Anonymous Boy

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Anonymous Boy is the pen name of the artist, writer, comics creator and filmmaker Tony Arena, who lives in New York.

The name Anonymous Boy was given to him by G.B. Jones, editor of J.D.s, when his first contribution appeared in that zine in the late 1980's. His drawings received much attention and after J.D.s stopped publishing his work began appearing in zines such as Outpunk, Speed Demon, The Burning Times, Aunt Franne, Teen Fag and many others. As well, he has provided art for recordings and posters by Pansy Division, Limp Wrist, and The Lone Wolves, and for the cover of the queer punk compilation record Stop Homophobia #2, released by Turkey Baster Records.

He began releasing his own fanzines at this time, beginning with Anonymous Boy, a self-titled collection of his drawings and contributions to other zines. In 1996, he released his first film Green Pubes, the only animated queercore film ever made. It employs a DIY technique of animation to great effect and has played at film festivals around the world. After the release of his film, he began the zine Homopunk World which features interviews, articles on queer punks and bands, and queer punk events. In addition to his regularly published zines, he has also released the titles Punk Rock Freakazoid, Filth, The Zine Sin? and Straight and Narrow.

In the 2000's he began to write a regular column for Maximum Rock 'N' Roll. As well, he continues to contribute to various publications and has been interviewed in zines such as Riot Boy and The Burning Times.

In 2008, he made an appearance in the feature film The Lollipop Generation, by G.B. Jones, along with fellow zine editors Jena von Brücker, Vaginal Davis, Jen Smith, Johnny Noxzema, Scott Treleaven and Gary Fembot. He also contributed a song to the sound track under the name Anonymous Boy and the Abominations.

At present, Anonymous Boy plays electric autoharp and sings in the punk rock band he formed in the late 2000's, called The Spines.


As Contributor


  • The Book of Boy Trouble Volume 2: Born To Trouble, edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly, Green Candy Press, 2008
  • The Book of Boy Trouble, edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly, Green Candy Press, 2006
  • Boy Trouble, edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly, Boy Trouble Books, 2004 ISBN 0-9748855-0-9
  • What's Right? Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003
  • What's Wrong?. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002

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