I started a new little gag comic series about a drag queen, Nikki Bridgetower, at the request of my friends Josh and Miles. We have yet to see Nikki in one of her more “Nikki” looks, but that’ll happen eventually.
I hope you enjoy the first two strips of Now Serving.
This is what I do for work. Draw stuff like this. And I love it.
Not a lot made me smile last week. One thing that always does though, is the fantastic web series Gay of Thrones which stars the hilarious Jonathan Van Ness. I wait every week for it knowing that I’m gonna smile and laugh and it was much needed last week. It helped take my mind off of things just when I needed it to. So I drew this for Jonathan Van Ness. If you don’t watch Gay of Thrones, get on it. It’s wonderful!
Please add to this if you like. Art by:
Alfredo Roagui, Terry Blas, Drew Green,
Glen Hanson, John J. Salamone, Michael Derry, William O. Tyler and House of JBG.
So sad, but also inspired today, by the words of Hamish Ridley-Steele, Harry Luke Mulvany and Drew Green among many others. I drew this and usually, I’m terrified to drew men, men kissing, or any kind of sexy man. As a young gay kid, drawing a handsome or sexy guy I felt revealed a deadly secret about me, but I can see now how visibility is so important and I will do my best to not be ashamed to create more art with beautiful men because if it helps someone else to see that being gay is normal, then that will be my life’s mission.
I woke up to a text message from my friend Lindsey telling me she and her husband Ben love me and my partner Scott. It was sweet, the perfect way to wake up and I texted her back asking what brought this on. She told me and then I went to the internet.
I looked at twitter and facebook, clicked on links that took me to different news sites. I read stuff on CNN and MSNBC and devoured what I could find. I started crying.
I’m crying writing this too. I didn’t think it would hit me this hard but I can’t stop. I cried reading the news, I cried reading tweets and messages regarding what had happened. I cried when my partner woke up and I told him what happened. I cried when I walked to the grocery store for eggs and coffee creamer.
I feel helpless. This tragedy occurred on Latin night at Pulse in Orlando during Gay Pride. While I don’t think the shooter, the murderer likely knew it was Latin night, undoubtedly, many of those who have now died were Latino(a) and LGBT. If you don’t know what that looks like, that’s me. I’m Latino. I’m gay. If I lived in Orlando, that would have been my bar, and for the last decade, I’ve gone out and celebrated Pride.
A lot is often said regarding how Pride is this gross display of rippling muscles and sex. It’s often that. It’s usually that. But I’m left with feeling like, if you can’t understand or grasp why Pride is important, or why I enjoy going to the gay bar then you’ve never known what it is to be scared to kiss your significant other. You don’t know what it’s like to be scared of getting something thrown at you or yelled at you, or even getting hurt simply because you are holding the hand of the person you love.
I’m sickened by the media essentially repeating the word: ISIS ISIS ISIS ISIS. Over and over again. Public officials and politicians are consistently saying this was an attack on all of us. I don’t feel that way. This was an attack on the LGBT community. That’s not to say mass shootings aren’t a larger problem. They are. I live in a country that cares more about a fictional magician named Jesus than it does about the lives of school children, or African American church goers or LGBT people who are getting shot by hateful, reprehensible monsters. I’m torn because the father of the shooter said this wasn’t a religious fueled attack. How can it not be, when the years of religious and cultural conditioning lead to him feeling that seeing two grown men kiss was disgusting and wrong? I am obviously not a fan of religion. To each his own, but if your religion teaches that people who are different than you are wrong or less than, you are not someone I want in my circle.
Will gun laws change? Honestly, I doubt it. If they didn’t change for school children, they aren’t changing for gays and Latinos. I don’t feel safe living in the United States. Yeah, I live in Portland, but a mass shooting happened here last year. I got called a fag on the street last month, likely because I had wings and sparkles on my hat. This whole “America is the greatest country in the world,” speech is in my opinion, a way to help everyone ignore the very real problems in this country. I don’t feel safe going to Pride. I don’t feel safe going to a bar that is supposed to be my safe place. I don’t even feel safe going to the movies, which is what I used to do every Sunday to replace the fact that I was raised going to the LDS church every Sunday, so I could still have a sense of repetition and organization to my week. I have always felt safer and more at home in the different cities that I lived in when in Mexico. That’s not to diminish the problems I know Mexico has, but considering all the horrid and hateful things often written about Mexico and the state of that country, that’s saying something.
Hamish Ridley-Steele, who I look up to more than most, and who I have been reblogging all morning, posted:
“When I have to fight to put gay representation in cartoons and kids media it’s because the first time people see men kissing shouldn’t be as a grown man.”
That’s all I can do. I feel like aside from donating blood (which I’m not allowed to do because I happen to be gay), being proud and out and open, celebrating Pride, and creating stories and visibility for minorities, whether they be Latino, African American, Asian, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, is what I’m supposed to do with my life and I dedicate myself to that.
If you aren’t LGBT, be an ally. Tell those you have in your life who are LGBT that you love them. That you are here for them. And if you are LGBT, tell those allies and friends you have in your life that you love them and appreciate them.
Growing up, I never thought I would have friends who were straight men. Now I have several and it’s taught me that there are kind and intelligent people out there who haven’t succumbed to idiocy and hate.
Amor, besos y abrazos. Los quiero mucho. Cuidense.
New illustration of Jubilee. Maybe I’ll turn it into a sticker. Which X-Man/woman should I draw next?
Illustration I did of UK Drag Queen, Kitty Powers! She’s fantastic and you should check her out, along with her awesome games including Kitty Powers Matchmaker! “Available on iTunes!”
Just go to youtube and watch some gameplay if you’re interested.
My #artvsartist image.
These are the first four pages of my new comic, Ghetto Swirl.
It’s an auto bio comic about growing up Mexican, Mormon, Gay and Nerdy, and eventually having to serve as a missionary in The Bronx.
You can read the whole thing right now on Fusion.net:
My first ten customers who buy prints from me today will get an exclusive FREE print of RuPaul. TABLE 29! @rupaulsdragcon #dragcon
But like, @rupaulofficial actually did say my name! @rupaulsdragcon begins!!!
I’m ready! COME THROUGH to TABLE 29 at @rupaulsdragcon !!!
Slow on the progress but to be fair I had to pack. @kimchi_chic
I’m crazy. Was gonna take the day off and then @kimchi_chic had to go and wear this last night. WIP
At @rupaulsdragcon my first ten customers who purchase prints on Sat and Sun will get an exclusive free print of RuPaul dressed up like Willy Wonka! TABLE 29!
Prepping for @rupaulsdragcon !!! It’ll be here before I know it! I’ll be selling my art at Table 29!
Just prepping my postcard display for @rupaulsdragcon ! I’ll have all of these at TABLE 29! Come see me May 7-8!
Whipped up a little @planettammie so I can give it to her at @rupaulsdragcon !!!
Low res version of @cheechdevayne from tonight’s @rupaulsdragrace ! Reworked a previous image I had done and turned it into this. #chichidevayne #instagay #rpdr #rpdr8 #rupaul #rupaulsdragrace