Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Morning Dance Party: Zola Jesus "Dangerous Days" - FREE DOWNLOAD!

The new Zola Jesus album Taiga will be released October 6th in Europe/UK and October 7th in North America on Mute Records. For now, you can download "Dangerous Days" by clicking here and leaving your email address. If you don't wanna leave your real one, just go to gmail and make a new one! It's a pretty great track!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Watch: Coming Out in the 1970s Short Documentary

In this terrific fifteen minute short documentary, directors Phil Siegel and Gabriel Gasca enlist four young activists to interview elder gay, lesbian and trans-gender activists who came out in the 1970s. They explore how the catalyst of the Stonewall riots enabled a new generation to come out and begin to organize, get visible and fight for rights. It's definitely worth a watch!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

CLEARLYWRONG: The Art of Daniel Bressette

So, I have started this article on Daniel Bressette, who sometimes goes by the handle CLRLYWRNG, like a dozen times this morning, quickly hitting the backspace button and deleting everything I type. I started to say that Daniel Bressette is one of my favorite artists. True. But, not exactly riveting info. Everything I try to express seems completely trite and unworthy of the amazing talent this man possesses.

Exacerbating this situation is the fact that there is not one scrap of helpful bio material on Daniel anywhere to be found, other than that he lives in Atlanta and draws and plays music and "Is Bored With It All." For example, here's one of his bios:
Daniel Bressette was raised by a pack of wild bios. Some were written and forgotten about, others fled captivity as soon as the chance provided itself. Growing a strong connection to the bios, he vowed to never again keep a bio in captivity and you'll never find him in possession of one!
Or try this one from his Twitter page:
Daniel Bressette died years ago. This is the best we could do with modern computing and archived memories. We know it's not much.
While conversing with Daniel via email, I asked if he had any bio info and he responded, "I suck at writing bios, and at this point I don't know if I've ever written a serious one about myself." So, I guess we will just have to leave it at that!

In recent years, Daniel's work has been featured everywhere from Juxtapoz Magazine to Comics Alliance. He is currently devoting most of his time to creating a new show with his friends for Cartoon Network. Also, he keeps up two Tumblr pages: CLRLYWRNG and The Artistic Decline of Daniel Bressette. You should also consider following his hilariously wonderful Twitter feed. His Flickr page is a giant explosion of most of his work condensed into one mind blowing collection. And, you have to see his RCRDCVRS tumblr where he cartoonifies iconic album covers.

Maybe in the future, we can get him to agree to an interview. Until then, enjoy his amazing art!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Stargayzer Music Festival - The Most Amazing Lineup of LGBT Musicians Ever - September 12-14 in Austin, TX!

The Stargayzer Festival is a 3-day celebration of LGBTQIA music and performance, held in Austin, Texas on September 12th-14th, 2014. It will take place at Carson Creek Ranch, a private, 20-acre ranch that sits on the banks of the beautiful Colorado River. For 3 days and 3 nights, this unique space will be transformed into a vibrant, all inclusive festival community focused on showcasing LGBTQIA musicians and performers.

Recently, they announced the final lineup...and it's insane! With over 100 performers to chose from, Stargayzer has a bit of everything - quasi-mainstream alternative, experimental indie, booty shakin' rap, electronica, folk, underground rock, tons of DJs, and tons and tons of camp disco! Among the notables are Austra, Trust, Xiu Xiu, Big Freedia, Mykki Blanco, Le Tigre's JD Samson, Ssion, Cazwell, and so much more. For the complete list, look at the bottom of this article!

Stargayzer will span across 3 main stages, including an amphitheater stage on the banks of the Colorado River. Also, there will be 3 lounge tents for resting, revelry and everything in between. Each tent will offer its own unique style of queer art, entertainment, décor and refreshing beverages. An eclectic selection of food will be available during festival hours from a host of food trailers serving delicious local and international cuisines, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available.

For festival goers who want to stay overnight, a separate tent and RV camping area will be available on the festival grounds. Multiple options and amenities will be offered in this private area including portable showers, bathrooms and charging stations. Overnight guests will have access to a 24-hour café, a general store and a private, after-hours lounge tent, accessible only to camping wristband holders. Campers are of course encouraged to decorate and personalize their campsites to create a colorful, comfortable, home away from home.

So,  make your arrangements now before it's too late! September will be here before you know it! Visit their website! Or check out their Facebook page! 

Take a listen to some of the artists:

Full Line Up!
Austra , Big Freedia , Xiu Xiu, JD Samson, Mykki Blanco, Trust, SSION , Crystal Ark , Avan Lava, Kingdom, Cakes Da Killa, Peaches Christ, Sister Crayon, Cazwell, Rebecca Havemeyer, Brad Loekle, Nakia, Christeene, Honey Sound System, Double Duchess, Blow Pony, Yo! Majesty, Abdu Ali, Baathaus, Dead Music Capital Band, Moira Scar, Thelma & The Sleaze (TATS), Big Dipper, Holiday Mountain, Mark Louque, Mary Messhausen, Mitzi Meyers, Produzentin Proddy, Whiite Walls, Gretchen Phillips Disco Plague, Ambrosia Salad, Ben Aqua, Mirror Travel, Silky Shoemaker, BLXPLTN, Airick X, Althea Trix, Arcie Cola, B.E.B., Bearracuda, Bitter Heart Society, Boo Nanny, Bulge, Butch County, Carletta Sue Kay, Chandallier, Chelsea Starr, Collin Bass, Daniel Webb, Deep Time, DJ Begbick, DJ Blood Kisses, DJ Boyfriends, DJ False Flag, DJ Girlfriend, DJ Ketsup, DJ Lemz, DJ Terpsi, DJs Fine & Dandy, Dren Pasht, Dylan Reece, Fantasy and Khatti Q, FEA, Girl 4 Girls, G-Luv, John Mark Robbins, Light Fires, Logan Lynn, Louisianna Purchase, Magic Mouth, Michael Foulk, MikeQ, Mirror Fears, Mom Jeans, Mouthfeel, Night Cadet, Oracola, Pink Leche, Poo Poo Platter, Prom Date, Queer Church Revival, Russell Reed, Saakred, Seratonin, SF Album Project, Shorty Shorts Queer Film, Slash and Spread, Stanley Roy, Tony Banks, Ursula, Werkout Palace, Wild Moccasins, XBRMNT, Zane Xena, Zombie Baazar, Vacation Eyes, Potpourri of Pearls,Young Creature

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #24

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
This week, Molly is finally back from tour and it's party time! Julia hangs out to greet Molly and makes the gang Star Trek inspired libations! Then all three Treklenburg crew members discuss their Top 5 alien vessels!

See below for the drink recipes from this week's show!
Original broadcasts of Treklenburg are Monday nights at 8pm EST on

Twist Full of Datas
Smokey, margarita-style beverage

1.5 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz orange juice
2 oz Mezcal
1/2 oz hot sauce, Tabasco preferred
1 twist lemon as garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine everything but the lemon twist and shake over ice 12-14 times
Strain and pour into a margarita glass, rimmed with salt and sugar, add lemon twist, serve

Bright blue brazillian rum beverage that will get you drunk, and how

1/2 lime, cut to 8 pieces
2 tsp Turbinado sugar
3 oz cachaça
1/2 oz blue curaçao

Put lime and sugar into a rocks glass, muddle thoroughly. Add crushed ice then cachaça and curaçao and serve

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Monday, June 23, 2014

HeroesCon 2014 Wrap Up & Full LGBT Characters in the Comics Panel Video!

If you live on the East Coast and have not been to HeroesCon, you owe it to yourself to go. It is one of the nation's oldest and largest events. And, frankly, it's pretty great. The Charlotte Convention Center is an ideal venue, one of the few large enough where there can be 30 people in line waiting to talk to Matt Fraction and still allow the flow of traffic between the aisles to move freely. Also, it's fairly well ventilated, so none of the comic-con funk that you are forced to endure at smaller cons. The folks at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find make sure HeroesCon is  always exceptionally well run, everything starts on time, everyone on staff is friendly, and the admission price is actually affordable. You can't really beat this con.

While I love that there were so many well known creators, inkers, and colorists in attendance, my favorite part is always walking through the indie section and getting to meet the up and coming illustrators. It's always fun to see what hilarious creations people are having artists do on commission. I couldn't help but to giggle as I watched Brockton McKinney from Lost Story Studios draw Shawn of the Dead fighting zombie Jesus! Also, I got an unbelievable print for $3 from Logan Faerber! We will certainly try to interview him in the coming weeks.

This year, HeroesCon also had their very first gay themed panel discussion: LGBT Characters in the Comics. Hosted by Bryan Pittard from the The Nerdy Show's Flame On podcast, the panel featured Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez of Love & Rockets, Terry Moore of Strangers in Paradise, and Kate Leth of Kate or Die! We went to a grand total of 8 panels this weekend, and hands down, this was our favorite, though the Afterlife With Archie Panel and Kevin Eastman of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panels were pretty entertaining, too. Fortunately, we were able to film the entire LGBT panel! If you have 40 minutes, you should watch. It's well worth your time.

My pal Steve M. has been going to HeroesCon quite some time. He is a huge comics buff. He has more comics and boxes of comics and closets of comics than anyone I know. This time around he said one of his favorite panels was Using Digital Tools to Make Comics.

"They were a great panel because they were so excited about talking up the programs they used and how they would flow between digital and traditional sketch-on-paper work for everything they do. Brandon Peterson is a long time photo shop user and expert, and he was talking about a particular tool within the app that cuts merging scans together seamlessly automatically. The other two artists David Marquez and Juan Doe went nuts because they spend hours merging scans by hand for their larger pages. The best thing overall about that panel was how enthusiastic the artists were about sharing with each other and with the audience." Steve's husband Jason adds, "I love watching established artist still getting excited about their work."

So, we already posted our Drink and Draw photos from the Friday night charity event raising money for Parkinsons research. Here's our favorite pics from the rest of the weekend. We purposely left out cosplay pics (except for one), as we are certain there will be a million of those floating around the interwebs.

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