While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
What with all the attention paid to superheroes these days, its easy to forget that the range of stories being told in comic books and graphic novels runs the gamut, from the silly to the marvelous to the mundane. But for every Batman and Iron Man, theres a community of writers, artists, and fans who are more interested in stories where masks are metaphorical, conflict is internal, and the only people wearing spandex appear during 80s flashbacks. In short, just like real life. During this years two-day Alternative Press Expo youll have a chance to meet the creators and creative minds behind some of the best stories told in sequential art form, including Chris Ware, creator of the depressingly brilliant --or is that brilliantly depressing? -- Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, and the real-life dynamic duo wife-husband team of Jessica Abel (La Perdida) and Matt Madden (99 Ways to Tell a Story).
Nov. 1-2, 11 a.m., 2008