One of our favourite series from Class Comics is Angelface.
Written and illustrated by Benoît Prévot, Angelface is set in the early 1920s, and tells the story of Alan and Red.
After Alan double-crosses Red, Red pursues Alan from London the America and their adventures begin. Three volumes of Angelface are currently available.
There’s plenty of man-on-man action in Angelface, but by immersing his characters in the loose morals of Prohibition-era America, Prévot gives us a story that elevates this beyond one-handed reading - it’s intelligent gay erotica at its best.
I caught up with Benoît Prévot for a behind-the-scenes look at the story.
What was your inspiration for the Angelface characters and their story?
The idea was to create en erotic story in which the plot would be as important as the porn scenes. As I love the beginning of the 20th century, I thought it was a good period for a gangster story. I also wanted characters with sentimental interaction and where the sex scenes could be an action in themselves — like a fight or a dialogue.
I also really wanted to have a real redhead, with floppy ears and freckles, because they’re physical characteristics that I find very appealing. Red’s the character with whom I’m most connected.
Was the 1920s a time period that you were fairly knowledgeable about, or did you need to do much research?
I needed to do a little research for some specific details, but I had a broad understanding of the time period and the fashions.
Sometimes I lose myself when I do too much research. I did a lot of research so that I could draw the Pulitzer Fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel how it was in 1924. That’s probably too much detail for a porn story.
What was the creative process to create the three volumes that have been published so far?
The story has always been written for four volumes of 24 plates. But the first version of the complete story was a bit different — in fact, I rewrote everything after that one was published. I wasn’t very satisfied with the first one, I thought the story was very light.
The adventure is over after the end of the fourth volume. There are options to continue the story, but I’m thinking of perhaps creating a prequel for one of the three main characters.
What sort of response have you had to the Angelface story?
There a long period between the second and third volumes, but it’s had a good response. Sometimes people mention that there’s a lot of text to read.
If you were going to turn Angelface into a movie, do you have any actors in mind for the characters of Alan and Red?
Perhaps a young Jude Law for Alan, and a young Jesse Plemons for Red.
What do you hope that people feel when reading Angelface?
I ‘d like them to have empathy for the characters, and that they like the story-line as much as the sex scenes.
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