My Letter to Zan Christensen

I have to admit that choosing an author to write a fan letter to wasn’t easy. Writing one to my good friend Marie Sexton would’ve been the easiest choice. But I’ve never been known to take the easy route. I’ve written actual fan letters to a few authors, including one to Heidi Cullinan that may have come off as either a gushing fan or a total stalker type. But for Kassa’s blog crawl (See the list of participants here) I chose an author who wrote something so freakin’ incredible I decided to adorn myself with a symbol from the story. Here is my letter to Charles “Zan” Christensen, author of The Mark of Aeacus.

Dear Zan, I have to say that The Mark of Aeacus is simply incredible. The combination of two of my favorite things, comic books and gay fiction, is like a gay fanboy’s wet dream come true.

I was thrilled to discover Class Comics and they’re over the top nudity and storyline are a fun read. But I love that Aeacus has a serious storyline with only minor nudity. I could

identify with Jack as he somewhat hesitantly engaged in an anonymous hookup. He wanted something, but he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted, very much like me in the encounters I’ve had. I could see the beginning of Jack’s transformation when the stranger told him to “Surrender. Let go. Let it all go.” Later, the change is completed when a group of thugs attempt to rape Jack. Becoming a super-powered being could be seen as a metaphor for a gay man learning to stand up for himself.

I loved learning about the history of the mark in book two. The sexual tension between Jack and a would-be murderer was intense. Their battle over whether or not to kill a pedophile was both scary and mesmerizing at the same time. I am definitely anxiously looking forward to the next issue.

I’d be remiss to not mention the fabulous artwork by your collaborator, Mark Brill. Truly incredible art.

Thank you so much for your words and for creating a gay superhero that I can identify with. I’m not saying I want to be a super-powered, murderous creature of vengeance, but I do like the idea of being able to stand up for myself in a world that still degrades gay men simply for who they are.

BTW, I think you are super cute.

Zan "The Hottie" Christensen

–Ethan

Check out yesterday’s letter where Julie wrote to Ilona and Gordon Andrews at Yummymenandkickasschicks.

Tomorrow’s letter is at A Tale of Many Reviews.

 

Find The Mark of Aeacus and other works by Zan the Man at Northwest Press.

 

 

12 thoughts on “My Letter to Zan Christensen

  1. I have read a few books from Class Comic but not this one – hoping to rectify that soon though..

    That said I liked that Christensen wrote a book that you instantly clicked with on a personal level and the follow up just made a good thing better from your description here..

    I am sure Christensen will be thrilled at your fanboy love of him and his work.. great letter.

    Thanks for the intro to this series – will definitely get …

    P.S. – The covers are stunning…. one of those panel reminds me of another Yaoi demon series that I love…

    E.H>

  2. Well this was a welcome surprise! Little did I know not being able to sleep and wanting something to read would net me a comic. I’m a big fan of Class Comics and immediately picked this one up based on your letter. I also love the symbol though the fact that it’s placed with the arrow pointing to his ass is .. well a stroke of genius. : )

    Thank you for this early morning pick me up and lovely letter!

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  4. Wow, great letter Ethan. I’m sure most people would never think a comic would touch someone so deeply. The tattoo is lovely.

  5. “Becoming a super-powered being could be seen as a metaphor for a gay man learning to stand up for himself.” <—I love that you were so moved by this series that you got the tattoo. Fabulous letter.

  6. Hi Ethan! I’m so glad you like the book and I am definitely in agreement with you that Zan is a fabulous writer and also super cute! LOL He’s TALL too. Thanks for your kind words about the artwork! I really appreciate it and the fact that you found the book worth investing the time and effort to write such a great review of!

    Thanks so much!!
    Mark Brill

  7. I love the fact that a story touched you so deeply that you felt the need to get a ‘mark’ of your own, Ethan. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. “I’m not saying I want to be a super-powered, murderous creature of vengeance, but I do like the idea of being able to stand up for myself in a world that still degrades gay men simply for who they are.” Very well said. Lovely letter!

  9. I’ve written actual fan letters to a few authors, including one to Heidi Cullinan that may have come off as either a gushing fan or a total stalker type.

    I’ve written a few of those. The line is rather fine, isn’t it? *grin*

    Fantastic letter and the premise and the artword sound/are amazing, as it the tattoo. I love books that speak so clearly.

  10. Excellent letter Ethan. :) Zan Christensen is a new to me author and his work sounds extremely intriguing. Helps that he is cute too right? lol

    Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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