Steven H. Garcia is an artist of gay erotica, especially of the pinup variety. His models are characters from throughout geek fandom, including movies, comics, and video games. His 2016 wall calendar showcase popular icons such as Superman and Batman, Ash from Pokémon, Street Fighter’s Ken and Ryu, Spider-Man and Deadpool, Harry Potter, and more. When not creating art, Steven is the co-host of the Gayme On video game podcast.
Steven recently exhibited at GX3, the third annual GaymerX convention. In this interview, Ken and Steven chat about their experiences at that event; how Steven finds real-life models for his art; representation of gay characters in comic books; whether Steven’s art represents or violates canon; how objectification of male characters is similar to and different from how women are traditionally portrayed; and why a video edition of an audio podcast isn’t a bad idea.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Steven H. Garcia on
- The notorious Bettie Page
- Grindr, SCRUFF, Hornet & Jack’d gay meetup & dating apps
- Green Lantern Kyle Rayner’s gay assistant Terry Berg
- Young Avengers Hulkling & Wiccan share first kiss
- Alpha Flight’s North Star in Marvel Comics’ first gay wedding in Astonishing X-Men
- Strong Female Protagonist webcomic by Molly Ostertag and Brennan Lee Mulligan
- Strong Female Protagonist interview on The Pubcast podcast
- Prism Comics: Supporting LGBTQAI comics, creators and readers
- Alphabet Anthology by Tara Avery on Kickstarter
- Northwest Press
- Gayme On! podcast
- VideoPad video editor
- Is Metroid’s Samus Aran transgender? an article by Brianna Wu for The Mary Sue