February 26th, 2011

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Behind the Cover: Alfred Mazure

Alfred Mazure (Nijmegen, September 8, 1914 - London, 16 February 1974) was a Dutch comic writer, artist and adventurer. Mazure is known for publishing the comics series about private detective Dick Bos.

Mazure was born in Nijmegen. Having stopped with high school, the outside worl pulled Mazure in the early 30s. He traveled with some friends to Germany and the Balkans. This trip was funded with the money he gained selling a comic to the Hague Post. The following year Mazure moved over to the Danube, Turkey and North Africa.





In 1938, Mazure returned to the Netherlands. He went to work as an illustrator and cartoonist for the weekly magazine, The Prince, and the associated youth magazine, Jeugdland. Here he drew a strip about a young Native American: Stomach Redskin's Wonderfull Stories.

In July 1940, shortly after the beginning of World War II, Mazure began the comic about Dick Bos. The stories were characterized by many fight scenes. Only on the last page to the reader was clear how Forest had solved the crime. The first album has not sold well, but after a few copies were distributed into the schools, the popularity of Dick Bos quickly increased to great heights.

Mazure came into the war in a difficult situation: the Germans wanted for him to made Bos into a SS. Forest would have to fight both the front and against the black market. Mazure was promised one million copies and a blank contract. Mazure, who had warm sympathies for the opposition, did not want to hear anything about it. Literally, he said "Gentlemen, I do not think my hero would look good in an SS uniform." He refused the money they offered him and his books were banned. Mazure subsequently concentrated on filmmaking, but was unsuccessful. He closed a contract with a publisher, where he spent the rest of his life. Later he went into his residence in Wassenaar where he started a soup kitchen. At the same time he worked for the Resistance, by drawings and filmmaking. When the Germans rolled up his publishing company, Mazure went into hiding.

Just after the war, a new film by Mazure with him in the lead came out, but it was not well welcomed by the movie industry.

At the end of the 40s comics were banned by the Dutch Ministry of Education because of the "pernicious nature of youth". In a press release, the Ministry asked schools to try to minimize the spread of graphic novels (comics). In another press release, the Ministry claimed strips were "poison for Youth". At the end of 1948 a 16-year-old boy murdered his 15-year-old girlfriend, and the media sought the explanation in the influence of comics.

Because in those years many authors have been banned because of Nazi sympathies and collaborating with the occupiers, Mazure (completely erroneously) was referred into the list of "bad Dutch." Mazure left disappointed a few years later to Great Britain. There he took his successful work as an illustrator again. Mazure died in 1974 in London at the age of 59.

Dick Bos was a great hero in the mid 20th century and collectors now pay good money for old editions of the Little Dick Bos-books. In October 2003 it was announced that directors Paul Verhoeven and Jan Bosdriesz together were to make a documentary about Dick Bos and his creator.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Mazure

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Excerpt: December Promise by KC Kendricks

December Promise
by KC Kendricks
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-062-7 (Electronic)
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/DecemberPromise.html

Paul Macy moved heaven and earth to get a reluctant Lee Kendall for his college roommate. Giving up his free-and-easy lifestyle for the sexy new guy on campus had been the easiest decision Paul had ever made. Walking away from Lee, however, had been the hardest.

Now, years later, Lee Kendall’s made it to the top of his field by working hard, and playing harder in the right circles. Yet he has also come to realize that success is empty when you have no one with whom to celebrate it. But as luck would have it, an invitation to visit his alma mater brings Lee face-to-face with his first lover, and a chance for the reconciliation he never thought possible.

The sparks fly when Paul and Lee reunite, fulfilling long-denied dreams for both men. But passion isn’t a pledge, and it takes more than promises made in the dark to forge a shared future between two lonely hearts...

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Excerpt: Arabesque by Hayden Thorne

Arabesque by Hayden Thorne
Published: Feb. 23, 2011
Words: 89385 (approximate)
Language: English
Amazon Kindle: Arabesque

An ambitious young princess, Ulrike, turns to the dark arts in order to become queen despite her younger sister’s warnings of a fatal consequence to mortgaging her soul. She succeeds, yet Ulrike finds herself trapped in a hateful marriage, her mind slowly being devoured by her powers, while conceiving and giving birth to a boy.

Alarick—“the bastard prince”—becomes the court’s favorite object of mockery because of the scandal of his conception, his mother’s spiraling madness compounding his ordeal. When Alarick falls in love with a childhood friend, Roald von Thiessen, the added sin of an unnatural romance gets caught up in a tumultuous aristocratic environment that’s rife with hypocrisy, cruelty, betrayal, and murder.

Forcibly separated from each other during a bloody uprising, Roald and Alarick become helplessly ensnared in nightmarish adventures designed to twist their characters and destroy their minds in the process. The young lovers fight for their souls and a way back to each other in a world weighed down by the forces of dark and light magic, and gods grapple with each other over mortal destinies.

Arabesque is a gothic, homoerotic retelling of the “Snow White” folktale, set in a darkly decadent, alternate Europe.

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Excerpt: Stroke to His Cox by JL Merrow

Stroke to His Cox by JL Merrow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 02, 2011
Publisher Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2155

As coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team, pint-sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word, their strength at his command. Leading his crew to win their oars might be easier if Dave didn’t have to hide his crush on Archie, the stroke rower – but as they prepare for their final race, Dave doesn’t suspect that Archie is in the same boat as him in more ways than one!

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LGBT Ebook and Print Releases February, 2011

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Top 100 Gay Novel: Band Fags! By Frank Anthony Polito

Band Fags! (and actually being a Band Fag doesn’t mean you are gay, it means you are one of those kids who tags along with all the other kids in the high school band, and usually they are not exactly the most popular kids in the school…) is probably the first “real” coming of age novel I have read; it’s centred around Brad and Jack, band fags and best friends all though-out high school, and even if the external reader can easily see that both of them are gay, they don’t know, or at least Jack doesn’t know or better doesn’t want to know.

The novel is a long run along with Brad and Jack in the middle of the ’80, with all the icons of that time, soap-operas, movies, music and glossy magazines. It was somewhat a fake world, but to the eyes of young Jack that was the real thing. Jack who is in love with a soap-opera soubrette, an imaginary girlfriend he considers real and for this reason tries to replace in his real life with similar look-alikes. Jack who always played girl games, who has always preferred to tag along his girl best friends and who, when Brad comes into the picture, finds finally the perfect best friend: Brad likes soap-operas and fashion, and Brad understands Jack perfectly.

But while Jack growing up is trying to find the perfect girlfriend, all the time trying also to hide his secret fantasies for various young and hot same age boys, Brad never once shows any real interest for girls; again there is an obvious reason, and again it’s not that Brad is trying to hide it, by Jack doesn’t want to know, doesn’t want to see. When finally Brad finds the courage to “come out” (i.e. to force Jack to see the plain truth), the tragedy fall down upon them, a tragedy that is as big as few are their years; again to an external reader everything is simple, why Jack cannot admit he is gay? Why is he being so mean to Brad, his best friend, the only guy who has always understood him and more than once helped him? The reason is as the same simple: they are teenagers, they are not “little men” with a adult mind, and they are behaving like kids, as they should.

What I want to highlight is that, even if Jack is gay, he is also “in-the-making”: he is still trying to understand himself, to put together all the pieces of his existence, and no adult, or best friend, can rush this process; they can encourage him, support him, like Brad and also Jack’s mother do, but he has to arrive to the final solution of the puzzle of his youth alone, and conscious of his evolution. Maybe Jack is a little slower than other teenagers, than Brad, maybe the reader will think “but how you cannot understand yourself, when we have understood everything already?”, but this is Jack’s life, not ours, not Brad; even if Brad is an important part of that life.

Amazon: Band Fags!
Amazon Kindle: Band Fags!
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758222653
ISBN-13: 978-0758222657

Frank Anthony Polito's In the Spotlight post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1035242.html

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