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Gallery of Geek: Glen Hanson

Gallery of Geek: Glen Hanson


From superheroes to sexy men to fashion to celebrities -- Glen Hanson's stellar art has everything.

Glen Hanson is known for his stunningly beautiful book covers, his sexy male pinups, his cartoonish caricatures, and his love of superheroes, just to name a few of the subjects readers will be lucky enough to peruse among Hanson's gorgeous art pieces.

The Advocate spoke with Hanson about his childhood inspirations, his obsession with a certain mutant, and how being queer influences his work.

The Advocate: What inspires you to create?
Glen Hanson: Many things. Oftentimes it's something I see in the moment ... someone's face while I'm talking to them, a photo of someone, or a performance of some sort. Music is incredibly inspiring. Other creativity inspires my creativity! If I'm working on a job, then I have to summon inspiration on the spot, which I've become quite good at.

Does being queer influence your artwork?
I don't think about it in quite that way, but yes, how could it not? I know that sexuality, both male and female, have a strong influence on my work, and many of my tastes, whether they are "fabulous" or "camp," certainly fall under that category. I think my politics and any message I might include are very much influenced by being part of a marginalized social group that in many ways is still fighting for equality.

What was your gateway art drug into the world of geek culture?
Growing up, what wasn't? Animation, sci-fi, fantasy, ancient mythology, and comics!

What geeky things are you currently obsessed with?
I know I'm "the last homo at the party," but I did my first Storm drawing recently, so I'm finally getting into her. I see a "Storm Obsession" on the horizon!

What's a new/exciting/upcoming project we can look forward too?
Well, I have some paper doll costumes currently in Lady Gaga's Art Rave tour, and I have my line of T-shirts, greeting cards, and I'm creating more Goddess Girls covers for the Simon & Schuster book series. As well as special Broadway Caricature holiday merchandise for Broadway Cares out this fall. Hoping to get some of my own fantasy-oriented books and animation projects off the ground this year too! Trust that I'm always busy creating new stuff for people to read, watch, wear and frame!

You must have a favorite superhero character, right? Who might it be?
Now and forever ... my girl Wonder Woman.

For more on Glen Hanson:
Instagram: @instaglenhanson
Twitter: @glenhansonnyc

See more of Hanson's work on the following pages.












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