Fatale Female News (Vol.1, Issue 3)
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This months issue is dedicated to the artist "James McQuade".
Over the last past month (July '00) I was able to interview James McQuade
threw the WEB and in person.
Either way, I was very honored to have this opportunity to meet him.
First a bit of background...
James A. McQuade is now in his mid sixties, semi-retired and living near Las
A quiet and a very proud man, James is also former United States Marine
(but do not say that to him or any other Marine, for once a Marine always a
Marine) and a Korean War veteran.
How did you get started in art?
I guess, I began a bit later than most but I've been a commercial artist
for over 40 years. I went to the School of Visual Arts (back then, the
Cartoonist's and Illustrator's School) in New York City. Fortunate enough
to take Burne Hogarth's famous anatomy class and I knew him later. I've had
additional training. You never stop learning. I began mainly by doing
advertising layouts in Los Angeles and worked in Southern California from
then on, art director of some magazines, art director of a book publishing
company, many book covers, movie storyboards (speculative) illustration and
some comic book style work although I haven't done more than a couple of
actual comic books. The monthly strip for HUSTLER (first two years of the
magazine) isn't really comic book. I did the first original American
graphic novel. It would be nice to get the credit for it. Now there're at
least a hundred and it's fairly common. I now consider myself retired and
do the kind of Necroerotica that I prefer personally. I am working on a
final Misty story in comic book format, although I guess I'll continue to
do the character in some fantasy vignettes. Mainly I'm doing some short
stories and comprehensives now.
How "Misty" came about, and his other erotic/graphic works.
Misty was the first adult American graphic novel published. Barbarella
(French) and Phoebe Ziet Giest were compilations of magazine serials, not
planned as visual novellas. Both were first published in Evergreen Review
and later as books by Grove Press (Evergreen was a Grove publication, Grove
owned by Barney Rosset). MISTY was conceived solely as a graphic novel.
Graphic novels are not unusual in Europe. But I doubt the American opinion
of "comic book" art being for children can ever be changed. I tried.
Misty is the quintessential beautiful victim and idealized female to me
(and a lot of other folks). There were three novels; MISTY, MISTY and the
Sun Jewel, and MISTY and the Valkyrie. The last was only published in the
comic book series and is short (48 pages). I won't do any more graphic
novels. Simply too old to take on projects involving so much time and
effort. I am working on The Death of Misty in the form of a comic book.
That's a couple of years hence. I am doing some necroerotic fantasy
vignettes, some using Misty. It doesn't seem to bother anyone if an actress
plays a lot of different death scenes (to the contrary!) so why not a comic
strip heroine? However, I now only do work that appeals to my own
I noticed you used the word "Necroerotica", did you coin that word?
I have personally come to use that word, but I will stop short
enough to say, I do not know if I was the first one to publish it.
You seem to do very sexy or erotic death scenes, is it some thing you like
Yes, but only if there is a story leading up to the scene.
However, I have done many private commissions in the past asking for death
Being an artist, one must work to keep paying the bills.
Of course I do have limits, I don't condone or do child pornography.
So do you also like seeing female death scenes in movies and television?
Again, I do like seeing a good female death scene as long as there is a good
story around it.
Any way you like or don't like to see females die?
Mostly beautiful innocent victims by the way of a shooting or a stabbing.
I see you have a great looking model (see frames 4 thru 11 below) in your home.
Can you tell us a bit about it?
It is a modified "Heavy Metal Cover" model.
The model was made by a friend named (pen name) "LLHUDD".
I know you are semi-retired, but you mentioned a new graphic novel "Death of
Misty",how is it coming along?
As you can see, I am about half way through with the artwork.
I hope to finish the art and overlays done and get it to a reputable puplisher in
about two years.
Any thing else?
Other then doing a few necroerotic fantasy vignettes, and a rare private commission or
two, that will be it for now and the future.
Do you visit this site (Fatal Females) much?
I visit this site and Necrobabes a few times a week.
I also frequently read your message board.
BTW, some one asked if Uschi Digart did any good death scenes.
I believe she does small death scene in one of a Russ Meyer's later films.
Also another Russ Meyer movie, "Lorna", the star Lorna Maitland gets killed
accidently by a guy who was going for someone else.
She gets stabbed with a large pair of ice tongs.
Another movie,"Cartouche" is a French/Italian comedy. Claudia Cardinale throws
herself in from of Belmondo (Cartouche) and takes a bullet from a flintlock
in the belly. A nice death scene and a rather extended necro scene afterwards.
Your members should like this one.
This is the end of the current interview.
I hope to visit or talk to Mr. McQuade again soon.
Once again, it was a real thrill to visit him at his home.
Below I posted some pics from our interview James and I would like to share with you all.
The pictures below are:
Frames,1 & 2 James McQuade now and then (1970).
Frame 3, McQuade with the G-Man.
Frames 4 thru 7, "Heavy Metal" model.
Frames 8 thru 12, various pics of orginal ink & water colors.