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Oliver Frey: The Graphic Gay Gaze


Internationally recognised as Britain’s most provocative contemporary graphic artist and storyteller of homoerotic fantasies, Oliver Frey, also known as ‘Zack’, has been arousing the gay imagination for four decades. His raunchy hero Rogue prowled the pages of HIM Magazine in the UK in the Seventies, while his exploits of Bike Boy were cover-featured in the American anthology Meatmen.

Frey also brought his virile vision to several male heroes in British comics, notably Dan Dare in Eagle (see this 1984 annual cover, below), as well as Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire in Look & Learn and a number of World War II picture libraries.

More recently, Frey has been (re-)discovered through comics compilations and paperback fiction from German publisher Bruno Gmünder. His latest lavish compendium, Zack: The Art (see trailer below), demonstrates the distinctive masculinity and sensuous physicality of his artistry.

In a rare appearance, Frey talks about his life and work with Roger Kean, former editor of HIM Magazine and author of the Zack novels published by Bruno Gmuender (Boys of Vice City, Boys of Disco City and December-published Boys of Two Cities). Followed by book signings by Frey and Kean.

Tickets: £6.00 online or on the door
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start

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