Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Fierce Awakens: Fabulous Star Wars Art by Ian O'Phelan

Check out the hilariously over the top Star Wars inspired, pop/gay culture infused illustrations by artist Ian O'Phelan. Ian hails from Toledo, OH. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued a Frankenstein curriculum of fine art and graphic design classes. Currently, he lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited extensively in CA, NY and the U.K.

If you like what you see, be sure to check out some of his other wonderful creations at his Website, Behance, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #94

Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
This edition, Mike and Molly discuss what they did on their Holiday week off! Apparently, Molly got trilithium crystals as a stocking stuffer. Then they move on to review 4 episodes! TNG Home Soil, Coming of Age, & Heart of Glory. Plus DS9 The Forsaken.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Morning Dance Party: Armin van Buuren & W&W - If It Ain't Dutch (Extended Mix)

Armin van Buuren and W&W team up again for a really incredible extended mix of their dance track If It Ain't Dutch. If this doesn't get you moving, you are probably still comatose from turkey overload. You can grab the track Here.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Butcher Billy Gets Pac-Man Fever!

For those unfamiliar, Butcher Billy is a terrific artist/illustrator from Brazil. In the last several years, he has gained quite a bit of attention for his wonderful illustrations re-envisioning punk and new wave musicians as superheroes, characters from The Breakfast Club, and Nintendo mainstays. For example, Morrissey as Superman, Devo as The Flash, Joy Divison as Batman, Sid & Nancy as Mario and Peach, etc... You can view some of those here. They are brilliant. Actually, all of Butcher Billy's work is brilliant.

Recently, I have noticed Butcher Billy turning his attention to the wonderful world of Pac-Man. This week, he added two amazing new Pac-Man illustrations. Additionally, in the last couple of years, he has included Pac-Man quite a few other times. Is he prepping for a Pac-Man themed show? One can only hope. 

Regardless, check out the work below! Then, if you have a few minutes, go check out Butcher Billy's Website, Behance, Tumblr, or one of his stores such as Redbubble, Curioos, or Neatoshop!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Atomic" by Illustrator Jonathan Ball

Cardiff, Wales based illustrator Jonathan Ball is easily one of my favorite illustrators of all time. He draws inspiration from 80's graffiti, Japanese video games, and geometric patterns to create his own distinct and completely addictive style. His client list is an impressive array of the biggest companies in the world including MTV, BBC, Sony, Playstation , Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Doritos, Mattel, Disney, Burger King, McDonald's, Hewlett Packard, Activision, and Atari...just to name a few.

Check out his collection of work in the series he titled Atomic! And be sure to watch the video at the bottom! If you love what you see, be sure to check out his website Poked Studio! Also, I suggest his Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #93

Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
This week, Mike and Molly tackle four episodes: TNG "11001001", "Too Short a Season", and "When The Bough Breaks", plus DS9 "If Wishes Were Horses."

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Morning Dance Party: The Superions "Fruitcake" (Fred Schneider from The B-52s)

Yikes...Christmas is less than two weeks away now! Here's a little X-mas jam from B-52s frontman Fred Schneider and his band The Superions off their 2010 Christmas album Destination...Christmas. "Fruitcake" is kind of inexplicable. Just watch it.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Exclusive Sneak Peek: "The Adventures of Link" by HvH + A Talk With Class Comics Founder Patrick Fillion

Today, Class Comics releases the terrific forty-four page comic anthology The Adventures of Link. No, not that Link. Leave Zelda out of this. Rather, the endearing, playful erotic superhero comic strip from illustrator HvH which graced the pages of the now defunct Freshmen magazine from July 2007 to May of 2009. This is the first time all twenty-three stories appear together to complete the larger story arc.

Here's part of the official description:
Link’s adventures are out of this world! An Intergalactic Alien Orgy Invitation! Anatomically correct fifty-foot robots! Secret Origins Revealed! Sex with an Ex – Who’s not even alive! A sexual vacation through a Portal to a planet of men who need men! Buff bank robbers who rob banks in the buff! Evil clones with voracious sexual appetites! Heroically Hung Aliens! World domination and destruction! A trip to heaven! A prehistoric pervert un-iced! The huge secret that ties all these events together! A monumental battle to save the entire earth!
According to HvH, The Adventures of Link started when the Art Director from Freshmen needed something to fill in an end page. "I was ecstatic! Not only was this a great chance to show my work on a regular basis, but it was also something I actually loved doing: a cartoon series."

HvH kept it kind of clean at first, but all that changed. He explains:
Since I had no idea how long this series was meant to last and I was doing it for a monthly magazine, I thought this concept allowed me to do self contained stories supported by a very easy and clean 'structure'...the editor only got to intervene on the second episode. He wanted the cartoon to be sexier and requested not only more eroticism, but also that Link's red crotch piece disappear.

This isn't the first time Class Comics has rescued a comic title from potentially being forgotten. Owners Patrick Fillion and Robert Fraser are firm believers in preserving our gay erotic history. I asked Patrick to explain the importance of not allowing our past to fade away into obscurity. This was his astonishingly eloquent answer:
This is greatly important because comics like Kent’s “Freshmen Tales” and HvH’s “the Adventures of Link” are a part of Gay Erotic Comics history. They’re an essential part of the foundation of this art form. To just let “Link” fade into obscurity would be like forgetting about “Action Comics” #1, or “Fantastic Four” #1. It’s that absurd! “Link” is a building block of what Gay Erotic Comics are today. It’s still hugely relevant and holds up beautifully. 
Today there’s so much Gay Erotic Art, and numerous forms of Gay Erotic Comics readily available on the internet that I think people tend to forget that before services like Tumblr, before the internet was what it is today, Gay Comics were not easy to find. Not at all. There are those in the field who served as pioneers of the genre, and we feel it’s vital not to forget that.

Also, so much work, love and effort goes into making a comic book. When you look at HvH’s beautiful work, you’re struck by how hot it is, of course, but you can’t help and also admire the dedication to his craft and the sheer beauty of it. Freshmen Magazine knew there was something special about it -- about Gay Erotic Comics in general. I think that’s part of why they always placed so much emphasis on Gay Erotic illustrated Art in their magazines to begin with. It’s a huge honor and pleasure to collect every episode of “The Adventures of Link” and present them in one easily accessible volume for it’s original fans, and new fans to enjoy.
The Adventures of Link also comes with an awesome bonus gallery with pencils, roughs, early designs and unfinished pages! There's also a page of 2010 character redesigns that never saw the light of day. It's pretty great. You can check it out and also see a few uncensored pages HERE!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Completely Inappropriate Holiday Cookies!

The Holidays are almost here again and that can only mean one's time to make delicious treats that will totally shock and annoy our aging parents! Last year 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. This year, we hit Sara up again! Her adorable husband Brett Whittlesey from the band Paint Fumes got in on the act, too! Together we spent a happy afternoon creating completely inappropriate Holiday cookies.

If you want to make these at home, be sure to watch the step by step video on how to decorate cookies simply and easily at the bottom of the post!

Yes, we tried to give a penguin a harness.

Here's what we used:
1) Sugar Cookies! Either bake your own or purchase blanks at your local store. We rolled these out and used a variety of cookie cutter shapes.
2) Black cake frosting & a piping bag
3) Black cookie Icing
4) A variety of sugar beads for the studs, eyes, and ball gags. Red Hots work for ball gags, too!
5) Various colors of 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 our gingerbread video to see how it all comes together!

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