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Oct 12 2014
Paying Guests: An Expensive Trip To New York Comic Con Comments (0)

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I hit New York Comic Con for the third year in a row, this time waiting until the day-of to snag an $80 day pass via Craigslist. The boy who sold it to me in Port Authority (the transaction had all the earmarks of a situation that should end with cops appearing and shouting “swarm! swarm! swarm!” into their walkie-talkies) was supernice, and sure enough, the thing worked fine—I tapped in with no problem.

I arrived a little before the first of four (why?) paid photo ops I'd signed up for. I'd spaced them out enough that I figured I'd have tons of time between them to shoot cute, straight/bicurious boys in revealing leotards (Comic Con being to guys as Halloween is to girl = the perfect opportunity to dress like sluts). I figured wrong! Though the lines are miraculously well managed, the photo ops kinda sucked the air out of the room. (I'll post sexy boys in leotards in another post next week!)

ShatnerDon't tell George Takei.

First up was William Shatner, 83. By all accounts a bad person, he was actually supernice. His line  as enormous (ka-ching!), and we filed through the heavily shielded pro-photo tent so quickly it was the photographic equivalent of leaping from a moving van. After placing my $$$ camera in the able hands of a lesbian or lesbian-ready attendant—NO CAMERAS ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR THE STARS IN THIS AREA, FOLKS!—I stepped up to Shatner and told him quickly I was there for Twilight Zone, that he'd been in one of the best episodes ever. He thanked me graciously, a photo was snapped as soon as I looked up and then they were encouraging me to go-right-now. I'd wanted to ask him about being in SNL skits with the recently departed Jan Hooks, but NO EXTENDED CONVERSATIONS IN THE PHOTO AREA, FOLKS.

Shatner got my attention as I dazedly left, making sure to thank me for coming. I will just have to take all of his co-stars at their word when they say he is an ogre.

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Oct 11 2014
Drawn To Him: Meeting Don Bachardy @ His HOLLYWOOD Book-Signing Comments (0)

Don BachardyDon at his book-signing

BOY CULTURE REVIEW OF HOLLYWOOD: **** out of ****

Last night, I was thrilled to have a chance to meet Don Bachardy, 80, who met the late, great English novelist Christopher Isherwood (August 26, 1904—January 4, 1986) as a teenager and Pagan-Love-Songsbecame his life partner. For 30 years, the men were together, and over time Bachardy established his own identity (no easy feat when you're perceived as the boy-toy of a genius) as a gifted portraitist.

I actually knew about Bachardy before delving into Isherwood; I bought Pagan Love Songs from Alyson or a similar publisher while in college, and was enchanted by the dreamy illustration of “Naked Poet” (and porn actor and writer and...) Gavin Geoffrey Dillard on the cover. I wrote him a fan note and we corresponded for a few years.

Don-Bachardy-Matthew-RettenmundMatt & Don

Don-BachardyBachardy signing for his fans

Don-Bachardy-artI would've offered to draw some of the attendees naked, myself.

Parker-Stevenson-Don-BachardyParker Stevenson (L) & Ryan O'Neal (R) by Bachardy

The illustration had been by Bachardy.

DonchrisIsherwood and Bachardy by Dillard, 1985

Hollywood-featuredNow, Bachardy's entire oeuvre of Hollywood portraits—Kate Hepburn? Of course! Parker Stevenson? Why not? David Hedison, Teri Garr, Natalie Schafer? The more the merrier!—has been collected in the posh tome Hollywood (Glitterati Incorporated, $75). It's a stunning document of his life's work.

Bachardy was deligthful in person, immediately asking me to come see him in Santa Monica. I'm there next week, maybe I should take him up on that! Years ago, an associate of him suggested he might like to draw me nude, but I never figured out if that was a come-on from a friend or a real offer. And I could also never figure out who on earth would want to see me nude.

I was also pleased to meet his associate Richard Sassin, a former actor and charming man who told me that he and Bachardy had recently watched In the Cool of the Day (1963), which is apparently a must-see, can't-believe-how-bad-it-is Jane Fonda film in which her hair was unnaturally dark. Bachardy drew her portrait (it was on display at the signing) for it. I told Sassin that as a movie, it sounds like it made a good portrait—he agreed.

Chris&doThe most famous portrait of Don (L) & Chris (R). See my take on the film Chris & Don here.

I'll keep you posted on that front, but until then, check out the lovely book here.

 
ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Is Funded! Comments (0)

MadonnaThank you to everyone who pledged: My Kickstarter for Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition was successfully funded today. The run-down:

$32,920 pledged of $22,500 goal = 146% funded

373 backers (304 books sold, 69 no-strings-attached donors)

Average pledge: $88.26

1st donor: Guido Alexander Sanchez

Last donor: Ruben Robles

Smallest donation: $5

Largest donation: $2,000

Pledged via Kickstarter: $3,436

Pledged via external referrers: $29,484

Pledges that didn't go through immediately due to some error: $2,235 (not bad at all!)

Radio interviews conducted: 1 (Listen to it below!)

Madonna Interview Matthew Rettenmund

Kickstarter video plays: 4,574 (32.16% plays completed)

 

 

 

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If you missed the Kickstarter but would like to be kept informed when the book publishes, please write me at:

matthewrettenmund@gmail.com

I'll be keeping a list so I can send announcements. Thanks!

 
Oct 10 2014
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

Fun-time

A reference to the next few months, during which I'll be feverishly writing two books!

 
Oct 08 2014
Depardieu, Having A Great Fall Comments (0)

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As a child of 10, French actor Gerard Depardieu turned tricks and probably raped girls for fun. Now, he admits in his new memoir that he knows he's got what gay men want and always has.

 
Oct 07 2014
WALK-IN CLOSET Case: Abdi Nazemian's Iranian Musts Comments (0)

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A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of going to lunch with handsome, pop culturally fluent Abdi Nazemian, the screenwriter behind The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl and a short called Revolution. I met him because I was so interested in his filmic novel The Walk-In Closet, about a Tehrangeles-based marriage of convenience between an Iranian favorite son and his female best friend. It functions as a beach read, but has a lot more going on—the cultural observations are sharp, the portrait of gay life downright jagged. Most of all, it's funny and well-written.

Be sure to check out the book here, and then read Abdi's Iranian musts...

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Oct 06 2014
4 Days To Save The World! Comments (0)

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Only 4 more days to pledge to my Kickstarter! Please give and/or share my link. Thanks!

 
Oct 05 2014
L-O-V-E Madonna (Sorry, I'm a Spelling-Bee Champ) Comments (0)

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Entering the final 5 days of my successful Kickstarter campaign for Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition. I'm so grateful for all the pledges so far!

I've met my minimum goal, but I'm pushing for a stretch goal of $30K. It sounds like a lot, but printing a book (that I hope will be full-color) is extremely expensive, then I'll have to pay for all the photo rights.

Also, the book will be more expensive after Kickstarter ends (and post-Kickstarter orders won't begin until next year).

So if you're on the fence, please pledge today. If you know ANY Madonna fans who may not have heard of this project, please share this link: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/406738078/encyclopedia-madonnica-20th-anniversary-edition

Once I begin working on the book later this year, I will be asking fans to contribute their original photography and any other suggestions!

Thank you for putting up with a month's worth of posts like this...