Kickstarter We’re Into: Burl and Fur

 

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The LGBT community has a rich history of zine creation that stemmed from the underground communities and censorship laws. Nowadays we don’t have the same restrictions on content or much of the same fear that came with the creation of these comix, but the tradition hasn’t stopped.

Crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter have become the avenues by which queer creators can get together and bring to their audience content that the creators love and the people want.

One such campaign is Burl and Fur, an “illustration zine inspired by and dedicated to bara/gay manga.”

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I first heard about this project during Small Press Expo 2015, where Paul Reinwand talk about the idea on the Erotic Comics panel. Since then I’ve been on the lookout!

Curated by four talented individuals (Irene Koh, Paul Reinwand, Ricardo Bessa, and Kevin Jay Stanton) this anthology brings together “40 young artists pay tribute to the genre, making up a beautiful and diverse collection of illustrations.” The book is about 60 pages, and is full of images that range from “playful to suggestive.” Among the contributors are Flame Con guests Kevin Wada and Max Wittert!

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One of the reasons I like this zine so much is that it certainly celebrates a type of body not often praised or lauded in traditional media. The images range from silly to sultry, from sweet to seductive, and it encapsulates well a niche within the lgbt community.


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Check out the Burl and Fur kickstarter and support this tradition of gay comix history!


Oddree Tretze's picture
on April 12, 2016

Salutations! If you are on this page I figured you want to get to know me a bit better so here are some basics:

Is that your name? How do I say that? - No it’s not my name name but I like it better. Oddree is pronounced like Audrey, just not spelled like it.

It’s the internet so how old are you really and what do you in real time? - I’m in my twenties and IRL I'm a lawyer.

Demographic information for official government purposes? - She/her/hers - Bisexual - Hispanic

What is with the rabbit with horns I see on your other social media? - That is a jackalope. It is a whiskey drinking, cupcake eating animal of North American origin and I love them so. Hence it has become my logo of sorts.

Any distinctive markings I should know about so if I see you in the wild I can recognise you? - I have eight piercings and two tattoos thus far. First tattoo is on my ankle and it’s the word “She” after the Green Day song, and the second is Max from Where the Wild Things Are, on a boat with some Bob Dylan lyrics surrounding it. Oh! I also have webbed toes.

Other social media outlet? - I'm @oddree13 everywhere!