Rasputin Catamite is a Velvet Rasputin Production
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Rasputin Catamite in its enterity for free with an Amazon Prime subscription, or books to read the story before the webcomic updates.
"I first found your comics when I heard the word catamite in on HBO’s Rome. A site called Rasputin Catamite came up. I hesitated to open it thinking it was some sort of weird porn. But against my better judgement I did so. I saw a comic. It was intriguing" ― W.A.
"I like Rasputin Catamite." ― G.B.M
"There is an boundary-pushing, experimental quality to (these) comics that I like…" - E.R.
"Just want to let you all know that this is one of the most realistic fucked up Siberia comics lately. Quite intriguing." ― Nichdubo
"Reading Rasputin Catamite right now and, as a mixed-ancestry Siberia-born Cryptojewish Russian: nice work! I sincerely appreciate that everyone in RC is kind of ugly and shabby and has weird noses, because that’s pretty damn accurate. Also A+ on all the Russian minorities! My Tatar and Jewish heart sings to see more than the default Slav." ― I.G.
"Rasputin Catamite is a VERY queer webcomic, but it’s not aligned with the sensibilities of the ‘tumblr crowd’. It’s very raw. It’s a difficult, very artful comic, and I would argue it’s an important one for the queer webcomics community! 1) the art style is different from the “usual” which grows on you after a bit!"― G.P.
The Rasputin Catamite concept presents a series of modernized Slavic folk tales, mixed with stories inspired by scandalous headlines from the Soviet Union. Rasputin Catamite weaves metaphorical autobiography, historical fiction and political satire into a single narrative. Despite its superficial appearance as brainless entertainment, this comic has tackled controversial issues such the concept of family, child abuse, the sexual identity continuum, gender, religion, BDSM, substance abuse, death, human exploitation, the occult, religious corruption, government oppression, famine, politics, historical veracity, and bigotry.
Rasputin Catamite began as a reimagining of Vampyres, a 1990 underground photocopier comic book by Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz and published by ZNLArts. Although there are no known copies of Vampyres left in existence, both comics share an insecure and morally conflicted Russian vampire by the name of Igor Dmitri "Dima" Shapinov as their protagonist. Rasputin Catamite was created by Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz and Caylie Dean on April 13, 2006.
Rasputin Catamite was originally meant to exist only as a week-long limited run webcomic consisting of four repeating panels about three lazy musicians. With Dean's encouragement and assistance it grew to become a weekly serial, with a full multidisciplinary creative team, several spin-off comic titles and the Upir's Mark musical puppet show. Caylie Dean left the project on June 11, 2007 and eventually pursued a career as a chef. The project continued under the direction of Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz.
On December 21, 2011, Ram Lama beat out ten talented artists and replaced Vas as the lead artist in a very tight competition for the position. Vas told the story of Ram's recruitment on the website as follows:
The final Rasputin Catamite book was published on 2/4/2021. The webcomic will continue publishing the story at no cost, until it's shared in its entirety for the next several years. You are welcomed to buy the books if you would like to read the story sooner.
"Admittedly, I almost missed out on Ram. His submission came in within just a few hours of me closing the casting call. I am so grateful Catnose Comics did not miss out on this guy. Ram, is one of the fastest, most personable and intuitive artists I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He seemed to anticipate my every need for the webcomic, sometimes without my giving him so much as a single instruction. Yet, he didn’t come across as spooky or annoying in any way; just very efficient. He and I clicked right away, and could not wait to work as a team. He educated himself quite thoroughly on the Velvet Rasputin universe and he genuinely seemed to care about my characters and the story. That is incredibly important to me as a storyteller who is very emotionally invested in zir work. Additionally, the guy is one hell of a storyteller and has a fabulous track record for delivering high quality webcomics on a consistent schedule. He is an incredible asset."
- The Collected Rasputin Catamite: This collection includes the prototype comic Reverend Vas used as a pitch for finding an artist, and the first issue of Rasputin Catamite illustrated by Ram Lama. Is it offensive and crude on more than one level? Yes! Is it an accurate depiction of the late 80's queer underground scene in Russia with a touch of supernatural nonsense? Unfortunately it is, according to several of our Russian readers. Now get ready to delve into this uncomfortable bit of history, if you dare. MORE...
- The Second Collected Rasputin Catamite: Yes, we realize this book has an incredibly pretentious title. Alas, the Reverend was too lazy come up with anything inspired, and Ram didn't make the "numeric titles are pretentious" speech until after the book went to press. Sorry about that! Nevertheless, this is the "love" collection of Rasputin Catamite. It's full of heart-to-heart conversations, teenage crushes, sadistic men in animal suits, tentacles and a vampire hunter who likes to... um... Maybe it's not so romantic. Read it anyway! MORE...
- Scarlet Just as the title suggests, this issue issue is full of blood and bloody sluts, sometimes wearing red. It also features hockey, trauma and corruption. However, the most shocking thing about this book is the fact that Sasha actually manages to be happy for more than five minutes. WHAAAAAT!?! MORE...
- May Day: Have you ever seen a wizard use technicalities to get out of actually doing a ceremonial rite required to battle the ultimate evil? Do you appreciate nice people who use technicalities to help the less fortunate get out of bureaucratic nightmares? Do you like cool supernatural stuff? Technicalities and magick abound in this collection, along with lots of self-discovery journeys that go terribly awry. MORE...
- Finale Fatale: Lechy battles against an all-powerful thunder god, pisses off Decoy and gets a horny surprise in Moscow. Dima finally finds a cruelty-free way to satisfy his bloodthirst, even if it's really gross. Ugly Alex has to pass a history exam to get into the National Hockey Academy, but his test anxiety may ruin his chance at sports stardom. Sasha gets to be bait again, just like at the beginning of the story, and is either happy or upset about it, we're not sure. Then again, when is Sasha actually happy for more than ten minutes? Find out in the final chapter of Rasputin Catamite, where love, corruption and magick in Russia come to a head. MORE...