“I’ve always cited my older brother’s childhood comic collection as a major point of inspiration for me,” says New York designer Brad Callahan, whose independent brand BCALLA is known for its ability to provoke fantasy, much like comics. “A few years ago, he gifted me that collection, which is comprised mainly of female-fronted action comics, including Steven Hughes’ Lady Death, Joseph Linsner’s Dawn and Michael Turner’s Witchblade.”
Ahead of Callahan’s NYFW presentation this week, he’s expanded on his brother’s collection by creating a comic book with Print All Over Me, featuring original illustrations and three heroines, named X, Y and Z. The “strong violent female” trio is Callahan’s interpretation of his own “creativity combating industry pressures to acquiesce to their standards,” and aims to release some of his internalized tension surrounding LGBTQ violence. “I can’t go out and beat up bigots, but I can draw it,” he says.
Read BCALLA’s original comic, X Y AND Z FIGHT THE EVIL HOMOGENY, above, before his spring ’17 presentation this Thursday at Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St. RSVP Here.