Bookish Beasts

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material

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centersexculture:

I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.

 These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
 Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 7 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014. Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.

Dorian

centersexculture:

I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.

These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.

The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.


Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 7 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.


Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.

Dorian

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sexandculture:

PRIDE DAY OPEN HOUSE:

FAIROAKS PROJECT CLOSING AND LIBRARY BOOK SALE!


Fairoaks Project Closing Reception June 30, 2013 1-4 pm
Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photography captured an extraordinary glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from 1977 to 1979. His candid images are remarkable, documenting the social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology.

The Fairoaks was owned and operated by a gay commune, lending a counter-culture approach to the establishment. There were monthly theme parties including costume and “Open Door” parties, when room doors would be removed from hinges. Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes.

The restored images, known as The Fairoaks Project, were well received at Los Angeles venues Highways and drkrm/Gallery. The Advocate and Lambda Literary have written articles on The Fairoaks Project.

CSC Library: 2nd Annual Book Sale! Pride Day, June 30th 1-4 
The CSC is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Library Book Sale/Open House. The 2nd Annual Book Sale will feature even more rare finds and wonderful smutty treasures than our first! Up for purchase will be all the items from our online Alibirs Bookstore, duplicates of rare magazines and serials important to the LGBTQIQA community, plus items such as, Heavy Metal, Penthouse, Playboy, erotic literature, art and photography, and much much more! All prices will be negotiable and proceeds will directly benefit the CSC Library & Archive.

Please stop in on Pride Day to enjoy the library, the art and being with great, smart, creative people at the Center for Sex and Culture— your lil’ local sex community center.

The Center for Sex and Culture Library & Archive was born from, and is sustained by, donated collections of books, magazines, journals, zines, comics, dissertations, works of art, videos, memorabilia, and personal papers of key members of the community.

For information about last years sale: The Center for Sex & Culture’s Spring Smut Sale: Own a Part of Our Sexual History written for the The SF Weekly by Alexis Coe

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Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

Bookish Beasts is a one day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring sex, sexuality, gender and erotica. We want to give you the opportunity to exhibit your works, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material. 

Bookish Beasts artists- Tara Madison Avery and on twitter @taramaveryJanani Bala also on Janani Bala on TumblrRene Capone and on twitter @renecaponeXxavier Carter: Writer, Artist, Motherfucker on twitter @CharlyeMonroeTyler CohenFinley CoyleAgnes Czaja and on twitter @agentagnesDiego Gomez and on twitter @DesignNurdOliver James, Dorian KatzKerry KellyJon Mac  and Jon Macy on TumblrAjuan Mance and on twitter @blackoncampusFred Noland and on twitter @FredNolandbilly ocallaghanPangolin CollectiveChristine Smith and on twitter @PrincessComicsSy WagonAlex Woolfson and on twitter @ALEXWOOLFSONAlok Vaid-Menon on Tumblrand more tba. Special guest- gallery/print shop Electric Works also on twitter @sfelectricworks- and Act-Up SF

The CSC Library & Archive Zine and Comic collection will be on display, along with a large collection of duplicate holdings available for purchase or institutional donation. Plus the CSC crew will have their very own Bookish Beasts Zine available for purchase, and lots of other great CSC goodies. 

In connection with Bookish Beast’s- April 11 Que(e)rySF dance party at El Rio 3158 Mission St. SF 

Que(e)rySF dance party that celebrating queer librarians and those who love them! All proceeds benefit the Center For Sex and Culture’s Library Zineography project. This party was inspired by the awesome Que(e)ry New York parties that were established in 2010.

Yay Que(e)rySF! Thank you, thank you! 

The CSC provides judgement-free educations, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectra; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and incoming issues of public policy health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource. All of the CSC Library books are searchable though Goodreads, CSC’s Zineography, along with their growing zine catalog/database, which is currently being cataloged

If interested in participating or for more information contact us- gallery@sexandculture.org or at library@sexandculture.org

Curated by:

Jon Macy

Dorian Katz, CSC Curator

Anissa Malady, CSC Librarian 

Tess McCarthy, CSC Archivist

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Billy O’Callaghan is a project-based artist who dabbles with such concepts as extinction, queer and sexual politics, and our debts to plants.” Creator of such projects at “The Gods Sure Are Queer,” and “Perv (Local, Organic)”

Come see more, and take some art home from this local artist at 

Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

 

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

 

BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

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Pangolin Collective is a group of four illustrators dedicated to creating quality professional pieces. Though we work independently, we share knowledge from our different areas of expertise and support each other in our shared goal of developing a career doing what we love.

 

See them at Bookish Beasts. Their art is incredible. 

 

Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

 

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SF ACT UP is coming to Bookish Beasts. If you don’t know, they promote patients rights, including informed decision making about treatment options and self-medication for HIV/AIDS patients and are activists against corporations privatizing and making drugs not affordable to the people that could benefit from their use. They are wonderful, and they have an excellent new zine with lots of good information, history, articles, and times when you can meet with them and discuss more.

Find them also on Facebook. And in person at: Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

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the revolution starts at home
growing up i used to havedreams about moving to the city, about havingthat apartment, the one with bookshelvesfrothed with fiction too good to be trueand modern art, dinner partiesand other thingsto defy thetickingclockin the living room.
but now i dream ofthat place on your right shoulder,that curve on your backthat bottom lip
let me remind youhow our ancestorsused to build their homesby hand
in other words:
use your tongue liberally,
fuck me like the revolution issomewhere there inside of usjustdigdeeper


Alok Vaid-Menon identifies as a “romantic queer desi scholar activist artist.” Featured above is a piece of his work. Please read more of his work and projects on his tumblr  or his posterous site until posterous stops working.
 


Alok will also be at Bookish Beasts. So come support all these incredible artists.

Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

the revolution starts at home

growing up i used to have
dreams about moving to the city, about having
that apartment, the one with bookshelves
frothed with fiction too good to be true
and modern art, dinner parties
and other things
to defy the
ticking
clock
in the living room.

but now i dream of
that place on your right shoulder,
that curve on your back
that bottom lip

let me remind you
how our ancestors
used to build their homes
by hand

in other words:

use your tongue liberally,

fuck me like the revolution is
somewhere there inside of us
just
dig
deeper

Alok Vaid-Menon identifies as a “romantic queer desi scholar activist artist.” Featured above is a piece of his work. Please read more of his work and projects on his tumblr  or his posterous site until posterous stops working.

 

Alok will also be at Bookish Beasts. So come support all these incredible artists.

Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

Filed under CSC Library CSC Zine CSC zineography queerlibido ReturnTheGayze Bookish Beasts

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Alex Woolfson is a Bay Area filmmaker who has written, produced and directed his stories since the age of ten. He likes speculative fiction, meditation and men who fight monsters and then want to make out. Read his comics for free here.

Follow him on Twitter @alexwoolfson

Or meet him in person @ our Zinefest.

Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

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Sy Wagon is a Bay Area artist and zine maker. Come check out some of his awesome zines like Pretty Glitti Ponies or Those Fucking Unicorns.

 

Or buy them online here or there.

And if you don’t have the new BAITLINE, created by Sy Wagon, then you’ll be able to pick it up. Cover art done by Orson Wagon.

Bookish Beasts: A Zine & Comic Fest. 18+

APRIL 14th Noon - 6PM

Zines, comics and art by the Bay Area’s best creators of transgressive and erotic material.

The Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St. SF.

Filed under CSC Library CSC Zine CSC zineography Bookish Beasts Unicorn Erotica Sy Wagon