Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #48

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly discuss their Top Five Ways to Get Written Off of Trek, and the move on to TOS episodes "Miri" and "Dagger of the Mind!"

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Switzerland Selects Gay Docudrama "The Circle" As Its Candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards

The Circle, a wonderful Swiss docudrama released earlier in 2014, has been back in the news this week thanks to Switzerland naming it their official candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars!

The plot dramatizes true events from Zürich in the mid 50's surrounding the gay publication and gay activism movement Der Kreis. A young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS. There he gets to know the transvestite star Röbi Rapp – and immediately falls head over heels in love with him. Röbi and Ernst live through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which, in the whole Europe, is seen as the symbol of gay emancipation. Ernst finds himself torn between his "bourgeois" existence and his commitment to homosexuality, for Röbi it is about his first serious love relationship. A relationship which will last a lifetime. From the present, the film looks back to the time when the “Mother” of all European homosexual organizations had its high point until it fell apart. While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly more intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and – together with their friends – for gay rights.

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The Historical Background 
               -From the Movie's Publicity Information

The KREIS, which was founded in the 30‘s, arose from the early gay movement of the 20th century and stood for an idealized gay self-image. As it was the only gay „self help organization“ in the world that survived the Nazi period in Europe, it became a model for similar organizations in many other countries in Europe and even in the USA.

The founder of the KREIS was Rolf‘, a pseudonym for the famous actor Karl Meier. He built up an international network. The most important means of communication was the publication called DER KREIS – LE CERCLE – THE CIRCLE. Amongst short stories, poems and photos, the trilingual magazine also published articles about the activities of homosexual groups all over the world – and thereby contributed to the international exchange of ideas. Rolf was in contact with gay groups in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, France and the USA. Amongst the magazine‘s subscribers there were many important personalities.

From 1948 the KREIS run a rented pub in Zurich in the building which is now the Theatre at the Neumarkt, a club in which „homophiles“ from all over Switzerland could meet, exchange ideas and get to know one another. The KREIS united all those who were fighting for the rights of homosexuals – not only on a legal basis, but more importantly in a scientific and cultural sense. At the same time the club was one of the few save havens for gays. At their large and regular costume balls held in the 50‘s, each party was attended by up to a number of 800 gays, who travelled from all over Europe to take part. From 1959 onwards in Zurich there was an increasing amount of social repression, largely due to several murders that took place in the so called „Stricher-Milieu“ (the gay prostitute scene): the Zurich state police made a register of homosexuals, and frequent raids took place. Homosexuals were hunted, interrogated and mistreated.

At the same time as this growing repression, the KREIS also went through a structural change. Rolf, the founder and father figure of the organization, supported a more moderate course of action that was willing to compromise, constantly looking for agreements between the organization and the authorities – and was even willing to respective compromises with the vice squad. This view was in contrast to most of the younger members of the KREIS, who had a different image of themselves.

Due to a law passed by the City Council in 1960 which forbid same sex dancing for men on municipal property, the KREIS lost one of their most important sources of income, the large costume balls. In 1961 the KREIS’ local venue had to close. The additional internal disagreements eventually led to the closing down of the magazine, and the whole organization dissolved in 1967. Firstly the Zurich Globus Riots in 1968 drew the public interest away from the gay community, as the police had „other worries“. And thus the organized repression in Zurich slowly decreased.

Thanks to the hard work of this Zurich organization, a numerous succession of organizations in Switzerland and abroad, who published their own magazines came into existence.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning Dance Party: Charli XCX "London Queen"

Hey! To celebrate the release of Charli XCX's new album Sucker this week, today's Monday Morning Dance Party is her excellent track "London Queen." Pick up a copy of this album asap!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

How To Make Leather Daddy Gingerbread Men!

With the holidays fast approaching, we are always looking for new ways to amuse our friends and horrify our family! So, we enlisted the help of professional chef Sara Whittlesey who spent an afternoon showing us how to simply and easily turn ordinary gingerbread cookies into fun, naughty treats. If you want to make these at home, be sure to watch the step by step video at the bottom of the post!

Here's what we used:
1) Gingerbread men. Either bake your own or purchase blanks at your local store. We used both.
2) Black cake frosting & a piping bag
3) Black cookie Icing
4) A variety of sugar beads for the studs, eyes, and ball gags
5) Black writing icing/decorating gel

You can get most of this at craft stores like A.C. Moore, Michaels, etc... Grocery stores may have some of this stuff, but we found the craft stores were a much safer bet.

Watch the video to see how it all comes together!

Thanks to Brian Ballard for the photos and video. Thanks to Carlton and Gary for letting us tarnish their lovely kitchen! If you do make leather daddy cookies of your own, please be sure to email us pics! adammaleblog at gmail dot com.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Cat Got Your Fish: The Art of Burak Senturk

Istanbul based illustrator Burak Senturk has led a fascinating life. Aside from going to college for graphic arts and spending time working for Oğuz Aral, a famous illustrator in Europe who was selling a million comics a week in the 70s, Burak spent many years serving in the Turkish military, a couple of which were in highly dangerous areas. He also had a career as a professional musician whose highly successful band wrote the music and lyrics for the modern opera called “Dar-ül Love" which premiered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After the music career died down, Burak returned to art and currently works designing T-shirts for the biggest textile company in Turkey. At night, he works on his own art and has recently garnered quite a bit of attention with his eye catching illustrations and solo art shows.

Photo by Semih Kurtulus
In a recent interview with Turkish online art magazine, Burak gave the most amazing answer when asked about figuratively escaping the confines of Istanbul:
İstanbul is an interesting city. It’s like an organism. Even if I had an escape plan, I can bet İstanbul would ruin that plan. We all have plans to live in happy little corners. I don’t know if I can entirely remove myself from this city. But I do want to escape at times. For now, these escapes are only in my mind. What will the future hold? I don’t know either. We’ll see.
When I contacted Burak about featuring his art, he replied, "I'm not good at English. I hope it's not a problem about that article. Maybe You sould correcting my mistakes :)" Honestly, I wouldn't dare. When an artist is this great, tiny mistakes in English are 100% ok by me! Burak's work really kind of speaks for itself.

If you would like to explore more about Burak Senturk on your own, I would suggest his Website, Behance, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #47

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly tackle TOS episdes "Mudd's Women" and "What Are Little Girls Made Of." They also take some time to discuss a really interesting note from a listener! Don't miss this wonderful episode!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Winner Announcement! Class Comics Limited Edition Button Set!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Class Comics Limited Edition Button Giveaway! We selected one lucky winner at random from all the entries! And, honestly, we were kind of blown away by how many different countries were represented! 

Without further ado, the winner is....

Vojtech N. from London, UK!

Congrats! The buttons will be shipped to you directly from Class Comics!
Everyone else, stay tuned! We are announcing the silliest contest imaginable towards the end of the week! More details to follow!

Monday Morning Dance Party: Kate Pierson "Mister Sister"

We are so glad The B-52s' Kate Pierson is putting out a solo album! Guitars and Microphones is out February 17th! Make sure to pick a copy up. In the meantime, here's the video for Mister Sister. At one point Portlandia's Fred Armisen makes an appearance!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Boys Will Be Boys: An Interview w/ Joe Phillips

Joe Phillips is one of the most impressive people I have ever had the pleasure to interview. His career has taken him places most artists/illustrators could only dream of. He has worked with DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, Image, Wild Storm, Now, Prism, Wizards of the Coast , Fleer, Upper Deck, Xodus USA, Justus Boyz, and Jocko, just to name a few. He has worked on big name comics such as Speed Racer, Justice League of America, X-Men, Mister Miracle, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, Legion of Super Heroes, Captain America, Superboy, and more. And, let's not forget his original comic The Heretic. And his long running JoeBoys series in which he beautifully illustrates gay life and relationships.

Joe is also the creator of a wonderful series of animated shorts turned award winning DVD The House of Morecock: The Animated Misadventures of Jonas Morecock. The stories involve a supernatural investigator who always seems to wind up in compromising situations with vampires, werewolves, and other creatures. It's hilariously funny and pretty darn sexy, too. There was a sequel and a whole graphic novel series called Tales From the House of Morecock. 

It would be impossible to list all of the amazing work that Joe Phillips has been involved with since his start in the 80s. Despite his success, he is still driven to create non-stop and is one of the most prolific artists. Right now he has a new JoeBoys anthology book coming out via Bruno Gmunder, a 2015 Boys Will Be Boys calendar to promote,  he is participating in tons of art shows and going to lots of conventions, all despite recently losing part of his right leg in an accident. The man is unstoppable. 

Frankly, we are shocked he had the time to even do an interview. But, we are very thankful he found a few moments to talk to us. If you would like to explore more of Joe Phillips on your own, we suggest his Website, Twitter, JoeBoys site, Wikipedia, and this really insightful self written bio on the Prism Comics page.

Q: Ok, first things first...How is the world did you pull off such an amazing Dr. Zaius costume at Bent Con last week?
Joe: I went to a performing arts school and was a theater major. I have always been into dress up and making costumes is a passion.

Q:  On your twitter feed I noticed a sculpture of a very large octopus sitting in a cookie sheet on top of your oven. It was awesome, but there was absolutely no context given. Care to elaborate?
Joe: I'm also an avid sculptor and I do steam-punk. The Octopus was a lamp base and I was making it for a steam punk convention where I sell stuff as The Brass Menagerie.

Q:  What was your very first professional gig as an illustrator?
Joe: I did comics for a local gay weekly back in Atlanta back in the 90's then I started doing comics for a comic called EX-Mutants and then for the Southern Knights. My first big break was drawing SpeedRacer and  Interview with a Vampire.

Q:  My pal Steve is huge fan of yours and had a question! Which medium do you feel you have the most fun working in? IE: comic art, illustration, painting, animation. And which allows you really explore your creativity the most?
Joe: All of the above. I'm no one trick pony. I have to do everything. I guess film making would be the most as it has everything in it.

Q: I really love the award winning animated video you made for Matt Fishel's "When Boy Meets Boy." Though. now I am concerned that my crotch doesn't sparkle and shoot stars. Should I go to the doctor? And, is it wrong that I was more than slightly turned on by the thugs in the video?
Joe: They were fun to do. The stars were for censoring and just fun. If you are with the right guy I'm sure your crotch will shoot stars.

Q: On your Prism Comics bio you state that you almost became a stand up comedian but got sidetracked. Have you ever seriously considered giving comedy another shot?
Joe: I'm old school corny. I think my brand of humor was for a different generation of kids. I think I'll just add humor into my art and movies.

Q: What was your inspiration behind doing an entire Rule 63 superhero series? Do you have a favorite creation?
Joe: I just wanted to come up with something fun and sexy that folks weren't expecting from me. I love the Gotham Trio the best: CatBoy, Harvey Quinn, and Poison Oak

Q: What artists/illustrators do you currently follow?
Joe: Stuart Immonen and Olivier Coipel

Q:  You have been in the various facets of the comic industry since the late 80s. How have attitudes towards LGBT characters changed over the decades?
Joe: It's hard to say. As a whole, I would say good. There are many GLBT artist out there and many kinds of books. For the most part mainstream comics doesn't really care one way or another, as most of the talent is freelance there isn't any office politics to contend with.

Q: Would you humor us and draw Batman with your eyes closed?

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