Jon Macy

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Jon Macy
Jon Macy at the Lambda Literary Awards in New York, 2011
Jon Macy at the Lambda Literary Awards, New York, 2011.
Nationality American
Notable works
Tropo, Nefarismo, Meatmen
Collaborators Sina Evil and Justin Hall
Awards 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica

Jon Macy is a gay American cartoonist. He began his career in 1990 with the series Tropo published September 1990 – April 1992 by Blackbird Comics.[1] Since then, he has contributed to various LGBT comics anthologies and gay pornographic magazines, but he is best known for his graphic novel Teleny and Camille, which won a 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica.[2]

Macy's first series Tropo was part of the early 1990s black and white alternative comics boom. It was followed by the erotic horror series Nefarismo published October 1994 – October 1995 by Fantagraphics, Eros Comix.[3] These stories contained dark and surreal motifs, mixing eroticism with hallucination and death/rebirth, which remain a signature within nearly all Macy's personal works.

Throughout the 1990s, Macy contributed to queer comics anthologies, Meatmen and Gay Comics, and gay skin magazines, such as Steam by Scott O'Hara, Bunkhouse, and International Leatherman.[4][5][citation needed] His work on Meatmen included a short story entitled "Tail".[citation needed] Gilad Padva argues in his academic paper "Dreamboys, Meatmen and Werewolves: Visualizing Erotic Identities in All-male Comic Strips" (2005) that Macy's "Tail" eroticizes and politicizes Sigmund Freud’s homophobic myth of the Wolf Man.[6][7]

After a hiatus of eight years, during which time he worked on his graphic novel Teleny and Camille, Macy began publishing again with an autobiographical story, "Crazy in Bed", published in Robert Kirby's anthology The Book of Boy Trouble, Vol. 2.[8] He has since collaborated with various established and independent gay cartoonists, including Sina Evil and Justin Hall.[9][10]

In 2010, Macy's Teleny and Camille was published by Northwest Press, a graphic adaptation of the classic anonymous erotic novel Teleny attributed to be a collaboration between Oscar Wilde and other writers he knew.[11] Teleny and Camille then was awarded the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica.[12] An excerpt was also featured in Teleny Revisited, a special issue of The Oscholars,[13] and it was the only official academic evaluation of the source novel Teleny.

Macy's most recent work is the self-published comic book series Fearful Hunter (2010–2014), written as an act of protest against California's Proposition 8.[14] After the first three issues were published, this title was picked up by Northwest Press who hosted a Kickstarter fundraiser in April 2014 to publish a compiled anthology including the final previously unpublished fourth issue.[15] Fearful Hunter won the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2010.[16]

He has also recently contributed to many distinguished anthologies including Justin Hall's No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Robert Kirby's Qu33r, Hard to Swallow, and ALPHABET the LGBTQAIU creators from Prism Comics.


  • Tropo #1-8 (1991–1993, Blackbird Comics)
  • Nefarismo #1-8 (1994–1995, Eros Comix)
  • Meatmen #16-21 (1994–1998, Leyland Publications)
  • Gay Comics #23 and 25 "Personal ADventuring" and "Secret Self" (Bob Ross)
  • Wilde Magazine #1-3 "Garth" (1995 PDA Press)
  • Steam Vol.1 Issue3-Vol. 3, issue 4 "Hot Water" (1994–1996, PDA Press)
  • Negative Burn #43 "Snow Cone", writer Aldyth Beltane (1997, Caliber Comics)
  • Titanium Lover webcomic (1997, Titan Media)
  • Fallen Angel DVD, interstice illustrations (1997, Titan Media)
  • Bunkhouse # 17-29 "Tailblazer" (1997–2000, Brushcreek Media)
  • International Leatherman #25-30 "Midnight Sons" (1999–2000, Brushcreek Media)
  • Book of Boy Trouble Vol. 2 "Crazy in Bed" (2008, Green Candy Press)
  • Glamazonia "Rentboy Year One", writer Justin Hall (2010, Northwest Press) ISBN 978-0984594016
  • Teleny and Camille (2010, Northwest Press) ISBN 978-0-9845940-0-9
  • THREE #2 "Dragon", writer Sina Evil (2011, Robert Kirby)
  • Fearful Hunter #1-3 (2010–2012, Jon Macy)
  • New Years to Christmas: 15 Queer Holiday Tales "Happy Family Moment" (2012 Digital Fabulists) ISBN 978-0615733302
  • Gay City: Volume 5: Ghosts In Gaslight, Monsters In Steam "Paper Lantern" (2013 Minor Arcana Press and Gay City Health Project) ISBN 978-1489580146
  • No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics "Teleny and Camille, excerpt" (2013 Fantagraphics) ISBN 978-1-60699-718-5
  • Qu33r "Obsessive Repulsive" (2013 Northwest Press) ISBN 978-1938720369
  • "Fearful Hunter" the complete epic (2014, Northwest Press) ISBN 978-1938720543
  • "ALPHABET the LGBTQAIU creators from Prism Comics" (2016, Stacked Deck Press) ISBN 978-0-9970487-1-1
  • "RFD Number 165 Spring 2016" (RFD) ISSN 0149-709X
  • "The Shirley Jackson Project" edited by Robert Kirby (2016, Ninth Art Press)
  • "The Queer Heroes Coloring Book" (2016, Stacked Deck Press)


  1. ^ "GCD :: Series :: Tropo". 
  2. ^ "Lambda Literary". Lambda Literary. 
  3. ^ "GCD :: Series :: Nefarismo". 
  4. ^ "Meatmen : an anthology of gay male comics.". 
  5. ^ "Gay Comix/Comics Index". Archived from the original on 2016-04-20. 
  6. ^ Gilad Padva, "Dreamboys, Meatmen and Werewolves: Visualizing Erotic Identities in All-male Comic Strips", Sexualities, December 2005, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 587–599.
  7. ^ "Dreamboys, Meatmen and Werewolves: Visualizing Erotic Identities in All-Male Comic Strips". 
  8. ^ "The book of boy trouble. Vol. 2, Born to trouble". 
  9. ^ "» Kirby, Robert (editor) – Three #2 Optical Sloth". 
  10. ^ "Glamazonia : the uncanny super-tranny". 
  11. ^ "Teleny". 
  12. ^ "Comic-Con 2011: LGBT Writers, Artists Win Big (SLIDESHOW)". July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  13. ^ "Teleny Revisited". Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  14. ^ "The Two Page Spread". 
  15. ^ "Jon Macy's FEARFUL HUNTER - The Complete Epic". Kickstarter. 
  16. ^ "Prism Comics » Queer Press Grant". 

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