Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Report

My Cheesecake Boys book is all finished and will be available in my online store the first week of November.

In the Cheesecake Boys book, you will be able to get up-close and personal with the pin-up boys like never before -- with over 100 pages of paintings, process pics, behind-the-scenes photo references, and more -- all from the comfort of your easy chair. And as Jesse Archer wrote in his foreword, "...fear not if your pants fly off in the process. Wardrobe malfunctions are finally fun for everyone!" Here are a few teasers:


 

I LOVE the foreword written by actor Jesse Archer and the afterword by artist Jason Driskill. Here is an excerpt from each:

FOREWORD 
by Jesse Archer
"...Cheesecake is not beefcake, and clothes come off so much easier when they do it by themselves! An unexpected flash of skin is what they say about imagined pleasures. It’s the same I dare you to come hither seduction which allowed pin-up art of icons like Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth to flip sexual objectivity into reverence, respect, and power. They were being painted onto WW2 bombers! Although not (yet) on the side of bombers, gay men possess our own power in both confronting and resisting traditional ideas about what it means to be men. In wholly comprehending that gender is a terrifically bad idea, we are free to play unapologetic peek-a-boo; to say whoopsie! with a wink."

AFTERWORD 
by Jason Driskill
"...One cannot sit in a room with a Cheesecake Boy and not acknowledge how it shifts the atmosphere in a decidedly gay direction. It is no easy task to achieve this sort of homo-normativity, wielding the power to defy the unseen, unstated, patriarchal assertion that men should not be subjugated to sexual objectification, or even worse, that men should not find pleasure from being sexually objectified! And yet with a wink and a nod Paul’s paintings do just that..."

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2 comments:

ryan field said...

The book looks great. And I love Jesse Arhcers foreward, especially this line: " Although not (yet) on the side of bombers, gay men possess our own power in both confronting and resisting traditional ideas about what it means to be men."

I try to do this in my books all the time...and I've been blasted it for it :)

Paul Richmond said...

Hi Ryan, don't know why I am just now seeing this comment, but better late than never! I love Jesse's quote too -- it's definitely one of the main goals of my work.