Defining Bearman

Bearman Cartoon Gay Bears vs Animal Bears

It has come to my attention that a definition of “Bearman” is in order

1. BearmanThe name acquired by the owner of this website as a young man among his friends.  It could be his propensity to hibernate like a bear or grow a full beard mere minutes after shaving (see Fred Flinstone or Homer Simpson).

2. BearmanA term used to describe a walking, talking animal (See Yogi Bear, Smokey the Bear or Bear Bryant)

3. Bearman – (or Bear) A term used to describe a member of a subgroup of gay culture.  Bears (according to wikipedia) “tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some are heavy-set; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators.

Now of course I was always familiar with the first two definitions.  And of course, thanks to my crash course in everything gay culture provided by one Kathy Griffin (don’t call her Griffith or she will beat you down), I was also aware of the third. (Yes Kathy I was the one hetero male at your Cincinnati appearance.)

Anyway, I knew that there would be some confusion with folks looking for cartoons of either definition 2 or 3.  I was just waiting for the day.  Well it finally came in a nice email from a guy named Bob.  Bob said “just a quick question – do you in any way relate with Bear culture, as in the gay sub-culture? I didn’t find any cartoons relating to it, so I’m guessing no, but I thought I would ask.”

In assuring Bob that while supportive of gay rights, I did indeed play for the other team.  (wait…unless you think the other team is his team.  I mean the other team from his perspective).  Bob runs a site called PlanetBears and wondered if I would be offended if he posted about our email interaction.  That post is here (WARNING:  If you are offended by half naked big hairy men or are at work, DO NOT click the link).  Thanks to the tens of people who came here from there.

 I jokingly said I would do this cartoon and Bob was all for it.  So there you have it.

Oh and to the hotel where I am posting this thing.  Please know that all the sites that I am looking at were merely for research.

I am still waiting for the email from the Furries .

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  1. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I was afraid for a minute that you were taking a walk on the wild side.

  2. How do you keep your hair green? I was thinking of dying my hair green, but the roots become a problem after a while.

    • Bearman says:

      Swimming in algae does it for me.

      • lynn says:

        yeah but enough about your pool… you saw kathy griffin? i love her!!

        so according to this post i can call you bearman and you’ll never know what reference i’m using, okay cool. oh and the cartoon is fantastic! we saw these guys all over amsterdam but i didn’t know until today that this group had a common name. i found the ones i came in contact with very nice until… i was awakened at daybreak to the blasting music of “it’s raining men” from a barge floating down the canal! (true)

  3. Walker says:

    Whoa! So, I went for a wee peek and read the post. Bear men…. yikes. I coulda done w/o the rear shot!
    Anyway…you’ve enlightened me as I had no clue, furries I do know about (thanks to the TV show, CSI).
    I’ve always taken you for a 5 o’clock shadow kind of bear guy… But, the cartoon? Is that more how you really look? Minus the green hair of course.

  4. Corve says:

    When I first came across your blog, I didn’t think of the definitions you included. So I think you should make up your own, everyone is.

  5. WannabeHero says:

    Great stuff…I have been educated now. 🙂

  6. Roland says:

    So… Much… HAIR!!!! the good ole case of mistaken identity. Well I guess it is cool that he emailed you before you seeing you had a whole bunch of traffic from his site and then getting angry comments from them… Of course it would have been awesome if you got an email from Yogi… then you can ask him why in the heck did he allow a movie to be made about him.

  7. jammer5 says:

    Ho boy, you’ve done it now. Guess where any pictures of you are going to be dragged and dropped from? And, of course, there’s always bareman, whom we wont bring out in public . . . yet 🙂

  8. jynksie says:

    Did the leather bear HAVE to have assless pants, REALLY?!? o.O …. wait…wait.. are leather bears a subculture of the subculture? …Bob may need to step in here and teach the “breeders” about the gay ecosystem!

  9. DadaHyena says:

    Could be a superhero name (that’s what I assumed it was).

    Now I’m going to have to draw a cover to the first issue of “The Breathtaking Bearman”.

  10. MJ says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Scary Man in Chaps! Ha,ha,ha!

  11. jillsy says:

    Well, you learn something new everyday!

  12. gallowaygrave says:

    ditto to what Jillsy said.

  13. bschooled says:

    I love everything about this post, Bearman.

    Not only did I get to catch a glimpse of what you really look like (besides the green hair and missing finger you’re quite dashing), your cartoon had just enough “je ne sais quoi” to make me laugh while at the same time dry heaving over those folically-abundant ass cheeks.


    • lynn says:

      wow bearman’s missing a finger? gee i didn’t know. i wonder if he’s left handed, that would make his work even more impressive! thanks bschooled.

      • Bearman says:

        Have you two not noticed that all my characters only ever have 3 fingers. IT makes the pointing fingers that Jammer and Loon like all the more noticeable.

  14. George says:

    I have but a few questions, sir:

    Is your hair really green?

    And would I like you if you were angry?

    And can I borrow those ass-less chaps (which are similar to chapless asses, correct?) My wife thinks I may look dapper in them. 😀

  15. nursemyra says:

    I like hairy men 😉

  16. Ron-Yves says:

    Even if you WERE a hairy, laether-bound gay fella from Ohio (Land of The Hairy Gays)—I’d still look at your cartoons man…but thanks for clearing this up 🙂


    PS-I got tens of single readers today—life is sweet…

  17. jb says:

    What time is the party at the Blue Oyster Club?

  18. I learn something new every single day when I come over here Bearman. Who was the bear in the YMCA video? The disco, leather guy was Bear, right? I’m putting it all together now.

  19. Friggin Loon says:

    How much can a koala bear 🙁 I have always assumed that’s what Sean Hannity looks like naked and Nancy Grace !!!

  20. Chris W. says:

    Rockin’ the green hair, I like.

  21. susi spice says:

    bahhahah thats a new definition for me (3) hahaha

    too funny, u know from the way youve described yourself at times I imagine you look something like these guys:

  22. David says:

    HA! First, my wife LOVES Kathy Griffin. Me… not so much, but I can appreciate her comedy. Second, I swear I see that dude on the left all the time. Maybe he’s stalking me… although with the leather chaps it may be hard to be that inconspicuous.

    • Bearman says:

      Usually the hetero men in the crowd are there with their wives.

      I think it would be more obvious if YOU were following him. How do you know if they are assless if he is following you?

  23. Dan McGinley says:

    Thanks for the education, Bearman. I learn something new every day and usually forget by mid-week. But still . . . that was funny as hell. We used to listen to Kathy on the Howard Stern Show, driving to work sites in the morning. She’s a killer.

  24. Bob says:

    wow, I gotta thank BearMan for even getting back to me, let alone making up a cartoon about the different Bear cultures. I was scared at first that BearMan thought I was hitting on him when I first emailed him, but he proved to be really cool, and his recent drawing of the 4-legged bear and the daddy in the assless leather chaps is quite priceless. I personally don’t own a pair of assless chaps, but my boyfriend does! And his butt is about as furry as BearMan’s cartoon. Great work, and thanks to all of you who are cool and are learning what some adult men do when the lights are turned out!


    • Bearman says:

      Thanks for stopping by Bob.

      Now, I think our friend the Friggin Loon probably has a hairier ass than your boyfriend. But don’t tell her I said that.

  25. Nate Fakes says:

    I glad you cleared that up. I always wondered what a Bearman was

  26. My Eyes!!!!!!!!!!! My Eyes!!!!!!!!11

  27. i didn’t know that.
    Nit sure i will keep it registered in my memory.
    I like your comic pic today

  28. i think you forgot one category: those who think you are an actual bear, who is also gay.

    like i did until i read this post.

  29. Tony says:

    That’s a rather hairy bare ass

  30. Dan says:

    Greatest. And yet scariest. Chaps. Ever.


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