Meatmen (comics)

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Meatmen volume 1 (1986).
Publication information
PublisherLeyland Publications
Genreerotic, humor
Publication date1986 – 2004
No. of issues26
Editor(s)Winston Leyland

Meatmen: An Anthology of Gay Male Comics is a series of paperback books collecting short comics featuring gay and bisexual male characters. The comics included a mixture of explicit erotica and humor.[1][2] Between 1986 and 2004, 26 black-and-white volumes of the series (160–200 pages each) were published by Leyland Publications, making it the longest-running anthology of gay male pornographic comics.[3]

During its run, the series was said to feature "every gay male cartoonist of note who has worked since the 1970s".[2] Cartoonists whose work was featured include Tim Barela, Belasco, Bruce Billings, John Blackburn, Howard Cruse, Donelan (two front covers and many back covers), Kurt Erichsen, Patrick Fillion, Prof. I.B. Gittendowne [Rupert Kinnard], Michael Goldberg, The Hun [Bill Schmeling], A. Jay [Al Shapiro], Joe Johnson, Jeffrey A. Krell, Mike Kuchar, Jon Macy, Jerry Mills, Nico (early covers), Brad Parker (early back covers), Sean [John Klamik], Stephen [Dom Orejudos], Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Robert Triptow, Vaughn, Bill Ward, and Zack [Oliver Frey].

In 2001, copies of Meatmen vol. 18 and 24[4] imported by Little Sister's bookstore of Vancouver, British Columbia were classified as "obscene" and seized by Canada Customs.[5][6] This led to the case Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v Canada, which was eventually decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007.[4]

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  1. ^ Tom Kvaale. "MEATMEN". International Gay & Lesbian Review. Archived from the original on September 13, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b D. Aviva Rothschild (1995). Graphic Novels: A Bibliographic Guide to Book-length Comics. Libraries Unlimited.
  3. ^ Michael J. Murphy. "Zap! Pow! Out!: Twentieth-Century Queer Comics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 14, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada (Commissioner of Customs and Revenue)". January 19, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Jeremy Hainsworth (Oct 11, 2005). "Little Sister's bookkeeper convicted of theft". Daily Xtra. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Supreme Court Case". Little Sister's Book and Art. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.

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