232 posts categorized "BOY CULTURE"

Sep 23 2015
Amazon Race: ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA Is Here! Comments (0)

*******FINACL BW COVER JPEGCover photo by Richard Corman. Book design by Anthony Coombs.

Finally, it's here.

It took a year from the time of my successful Kickstarter campaign, but my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20—an update of my original Madonna bio from 1995—is now finished and ready to be digested, argued about, praised, and trashed ... just like Madonna herself.

If you were one of the people who gave $45 or more to my Kickstarter campaign in fall 2014,or if you bought a book from me via Paypal in July 2015, your Limited Edition, which has an exclusive cover by Pegasus Street Artist that looks like this:


... is either on its way to you or soon will be. IF YOU ORDERED A BOOK AND DON'T HAVE IT 30 DAYS FROM TODAY, FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT THAT TIME: matthewrettenmund@gmail.com.

Full disclosure: Because I collected money in advance, I am stuck now having to sit and individually order each of those copies from my printer, one by one. All 500. Yeah. So please be patient, and please know I am impatiently trying to get your book to you. Those people will also receive, separately in the mail, a signed/numbered bookplate. The bookplates look like this:


The first 100 copies get the '70s illustration, the next 100 get the '80s and so on. No one can request the era they want; it's all pre-assigned. Alejandro Mogollo outdid himself on these collectible bookplates, as well as on the 20+ images he contributed to my book.

Here is a sample of a new illustration (not in my book) that Alejandro just did to give you another taste of his brilliance:

12038993_10206629141440273_4163913888625778184_oIllustration by Alejandro Mogollo

The people who paid early got the benefit of a discounted price for a limited version of the book, but the regular edition ($65) is also very cool—the limited edition is 600 pages, while the regular is still 584, and the regular edition has a never-ever-before-seen image of Madonna and her gang circa 1983 on the back cover.

For anyone still interested in a limited edition, I am going to see how many I have left after I ship all my sold copies. It won't be many, so I can't play favorites and alert people individually. My plan is to eBay those last remaining copies so everyone has a chance; and I would eBay however many are left simultaneously so the prices remain sane.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has contributed. Please share this link (and use hashtags #EncyclopediaMadonnica and #EM20) to help me move some books:


I'm seeing my final Rebel Heart Tour show in Philly tomorrow, so this is a big week for closure!

Stay tuned for news of an NYC book party!!!

Sep 09 2015
Why Are Gay Guys Obsessed With Storytelling?: Darryl Stephens On His New Book REQUIRED READING Comments (0)

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A photo posted by Darryl Stephens (@darrylstephens) on Aug 27, 2015 at 2:06pm PDT

Darryl Stephens, one of the actors who starred in the film version of Boy Culture (2006), and who is known to many for his titular role in the series Noah's Arc (2005-2006), and/or from the series DTLA (2012), contributes this essay on the occasion of the publication of his first book, Required Reading.

As always, he expresses himself with conviction and intelligence. I'm honored to include his work on the site.—Matt

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.09.55 AMI recently wrote and published a book called Required Reading: How to Get Your Life for GoodIt’s part memoir, part motivational, and intended for anyone who might be interested in discovering how I’ve managed to make it to 41 years old as an unapologetic, openly gay black man. 

Since Noah’s Arc first aired ten years ago, I’ve been hearing from people from all over the world, asking my advice on dating/relationships, or coming out to their families/friends, or navigating their careers as openly LGBT artists. The visibility that series provided me really opened my eyes to how many people are really struggling with these issues.

Initially, my book was going to be more “Dear Abby” in tone, as I’d planned to include people’s real questions on topics affecting the LGBT community and then share my advice as tidy, politically correct, inspiring responses. But as I was writing, I realized that without the context of how I came to reach these various understandings, readers would have no reason to consider my opinion worthy of their consideration. Personalizing the lessons by rooting them in my own experiences, be they “failures” or “successes,” seemed to make my conclusions more relatable. Making it personal also allowed for the tone to be more conversational, which meant that I could be honest about the things I’m still struggling with, rather than throwing advice down from the proverbial mountain top.

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Aug 21 2015
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Aug 20 2015
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This is me as I made the decision to book a trip to Maui.

I fly out today. Even if my flight vanishes (I suggested it, so there's no way it will happen), I have posted lots of stuff on Boy Culture to keep your brains and at least one of your hands busy until I return.

Feel free to share the HELL out of anything you like, which will help my traffic avoid cratering.

Jul 06 2015
Now You're Following Me Comments (0)

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Come follow me on Facebook, and/or follow Boy Culture on Facebook. I'm also on Twitter and Instagram. Grindr, Tinder and Daddy Hunt, too, but let's make you work to find those.

Apr 03 2015
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Check out Batty Bwoy by Max-Arthur Mantle, a rarely told kind of story: Coming-of-age as gay in Jamaica. Full press release after the jump...

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Mar 23 2015
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My friend and the director/cowriter of the movie version of Boy Culture, Allan Brocka, will be directing upcoming episodes of People You Know, which is as good enticement as any for me to watch them, you know?

Check out a taste if you're not familiar with it...

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Feb 28 2015
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Come follow me on Facebook if you haven't already.


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