slugger extrodinaire, in 3D, and his roughhousing creations having
a roll in the hay (in 2D)
(c) 1995, Randy A. Riddle and (c) Sean Martin
This trait of the
characters reflects something of Sean's own interests -- he himself is
turned on by fighting. But Sean is quick to point out that this type of
scene isn't for everyone, requiring two partners who implicitly trust
each other. It can often take the form of the same type of roughhousing
that we do as kids or even something as serious as a friendly boxing match.
Doc and Raider may arm-wrestle to see who cleans out the litter box and it's that sense of humor that marks Sean's own approach to fighting and wrestling. He sees it as something fun and mutual between two guys -- certainly the antithesis of domestic violence that is brought on by unfocused rage and anger, something that is wild, uncontrolled, and meant to do real damage.
I asked Sean about
his decision to write his unusual fetish into Doc and Raider. "I thought
if I was going to put myself on the line," he said, referring to some
of the other very personal issues dealt with in the cartoon, "I might
was well put everything out there." Sean's exploration of the scene in
the cartoon has created its share of controversy with some readers failing
to see it as something other than domestic violence.
Even many people
in the Leather/SM subculture shy away from acknowledging fighting or brawling
as one of the many fetishes that individuals explore -- it doesn't fit
into the typical exclusively "Top/bottom" roles seen in SM, but requires
the same type of safety precautions, mutual trust, and dedication seen
in SM. Sean entered a Mr. Drummer contest in Toronto and surprised everyone
with his staged fantasy of a good-natured fight.
his favorite t-shirt, produced from a scan of a book cover from
his favorite Western novels
that inspired the names for Doc and Raider
(c) Randy A. Riddle
who have a fetish for roughhousing, wrestling, martial arts, or boxing
form a remarkably large, devoted group all over the world that operate
under the radar screen of mainstream Gay culture. Several contact lists,
personal services, and even businesses that offer video or printed erotica
exist that cater to these devotees -- GWA
is probably the oldest and most well-known. Sean's first published
cartoons, in fact, were for one such publication. Bat' Lin' Brothers
was, in some respects, a "trial run" of characters that would eventually
become Doc and Raider.
I asked Sean during the interview what the "turn-on" is about erotic fighting or roughhousing. He tried his best to explain it, but could only laugh and say, "It just is" just as a loud clap of thunder broke the silence of the living room where we were conducting the interview. We both laughed -- that moment seemed to sum it up best.