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One of our favourite series from Class Comics is Angelface.

Written and illustrated by Benoît Prévot, Angelface is set in the early 1920s, and tells the story of Alan and Red.

After Alan double-crosses Red, Red pursues Alan from London the America and their adventures begin. Three volumes of Angelface are currently available.

There’s plenty of man-on-man action in Angelface, but Prévot by immersing his characters in the loose morals of Prohibition-era America, he gives us a story that elevates this work — it’s intelligent gay erotica at its best.

I caught up with Benoît Prévot for a behind-the-scenes look at the story.

What was your inspiration for the Angelface characters and their story?

The idea was to create en erotic story in which the plot would be as important as the porn scenes. As I love the beginning of the 20th century, I thought it was a good period for a gangster story. I also wanted characters with sentimental interaction and where the sex scenes could be an action in themselves — like a fight or a dialogue.

I also really wanted to have a real redhead, with floppy ears and freckles, because they’re physical characteristics that I find very appealing. Red’s the character with whom I’m most connected.

Was the 1920s a time period that you were fairly knowledgeable about, or did you need to do much research?

I needed to do a little research for some specific details, but I had a broad understanding of the time period and the fashions.

Sometimes I lose myself when I do too much research. I did a lot of research so that I could draw the Pulitzer Fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel how it was in 1924. That’s probably too much detail for a porn story.

What was the creative process to create the three volumes that have been published so far?

The story has always been written for four volumes of 24 plates. But the first version of the complete story was a bit different — in fact, I rewrote everything after that one was published. I wasn’t very satisfied with the first one, I thought the story was very light.

The adventure is over after the end of the fourth volume. There are options to continue the story, but I’m thinking of perhaps creating a prequel for one of the three main characters.

What sort of response have you had to the Angelface story?

There a long period between the second and third volumes, but it’s had a good response. Sometimes people mention that there’s a lot of text to read.

If you were going to turn Angelface into a movie, do you have any actors in mind for the characters of Alan and Red?

Perhaps a young Jude Law for Alan, and a young Jesse Plemons for Red.

What do you hope that people feel when reading Angelface?

I ‘d like them to have empathy for the characters, and that they like the story-line as much as the sex scenes.

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Outdoors Cruising: the art behind the bushes

On a quest for anonymous and casual sex? ‘Cruising’ is not dead!

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© Still from "Cruising in the Park", Antonio da Silva (Edited)

Outdoors cruising is not dead!

We have all heard stories of the ‘old days’, before mobile apps and even gay bars, when homosexuality was a taboo – and in many countries illegal – outdoors cruising was the only way for gay men to be able to find a sexual encounter.

Nowadays, homosexuality is no longer criminal in most of the western world and technology is here to stay. Socialising with our friends or acquaintances behind a screen and finding a sexual partner has never been easier. But some still prefer the rush and the forbidden pleasure of a casual outdoors hook up with a random stranger.

If you think that the rise of new technologies and that the closure of gay adult entertainment venues is killing cruising – think again.

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© Still from “Cruising in the Park“, Antonio da Silva

From underground culture to art

Outdoors cruising has been source of inspiration for many artists, Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) being one of the most recognisable names exploring the artistic potential of cruising.

Many young artists have proved that this element of the sexuality of gay men is alive, well and more popular than ever and their artwork exhibited in screens and galleries all over the world.

A brilliant example of that new generation of artists is Antonio da Silva – a young award-winning Portuguese experimental filmmaker that explores the hidden side of homoerotic culture in a voyeuristic and indie way.

On his official site he explains:

“I have always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. I became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and have begun to make it the subject of my films over the last three years. I do not consider myself a pornographer but a filmmaker who use my background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes.”

Since 2011, when he launched his first short film “Mates” – an intimate view into the world of online hook ups – Antonio has been exploring many current themes of the gay culture such as fetish, voyeurism and, of course, outdoors cruising.

Each film is a mystic combination of sound, image and movement that captivates the viewer from the first second and has granted him a space in some of the most wanted film festivals all over the world.

From the ‘hidden camera’ documentary style of Bankers, the dance-based choreographic scenes of Dancers, to the futuristic – and almost stroboscopic – view into the world of online gay sex of Spunk, Antonio keeps experimenting and delighting his viewers with the most captivating homoerotic short films.

“Cruising in the Park” – a sensorial immersion into the cruising scene

On his most recent work – “Cruising in the Park” – Antonio teamed up with Fabio Lopes to take us on a journey into the world of outdoors cruising. Moving away from the mainstream staged pornographic cinematography, it combines low angle and close up shots with a real audio experience and narrative giving us a sensation of first-person experience.

And, if just like me, you are a massive fan of movie/series adaptation of dark themed comic books like Jessica Jones and Watchmen, you will fall in love with Rodrigo Penalosa’s deep voiced narrator’s commentary throughout the film.

Don’t believe me, then watch the trailer (NSFW) below:

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