QUALIFIED FOR AN OSCAR | WORLD PREMIERE - Tribeca Film Festival | GRAND JURY PRIZE - OutfestCommunity • Art, Humor, and Activism • Zines & Graphic Memoirs • Self Representation • Queer History
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 79 minutes | Language: English with Spanish subtitles available (French and German subtitles coming soon) | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Vivian Kleiman | Producers: Vivian Kleiman & Justin Hall
NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS tells the story of five scrappy and pioneering LGBTQ cartoonists- Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, Rupert Kinnard, and Mary Wings- who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis, coming out, same-sex marriage, and themes of race, gender, and disability. The film explores how these trailblazing LGBTQ artists resisted censorship and displayed tremendous courage and conviction in providing an uncensored window into queer 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 helped build a queer comics underground that has been able to grow and evolve in remarkable ways–against all odds. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Vivian Kleiman weaves together intimate conversations with these foundational artists and younger cartoonists who were inspired by their work, resulting in a rich tapestry of diverse voices and images to explore the power of self-representation.