In celebration of Pride Month and on this 49th anniversary of the NYC Pride March, I am sharing the full episode of Sean Von Gorman‘s, Paul Mount‘s, and my Rainbow Boy story, “Love Rock Love,” as it appeared in the New York Times bestselling, Harvey Award-winning Love Is Love anthology from IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment. Spearheaded and curated by Marc Andreyko, we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to tell this story and to help heal families and communities through art. Thank you, Marc.
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for more upcoming Rainbow Boy stories from this creative team, including the upcoming 120 Project Comic Anthology!
This is one my favorite comix I’ve produced to date, starring JTR3 and me from our sci-fi rock band Americans UK, and co-starring The Ramones, Donna Summers, Debbie Harry, and featuring quite a few cameos. Please enjoy.
A little behind the scenes: I needed to fill 8 pages in an anthology I was self-publishing at the time, and my long-time friend Sam Vaughan pitched a longer story to me that was the same page length, but had, like, 9 to 12 panels per page, and so I edited that down to a plot based upon the big beats of Sam’s longer story, and scripted from there, using Sam’s exact dialogue from his initial submission for some scenes, adding or combining with my own for others. Then I roped in artist John Mathias, who played bass in Americans UK at the time, and who illustrated the comic using this amazing, seedy-Archie-like style. My pal Ben did a great job lettering all that jibber jabber! A wonderful collaboration all around, we created this Americans UK gem.
“Yo Gabba Gabardine” first appeared in print in Americans UK Rocktronic Mixtape 2, and online at the now defunct literary salon, Trip City.