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The Brides of Coney Island, Aurora North and Faux Pas Le Fae!

The Brides of Coney Island Eat Me Variety 7 by Suzanne Forbes Feb 12 2021Meet the friendly, bendy, only-a-little-scary clowns of Eat Me! Variety Show and Pixie Grit Circus.

I love these two! They are warm and kind and New Yorker-sassy, and their shows are full of Queer Pride and Trans Pride. Faux Pas Le Fae has the most beautiful curly hair which you know I adore drawing! Aurora North is a snake-charming aerialist.

There’s plenty of fire-eating, nail-in-face-hammering and partner acrobatics!

The Brides of Coney Island Pixie Grit Circus by Suzanne Forbes Feb 12 2021You can enjoy either the family friendly Pixie Grit Circus shows or the more saucy Eat Me! Variety show dinner theater sessions.

Today, February 14 2021, the Brides are bringing a very special wacky Valentine’s Eat Me! show to zoom. There is a romantic body-piercing vaccine gag you must see, an assortment of Clown and Freakshow friends, and lots of gothy clowny cuteness! Here’s the info:

EAT ME! A Variety Show: Virtual Dinner Theatre CLOWN LOVE ZOOM 2/14, 7:30pm ET.

830 6551 8291. $10-25 Venmo @kinetic-cabaret. PayPal.me/kineticcabaret


I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue to work safely at home, documenting Queer Culture.

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy!

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.

Feb 2020 Unterwegs – Valentine’s lovebirds, grayscale and Pencil Cleanse!

Unterwegs with Valentines lovebirds Feb 20 2020 by Suzanne ForbesMy husband and I saw this sweet couple on the U-Bahn on Valentine’s Day.

The elegant lady was giving her partner a comforting touch on the shoulder. She noticed I was drawing them and I gave her my card, I hope she sees this!

Unterwegs Feb 20 2020 Grayscale by Suzanne ForbesTen years ago Brody, a cool person I knew in the Bay, did a Grayscale costume and makeup for Santacon.

It was so incredibly good that I have thought of her look (also known as Desaturated Santa) every time I see or type the word “Grayscale” ever since. I thought of her when I drew this grayscale unterwegs on gray paper! You really don’t see anyone reading a full-size or even a tabloid size newspaper on the subway anymore, and I miss it.

Pencil cleanse WIP by Suzanne Forbes Feb 24 2020I am conducting an occasional Pencil Cleanse.

Before I started working as a courtroom artist and then in comics, there was a period, ’89 to ’91, when I carried a sketchbook everywhere but only a mechanical pencil to draw with. All of my drawings were pencil only, or ballpoint if I ran out of leads. And they were great! They had a slow magic and a loose rhythm that my faster, rough-pencil-sketch-which-is-immediately-inked drawings of today lack.

I’d love to take a month to draw ONLY in pencil, but I just don’t dare. I don’t want to lose the chance to document a great performer because I can’t move fast enough with pencil. So instead I am doing pencil-only drawings when the stakes are low, like with unterwegs.


This one is in process, with a couple hours on it already, and hundreds of corrections, perspective adjustments, and scale fixes. And yet it doesn’t look like much, right? It is the bones and vitamins of drawing, though.

You can see hundreds more unterwegs drawings celebrating life on Berlin’s public transit system hereAll unterwegs drawings are courtesy of my Patrons on Patreon whose monthly financial support allows me to make this free art available!