SONG was born in 1982, in a small village in the south-west of China.
His father was a firefighter and his mom worked at a local chemistry factory. Growing up in a blue-collar familly, with both his parents working full-time, he considers his talent in drawing a gift from the loneliness to a kid who never has playmates.
Graduaed from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and after working for six years in North Africa, SONG was the first Chinese who ever published a gay manga in France.
Being self-taught in drawing manga, SONG values the rich story-telling and erotisme in this specific art form.
In 2012, at the age of 30, SONG moved to Nantes, France and started a new page of his life, as an art student at a private art school.more
Markus Pfalzgraf is a German TV and radio journalist. He used to work as an editor for online video news and as an author for several newspapers and magazines. He studied Political Science, history and Dutch Studies in Münster/ Germany and Amsterdam/ The Netherlands, with additional courses in Los Angeles.
As a book author, he has compiled a witty, yet informative history of homosexuality, comprising lots of illustrations.
Photo: Rebekka Pliesmore
Raised in the US Air Force, Valentine lived in many places, from Berlin Germany to Great Falls Montana. He spent much of his middle years writing and designing for the stage but now he is semi-retired in Palm Springs, California, and he focuses on his painting, drawing, and writing, most of it homoerotic. more
Mioki lives in New Jersey and was born in 1949 the son of Czech and German immigrants in the US. Although he’s been drawing comics since he was a small child he has never had any professional training as an artist, which you wouldn’t know from seeing his work! The protagonists from SIDE BY SIDE, Rick and Evan, were introduced in STRIPPED – THE ILLUSTRATED MALE anthology. This is their story. more
Ross Watson's career as an artist began 25 years ago in Melbourne. He has since exhibited in London, Berlin and Los Angels, and group exhibitions, including important surveys of Australian and international contemporary art at the National Gallery of Australia, and in the Toronto International Art Fair.
He lives in Melbourne with his partner, Stephen Morgan, who is the director of an art gallery dedicated exclusively to Watson's art, and whose visitors include collectors such as Sir Elton John.
Photo: Sir Elton John and Ross Watson more
Iceman Blue was born in Israel and raised in the U.S.A. He studied computer animation in college, but found himself more interested in creating traditional illustrations by hand instead. After graduation, he found employment in the mainstream comic book industry as an Inker. Somewhere along the way, he created his internet alter ego of Iceman Blue so he could showcase illustrations of his favorite characters in more provocative poses. It wasn't long before custom commissions started coming in and what started out as a fun would take on a life of its own and become a full time job.
These days, Iceman Blue is focused on creating and promoting his own original stories and concepts, such as 'Midnightman'. He currently resides in sunny California with his sweetheart and continues to bring his fans sexy new art each and every month. more
Zack was born in 1948 in Switzerland; since 1973 he lives in the UK. He is a self-educated illustrator and started to design explicit gay comic strips in the early seventies, inspired by his very own erotic fantasies. The message of his work is simple and it comes from the heart: Sex is fun, and anything goes as long as all involved enjoy it and are not hurt or abused against their will. Zack designed numberless comic strips for British magazines like HIM, Vulcan and Teenage Dreams. more
Since he was seven Mike has always been fascinated by two things: men and the art of drawing. Pretty early he was aware of the fact that he wanted to make his passion his job. Consequentially he made his degree in illustration at the Rhode Island Design School. Together with his husband he works as a free illustrator for considerable magazines such as Playgirl and MEN. more
Franze and Andärle are actually illustrators for youth comics and books. Now the two Italians created their first homoerotic project, the thrilling pirate story “Black Wade”.
Their style—nifty and thoroughly in the details—puts a focus on describing the atmosphere and the surroundings. Thereby the characters and their story seem realistic; the reader is able to put himself directly into the happenings. With a lot of feeling for the adventurer in each of us Franze and Andärle draw a world full of explosive passion and wild feelings. more
Ismael Álvarez was born in Ayamonte (Huelva, Andalucía, Spain) on the 12th May 1978. Nowadays he lives in Madrid, a city he loves and wouldn’t like to leave, as people from Madrid say "from Madrid to heaven". It is here where he started his career in the comic world working as designer and illustrator. He loves the comic’s world, the world of eroticism and – why not say it – the porn world. He doesn’t understand why people relate the sex world (and everything related to it) with something dirty and addressed to perverts. He invites you to look at his artwork and discover a world full of beauty and eroticism that reminds us that beauty is something subjective. more
Gonzales grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The paper, pens, and pencils were almost prohibitively expensive, but were lovingly supplied to him by his mother who was aware of her son‘s amazing talent from an early age. Gonzales began drawing by copying images of his favorite comic book hero, Conan the Barbarian. Often working late at night with his three siblings sound asleep, he would draw his super hero with added erotic sexual prowess- accentuated mounds of muscles and a battle-axe-sized hard-on that was ready to engage in warfare with any offending foe. After completing each meticulously rendered drawing, he would then carefully shred his masterpiece into tiny secret bits that were cleverly camouflaged amongst the rest of the trash. With the evidence destroyed, he was off to bed—lights out. As an adult, his erotic fire was rekindled with his move to New York. Gonzales further developed his artistic ability by sharpening his storytelling skills and refining his character portrayals. These complex psychological studies populate a whimsical, yet detailed visual landscape. Meticulously drawn, his subjects possess an assured iconic power juxtaposed with a childlike playfulness. His artistic evolution continues, with the enthusiastic encouragement he receives from fellow art troubadours at The Queer Men’s Erotic Art Workshop. more
The Portuguese artist HvH is probably familiar to you in one form or another from a variety of publications, for example, his comics have been published in the American magazines FRESHMEN & MEN. Patrick Fillion’s house of comics Class Comics have also often provided a platform for this very talented artist. HvH’s drawings impress with their imaginative style and consistent bizarre visuals that are very distinctive. This is one of the most promising newcomers of the year! more