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Edward Ficklin

Edward Ficklin (he/him), the maverick artist not afraid to say gay, is a self-taught painter, writer, publisher and sometimes technologist. He creates sensuous and erotically-tinged queer surrealist art, publishes queer-centered sci-fi comix, and pontificates regularly on a range of topics in his Queer Quantum Dispatch newsletter.

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Spartacus, queer hero? 🧐

The Queer Quantum Dispatch Making your world a little less straight. Darlings, how are you? Looking fabulous, as always. You may have heard me mention recently an idea for a new, large scale historical painting based on the figure of Spartacus. I love looking forward to better, if imagined,...
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4 days ago • 1 min read
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Oh, those bad, bad gays… 🙄

The Queer Quantum Dispatch Making your world a little less straight. Darlings, how are you? Looking fabulous, as always. I’ve had a good run, but that ‘Rona bitch finally caught up to me. With so much Covid-flavored alone time, I’ve done more than a bit of reading. So, today, I though I’d give...
11 days ago • 2 min read

It's 10 o'clock, do you know where your art is?

Hello, darlings! How are you? A big glittery welcome to those just joining us from the Clio Art Fair last weekend. It was lovely meeting you and getting a chance to hear about your art adventures. The Fair was a fabulous time, filled to the brim with so much great art! I’m honored to have been...
18 days ago • 1 min read

☀️ Hot summer in the city means...

It's time once again for Flame Con! The traveling emporium is descending from the Orbiting HQ as we speak and will land in that ballroom from the 70's tomorrow at high noon! Can't make it? Not to worry, I've got you covered. I put together a nice package of fresh and bawdy comics that's sure to...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Have you met Gertie?

Hello, darlings. Sometimes things—and people—can be around for so long and do their thing so reliably that we forget about them. Or at least, under-appreciate all that they still have to offer. As you may have noticed, I put a lot of effort into the Dispatch. Email may be unglamorous, taken for...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read
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Engaged Buddhism

Hello, darlings, how are you? A big, fabulous welcome to those just joining the party! We had a wonderful show on Fire Island and I’m delighted to have had the chance to connect with you. To those that acquired some art or comix last weekend, I’d love to hear what you think. Don’t be shy about...
2 months ago • 3 min read

The Buddhist and the erotic

Hello, darlings. How are you? Summer has arrived on this side of our pale blue dot and I’ve got not one, not two, but three shows to entice you with. Busy summer, indeed. I’ll certainly be in need of a break--and a few extra cocktails--come the fall. Each has a distinct vibe, setting, and crowd...
3 months ago • 2 min read

Gnarly but sublime

Darlings, how are you? Today another mini dispatch for you. With the sultry weather descending on NYC—and sultry in NYC is unfortunately not nearly as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof romantic as you might think—and a show to prep for, I’m keeping in brief today. Recently, I caught the last day of an...
3 months ago • 1 min read

A footnote for the ages

Darlings, hello! How are you? A short dispatch today on this smoky, sultry summer afternoon. The message is simple: do something that feels good. In that vein, I'll leave you with this picture of what could be the best footnote ever written. It appears on page 3 of adrienne maree brown's Pleasure...
3 months ago • 1 min read
marble statue of naked male, standing with arms folded, dagger in one hand, looking stern and thoughtfully into the distance

Toga Party

I have from time to time waxed eloquent (I hope) about my fixations with warrior imagery and hyper-gay hyper-masculinity. For today’s installment of the beefcake bouquet: Spartacus. Spartacus by Denis Foyatier, 1830 But not, as you might suspect, inspired by the TV show or the movie. Instead,...
4 months ago • 2 min read
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