man mini-comic that came with the original action figure, very similar shot though it appears Zahn comes from more tropical climes

  7. MJR Charlie says

    Wow Patrick, this is what I’ve been waiting to hear! Zahn #1 as a comic format you buy, Awesome!!

    I was obsessed with the Conan comics when I was younger, the idea of a brooding, hunky, muscular heroes with long flowing black hair and abs to die for… I love this classic style of hero, sword and sorcery type.

    So now, finally, someone dared to do a sword and sorcery type hero, but from the perspective of man worshipping man, hee. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

    I have to wonder if it was Conan or He-man that gave you your inspiration for Zahn?

    Zahn has the perfect look for his type of hero, a stronger, masculine type with a wild nature. I’m so looking forward to his!!

  8. Patrick, Patrick, Patrick!

    It has been so long, but I finally made it back. I am sorry I was away for so long but I have been a busy little homo, flipping and flopping all over Sydney during the summer period and getting ready for The Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (which takes place this coming Saturday.)

    Though I haven’t replied over the past few months, I have been taking a peek a boo and perving on the blog when I managed to get some time to myself. And I have to say that it looks amazing! You have done such a great job on BTM and you really deserve a pat on the back.

    On a sad note, I am so sorry to hear about Mayson passing away. If your anything like me it would have really hit you where it hurt the most, and my heart goes out to you Fraz & Poofy Lips (Alexis.)

    I have to much to tell you, so many exciting things but it would be like reading War & Peace if I was to tell you on here. But one thing is for certain, I have really missed chatting with you on this contraption, I kind of feel like I am the stray pet that found my way home LOL.

    And it’s so good to be back here with Charlie, Charvolth & Phrog (Yes The BITCH SLAP has returned!)

    I can’t wait to get stuck into the back issues in more detail, as I have really just had to skim through them over the past few months, so I am looking forward to see what tantalizing goodies I have missed out on.

    So until next time Young Jedi, time for me to push off and get on with things.

    Big Licks & Chews


  9. MANNY!!!

    Where the f..k have You been??? Awesome to have You back here!!

  10. Hey Phrog,

    I have been so busy over the past few months, and almost working my little white ass off almost 24/7 since November last year, the past few months have been a blur with a smell with Kylie Minogue & Scissor Sisters concerts, summer parties, gearing up for Mardi Gras this weekend to be followed by the V music festival with the Pet Shop Boys at the end of March and then the Paul Stanley (Lead man from KISS, the one with the star on his eye) solo tour in April. Amongst all of that I have been working on a movie script that I am really excited about and hopefully will complete the third draft for pre production by next summer (Sydney time.) That’s about it in a nutshell! So how the hell have you been? Gawd I’ve missed you!


  11. Well, man, I lost my job over a lousy management and I’m currently looking for a solid company with fun and an inventive product. Shouldn’t be too hard, I know, but I am pretty picky when it comes to my work-surroundings =D

    I’m a princess, I know….

  12. Phrog,

    Just move to Australia, you’ll have a ball here – there problem solved!


  13. Zahn and is sidekick are awesome. I love that you switch genres so effortlessly, man. Cant wait to see the types of creatues and magic stuff u come up with!

    And yeah, even if he doesnt become an ongoing title, I think you’ll have enough demand for the character to force you to bring him back! hahaa. Maybe make him a reserve member of the cube guardians… ? heh heh.

  14. Hey Patrick!

    After reading through almost every post you have made that I couldn’t reply on due to time restraints on myside of the fence, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are the “Oprah” of Blogging & Male erotica. I love the interviews, and the way you present and feature other artists.

    In a day and age when most artists will never speak about anyone but themselves in fear of exposing a better talent better than themselves, you have really smashed that boundary and almost have turned BTM into an online encyclopedia and an amazing reference tool for anyone to accsess.

    It would have been insane for me to reply on everything I have missed out on as a single unit so I have decided to do it in the one.

    Not only has your work improved by leaps and bounds but I have also noticed the same with J.C Etheridge and most of the other artists you have featured in the early stages of BTM that you have revisted in past few months since I have been away kicking up my heels and playing with famous people’s nipples.

    But one question I do want to ask. Where to from here and where do you want to see Class Comics in the five years? (o.k so that was 2 questions in the one)

    The sky is your limit Young Jedi, and you can count on me to be there kicking you in the pants each step of the way to make sure you get there.

    Fantastic job on everything you have done with BTM – I guess that was the point I was trying to get at all the time in this reply, but you know me, I like to have a chat!


  15. YAY! 1 More sleep to go until Mardi Gras!

    Men everywhere, this is the best time in Sydney to start becoming a Peeping Tom and taking photo’s of sexy men’s butts when they walk up & down Oxford Street (AKA”The Lois Lane!”)

    Ah! The World Is My Shoehorn; Thou Shall Not Shlep!


  16. vicky215 says

    Oh my I can’t tell you how glued to my monitor I was after seeing Zahn. I can hardly wait for Zahn comic to come out. And who’s the belly dancer type character? Inquiring minds want to know.

  17. trish316 says

    Zahn has a nice piece of uncut meat. (drools) May I ask are all the guys in this comic going to be uncut? If so I definitely will buy.

  18. YAY! Party time today!

  19. Anonymous says

    Hey Patrick–excellent pics. I recently saw your rendering of Shivers(I posted there, but it’s an old post).

    Shoot me a message on my myspace account and I’ll email you–I’d like to get your permission to post the pic on our site.

    Kevin Kangas

  20. Wally Rainbow says

    Great idea! Congratulations from a new italian fan of your amazing BLOG :-)I realized a similar experiment whit Robin Hood on (click on english flag for english version, maybe you remember me when i contacted you for a italian gay magazine).
    See you soon :-)

  21. Hey Gang…

    Man, it sure was cool reading your comments about Zahn! It’s wicked to know that you are all so excited about this project and it’s very encouraging to me!

    Chill… Great to hear from you, my friend! My sincere thanks for your kind words about Mayson. I see you are a cat lover yourself. Those furry little creatures sure warm their way into our hearts, don’t they!

    Thanks for the kudos on Zahn, and by the way… your new image of LOCUS is WICKED!!!! I just love it when you photomanip my boys! Thanks so much for doing this new one. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you about it… I really do love it! :o)

    Also, your Thundercats are FREAKIN’ HOT!!! Well done, my friend! Keep ‘em comin’! XOXO

    White Wabbit… Thanks for the kind words on Zahn, my friend. I’m really having a great time with this one, and the point of it is truly to nurture the art and make it as refined as possible. It’s nice to hear that maybe that is coming through in these pages!

    Sorry about your bunny’s balls. But it may be for the best! ? Sometimes, these things aren’t pleasant but a part of being a good pet owner! XOXO

    Phrog… Thanks for dropping by my friend. Nice to see you liked the Zahn sneak peek! ? Yup, The dancer (whose name I now know to be Jona ) is going to be Zahn’s sidekick/traveling companion. They seem to work well together… at least for now. I can always tell better once I’ve done a few more pages. If there ever is a second book, we’ll see if Zahn gets a new “buddy” or if Jona sticks around. It will all depend on how well they work together. They can’t all be Cam and Locuses! LOL!!!

    I’ll certainly keep you guys posted on the books’ progress. Thanks so much for the encouragement though! Means a lot! XOXO

    Manu… Merci beaudoup d’avoir pris le temps de m’ecrire. C’est tres gentil, et j’ai bien apprecier les compliments! HA! HA! HA! Moi aussi j’ai bien hate de voir Zahn imprimer. J’espere que le livre sera a ton gout. Encore un enerome merci mon ami! A tres bientot! XOXO

    Charvolth… I LOVE that you have such a good eye, dear friend! The first panel of the Zahn book is totally based upon that original He-Man mini-comic in which He-Man leaves his people for the very first time in order to defend Eternia from Evil. I just loved the way the way those mini comics were so much more RAW in a sense than later incarnations of the characters and their mythology!

    This is my own little homage to those mini comics which I still cherish today! I am so thrilled you picked up on it! Tee Hee Hee! You just made my day! :oD Glad you enjoyed the preview. XOXO

    Charlie… Hello my friend. I am really pleased you like the way that this first comic featuring Zahn is going. Though it is still a ways away, I’m happy to report that things are moving along very nicely! I too have always been a fan of the whole sword and sorcery genre, although the sorcery in this project is pretty minimal. All in the interest of developing Zahn’s character more and showing him off properly.

    It’s nice to hear that you think Zahn fits the bill of the Gay Barbarian nicely. I hope he will not disappoint! ? XOXO

    Manny… What a great surprise! Welcome back my friend! It was really great to read from you again, and I truly appreciated all the nice things you said about the Blog of late. “The Oprah of Blogging and Male Erotica”!!! I LOVE THAT!!!! LOL!!!!

    It was also really sweet of you to send all those nice words about Mayson’s passing. Both Fraser and I really appreciate that!

    As for your question about Class Comics, well this year is really exciting because we are planning on releasing twice as many titles as we have in previous years. It’s really wonderful to have the opportunity to release the works of other artists as well, and our goal is to keep doing that and providing a great environment for new artists of Male Erotica to show their work! Again my friend, welcome back! Hope Mardi Gras was a blast! XOXO

    JC… Thanks for the kind words, my friend. I have to admit, switching genres and flopping back and forth between titles is the only way I keep from getting bored with my projects! I am sooooooo fickle! HA! HA! HA! And though the Zahn book is a new genre for me, it’s been really nice to work on stuff that is a real departure from my previous books. I’m glad you feel it bodes well!

    As for Zahn becoming a member of the Guardians… well, stranger things have happened I suppose! LOL!!! XOXO

    Vicky 215… Hey there, my friend! So pleased you enjoyed the Zahn preview. It was really nice to hear from you! The dancer in the pages you saw is called Jona. He is linked to Zahn’s past in a way I won’t reveal here, but suffice it to say that he and Zahn will become pretty close in the book. Where they will end up, only time will tell…. but I gotta tell you, I sure had a nice time drawing that scene where we “meet” Jona for the first time. I find him to be a very sensual character. Glad you enjoyed him! ? XOXO

    Trish… Thanks for the comment and the drool! LOL!!! Yup, all the boys in the Zahn comic are uncut… mostly because they are in a foreign land that doesn’t seem to practice circumcision. LOL!!! I do love drawing all types of men, cut or uncut, but it would seem I like my barbarians au naturel! ;) Thanks again for the great comment! XOXO

    Hey Kevin… WOW! I was so thrilled to read that you liked my rendition of Shivers. I have just contacted you via MySpace. I truly loved Fear of Clowns and it’s a real pleasure to hear from you! Take care and thanks again for the awesome comment. ;)

    Wally Rainbow… Hey there, my friend! Great to hear from you! I am so pleased you enjoyed the Zahn preview and that you are having fun here at BTM. I just LOVE your work and Robin Hoog is wonderful! I’ve always thought your art was incredible! :oD

    Keep in touch and lemme know what you’re up to lately! In the meantime, I hope you keep enjoying the Blog! Take care, dear friend! XOXO

    Much love and thanks to you all!
    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXOXO

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  24. hey Patrick,
    I just wanna ask when will Zahn be released.
    I’m not sure if I missed a note here and there telling your fans when Zahn will be published for sale. Or my question is what every Zahn fan of yours wanna ask at some point.

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