Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Drawing Random Monsters: An Interview w/ Illustrator Jake Rohdy + Free Original Art Drawing!

With the flick of a wrist, self-taught artist/illustrator Jake Rohdy can turn anyone or anything into the most impossibly charming version of themselves. People, plants, cats, dogs, rodents, pachyderms, crustaceans, cephalopods...all turn into adorable, lovable creations when Jake sets his sights on them. Aside from his own comics, Jake has performed this service for indie rock bands, websites, blogs, and even an HVAC industry magazine!

Currently, Jake Rohdy manages four (yes, four!) cartoon series. Chuck Charles is for fantasy adventure lovers. It features a hapless band of warriors and wizards meandering about the countryside bungling their way through misguided adventures. Tilly and Todd tells the tale of a frustrated house cat and her mortal enemy/closest confidant, a wise cracking house plant. The Random Comic series is a look into Jake's home life and inability to give up geekyness in exchange for domestic bliss. Comfort Zone is inspired by Jake's work as an HVAC tech. Basically, it's his hilarious way of venting about horrible clients and their unfair expectations. Finally, there is From The Vault. When pressed for time, Jake will sometimes post a drawing or unfinished piece of work from the past.

Despite sharing so much of himself through cartoons, Jake doesn't care to give much bio info. Here's the extent of his online bio:
"About Jake
He may or may not draw comics that people may or may not read.
His art background is nearly non-existent
grammar and spelling is laughable
but he’s glad that you care enough to learn about him
go ahead and pat yourself on your back. Thank you."
When I asked for a bit more detailed info, this was his reply, "I don't know if that is good enough, but I try to keep things modest around these parts! If you need good information, or perhaps factual information: Jake Rohdy, small town in Michigan, wife, cat, houseplant." Honestly Jake, that is good enough for me.

Thankfully, he was a bit more talkative when it came to answering the questions for the interview! Don't forget to visit him online at or his Facebook page! Also, see below for info on how to win an original piece of artwork from Jake Rohdy!

Q: How do you find time to juggle four strips plus post sketches in From the Vault? Are you drawing all the time?
Jake: It seems like it. But it's less time I have to spend with my wife, so I'll continue to suffer! Luckily, I don't draw every different strip all the time. My main focus is on the Random Comics and Chuck Charles, the other comic strips I do on a whim. And when I can't come up with any good comics, and find myself staring at a blank piece of paper, I have the From the Vault series to fall back on. I drew all of those while sitting in class at college. So, I post those when I can't come up with a comic on time.

Q: A lot of your Random Comic series deals with band mates arguing. Are you drawing on your own failed band experiences?
Jake: Oh God I wish I was in a band! I've always wanted to be in a band, especially a bad one! I just really love music, so any chance I get to talk about it is great! My wife no longer cares about my opinion on music or what I consider good music. So those strips give me a good outlet for my music fandom.

Q: Also, every band you draw has a totally different, hilariously terrible name. Do you ever run out of bad band name ideas?
Jake: I haven't yet! I come up with funny ones all the time, of course there are some I can't use in the comic strips! If I had to choose an all time favorite name that I came up so far is The Kami Cosbys. Every time I think about that name I chuckle... Anyways you would be surprised on how many names I think I come up with that are already band names! So I always Google the names before I write them! Believe it or not, there are some really creative people on the internet...

Q: What’s with all the sea creatures hanging out in bars?
Jake: To be honest I just love drawing random animals and monsters, It gives me a chance to draw something other than talking heads. And who doesn't want to see a crab trying to pick up chicks at a bar... You know he's pinching some girl's butt when he's three deep!

Q: Your protagonist in the comic series Comfort Zone is a wise cracking air conditioning repair man. My HVAC system has been acting up a bit this Summer. Would you mind taking a look?
Jake: Hell yeah! As long as you pay for the plane ticket and give me a place to stay! We'll make a weekend of it! Unless there's no beer, then you're shit out of luck. But seriously, what's it doing? Low on charge? Bad capacitor?

Q: Just out of curiosity, what kind of house plant is Todd?
Jake: Todd is .... that is a good question! I'm not sure... a green one? The funny thing is Todd is a real plant! That whole strip is based off my real house plant and cat. Pretty much everything that happens in that strip has happened in my household. Tilly and Todd is the only comic that I make that if you Google image search it comes up as one of the first pictures, along with Tilly and Todd no nits! A children's book about lice.... at least I think! Is it wrong that I Google search my own comics? Probably...for sure...

Q: So, in Chuck Charles, you claim The Lady of the Lake has the following counterparts: The Lad of the Lagoon, The Belle of the Bight, Cousin of the Cove, The Boy of the Bay, Person of the Pond, Chap of the Canal, Husband of the Harbor, Gal of the Gulf, Runt of the Rapid, Pal of the Puddle, The Senorita of the Sound, and The Woman of the Wash. How many more did you come up with but had to leave out?
Jake: I STRUGGLED to get all of those! For like an hour.... But that may have been because I had been drinking... Is it okay that I'm drinking right now? Because I'm not stopping, I just wanted to see you were comfortable with it...

Q: What is your favorite bad joke?
Jake: Besides the ones I write? Ummmm... I can't say I have a favorite, but I have heard some really awful ones! I do work in the construction field after all.

Q: What artists/illustrators are you currently following?
Jake: I don't really tend to follow anyone, I'm not really a computer/internet savvy person to say the least, (I still use Microsoft paint to edit my comics). But I had a friend send me a link to an awesome French cartoonist who seriously draws some awesome and in depth comics. His name is Boulet, and you can check him out at Besides that I always tell people to read Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes, because that is the gold standard of comics. And I will literally fight anyone who says otherwise, seriously....sssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiioooooouuuuussssllllly.

Q: Would you draw us your rendition of a “gaming mouse?”
Jake: I have no idea exactly what you wanted by "gaming mouse", So instead of asking I just drew this. Mario Paint anyone?

 If you like "Gaming Mouse", Jake Rohdy is being kind enough to give it away to one lucky person absolutely free! Just fill out the entry form below. Winner will be announced on 9/24! Good luck!

**Click any pic to enlarge!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #36

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
This week, Mike and Molly discuss their favorite weapons from the Star Trek universe! Then Molly and Mike move into Season 4 of Molly's recap of her most hated series - Enterprise!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

My Heroes Have Always Been Nerdy: An Interview w/ The Gay Comic Geek

Ok. So, I think I have a bit of a crush The Gay Comic Geek. If you are unfamiliar, here's a quick rundown. The Gay Comic Geek (and his not-so-mild manner alter ego Paul Stafflebach) is pretty much the go to guy for all things gay and geeky. For more years than I care to count, he has been doing honest, straight-shooting video reviews of the latest comic books, graphic novels, toys, adult movies, gay adult comics, and more. His reviews do a great job giving us a fair and accurate account of the good, the bad, and the ugly. And when it comes to the adult stuff, he makes sure to give both a PG-13 and XXX recount of all the action!

He is also part of the YouTube team A Gay Collab in which he shares part of his life with us on a weekly basis. A Gay Collab is a group of gay YouTube celebs who pool their talent into one channel and often spend an entire week discussing a pre-selected theme, each taking turns giving their take on that week's topic. It is here that you get to know a lot more about Paul's personal life, phobias, turn-ons, and a great deal of insight into his workout routine and how he stays so incredibly ripped.

Paul brings the same no-nonsense approach when speaking about himself. His bio reveals this best:
It’s just me. I’m not a cute geek, that would require me to get a better hair style. I’m not a nerdy geek, haha that would require me to be smart. But I’m not the dumbest fish in the barrel either. I’m far from being the top dog, but I can usually see the top from where I’m standing. I make videos on comic books, movies, toys, and anything that really catches my eye. I can’t do as many videos as I want to do but I do my best. Life sometimes get in the way of enjoying everything but it does for everyone. So it’s no different for me. I try not to focus on negatives but they do pop from time to time. I take constructive criticism pretty well, as long as it’s not meant to be a simple insult. So if changes need to be made, I’m always open.
I can assure you that I am not the only one with a bit of a crush on the gay comic geek.  His videos have compiled millions upon millions of views. He has been the subject of a massive amount of fan art, comics, and quite a few hilariously filthy gifs. He takes the time to answer fan mail in his videos and social media. And, he gets sent tons of gifts, both comic related and risque, both of which he always acknowledges and loves to show off. Oh, and don't let me forget to mention someone wrote a theme song for him, too!

I reached out to The Gay Comic Geek to see if he would take some time with us to do an interview. Thankfully he said yes.

Q: You have a shocking amount of fan art drawn in your honor. Is there one piece that stands out as your favorite?
Paul: The first piece that was ever drawn of me is probably the one I remember the most. This was a Christmas Elf that was made by the famous Brian Douglas Adhern, better known as Brizy Comics. He did the likeness so well, that I actually saw myself as the character.

Q:  Were you disappointed the Gay Comic Geek action figure wasn’t endowed like a Billy Doll?
Paul: HAHAHA! I never thought of that. It can be done! I can do it myself I think. But if I put a request out for it, I bet there's one individual out there with the skill to make that happen.

Q:  You often profess your love for porn parodies of superhero and pop culture movies! What is your favorite parody thus far?
Paul: Well there's not much to choose from in the gay parody porn world. I would probably say that the best overall is the straight parody - Batman XXX. This is a take from the 1960s Adam West Batman and the actors have it down. The sex is good, for hetero standards, but the story itself almost seems like an actual episode of the 1960's Batman.

Q: Your cosplay outfits are pretty amazing. Do you make your own stuff? Also, how do you keep in shape so well to make the costumes look good?
Paul: I make almost everything myself now. I used to enlist the help of an excellent tailor that made most of my suits. His name is Leman Yuen and he's pretty damn awesome. I still get his help for the hardcore sewing that I need since I'm still not at expert level of using my sewing machine yet.

The keeping in shape part of my life is just religiously working out almost every day and eating low carb food while also eliminating alcohol and junk food (mostly). P90x actual does work if you do it and stick to it. It won't make you huge, but it'll keep you in shape at least.

Q:  Between your website posts, your YouTube channel, and the videos you do for A Gay Collab, you share an awful lot about your life. Is there any topic that is off limits?
Paul: The only thing I'm vague about is my family that I was born into. Not because I am ashamed of them or that I'm afraid of what they think of me. I just had a lot of bad experiences with them and I don't talk about it very much since that part of my life is over. My new family is my real family and I talk about them all the time.

Q:  Did you have to special order your Transformers bed sheets?
Paul: I'm pretty sure I got them on Amazon. Haha, I think. Maybe it was Ebay.

Q:  How miserable would your life become if you had a poltergeist that unmade your bed every day after you left the room?
Paul: I'd have to move. Or sleep on the couch and just give up the room to the poltergeist.

Q:  What comics are you religiously following?
Paul: Wow, that literally changes from year to year. It used to be Teen Titans when the old DC Universe was still around but when the new 52 came out, I dropped almost all of the titles. Later it was several of the X series, then it was Spider-Man. Now surprisingly, it's the Transformer series. They make sudden changes a lot but I still have a soft place for them.

Q:  How do you feel about the current lot of gay characters in mainstream comics? Good representation of what gay comic fans want to see, or just a pandering attempt to diversify?
Paul: Eh, what gay characters? I mean we got a couple here and there but really they seem to be gay in terms of saying that they're gay, but that's about it. I can't stand Bunker from Teen Titans. They gave him a fracking huge energy fist as a power. That's almost like an inside joke to everyone. Northstar is still around, I guess, but where's his husband? He's barely been mentioned since their marriage. Earth 2 Green Lantern Alan Scott is the most boring character that they have. There's a few X characters that are gay or bi or sexually challenged, but again, nothing of real noteworthiness. Bring back Wiccan and Hulkling to a new, good Young Avengers. Then I'd be happy.

Q:  What is your least favorite comic book movie franchise?
Paul: There's a lot of those. Avengers has as many titles as the X titles now and I think it's really all just to play up to the movie universe. I don't mind 2 or 3 books of different teams, but it's getting to be in double digits with Avenger titles, or solo Avenger titles that are still marketed as an Avenger title for some reason.

Q: You are pretty much the ultimate connoisseur, so maybe you can settle this debate once and for all. Marvel or DC?
Paul: Well I'm going with Marvel, but I'm biased. I've been doing more Marvel costumes lately, so I go with them just for that reason alone. Before the New 52, I totally would have said DC without a doubt, just because I was such a huge Batman and Tim Drake - Robin fan.

Be sure to visit and explore the world of The Gay Comic Geek on your own! Here's his Website (adults only), YouTube Channel, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook!

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*Art by Christian Ashler, Brizy Comics, Skyboy16, and uncredited.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Class Comics and's Count Our (Eye) Balls and Win Contest! has teamed up with Class Comics for a fun contest - Count Our (Eye) Balls and Win! 

The winner gets a $75 gift certificate to use at Class Comics and a $75 gift certificate to

Here are the rules:

  1. You must be 18 or over to enter. 
  2. Count the googly eyes on the image below and write that number down. 
  3. Go over to Class Comics and count the googly eyes on their hilarious Deimos image. Click Here. 
  4. Add the two numbers together. 
  5. Fill out the contest entry form and enter the total number of googly eyes when asked. 

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries. Contest ends Sunday, Sept. 28th. The winner will be announced and notified by email on Monday, September 29th! Good luck! PS: Only count the googly eyes on the pics specified, any googly eyes on sidebars or elsewhere are not part of the contest. Only one entry per person will count!

**Count the googly eyes below! Click on pic to enlarge! Look closely...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Amnesty International's Kiss Against Homophobia!

Amnesty International and Budapest Pride Week came up with a wonderful campaign to help fight back against homophobia and celebrate International Coming Out Day (October 11th). They hope to get people to simply submit pictures of themselves giving a kiss, pretty much a selfie similar to ones we all take for Instagram on a daily basis. Then they will pair that image with another picture from someone of the same sex. The end result is an endless cycle of same sex duos kissing. Watch this video for a slightly better explanation.

So far, they have less than 500 kisses collected. Let's help them get that number up into the tens of thousands! They made a pretty simple to use website where you can upload your image! Just click the link!

We hope to see all of your beautiful faces on there soon!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #35

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
This week, Mike and Molly debate whether Geordi LaForge is a great guy who just happens to finish last a little too often or a total loser! Then they move on to Molly's begrudging recap of the final three episodes in Season 3 of the dreaded Enterprise!

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Watch: Coming Out Under Fire Documentary Trailer - Finally Released On-Demand

Originally released in 1994, author Allan Bérubé teamed up with filmmaker Arthur Dong to create a wonderful documentary about being gay in the military during World War II.  The pair sat down with many of the service men and women interviewed in Bérubé's book Coming Out Under Fire. In 1996, PBS aired the documentary and it went on to win a Peabody Award in addition to the numerous accolades it won at film festivals around the world.

Coming Out Under Fire features nine gay and lesbian veterans who recount how they joined the patriotic war against fascism in the 1940s only to find themselves fighting two battles: one for their country and another for their right to serve. They first remember warm and entertaining stories of finding each other in a compulsory heterosexual environment and reminisce over tales of first love and deep friendships. Their good times were short-lived, however, as they became targets of newly created anti-homosexual policies which called for witch hunts, dehumanizing interrogations, involuntary psychiatric treatments, and the incarceration of suspected homosexuals into "queer stockades." The final humiliation was a dishonorable discharge which stripped a soldier of all veterans benefits as well as being officially branded a "sex pervert" for life.

Twenty years later, the movie has finally been released to Vimeo On Demand. For a small fee, you can watch the movie in its entirety. What makes this even more touching is that we have lost almost all of our WWII vets to old age, even documentarian Allan Bérubé passed away in 2007. Watch the trailer below. And if you have $3 to spare, watch the full documentary. It's pretty great.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Morning Dance Party: CAZWELL feat. CHERIE LILY - Dance Like You Got Good Credit

NYC based club stalwart Cazwell announces his highly-anticipated sophomore full-length album Hard 2 B Fresh to be released September 30th via Brooklyn-based indie Peace Bisquit. This not-so-random white dude gathers an impressive and illustrious list of collaborators include Richie Beretta (Major Lazer, Jillionaire), Justin de Nobrega (Die Antwoord), Nicky da B (Diplo), Peaches, Jesse Novak (M.I.A., Santigold), Big Dipper, RedTop (Beyoncé, Goldfrapp), Manila Luzon, DJ Fresh Direct and others to make for a ridiculously fun mix of electrified club music and old school hip hop.

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