Join us for an exclusive screening of the documentary, No Straight Lines, (featuring Alison Bechdel, Rupert Kinnard, Howard Cruse, Jen Camper, & Mary Wings) followed by a Q&A session with film maker, and queer comics history expert, Justin Hall.
About the film:
No Straight Lines tells the story of five scrappy and pioneering cartoonists who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis, coming out, and same-sex marriage, to themes of race, gender, and disability... Their work is funny, smart, and profound, and provides a unique, uncensored window into LGBTQ lives from the 1970s onward, beginning at a time in which there was no other genuine queer storytelling in popular culture. Equally engaging are their personal journeys, as they, against all odds, helped build a queer comics underground that has been able to grow and evolve in remarkable ways.
About the speaker:
Justin Hall is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar. He is a pioneer historian of LGBTQ comics, having curated major shows at the SF Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules Museum in Berlin as well as having written for academic publishers such as the Cambridge University Press. He is also a recognized artist in the field, with his work appearing in the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, SF Weekly, and Best Erotic Comics. He edited the first comprehensive anthology of LGBTQ comics, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which received a 2013 Lambda Literary Award and a prestigious Eisner Award nomination.