I had the opportunity to attend New York City’s Queer Comic Fair over the weekend at the NYC LGBT Center. WabiSabiZinez and Carmine Street Comics presented the first (hopefully) annual New York City fair geared entirely towards queer sequential art.
Here are 7 things I discovered at New York City’s Queer Comic Fair.
The idea behind the Comic Book Bears Podcast is pretty self-explanatory. What more do you need than a few comic book obsessed bears growling around a table about what they’re reading and enjoying. Count me in!
Patrick Reilly is a Brooklyn-based comedian who also writes comic books. He has a few podcasts also under his belt. Love is Love is a collection of mini-comics and the profits go to an Orlando based LGBTQ non-profit.
3. Bearpad & Wooly Bearz
Bearpad makes limited runs of shirts, zines and buttons. All his shirts come with a free zine. We love the tanks that feature husky haired fellas wrapped tight in each other’s embrace. He also had cute magnets of these chode-like cocks for $1.
Modeling the tank above is cutie artist Wooly Bearz who will draw you if you send him your face.
I had never heard of Kyle’s Bed and Breakfast before the queer comic fair, even though my date was very familiar with the title. Created in 1998, it’s one of the longest-running gay comics in existence. The setting is a gay bed and breakfast in the town of Northport, New York on Long Island. I picked up a Starter Pack — for almost $10, it gives you a really good idea of what Kyle and his friends are all about.
5. Doable Guys
Doable Guys is an art anthology zine focusing on each artist’s interpretation of guys they see as “bang-worthy.” The goal of this zine is to create a beautiful, fun collection of boner-inducing illustrations and comics. Curated by Lena Green (creator of ShipJumper) and Kyle Anderson, their first volume is packed with some seriously jaw-dropping artwork by 20 incredibly talented artists. And oh yeah, all proceeds go to the LGBTQ charity GLSEN.
On the first Tuesday of every month, they host a Doable Guys Figure Drawing Night in New York.
Lucky Sanford is an illustrator, graphic designer, social butterfly and foodie. Living in New York has given him some major inspiration along with fashion, eroticism and his inner child; all of which continue to stimulate and influence his work today.
His best work revolves around re-imagining classic cult characters like My Little Pony or Pokémon. Sanford’s witty humor is showcased in work his well, like his Power Rangers who are all imagined as go-go boys. Go-Go Power Rangers!
Easy is an ongoing weekly comic about Josiah Douglas, a deeply closeted middle-aged English teacher. The website explains, “While on the surface Easy looks like a ‘coming out’ story, it’s really about the general feelings of isolation we all deal with amid the difficulties we all face in searching for acceptance, and how maybe if we open ourselves up, we can find it in the places we least expect.”
Easy’s creator Cody Frederickson also creates some fun graphic tees, like the ones he was hocking at the queer comic fair. His designs included a pizza with a halo and boy’s briefs in different colors of the rainbow. He thought they were stupid but I thought they were pretty cool.