NASA warns that it’s unlikely we’ll be able to have sex with aliens
We’ve been reading reports that NASA’s interstellar sexual health spokesperson has cautioned against the assumption that extraterrestrial life will be sexually desirable.
“It is entirely possible that first contact takes places with insectoid creatures who lay thousands of glittering eggs…” read the statement. “A self-reproducing slime would also have no use for our rudimentary genitals. If the aliens are a gaseous sprite that communicates telepathically, where would you even… how?”
Apparently, this is part of NASA’s plans to prepare humanity for intergalactic relations.
“We don’t want your baser instincts to embarrass us in front of the intergalactic community…” explains the statement.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out that this statement hasn’t actually come from NASA, but is a bit of satirical writing to keep us all entertained. But it works because it almost feels plausible – it had us because it’s makes some kind of sense that our first thought when considering alien life-forms is probably something like: “Is there a way that I can fuck that?”
Fuel your fantasies with Star Crossed from Class Comics
While the reality of our sexual prospects with alien life-forms may be a bit of a boner-killer, if you’re a sci-fi geek looking to fuel your fap fantasies with some sexed-up encounters in deepest space, then you’re probably going to want to get your hands on the Star Crossed series from Class Comics.
“I’ve always been a huge science fiction nut, with a particular love for Star Trek Voyager and Space 1999…” explains Patrick Fillion. “Those influences are always in the back of my head when I write science fiction. Space can be a very scary, mysterious place. It’s a vast unknown and you won’t always know what’s waiting for you around the bend. It’s part of what I love so much about Voyager and Space 1999 — the weird, strange mystery of the undiscovered, coupled with a sense of apprehension about what you might stumble onto next.”
Fillion is keen to point out that you don’t have to be a fan of science fiction in order to appreciate and enjoy the world of Star Crossed.
“I think it can enhance your enjoyment, but I also think that if you have an appreciation for gay erotic comics, you can get into the fact that these characters are all really sexy and tons of fun…” explains Fillion. “At the end of the day, some of them may be aliens and stuff, but really, they’re just six regular guys who happen to be out in space. The fun is in their interaction and the way they handle the situations they face — and it doesn’t hurt that they have sex at the drop of a hat.”
What we love about an erotic comic like Star Crossed is that you can appreciate it on lots of different levels. There’s the story itself – this is a great science-fiction comic book adventure, with characters that you really connect with. Then, of course, there’s the sex – it’s explicit, it’s arousing, it takes our fantasies in unexpected directions. There’s also the art-work – we love seeing the sketches and page designs to get an understanding of how something like this comes together. If you know a queer kid who’s into drawing, then you’d be doing them a favour by buying them some of Class Comics’ finest.
We’re so happy we live in a world where something like Star Crossed exists. Where guys such as Class Comics are publishing erotic stories that really tap into what we want to read. That we can appreciate the talent and creativity that it takes to produce a queer comic that satisfies on so many levels. So happy.
We caught up with Patrick Fillion for a behind-the-scenes look at the Star Crossed universe.
What was the initial inspiration for the Star Crossed characters and their adventures?
I’ve always been a science fiction fan, ever since I was a little kid. I remember drawing all kinds of space action comics when I was growing up, making up my own heroes, planets and space monsters along the way. That’s always stuck with me.
Over the years, I started to realise that, subconsciously really, I’d created a bunch of characters in the classic sci-fi, space adventure genre. Often they were introduced as supporting cast in other titles such as the Felinoids series. It just made so much sense to assemble them together, flesh them out, and give them a chance to shine on their own.
When you first began creating the Star Crossed universe, did you map out where you wanted to take these characters and their stories, or have the stories been unfolding as you progressed?
It’s been a little of both, actually. I mapped out quite a bit at the start of the series, but inevitably, your characters reveal new avenues as you write them, so you deviate from your plan. But that’s a wonderful thing! It means that the characters have a voice of their own, and you can discover some really great, unexpected tangents when you follow those surprising new paths.
I love to see where these new tangents can take me and the characters creatively.
You’ve said previously that one of the reasons that readers respond to Star Crossed is that we love to see our heroes in peril. Why do you think that is?
Peril’s exciting! It’s at the heart of almost all stories. You don’t have excitement without some kind of danger or drama.
We grow up with it in our pop culture. I remember how jazzed I was to see Spider-Man or the X-Men in deep trouble on the cover of their comics when I was growing up. You want to see your heroes triumph, to be heroic and larger than life, but in order to do that, they first need to be in some kind of desperate situation.
I think that when you appreciate adult comics, peril and sex can intermingle in a really potent and titillating way, but in a medium that offers you complete safety when exploring the concept. You can allow your fantasies to roam to slightly darker corners, in a safe and harmless manner. I think that’s a great way to fantasise.
Does a science fiction story such as Star Crossed enable you to explore some of the weirder sides of sexual fantasy?
Absolutely! Sci-Fi is very freeing and there’s so much you can do in outer space or on other planets. It’s wonderful being able to go places that might seem weird or unusual in other comics, but in Star Crossed, it all makes perfect sense. Not every being is going to be human, and they aren’t all going to function as humans do. It’s a blast exploring what that means, sexually. It can make for some really creative storytelling.
The artwork for the Star Crossed stories is by Alexander. What’s the creative process — is it narrative-driven or are you co-creating the story with narrative and images?
Working with Alexander is so fulfilling and such a joy in my life. He’s always up for anything I send his way, and draws the hell out of it. He’s so creative and talented.
I write the scripts and I’m always careful not to reveal too much to him in emails and texts when we communicate. I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises for him. Once the script is done, I send it his way and hold my breath, praying I haven’t written anything he’ll be uncomfortable with. Honestly, that’s never happened. Alexander’s such a pro. He’s willing and more than capable of drawing anything!
Once he has the script in hand, he creates very rough thumbnail sketches, to break down how the pages and panels will flow, and to give a sense of what they will look like. Once those roughs are approved, he moves on to the actual line art, and then once that’s all approved, it’s colour time.
Which of the characters in Star Crossed do you most identify with personally?
Definitely Jung! There’s a duality about him that I can really relate to and empathise with. I find it makes him very human. He wants to do the right thing, but sometimes life gets in the way of that. I think he eventually gets to the correct destination, but the road he travels may get bumpy along the way.
The way he wrestles with that inner voice of his — I get that. He just really wants to make the right call, and I have a feeling he’s pretty hard on himself when he misses the mark.