I caught up with travel blogger Josh Rimer to talk about romance, boyfriends, and travel wish-lists.
Where did you usually go on vacation when you were growing up?
I grew up in Red Deer, Alberta and my family didn’t have a lot of disposable income, so most of our trips were just around there — Calgary, Sylvan Lake, and Edmonton.
The big vacation though was when my Dad and his friend took me and his friend’s daughter to Disneyland. We drove all the way there from Canada so that was quite the journey — especially as a kid in the backseat with no technology to distract me! But totally worth it to go to meet Mickey.
What was your first grown-up vacation?
When I finished college, I went on a group camping tour of Europe. It was one of those trips where you get to visit a dozen or so countries over the course of about a month, along with about a dozen other people in their 20s.
We had a bus to take us around everywhere and then set up tents at each city we slept in. It was a great way to get a taste for a bunch of different places in that part of the world, and to do it on a budget.
When did you realise that you had a passion for travel and start to explore that?
In high school I had the opportunity to go to France on a school trip, which led to me wanting to go back to see more of Europe after college, which a couple years later led me to go to Australia for a year on a working holiday visa. It can be pretty addictive once you get going, to want to explore more and more places in the world, since there are so many interesting spots to visit.
Are there any destinations that you enjoy returning to, or are you always looking for new destinations and experiences?
I’ve gone to New York and LA many times — often for conferences or events, but I really like visiting both of them so any excuse will do. Otherwise, most of the time I like to visit new destinations and have new experiences because there are just so many places to go and so many things see, whether it be driving distance from our home in Vancouver or flying to another province or country.
What’s been your most romantic vacation so far?
Since I travel with my boyfriend almost all the time, we have romantic moments at pretty much every place we go to, but the ones that feel extra romantic are the smaller getaways. Places in BC like Kelowna and Harrison Hot Springs for example, because they were quieter spots with less hustle and bustle that made them feel a bit more intimate. All the natural beauty in those areas also helps with feeling romantic.
What’s been your worst travel disaster?
It wasn’t really terrible, but I went to Malaysia on my way to Australia with a relatively new friend who also wanted to go to Asia. We found out quite quickly into that trip that we really weren’t compatible travel companions. He ended up leaving back to Canada early, and then I was stuck by myself in a country with a very different culture and language. This was before social media and smart phones, so I really felt like I was on my own in a strange place.
After a day on my own in Kuala Lumpur, I was determined to move on to Australia sooner than later, so I signed up for standby for an earlier flight and ended up sleeping in a chair at the airport while waiting overnight. There ended up being an open seat the next day and overall I’m glad I got to experience a bit of that part of the world — I just wasn’t really ready to be doing it on my own at that point.
What are some of the destinations that you’ll be visiting in the coming months?
We’ve got some really cool spots coming up, both in Canada and abroad. We’re going to the Yukon soon, which should make for some really interesting content to share in my videos and photos, and then later we’ll be going to Stockholm for EuroPride so that will be our first European destination as a couple. We also have other spots planned within North America and beyond — we go somewhere new every week or two, so there are a lot of places we’ll be covering in the months to come.
Which destinations are currently at the top of your wish-list?
I’ve been to a number of European countries, but never to Spain, so that’s definitely on the bucket list. I also didn’t make it over to New Zealand when I was in Australia so it would be great to visit that area too. I’ve also come to realise with all of the travels we’ve been doing around Canada and the US that many less obvious destinations still have their own unique and interesting things to see and do, so honestly, as long as it’s a place where my boyfriend and I can feel comfortable visiting as a gay couple then it’s probably somewhere I’d like to check out.
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Lost in an erotic mystery
I’m a huge fan of the work of CLX, so I’m super-excited that the second chapter of his sex-fuelled comic Lust is now available.
CLX is drawing on his obsession with the TV show Lost as his inspiration for this graphic art sex-fest. If you ever fantasised about Dr Jack in the centre of some man-on-man action, then Lust is going to tick a lot of boxes for you.
“I watched the entire show in French, when it was broadcast in my country…” explains CLX. “Like millions of viewers, I was totally hooked at the first episode. I remember thinking it was like no other TV show that I’d seen before. So many characters, so many different stories, so many questions along the way. It was the first time that I’d seen Matthew Fox, the actor that plays Jack. To me, he’s a hell of an actor — expressing so many emotions with his face, his eyes. Plus, he’s also very good-looking. At first I was blown away by the story-line. I guess the fantasies came later.”
As well as an intriguing story-line, Lust is brought to life by the incredibly evocative and arousing drawing of CLX.
“Originally, I had a whole story in mind…” explains CLX. “But, your characters can drive you to places you never thought you’d go. I added characters, I let them make me draw things I’d never thought I’d be drawing. It’s amazing how at some point your creation seems alive and takes control of the story, or the posing, the layout. I sometimes think that I’ve let myself get carried away, but actually I think that it’s the characters that have led me down this path.”
Often, the best erotic drawing doesn’t need a lot of dialogue alongside it — it fuels your imagination and you can fill in the blanks as to the heat and the connection between the characters. CLX cleverly gives us enough words to guide us through the narrative, but doesn’t let the text distract from the action on the page.
One of the strengths of Lust is that it creates characters and encounters that feel real and authentic. I love how hairy he draws the guys, their bodies captured with a realism that’s compelling.
The detail of the drawings is what really pushed me over the edge — the veins on a cock-shaft, the folds on a foreskin, the way that a hairy fuck-hole looks as fingers are pushed in or a cock penetrates. That’s quality erotica.
“The technique is quite simple— mechanical pens with different ranges of hardness on grainy thick art paper…” explains CLX. “I use lots of photo references, often up to four or six for some panels in order to create the pose I have in mind. The guys that inspire me are often models in photos I find on social networks. I look for lots of erotic or porn poses, as I need naked bodies in every sort of position to help me create the comic.”
Lust is one-handed reading at its finest.
The good news is that CLX is already working on Chapter 3 of the Lust series.
“The Uninvited will be the third instalment in the adventure…” confirms CLX. “This next chapter will give readers much more story-line, dialogue, and drama — all still with hot gay sex, of course!”
The Uninvited will be published on the Patreon page of CLX, with the comic-book scheduled to be published in May 2019.
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