Chelsea Boys #4: "Welcome to Oz." Original 9-panel comic strip, 1998. Pen and ink with some graphite on paper. 298x324 mm; 11 3/4x12 1/2 inches, on 14x14 1/2-inch sheet, mounted along edge to board. Signed and dated along right margin.
The fourth strip of the wildly popular syndicated comic that followed the adventures of three gay roommates in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood in the late 1990s-mid 2000s.
In this strip #4, Nathan introduces naive Canadian hunk Sky to legendary drag festival Wigstock in New York City. Featuring caricatures of drag queens Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Varla Jean Merman, Sherry Vine and Mistress Formika. Chelsea Boys was carried first by Next magazine, and then syndicated throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, and South Africa. Its acclaim led to two book anthologies (Chelsea Boys. Alyson Books, 2003; Chelsea Boys Steppin' Out. Bruno Gmunder, 2006) and an exclusive art show (Chelsea Boys: Hung) at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in October 2003.