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If I weren't so shameless, I would be embarrassed to admit how much I'm enjoying this. 
26th-Oct-2005 10:11 pm
It's a good thing that I just don't care anymore. Thankfully, no one else does, either. ^_~

The gay comics sit below the shotacon which sits to the left of the porn anthologies which sit below...Jane Eyre. I kid not.

Fillion, Patrick. Heroes. Berlin: Bruno Gmünder, 2005.
Summary: Artbook. Includes full-color, sexually-explicit pinups--we're talking penises the equivalent length of my arm!--of Fillion's original, homosexual superheroes Naked Justice, Camili-Cat, Deimos, and others.
Comments: Of the other gay cartoonists that Bruno Gmünder has published over the years, I like the French-Canadian Fillion's artbook many times more than that of Kinu Sekigushi but not as much the two put out by Joe Phillips. Fillion gives his characters an appealing richness of color and a bit more variety than does Sekigushi, but Phillips is by far the more complex illustrator. The book itself is of course made from the highest-quality materials and strikes me as even a bit too lavish for the seriousness of the content itself. I was intrigued by Fillion's introduction; he says that Camili-Cat was a childhood creation, and that definitely gave me some insight into the book below. *points downward* I wouldn't quite go so far as to say "a waste of time," but I'm sorely tempted. (On the other hand, I would've said the same even more vehemently about Sekigushi's work, and look at how my friends list has been gushing over that guy's art lately! (--; ) Get Mighty Males instead.
Notes: hardcover, 2nd printing
Rating: 4.5/10 - Not essential in any sense of the word. Get it only if you're a fan of the artist or the genre--and even then after careful consideration.

Fillion, Patrick. The Incredibly Hung Adventures of the Mighty Males. Berlin: Bruno Gmünder, 2005.
Summary: Includes excerpts, most with some plot but a few with none at all, from Fillion's various gay-themed superhero comic book series, including Camili-Cat, Naked Justice, Deimos, and Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Comments: Heh. I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. Whatever Fillion's failings as a pinup illustrator, he more than makes up for it in the deft elegance and overall quality of his layouts and his alternately erotic, alternately tongue-in-cheek homages to Silver Age superhero comics. I grew up on (reprints of) those things, too, and so I know exactly where he's getting it from. The effect is very much along the lines of 90's Marvel Comics...albeit so oversexed it's parodic. I've been intrigued by this guy's work since seeing it in PRISM Comics last year, but at the time that I was considering ordering books from him, he only took Paypal, and I don't do Paypal, so...Yeah. Of all of the characters that he has created, I like Camili-Cat the most. I see the Nightcrawler influence, without a doubt, and the way that he is searching for his people--for a place where he can feel like he belongs--is an especially telling, potent fantasy for an adolescent, and an adolescent homosexual in particular. His characters, despite their *coughs* unnatural proportions, really are beautiful, and rarely have I seen gay comics as professional as these. (Not even Joe Phillips does narrative comic art on this level.) Oh, and hardly any typos!!! I don't genuinely believe that I will be buying his independently published work, which is available here at pretty impressive cost, but if Bruno Gmünder deigns to put out more of his books, I'll definitely shell out for those! ^_^
Notes: paperback, 1st edition
Rating: 7.5/10 - Aww, c'mon. You know you want to. ^_~
27th-Oct-2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, I need to broaden my tastes, probably.
Well, it could be worse I suppose: at least it's not Gengoroh Tagame ^_-;
Heheh ^^
27th-Oct-2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Well, it could be worse I suppose: at least it's not Gengoroh Tagame ^_-;

*chuckles* Fillion is much, much campier.
27th-Oct-2005 07:50 am (UTC)
The title alone makes me roll on the floor laughing^_^
27th-Oct-2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
At least the guy doesn't take himself too seriously. ^_~
27th-Oct-2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
That's one way of putting it^_^ I should get this book as a birthday present for my prudish bro since he's getting into muscle building. *grins wickedly*
27th-Oct-2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing* Bodybuilding? Oh, there's so much homoerotic potential there...
27th-Oct-2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
Glad you agree with me. I just can't understand how my brother can't see homoerotica lurking in that sport^^
27th-Oct-2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
I've heard some gay writers in the field of bodybuilding say that it BEGAN in American gay culture and subsequently went mainstream. I don't know if it's true or not, but perhaps you should point that out to your brother. ^_~
27th-Oct-2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
I should. If only to watch him splutter incoherently^^ He thinks the only gay men are the "wimpy, effeminate, soft-spoken" men. I should introduce him to the bodybuilders one of these days. It'd make a good Halloween trick or treat^^
27th-Oct-2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
There's this great short story called "The Man I Made: A Bodybuilding Memoir" about a bodybuilding competitor and his coach and how homosexual it all is. The story's supposed to be true. ^__^
27th-Oct-2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Where can I find this story?^^
27th-Oct-2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's in an anthology called Flesh and the Word 3. The anthologies have literary pretensions, but you might have trouble importing them. >_< The cover says "An Anthology of Gay Erotic Writing."
27th-Oct-2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
With a nice nude male body on the cover huh?^_^ figures.
27th-Oct-2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
I dunno...they have a kinda artistic look to them... ^^;;;;;;;;


Whaddaya think? ^^;;;;;;;;;
27th-Oct-2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
Won't pass customs^_^
27th-Oct-2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
That's what I figured. Too bad they don't have them in eBook form. ^^; Getting all this gay fiction would be so much easier that way. ^_~
27th-Oct-2005 11:42 am (UTC)
I'm slightly tempted to check out mighty males.
27th-Oct-2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
*grins* Oh, you should. Reading it was a lot more fun than I expected it to be, especially since nothing shocks me anymore; it was easy to get past the preliminaries. ^_^
27th-Oct-2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
Patrick...squeee! ^_^. He's a hottie in person. 0_o. He does tend to overdo the 'baskets' on his characters and Camilicat is our favorite as well- hey want to know an evil secret, there is a Camilicat doujinshi:


It's amazing how disgraceful some characters are, eh? I do love his ethnic men most of all. The way he illustrates them is gorgeous.
27th-Oct-2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
He's a hottie in person. 0_o.

Err...what exactly does that have to do with his drawing abilities? ^_~ Have you met him in person?

I noticed he had a photograph of himself surrounded by his characters in the artbook. It was quite cute, actually.

Anyway, I've known about the doujinshi since you've announced it, but I hadn't seen a significant portion of Fillion's work until now. I got these books REALLY cheap. *the skinflint nods sagely*
27th-Oct-2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Just like being shallow - it was my attempt at gay-fanboi -ing, thanks for turning into a train-wreck!

So the artbooks are high quality eh? I never got any of those-just his standard fare with staples which I think have great presentation. I think Camilicat is the only one I enjoy, and his Rapture anthology was very good- he used different writers and some quests artists on that one.

27th-Oct-2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
So the artbooks are high quality eh?

Well, I wasn't too thrilled by the contents of the artbook--I like his work a lot better in narrative comic form--, but of course all of the Bruno Gmünder books are made with nice, high-quality materials. Much more durable than your standard single issue comic.

I think Camilicat is the only one I enjoy,

It definitely had the most *coughs* substance to it. ^_^
29th-Oct-2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Second review archived.
30th-Oct-2005 12:11 am (UTC)
First review archived.
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