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.
Check out yesterday’s letter where Julie wrote to Ilona and Gordon Andrews at Yummymenandkickasschicks.
Find The Mark of Aeacus and other works by Zan the Man at Northwest Press.