What can queer be? Too often, society depicts queerness in only one or two ways. The pressure to conform to the Gay Image can be just as crushing as the closet. How to dress, how to talk, how to act- when you only see one way to be gay, how can you feel free to be yourself? Zines like Anonymous Boy have an answer.
AB depicts x-rated scenes (ok, porn drawings) of non-normative, non-conforming punk bois in all manner of erotic situations: some funny, some poignant, all sexy. Cocks and asses abound, but the underlying sweetness in the character’s expressions makes this zine truly compelling and fun to read, even if man-on-man action isn’t your thing. Issue #3 is dedicated to Bruce LaBruce, which should clue you in on what to expect inside. And if you were wondering, a helpful guide on how to become the ultimate punk-rock dreamboat is included. AB opens the door to new forms of expression, and shows us that there’s more than one way to be queer. And once you know that, there’s no end to what you can be.
We’ve previously featured Anonymous Boy #2 here.
Dac Cederberg is a summer intern here at QZAP. He’ll be reading and reviewing zines on the blog through August.
Dac recently graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. He’s a cisgender gay man, he/him pronouns, from Missoula Montana. His alter ego is drag-queen bombshell Lady Dee. He doesn’t quite know what he wants to do with his life yet, but he loves reading, writing, TV, pop culture, and all things queer. He’s a Gemini and his favorite color is purple. Feel free to contact Dac through QZAP with any questions or comments.
It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve posted a QZOTD. We’ve been quite busy with our QZAP summer residency, reading queer fanzines, and getting ready for the autumn zine fest season. On that note, Chris, one of QZAP’s co-founders, will be in Lexington, KY this weekend at the Kentucky Fried Zine Fest. If you’re in the area you should stop by and see him. He’ll have copies of “From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project“, among other things.
Now, for today’s QZOTD we’ve got a blast from the past… It’s Anonymous Boy!!! Specifically, Anonymous Boy Collection #2, but really you should check all of them out. Anonymous Boy has been making comics and music and DJing since the late 1980s. His work has appeared in a number of different publications, including JDs and several of the Y.E.L.L. zines from ACT-UP/NY. Most recently he was on a panel with Chris (QZAP), Rachael House (Red Hanky Panky, among others) and Elvis B. (Homos in Herstory) at the Queers and Comics conference that took place this past spring in New York City.