I started Capitol Hillbillies
for many reasons, not the least of which was to combine two of my favorite things: comics and sex.
The other reasons? Like so many other positive things, this comic started out of a broken heart. After being dumped by someone I was quite infatuated with, I needed a way to distract myself from the distress I was feeling. I rediscovered what incredible friends I had, and started making regular trips to Seattle's "gay-borhood," known as Capitol Hill, where we'd wine, dine, dance, dick and, most of all, laugh. I was having dinner with the three other "hillbillies" and as I nearly laughed myself off my chair, I thought, "People need to see how great these guys are..." and started writing down our conversations and experiences. I turned the comic into a school project, meaning I HAD to keep doing it for a while, and eventually my downward spiral rocketed back up.
This first batch of comics is just a very small sample of the heavily sexual nature of the comic. Just as the Capitol Hillbillies
tagline "Because Sodomy Is Funny" suggests, I poke fun at our protagonists' activities between the sheets (and in the public restroom, and on the kitchen counter, etc). I'm a huge fan of sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, and the idea that getting off isn't a shameful or sinful activity, but one that can be a lot of fun (and really funny), so long as it's safe and comfortable. Similar to characters like the women from Sex and the City
, they're all friends who don't mind over-sharing their sexual exploits and getting made fun of for them. Unlike the women in that show, however, most of the characters in Capitol Hillbillies
have probably slept with each other already.
While all the main characters are obviously quite sexually active, I tried to vary the way they approach sex to mirror their personalities. With William (the shirtless, tattooed fellow), it's an art and a hobby. He's the most experienced and the one who's tried it all; John (the blonde) has the most heart and brain behind it, but has trouble being mentally stimulated by most men; Clark (the guy with glasses in the previous two strips) looks at sex like he does anything else: like a video game, and he has a high score to beat; and with Stu (above, in the baseball cap), it's like breathing and water--he'd probably die without it.
All of the real hillbillies are complete nerds in one way or another, but we all share a love of video games. Rather than spread out the nerd jokes among everyone, I just tack them all onto Clark, arguably the most stereotypical nerd among us (just ask his three or four level 80s). There's plenty of video game humor and comics on the internet, but the same thing geared specifically towards gays? Not so much. At first, I thought writing geek-related comics would go over some people's heads. Then I realized that these people are reading a webcomic
--probably taking a break while they're on a flight path or in-between D&D sessions. So the gay-mer jokes continue, and people seem to enjoy them. Sometimes we geek out about other things we enjoy: literature, fashion, movies--but in the end, it's the joysticks we love the most.
Politics are indeed a slippery, slippery slope. That's because they're probably covered in lube. I'm NOT a political person--a lot of it is over my head, and I've always had a hard time forming an opinion on some things when I feel I don't know every fact. But every once in a while, poking fun at important people/events makes for a good laugh. It's a very political time for us right now, and there's some pretty ridiculous people out there making some very questionable decisions for us. Sometimes, I feel I don't need to write a comic about an event, because the event itself is the punchline. I can't beat it. I can't write something funnier, because it's already totally absurd. So I skip the politics entirely and write another comic about foreskin or something.
When you live in a place like Capitol Hill, where gay men and lesbians are literally coming out of the woodwork, it's easy to notice something: we're completely ridiculous. Of course, straight people are silly, too, but if you take a step back and look at a gaggle of gays (scientifically speaking, of course), you'll see that we are just wack-a-do's (again, scientific term). The hillbillies are no exception, and sometimes I like to highlight things I actually hear, see or have done myself. I don't think that my friends realize the most random, typical conversations will probably make the best comics.
"New-gay" is especially one of my favorite characters to use; we've all been there. We look back at our fresh-out-the-closet selves and realize how full of life, vigor, opinions and raging hormones we were. Some of us, I suppose, never grow out of that.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read these articles/comics! Capitol Hillbillies
is a total blast to create, and I hope it's just as much fun to read--even if it's just a way to pass the time while your porn downloads.
You can learn more about Chris and Capitol Hillbillies
at the official website