Above: Nightwing based on the Batman Shogun – Samurai Series by XM Studios.
RORY JENSON. Is your new trans boy crush. The adult performer captures adolescent boyhood and is super horny all the time.
get on your knees and serve me pic.twitter.com/8P7ggatqvG
— rory jenson (@roryjensonxxx) October 10, 2019
HISTORY BOYS. It’s me, it’s you, it’s our bros, it’s us. Says the Reddit user: I chose this particular entry for Vol. 1 not only because physical fitness and visual art are both core to my identity and personal interests, but also in part due to the encompassing scale, inclusive scope and largely unknown impact on the modern gay civil rights movement.
Indeed — fitness culture, physique photography and even bodybuilding itself were actually all predominantly pioneered and founded by gay and bisexual men. They were later appropriated, swagger jacked and ‘heterized’ for greater society’s mainstream straight male population.
I find it nothing short of astonishing that they managed to innovate such a high level of extended social networking and establish an interactive nationwide (if not transatlantic) community during a time period of hysterical state-sponsored repression and omnipresent virulent homophobic propaganda.
Overview / Historical Notes
At the beginning of the 1950s, a new type of publication appeared — the physique magazine produced by and for gay and bisexual men.
For many growing up in post-war America, these magazines and their images and illustrations, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. The publishers behind them were part of a wider world of physique entrepreneurs: gay men who ran photography studios, mail-order catalogs, pen pal services, book clubs, and niche advertising for gay male audiences.
Offering a vivid look into the lives of physique entrepreneurs and their customers, and presenting a wealth of illustrations, Buying Gay explores the connections—and tensions—between the market and the movement. With circulation rates many times higher than openly political publications, physique magazines sold in the hundreds of thousands and were the largest gay media outlets of their time.
This network of producers and consumers helped foster a gay community, directly worked to upend censorship laws and paved the way for open expression. Physique entrepreneurs were at the center of legal struggles, including a landmark 1962 Supreme Court victory that allowed for the legal dissemination of openly homoerotic material.
BRIAN KEITH JACKSON. So proud of my brother @kehindewiley, on a rainy day on Arthur Ashe Blvd. As Black artist, athletes, people, it’s imperative we deal with racism, sexism, homophobia, and HIV stigma. We are Vast. Alas, where their monuments exist we shall reign. Our presence is…We must celebrate each other. It is our declaration to do so. #kehindewiley, #rumorsofwar, #arthurashe, #ourstory, #fortheculture, #friendsandfamily, #represent, #rise, #repeat.
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So proud of my brother @kehindewiley, on a rainy day on Arthur Ashe Blvd. As Black artist, athletes, people, it’s imperative we deal with racism, sexism, homophobia, and HIV stigma. We are Vast. Alas, where their monuments exist we shall reign. Our presence is…We must celebrate each other. It is our declaration to do so. #kehindewiley, #rumorsofwar, #arthurashe, #ourstory, #fortheculture, #friendsandfamily, #represent, #rise, #repeat.
KEHINDE WILEY. Many people across the South are fighting to take down statues of Confederate heroes. But a new monument in Richmond, Virginia, the formal capital of the Confederacy, sends a very different message. Anthony Mason spoke to the artist, Kehinde Wiley, who says he wants to create a new narrative.
DC’S NEW TRINITY? With the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer depicting the return of Steve Trevor, we think it may involve the rumored tinkering this film will do to slightly retcon the DC Cinematic Universe, more specifically erasing the Zach Snyder director films: Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League. With Rob Pattison playing Bruce Wayne in The Batman, and David Corenswet rumored to be replacing Henry Cavill, we can’t wait to see DC’s big three together again, for the first time.
WONDER WOMAN. Let’s watch that 1984 trailer again.
DAVID CORENSWET. As Superman, is superb.
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Edit of David Corenswet as Superman! The actor is rumored to be the next Superman in a possible J.J. Abrams Superman movie! Personally, I’d prefer if Cavill stayed, but if they’re going to go younger then this guy is a real good fit! I heard he’s 6’4 and he really resembles a mix of Tom Welling and Henry Cavill! . . . . . . . . #justiceleague #henrycavill #batman #superman #flash #capedwonder #aquaman #benaffleck #christopherreeve #jasonmomoa #galgadot #actioncomics #bvs #themanofsteel #wonderwoman @henrycavill #dc #dceu #dccomics #dcuniverse #richarddonner #Shazam #CrisisOnInfiniteEarths #supergirl #tylerhoechlin #brandonrouth @thealexrossart @brandonjrouth @tylerhoechlin @davidcorenswet #davidcorenswet #thepolitician
NIGHTWING. As Samurai is awesome!
BEAST BOY. Acclaimed creative team Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo just announced that the next installment of their New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling Teen Titans young adult graphic novel series, Teen Titans: Beast Boy, is now available to pre-order.
Thanks again for making #TeenTitansRaven a NY Times Bestseller! Now for some 💚 NEW 💚 news! @_gabrielpicolo and I are thrilled to announce #TeenTitansBeastBoy is now available for pre-order. Take a look at this sneak peek and order your copy here: https://t.co/rA6j3H7vu6 pic.twitter.com/po2JiIWEgt
— Kami Garcia (@kamigarcia) December 12, 2019
GEORGE TOWNE. Your art history lesson of the day. George Towne is an East Village artist / painter / image-maker / designer who loves a challenge and a great cup of coffee.
Towne was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Port Jervis, New York, Towne realized he loved drawing as a young man, and often found himself copying caricatures out of old Mad Magazines. After his high school art teacher bought him his first set of oil paints, he started to become more serious about art making, and began to study work of the old masters, especially Caravaggio, Velasquez and the American painter Thomas Eakins. After attending the School of Visual Arts to study painting and find like-minded community. His artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as the Michael Mut Project Space in New York City, The Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, in Narrowsburg, New York.
His work has been highlighted in several group shows, including recent ones in both spaces (Wooster St. and Prince St.) of the Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, at the Forbes Gallery on 5th Avenue, and the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park. His work has been reproduced and discussed in publications such as American Artist Magazine, The Art of Man, Art & Understanding (A&U) Magazine, Time Out New York, and Metrosource. Book compilations such as Bruno Gmunder’s Stripped, Uncensored, Big Love and Raunch, as well as Schiffer Publication’s 100 Artists of the Male Figure, and Firehouse Studio Publication’s Powerfully Beautifulall include his work. He has been known to attend some of NYC’s gay men’s drawing groups, including “The Leslie/Lohman Erotic Drawing Studio”. Read more on his site here.
THIRST TRAP THURSDAY. Three for one. We’re extra thirsty today.