This zine collects most of my fan art creations related to Our Flag Means Death season 1, plus some works inspired by the 2022 OFMD panels at Emerald City Comic Con and C2E2. There are also a couple of What We Do in the Shadows cameos for extra measure.
Content notes: nothing outside the scope of what’s in the show. There’s some swearing, there’s some blood, there’s some risque ribaldry.
For the most part, I’ve just been posting my fan art creations on social media (Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter specifically), but this one I wanted to show here as a before/after thing, comparing my first ever effort at digital coloring with my most recent. So here’s the just-completed Izzy in Drag piece, line art done in natural media, coloring done in Photoshop:
I would say that’s a bit of an improvement, no? To be fair, I did install a bunch of digital brushes in the intervening 13 years, so I had more texture options for coloring Izzy. Even so, I have learned a lot about flatting and clipping masks and transparency and so forth.
This is all self-taught, by the way. I would love to take a class in digital coloring someday, but it ain’t happened yet.
The August issue of OUT FRONT Magazine is all about music, so of course I had to do a comic about how Judas Priest queered heavy metal. This one has a surprise twist ending, so be sure to read the full comic!
And no, the surprise twist is not that Rob Halford is gay. We’ve known THAT for years.
My newest comic for OUT FRONT Magazine is all about the queer rep in Our Flag Means Death, and how the show offers a welcome pushback against rising anti-LGBTQ prejudice. Digital edition is here (I’m on page 24).
Squeezing all of my thoughts and feels about this show down into a half-page comic was basically impossible. In the event you’re yearning for my much more detailed analysis, I have effectively ceded my Tumblr over to the lobe of my brain that is now dedicated to fine-toothed thematic and historical analysis of a gay pirate rom com. I am very much a sucker for media that is so richly crafted you get something new out of it each time you engage with it, noticing new details or themes you had missed before.
I’ve been doing a lot of OFMD fan art as well, but I haven’t been posting it here. If you want to peep it, the easiest way to find it is to hit up the aforementioned Tumblr or my Instagram.