Appearing in the anthology I Like Robots Available late 2021 5 pages, full color
There’s always a danger you’ll fall in love with your work. Dr. Simon Galatea, a renowned but deeply embittered, archeologist does just that. When the story opens, he is at work excavating the find of a lifetime: the remnants of what appear to be a genuine alien robot.
Concept sketch of the robot. 16 in x 12 in, watercolor on paper.
Appearing in: I Like Robots: A Chidrawgo Magazine Graphic Anthology
170+ pages of robot comics, illustrations, and beyond from over 40 indie creators coming at you this fall!
Stay tuned for updated on where to get your hands on some robot action.
Some recent reading of Kickstarted goodies got me thinking about muscles. Like I ever stop. What was I reading? Well, since you ask: Comrade Himbo, an anthology by POMEgranate Magazine and Beef Bros by Aubrey Sitterson and Tyrell Cannon. Both books put some beefy physiques front and center (bring it on!) but more than that, we get big heart with our big biceps. The courage, generosity, and compassion of these folks are just as well developed.
Upon reflection, I started wondering about the various associations we make, nearly automatically, when it comes to physique—especially the carefully cultivated beefy variety. Too often we expect (or experience) some combo of dumb, mean, and vain.
How did we come to a place where physique is the realm of toxic masculinity?
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bullshit, our should I say broshit, in our society that feeds this. Walk into just about any gym anywhere in the US and you’ll see (or experience) some instance of broshit going on. Social media is a minefield of greed, trolling, and misinformation. Advertising and mass media are exercises in pure exploitation. In the midst of all this insanity, what’s a would-be beefy body to do?
The two books above, and dare I say my own work, show some alternatives. I hope some glimmer of a more enlightened thiccness reaches the denizens of the gym, calisthenics parks, trainers and fitness gurus, the fitness media, and all the purveyors of the toxic broshit. We seriously need it. Let’s grow more than just the biceps and traps, let’s grow our hearts as well! Let’s encourage and support everyone, no matter where they are on their fitness and physique journeys.