What with the increasing presence of anime and cartoon based Marvel Comic Book movies gaining so much popularity it is not surprising that people who appreciated comic book art would be a large audience for books such as this.
Markus Pfalzgraf knows about as much about gay comics as anyone in the business and he is responsible for this major tome of collected comic book constructors. He opens his collection with an essay about the creation of and the growing appreciation for gay comics. He presents the fact that not only is the art creative and valid but that the accompanying stories are fascinating.
For those in the know, the artists and comic book stories included here are Tom of Finland, Hardcore Underground, Howard Cruse, FLO, YPE, Ralf Konig, Europe/Comic Strip Continent, HIV/AIDS: Timebomb, future and eternity, Censorship. Gengoroh Tagame, Japanese Comics, Patrick Fillion, Mioki, Dale Lazarov, Zack, Franze & Andarle, Gay Super Heroes, Mianstrem, and some interviews with Andreas c. Knigge and Henri Dhellemmes. And the rest is all comic fantasies - lots of dark and dirty imagery that has at its root entertainment and fun.
Perhaps not a book for everyone, but for those who love gay comics this book is a feast. In German and English. Grady Harp, December 12