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Hearts & Iron is the story of Carl Hanson and John Sullivan, two iron-pumping gay men who begin a life-journey together. Paul Bunyan follows Big Paul's adventures in the north woods with his fellow lumberjacks. In Ursus Major, A Werebear's Tale, a cub gets more than he bargained for when he meets a bearded and furry dream man.

Click on the links below, and you will be redirected to the Hearts & Iron comic website store, and may purchase comics there.

Books for sale!
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H & I #1,
"Beautiful Friendship"

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H & I #2,
"Clubland"

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H & I #3,
"Judgment"

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H & I #4,
"A Game of Gods"

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H & I #5,
"The Underworld"
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HI Jacked ursus book jacked Big is Better
Paul Bunyan Strip Collection
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Ursus Major, A Werebear's Tale Strip Collection
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Hearts & Iron Strip Collection
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Follow the story of Samson and Pete in fellow artist SONG's Big Is Better. Inkollo.com

Web Comics
Previews of my webcomics. Click on the links to be redirected to the Hearts & Iron webcomic page, and read the adventures of Carl, John, Big Paul and the Werebear and Cub.

Hearts & Iron
New! Carl faces off...
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Ursus Major, A Werebear's Tale
New! A spy at Werebear Weekend?
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Paul Bunyan
New! Paul has new fans in the city!
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Project Hercules Previews
"Project Hercules" is an in progress Hearts & Iron story dealing with John's super strength and mysterious forces that want to use it; Carl is captured and used as leverage to get John's compliance. Previous attempts at nabbing Carl can be seen in the H & I webcomics. Click on images for a full page view.

John in shackles orted by soldiers Carl in interior of Project Hercules complex
John in chains... not for long! Alpha male in charge. Fighter Carl... it took an army to cage him... one man to free him.
Together again Muscle Shield Page 1, coloring in progress.

Bear Noir! A spooky werebear strip!

I was looking for a good horror movie on TV... clicked through a lot of dumb slasher movies, looking in vain (vein?) for The Wolfman or some other classic monster flick that relied more on mystery and atmosphere than gore... hmm, wait, I'm drawing a strip about shapeshifters... ok, I'll draw my own movie. In black and white. Click on the icons to read "Ursus Manor!"

Ursus Manor detail
Part 1
ursus manor 2
Part 2
wereber hears growls
Part 3
Ursus Manor 4 detail
Part 4

MORE COMIC ART PRESS INFLUENCES
Muscle Men book coverMuscle Men, an erotic anthology, Cleis Press. I contributed a six page comic story called "Muscle Meeting." Click here for a preview of my story.

"Musclemen in the Underworld" - a review of Hearts & Iron #5 by fellow comic artist/writer/blogger Rainer Hormann. Thanks Rainer!

An interview (in German) with me on the blog Samstag ist ein Guter Tag

An interview with me in Bear Mais magazine #42 (in Portuguese.)

Bearotic.com article on my web comics!

An article on Bear Nerd, a Brazilain bear site (in Portuguese.)

Compete Magazine article on Hearts & Iron: This Comic Strip Stands Out

Patte d'Ours/Bears paw 3.0, a French bear art site, with a page devoted to my artwork...
http://pattedours-bearspaw.com/page2/page2.html

Pagina 12, an Argentine publication, has an article about me/Hearts & Iron and 3 other comic artists. I believe it's in Spanish - happy translating!

PRAISE FOR "HEARTS & IRON"

"I am enjoying your work immensely. Most of all your ability to weave an interesting story with believable characters and plot lines."
- John Calimee, artist 

"I was fully expecting to mostly enjoy the strong visuals. While your artwork is extremely well done, I found myself really being drawn into the storyline."
- D.B., WI

 

I grew up reading 1960's Marvel and DC comics, and science fiction of the Golden Age. There were also little-known gems like the Classics Illustrated Comics Story of Great Scientists (such as Einstein, Curie and Pasteur), with its beautiful, uncredited artwork and delight in learning about the world around you. Mad magazine, great fun when I was a kid in the Sixties, soon paled next to the more sophisticated and subversive National Lampoon. I followed Jack Kirby's Fourth World books devotedly, but my interest in comics was waning. After a long period of not reading comics, I was pulled back by books like Crisis on Infinite Earths, Secret Wars, Alan Moore's Watchmen and V For Vendetta, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One and Daredevil, Akira and Neil Gaiman's epic Sandman. Now, I was hooked again.

Artists I have admired over the years include Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Al Capp (whose L'il Abner strip was ghosted by Frazetta for years), Mad magazine's Mort Drucker, Neal Adams, Mike Dringenberg of the early Sandman issues, Yukinobu Hoshino's amazing art and storytelling in the science-fiction graphic novel 2001 Nights, the stark, Alex Toth-like brushwork of David Mazzuchelli on Frank Miller's Batman and Daredevil issues, and the lush compostion and masterful figure drawing of P. Craig Russell.

Tom of Finland and Bill Ward of Drum fame are gay artists whose work I greatly admire, as well as the humor and imagination of Roberta Gregory, Howard Cruse's precise line and sophisticated storytelling, and Ivan Velez 's comic/soap opera Tales Of the Closet.

Strip AIDS USA coverStrip AIDS USA, 1988
A collection of cartoons from a diverse group of American cartoonists such as Will Eisner, Alison Bechdel and Frank Miller. All work was donated by the artists and profits from the book went to various AIDS foundations. My contribution was a two page story called "Safe Sex 2088."
Gay Comics #25 coverGay Comics #25, 1998
A collection of past Gay Comics contributors in celebration of 18 years of publishing. John and Carl of "Hearts & Iron" make their debut here in a one page story entitled "Midway".
Early grave comic page"An Early Grave," left,  is a previously unpublished comic from the late 90's exploring a couple of my favorite topics, prehistory and myth.  Joseph Campbell's "Primitive Mythology" provided much of my source material on prehistoric shamanism and the possible meanings of cave paintings. Click here or on the icon to download the 5 page pdf comic.