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Chuck McKinney

Email: fromthecellar@earthlink.net
Websites: From The Cellar, The Cellar's Gift Shop

Bio: I've been a comic book fan since seventh grade. I became a cartoonist by accident.

I studied acting with the great Fred Kareman, and I worked quite a bit over the past 10 years or so. I even wrote and starred in a one man show, Up, Up & Away!, based on my lifelong passion for comics. As an actor, I almost always had a side job to make ends meet. A few years ago, I ended up bartending in a local gay bar. These days, I do occasional voice-over acting, but most of my creative energy goes to my comic strip, From The Cellar.

Inspired by my front seat view of New York City Gay Nightlife, I created From The Cellar on a whim. It kinda took over from there. Many talented artists have participated, and I can't thank them enough. I plan to publish the Graphic Novel, but I gotta finish it first; it just won't end. My boyfriend, Chino, handles most the art now, and I color his work. I've been able to draw a couple episodes, but I'm happy to leave that to better artists. (Thanks agian guys!)

I colored the cover to Ms. Marvel #38, with art by Phil Jimenez. I also colored two Glamazonia pin-ups for Justin Hall's upcoming graphic novel; which also features the two From The Cellar/Glamazonia team ups we did. I have participated in several art shows, including Dirty Little Drawings and "Art! Actually!" I have written two stories for Young Bottoms in Love. I have work in Reflux Comics #1 & #3, and Prism's Unsafe for All Ages, and Dirty Little Drawings.


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[News, Posted 12/15/08]
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[News, Posted 12/8/08]
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