No straight lines Four decades of queer comics

Justin Hall, 1971-

Book - 2013

A collection of underground comics created over the past forty years that feature gay men and lesbians and deal with issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community, including stories by Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Ralf König, and David Wojnaraowicz.

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Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books ©2013.
Physical Description
308 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Other Authors
Justin Hall, 1971- (-)
  • Joe Johnson / Miss Thing
  • Shawn / Gayer Than Strange
  • Charles Ortlieb and Richard Fiala / Christopher Street
  • Trina Robbins / Sandy Comes Out
  • Trina Robbins / Gertrude and Alice
  • Mary Wings / Child Labor
  • Roberta Gregory / Protecting Yer Morals
  • Lee Marrs / My Deadly Darling Dyke
  • Joyce Farmer / Slice of Life
  • Nazario / Selections
  • Carl Vaughn Frick / The Tortoise and the Scorpion
  • Howard Cruse / Billy Goes Out
  • Howard Cruse / Wendell
  • Kurt Erichsen / Home Movies with the Spinster Sisters
  • Jerry Mills / Poppers (Love, Surfers)
  • Donelan / Untitled
  • Jeff Krell /Jayson Gets a Visitor
  • Tim Barela / Leonard and Larry (Til Tricks Do Us Part)
  • Burton Clarke / Cy Ross and the Snow Queen Syndrome
  • Robert Triptow / I Know You Are But What Am I?
  • Ralf König / Roy and Al (Sniffing Around)
  • Ralf König / Greek Lessons
  • David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook / 7 Miles a Second (selection)
  • Ivan Velez, Jr. / Untitled
  • Carl Vaughn Frick / Watch Out!
  • Jerry Mills / Poppers (Sex Object, Dark)
  • Jaime Cortez / Sexile (selection)
  • Jennifer Camper / selections (AIDS/Women to Avoid, What They Say About Her Now, Household Sadists, A Letter To Heterosexuals)
  • Rupert Kinnard / Cathartic Comics
  • Diane DiMassa / Hothead Paisan Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist (TV, Blow U Away, Superman)
  • Roberta Gregory / Bitchy Butch Worlds Angriest Dyke
  • Leanne Franson / Rip Up Those Roles
  • Leslie Ewing / Why You Will Never See Me at a Lesbian Sex Club
  • Joan Hilty / selections (Door Dyke, I Was a Celebrity Plaything)
  • Alison Bechdel / My Own Michigan Hell, The Power of Prayer
  • Alison Bechdel / Dykes To Watch Out For (#436, #437)
  • Alison Bechdel / Oppressed Minority Cartoonist
  • Andrea Natalie / Stonewall Riots
  • Michael Fahy / selections (Fortune Cookie, Fuzz Butt Frenzy, Bad Date Haiku)
  • Craig Bostick / Funnel of Love
  • Roxxie / Boys and Sex
  • Craig Bostick / Replacement
  • Robert Kirby and D. Travers Scott / Instruction
  • Robert Kirby / Curbside Boys
  • Craig Bostick / By Accident
  • David Kelly / Stevens Comics (Learning to Swim, Swimming With Guppies, The Treehouse, Eaten Alive!)
  • Craig Bostick / Falling
  • Sina Evil / Cigarettes
  • Jennifer Camper / selections
  • (Ramadan, America)
  • Tom Bouden / Things Not To Say or Do After Having Sex, More Things Not To Say or Do After Having Sex
  • Eric Orner / The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
  • Eric Orner / Weekends Abroad
  • Victor Hodge / Click Download
  • Steve MacIsaac / In Plain Sight
  • Fabrice Neaud / Emile (excerpt)
  • David Shenton / Sunday
  • Joey Alison Sayers / Just So You Know (Springtime, Freaking Out the Parents!)
  • Gina Kamentsky / T-Gina (Is GRS For Me?, Altered Ego)
  • Dylan Edwards / Outfield, Trannytoons
  • Annie Murphy / Androgyne
  • Tristan Crane and Ted Naifeh / How Loathsome (excerpt)
  • Edie Fake / Fuck Me Like This, L.A. Silence (excerpt)
  • Erika Moen / DAR (Worst Things I've Done To My Partners During Sex, We're Getting Laid, So Much Pussy)
  • MariNaomi / Alyssa Part 2
  • Leanne Franson / Sensitive Straight Boy
  • Maurice Vellekoop / Soap
  • Dan Savage and Ellen Forney / My First Time ... in Drag!
  • Ivan Velez, Jr. / If I Were a Drag Queen ...
  • Ellen Forney / How To Be a Fabulous Fag Hag!
  • Ariel Schrag and Kevin Seccia / Ariel and Kevin Invade an LA Dyke Bar
  • Paige Braddock / Janes World (excerpt)
  • Tim Fish / Voodoo You Do So Well!
  • Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth / Chelsea Boys (One Fine Brother)
  • Chuck McKinney and Chino / From the Cellar (Shrinky Dink, Traffic Jam)
  • Fraņçois Peneaud and Roger Zanni / The Gardener
  • Tony Breed / Finn and Charlie Are Hitched
  • Christine Smith / The Princess
  • Isabel Franc and Susanna Martin / Alicia in the Real World (excerpt)
  • Justin Hall / I No Longer Cared
  • Eric Shanower / Happily Ever After
  • Jon Macy / Teleny and Camille (excerpt)
  • Rick Worley / A Waste of Time
  • Andy Hartzell / Date With an Angel
  • BiL Sherman / My Obsession With Frankenstein's Monster!!!
  • Carrie McNinch / You Dont Get There From Here (excerpts)
  • Ed Luce / Wuvable Oaf (Worst Dates)
  • Ed Luce and Matt Wobensmith / Wuvable Oaf (Smusherrr)
  • Michelle Gruben / Girlfiends (My Faire Lady, Lesbian History, Lesbian Superpowers)
  • Kris Dresen / In Common
  • Mysh / Queer Haikus (Saturday, No Straight Lines).
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The challenge for any editor compiling an anthology of representative works from queer comics over a 40-year period rests on deciding who the volume is aimed at—the LGBT audience or a much wider one? Editor Hall guns for the latter, but without softening the edges that define the genre, and he's quite successful. The majority of the works are autobiographical and lean toward humor, though serious topics are addressed—AIDS, coming-out trauma, discrimination—it's all in here, as well as some cultural info less known outside the gay community, like Robert Kirby and D. Travis Scott's explanation of the codes and etiquette for sex cruising at a porn shop. Among the stand-outs are Mary Wings's tale of a lesbian in the 1920s; Howard Cruse's story about a young gay man remembering the homophobia of his recently deceased uncle; Eric Orner's memoir of a night in Tel Aviv; Dan Savage's remembrance of his first time in drag as a child; and Eric Shanower's eerie fable of teenage experimentation. All of these hit on concerns and experiences that cut to the heart of the human soul, not just the gay one. The section of Allison Bechdel's work presents the standard for queer comics nowadays, offering humor and observations that draw an outside audience right into the culture. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

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