Friday, June 08, 2007

A Day In The Life Episode 1

Long ago and far away, the mid 90's to be exact, there was a little comic strip I did called "A Day In the Life" for a magazine out of Detroit. That black gay culture magazine was Kick Magazine, helmed by the fabulous Curtis Lipscomb. Back then it seemed every town with a sizeable black gay population had small home grown lifestyle and club-zines. It was a heady time because a lot of us were getting our first artistic exposures in these xeroxed, hand stapled labors of love. Some went on to greater fame and distribution, more went by the wayside when life, economics or both got in the way. But for a brief shining moment there was a lot of activity in the independent press as well as black gay culture in general. So anyway, back to "A Day in The Life"....If memory serves, Curtis approached me at DC Pride one Memorial Day weekend in either 95 or 96 about doing a comic for him. I think I had already or was about to create "Boo" at this time but couldn't say 'no' to Curtis. He's an Aries and they don't take 'no' for an answer usually. Anyway, the comic was born and in exchange for my services, I was allowed to advertise my little chap books that ultimately made up the contents of the "Brothers of New Essex" anthology. It was terrific exposure and I got lots of orders. Anyway, ADNTHL was the polar opposite of my erotica and really challenged me to use a different set of muscles for doing stories since I only had one page to get an idea across, i had to think of this as more of a comicstrip with a punchline rather than my usual multipage stories.
In this first installment, we meet best friends, Billy and Dane. Billy's the straight-laced buppie and Dane is the avant-garde free spirit. I had just relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago and this strip was a reflection of my mindset at the time. It was around the time the DL was rearing it's ugly head and having openly gay black characters would go out of style in life and in fiction for about ten years. Thank God, that's turning around slowly but surely. These strips are definitely of their time when things were different and there was excitement in the air about the possibilities of being black and gay. Enjoy them for what they are/were: my attempt at a slice of life from the mid-90s right before everything would change.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Ok, so I tried to change the layout a bit but for some reason my Zazzle items are being chopped off in this layout as well as some other minor pains such as those little hammers that are next to my links. It was mentioned to me that the old layout was hard on the eyes because of the stark white images against that harsh black background. We'll try this for a while for the summer until I can learn how to have more control over this e blogger layout interface. arrrgh. Anyway, here's an oooold drawing I did back in the 90s and a newer one of a twink-type. I thought the contrast in techniques was interesting. We'll be going back down memory lane in a big way over the next few entries so stay tuned. Same Boo-Time, Same Boo-Channel

Mid-day Delight...

I Confess...

To being addicted to blogging. When I first started this site, it was primarily to show my sculptures I was doing at the time, then once I had temporarily gotten those out of my system weeks could go by without a peep from me, but now...Well, let's just say I got it bad and that ain't good. Posting is like potato chips (and ass): You can't eat just one...
joking!!! or am i? But I digress...Here's another post, so put ya face innit and enjoy!

Burly Boo
Play wit dem puppies
Fancy Freek
We like to Watch

Watercolour Boo

I took some time from lettering/dialoguing the Boo meets Oasis story to do this. I must confess to having a bit of ADD. I bore quickly and if I've already told you this, fyi, I have a poor memory too. I'll be a mess when I get old and have a good excuse not to remember shit! Anyway, to break the tedium of doing something that is a bit more meticulous, I like to go the opposite direction and do something that can be free-flowing and not deemed right or wrong (well, right or wrong by me...I don't care what anyone else thinks So this watercolor was a fun excercise. "Exercise" is the bullshit word I learned to use in art classes to justify something I took about a half hour to do before guess what, they fell for it everytime! God, how I hate those crappy art school critiques, but I digress. ADD,bad memory, AND I ramble! Enjoy!
Watercolour Boo