August 6th, 2009

andrew potter

Victor Gadino: A Mysterious Artist

For all romance fans, the name of Victor Gadino maybe says nothing, but he is the cover artist for some of the most famous romance savage covers like Prisoner of My Desire (just the title!) of Johanna Lindsey and Lord of the Wolves by Heather Graham. But what probably most of the romance readers don't know, is that Victor Gadino is also the cover artist for the first novels by Gordon Merrick, like The Quirk. Plus he is also a very appreciated artist for movie posters and collectible items related to the movie industry. Victor Gadino is also a gay themed artist, hosted in important Gay Art Foundations.

The Magic Pill, 20 x 24, Original drawings in graphite of Angels

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Victor is an award winning artist who holds an MFA from Pratt Institute. His work has appeared in the promotion of the top clients of the corporate, publishing, and entertainment worlds, and awards received include one from The Hollywood Reporter for his work on prominent movie posters. He has created album covers for various artists, posters for Broadway plays, and collectibles for the Bradford Exchange, and Franklyn Mint. His work has been featured in several publications including Aphrodisia II -the art of the female form,Direct Art Magazine Volume 14,Treasures from the Permanent Collection of the Leslie Lohman Foundation,and Dirty Little Drawings published by Bruno Gmunder.He also accepts portrait commissions and his work can be found in the collections of Mr. Goerge Lucas, Mr. Clint Eastwood, Mr. Alan Alda, the Tisch family, and other prominent New York City families.

Clients: American Express, Disney, General Foods, Harper Collins, Hearst, Lucas Films, MGM, NBC, Paramount, Playboy, Random House, RJ Reynolds, Seagrams, Sony, Time Warner, United Artists, Universal

More Artists at my website:, My Ramblings/Art

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Off the Beaten Path by Katrina Strauss

Kyle and Travis represent two different ways to be gay. Travis is comfortable with his sexuality, but he doesn't feel the need to flaunt it; he came out to his parents when he was in high school, he had not too much trouble, probably due to the fact that he is from a middle class family and has always lived in good neighborhoods and with all the allowance he needed to fulfill every whims. Travis wants to be like all the other guys, he doesn't want to be pointed out. His theory is: if you are straight, you don't claim it at first encounter, so why, as a gay guy, he should state it beforehand? If directly asked, he doesn't deny, but if not, he doesn't willingly prompt the info.

On the other side there is Kyle; from more or less the same environment as Travis, middle class family and good neighborhood, he faces his homosexuality at the exact opposite. If he could, Kyle would tattoo "I'm gay and proud" on his forehead. He is always first in line when there is something to argue upon, he is gay, vegan and extremist, and everyone who is not with him, is against him.

Apparently Kyle and Travis are a mismatch, but as the old motto says, opposites attracts. And I think also that their attitude toward the "gay" thing, is not so much due to a life turning decision but more to a personal behavior. Even if they were not gay, Travis would be the same a conservative type of guy, good boy and best friend, the one who has never given trouble at home, handsome but, truth be told, a bit on the average side, someone you would not pick on the crowd. Kyle instead is the dissenting type; since he is gay, he brings on the LGBT campaign for gay rights, but if he was not, he would have another reason to protest. It's in Kyle's nature to contest, and when there were no reasons, he probably would invent one.

Travis and Kyle are not so young, they are over 21 years old, but all in all, they are still boys at play. Their ways to face the life is probably the same attitude they will have in the future, but for now it's all a game. Other than being at the opposite in their beliefs, they have no real trouble in life. They are, maybe, a bit spoiled brats, but they are nice guys. Their story is not dramatic, and both of them, despite the differences, are good at heart boy, I envision for them a bright future, possibly together, but nevertheless good. This is a light and nice story of two young boys in love, with good sex, healthy and simple good sex, that comes before love but that obviously leads to it.

Amazon Kindle: Off the Beaten Path

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Cover Art by Marci Gass