What got you interested in comics? Any cartoonists that you look up to?
Conor: My interest started specifically with Jurassic Park comics. I have a horde of them!! The art was never the best but the covers were always sick. After reading the graphic novel Skim by Jillian Tamaki, I was inspired to create my own comics. I currently draw much inspiration from queer manga artist’s like Gengoroh Tagame.
Can you tell us a little about your comic? How does it speak to the theme of the anthology (uncharted territory/unversed)?
Conor: In my comic Torso, the main character goes to meet up with someone on gay hook-up app for the first time. The person they end up meeting turns out to be a literal torso; no arms, no legs and no head. It largely comments on the how the version of ourselves we project in social media, doesn’t necessarily make the person we are/meet. Both characters in that way are the torso.
What was the inspiration behind your story?
Conor: The inspiration for my story comes from personal experiences with dating and hook up apps.
What challenges arose during the course of this project? Takeaways?
Conor: My story is about gay sex. That’s a risk itself. Queer sex/relationships are taboo and are usually reserved for mature audiences only. Take television for example. On television, (regardless of the context) you can show as much drug-use, murder, explosions, racism, war and violence against women, trans persons and minorities as you want! Showing queer persons engaging in consensual sex is just too much for some people. I hope this comic gets me laid.
Can we expect more comics beyond this project?
Conor: Oh yes! Comics are insufferably too straight for me to stop. There could never be enough queer comics. Expect more comics about dicks, butts, sex and gay penetration faggotry from me. If you see me on Scruff … I like coffee, beach dates and to have my face sat on. ;3