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Established in 2012, RGS strives to make quality art...

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Behind the Rainbow

Rey Arzeno

This  time last year Rage Gear Studios was in a fantastic color whirl. The interwebs had decided our Xolor Kids were a hit! Worthy of trending along side standard chart toppers, like the infamous Kardashians. We were elated, surprised and besides ourselves, by such a fantastic reception.

Their popularity even lead to more kids being added to the roster, via commissioned requests. Folks wanted to see characters who had not made the initial group; which were all based on colors determined by the original Color kids. We had to get creative with the new color shades. Gold and Silver kids, Auric Angel and Mercury Max, were the first additions. Fenix Flame was later included to commemorate Flame Con; the event the Xolor kids were created for in the first place.

We sold prints of the finished art and asked patrons to send us photos of themselves with their purchases. Although we received many awesome and heartwarming images, there was one exchange in particular that hit on multiple heart strings.
Stephen, an awesome new Dad, let us know that he had framed all the characters and decorated his baby girl, Mia's bedroom with them. We fell in love with this family immediately. Baby Mia had become our muse. We needed to make more kids that reflected her family for her walls.

This inspired the creation of Xolor Kids 2.0!

The X-Men are a richly diverse group. It was easy to pull from their banks for great personalities that would enhance  our "Xolorverse".

Bishop, Rictor, Shatterstar, M, Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Dani Moonstar, Oya, Colossus and Frenzy were chosen. Assigning them colors was the hard part, but it's a challenge we really enjoy.
Not only were colors, designs and names beginning attributed, but thanks to the new USA regime, the new Xolor Kids will be taking on causes too. They’ll be helping to fundraise for the groups, like the ACLU, who stand up and fight against unjust executive orders and the attacks we now face on our civil rights.

The latest kid, Emma Neve, is a very special case.
An expecting couple purchased the kids they felt best represented their new family. Mean Mean Tangerine and Fenix Flame for Dad and Mom. Their twin babies were actually to be named, Stormy and Emma. Stormy we had, but Emma was commissioned to complete the set. Sadly, Stormy and Emma were only with us for brief moments. Their devoted parents have chosen to celebrate the girl's love filled lives with artistic remembrances. Xolor Kids, Emma Neve and Stormy included among them. Thank you Justin and Christy, for the privilege and honor of being a part of their tribute.

Cannot be any more grateful to all of you for making this series so much more meaningful than we could have imagined. Thank you for embracing them and us.

#Paywithyourballs

Rey Arzeno

There is so much we all battle with on a daily basis.
For many of these battles, there are causes we can muster our efforts to back as a sum. No doubt there is strength in numbers.
We are also complex beings and one cause can't possibly encompass all we're each affected by.
The members of Rage Gear Studios are no different.
We are Immigrants, we are Americans, we are Latinos, we are Gay Men and at the root of it all, just Human. As humans there are struggles we face that are beyond our control. Such as Cancer.
In one was or another we are ALL affected by this disease that does not discriminate.
In November, we rally efforts particularly to garner awareness and support for Testicular Cancer.
The Movember movement has become a social phenomenon for men to grow out their facial hair which promotes the awareness of men’s health across the globe.
That’s why Barba, the Men's Grooming Boutique, is taking its own step and raising awareness for testicular cancer by grooming men's manes for free after getting screened in-store by a certified Physician.
Their “Pay With Your Balls” event will occur on:
December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2016
At Barba Men's Grooming Boutique
Located at: 235 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone number: (212) 675- 21010
 

Still Outrageous and Proud!

Rey Arzeno

Can't get enough "Jaz and The Hard-Light Projections" Cosplay!
@Luasuicide (on Instagram) and friends were awesome enough to bring more life into this concept!
She even as far as creating "Kimarie's" keytar!

Ultimately they looked FANTASTIC! Here's a group photo taken by JAYCEE Photography!

Photo by: JAYCEE photography

We were so impressed by their hard work, that we has to add a little touch of our own!

Photo effects b: Rage Gear Studios

Judy + Nick

Eric Guerrero

We're big fans of #Zootopia and this is what I imagine for the sequel 😋

#Disney #fanart #judyhopps #nickwilde #theotherguys

 

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One Day Our Prince Will Come.

Rey Arzeno

Prince Jean-Paul and Prince Kyle's wedding.  By: Rey Arzeno

What are the chances that we'll ever get an animated same-sex fairy tale wedding? 
Northstar fan-fic writer extraordinaire, Suzene Campos, isn't interested in waiting, so she wrote one of her own. I was honored when she asked me to depict a glimpse of that sweet prospect with a “Disneyfied” version of Jean-Paul and Kyle’s wedding, based on her work. Although the request only specified the two Princes, after reading Suzene's story, I couldn’t help but to include twin sister, Jeanne-Marie and some of their adorable pet sidekicks.

Of course, I couldn’t stop there. You’ll notice that someone else has made a guest appearance…

ROGUE!

Ain’t no secret, Sugah’... There is much Anna Marie lovin’ ‘round these here parts.

It may seem random to include her in this piece, but there’s a particular reason that her presence here is a no-brainer for me.

Back in 1985, Marvel published a two-issue limited series called X-Men and Alpha Flight, in which the two teams engaged in an adventure.

The interaction between Northstar and Rogue struck a tender chord in 10 year old me. Back then, I was too young to pick up on any of the gay innuendo the writers and artists were waving in my face. All I knew was that I really liked the camaraderie that blossomed between the two and wanted to see more of that. I fell hard for a very sweet friendship--one I thought had been cemented.

When Northstar finally did come out, it made those few pages mean so much more to me!

Alas, Marvel has since neglected their connection into non-existence. Even though JP has been with the X-Men since 2001, they rarely appear together. *heartbreaking*

Still, I remember.

And, as far as I'm concerned, she'll always be the Man-At-Arms to his He-Man.