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New Comic “Stranger Danger” Available Now!

August 12, 2014

Finally there is a new comic here at queertales.com. I just finished a short nine page story called Stranger Danger, that you can read right now!

Strnager Danger - short comic by Ragnar B.

Hopefully the wait for my next comic won’t be quite as long. 🙂

David is a Funeral Director, Who Just Happens to be Gay

October 26, 2011

David is a funeral director, who happens to be gay.

Phrases like that are commonly heard when discussing gay characters in fiction, but what do they really mean?

On the surface they simply mean that the characters gayness is not important to the story, but if you dig a little deeper it has a more subtle and darker undertone. Many people, both gay and straight, attach negative connotations to gay themed comics, books and films, and by saying that the main character “just happens to be gay”, they are trying to distance the work from the feared “gay” label that might otherwise brand the story. But is it so bad for a book or film to be called gay, if it in fact is gay?

A straight co-worker of mine argued that the film “I Love You Phillip Morris” wasn’t really a gay movie, because it was entertaining for a straight audience. To me, “I Love You Phillip Morris” is most definitely a gay movie, it has a gay lead character who is out and proud, a coming-out story, a gay romance and gay sex, the only thing that sets it apart from most gay comedies is that it has famous lead actors and a big budget. Maybe “gay themed” has become synonymous with a low budget, low production values and limited talent.

It is understandable that major publishers and film studios avoid the gay label. They like to stick to tried and tested formulas that they know will sell. A gay lead character could easily scare away 90% of the straight audience, which would make them loose money on the project. Smaller specialized publishers, who have lower costs, can afford to cater to a niche audience.

A gay tale that is well told, should be able to find an audience based on it’s own merits. However this does not seem to be the case. The film studios may actually be right on this one. Once a story is labeled gay, most straight people, especially guys, will avoid it. They don’t want to see two guys kissing and they don’t want “the gay agenda” shoved down their throats. I guess it’s partially because people like stories they can easily relate to, and partially it’s good ol’ homophobia.

Maybe we haven’t come as far with gay rights as we think. We still find the need to mention that a character “happens to be gay”, somehow deflating his gayness and making him more acceptable to a straight audience, while you never hear anyone say that someone “just happens to be straight”. In fact a sentence like, “007 is a special agent for the MI5, who just happens to be straight”, sounds palpably absurd.

Santa’s Gay Little Helper

December 22, 2010

Christmas is just two days away, so here is a cute little painting of Santa’s Little Helper I hope you enjoy. I painted him using ArtRage, a simple natural media drawing software, with some nice photo reference for the rather difficult perspective.

Merry Christmas!

Santa's little scantily clad gay helper holding up a condom.

And remember to always put on your “Santa’s Little Helper” should you get lucky during the holidays. 😉

Homoerotic Hedgewars

April 13, 2010

While looking for some fun games for my Ubuntu machine, I came across this little gem. It’s called Hedgewars, and is basically an open-source variant of Worms. It’s most fun when played with a friend, where you can happily blow each other up with a variety of creative weapons.

After playing it for a while, I began looking into how the maps were made, and found out that they were simply pictures with transparency. So I set to work on some of my own, first I made this Graveyard map, but then figured…why the heck not make a queer one. So I made this one.

Physique Hedgewars Map

The pose is from an old issue of Physique Pictorial, while the image itself was drawn using Inkscape. To install the map, you simply unzip the files in Hedgewar’s Data/Maps directory (on Linux that would be /usr/share/games/hedgewars/Data/Maps/, on Mac right click the Hedgwars application, and choose show content, then find the folder, on Windows I’m guessing it’s in your Program Files/Hedgewars folder…but I’m not sure). I hope you like it.

Now I need to get back to drawing comics. 🙂