“Love Case” is an illustrated novella that provides the reader with a chance to experience a
non-traditional but all-enveloping narrative.
Using a combination of prose and Queer-themed
illustration, it invites the reader into a private space that is largely unshared and unexplored. A memoir that asks the reader to reflect, indulge and take a voyeuristic front row seat into one’s experiences and desires.
“Love Case” started out as a zine series and has made its way to book form. Using a combination of short stories and illustrations, it aims to give the reader a different type of narrative. The stories are intimate and diary-style, creating a collage of sex, love, memory and coming-of-age tales.
As of today, “Love Case” is available for pre-order through indiegogo. Author and creator Jason Haaf is self-publishing, keeping “Love Case” 100% personal and authentic. Both he and illustrator Kyle Anderson have designed the novella themselves, maintaining total creative
control of all content.
Jason Haaf is a nonfiction writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from South Florida, he graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Moving to New York in 2008, he has been chronicling his experiences in sex, love, and dating.
His short story, “A Wilderness” appeared in Issue 7 of “Hello Mr.” magazine. “Love Case” is his first novel and began as a zine of the same name. He currently lives with Kyle Anderson, his partner and “Love Case” collaborator.
Kyle Anderson is an animator in Brooklyn, NY. His experience is mostly in preschool television, and currently works for Nickelodeon. He also curates an erotic gay art anthology called “Doable Guys,” and runs a gay figure drawing group in the city.
Interview with Jason Haaf
What makes “Love Case” different from other gay erotica?
Realism. While “Love Case” can be categorized as erotica, it is also a memoir. It’s about exploring sexuality, and how that makes one grow and the gray areas that it leads to as well.
Why have illustrations to go along with the text?
I want the reader to have a visual experience. There’s both a sensitivity and a humor in Kyle’s illustrations. I thought it lifted the text, giving it another layer.
What does “Love Case” mean from the author’s view?
I think of it as a form of expression. I wanted to create something that is honest, sexual, and nonjudgmental. I think that we’re far
past anything to be considered shocking in terms of queer art. For me, something that is honest and heartfelt is what evokes a feeling of surprise.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I like being in charge of things. The concept of “Love Case,” the design of it’s title, which came from a stamp that I hand carved and dipped in paint, to the illustrations, and the layout of the book all came from Kyle and I. I enjoy working with someone as close to me as Kyle is and I wanted the experience of putting this out there and having it be personal and to start from scratch.
Where can readers purchase “Love Case?”
Right now, we’re using indiegogo as a platform. Readers have a few different packages to choose from as well. There is the book “Love Case” itself but they can also get a “Love Case” T-shirt, original illustrations drawn by Kyle or even have a live in-person portrait session.
Preview from “Love Case”