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No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics Hardcover – August 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin Hall is an award-winning cartoonist and sits on the board of Prism Comics, a non-profit supporting LGBT comics. He teaches comics at the California College of Art.

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MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial). She is a regular contributor to TheRumpus.net (Smoke In Your Eyes) and sfbay.ca (Frisco al Fresco), and a Sister Spit alumni (2011).

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A good anthology of work from a wide variety of artists.
B. Fuqua
I could not put down Justin Hall's collection of LGBTQ comics until I had read it cover to cover.
S. Noell
Gay Comics was an excellent book, one I'd read and reread many times.
rndkr

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Noell on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I could not put down Justin Hall's collection of LGBTQ comics until I had read it cover to cover. As someone who is somewhat familiar with the queer comics scene, but not an expert by any means (i.e., I keep up with a few writers/artists from the 80s-present), it was enlightening to read a collection of comics made by a diverse list of creators that was organized chronologically by era (moving from comics you had to order out of the back of a magazine or buy from a specialty bookstore to national recognition and the instant access available with webcomics) and hit upon major themes/issues within the LGBTQ communities (coming out, the AIDS epidemic, gender reassignment surgery, etc.) while also mixing in a lot of slice of life comics. Overall, it is a very well-rounded, balanced collection and I am already recommending it to all of my friends as well as my library. :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rndkr on August 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm in this book, so yes, I am biased, but hear me out anyway.

In 1989 Robert Triptow published Gay Comics, a trade paperback with New American Library that featured Triptow along with Tim Barela, Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, Gerard Donelan, Kurt Erichsen, Roberta Gregory, Jeffrey Krell, and all the other major LGBT cartoonists from the underground comic book series Gay Comix as well as the gay and lesbian newsweeklies of the day, etc. Gay Comics was an excellent book, one I'd read and reread many times. It also won the Lambda Literary Award for Humor. But let's face facts, as the book had been published over 20 years ago and was long out of print, and as the queer comics scene had grown and changed by leaps and bounds since, an update was badly needed. Obviously one of our own had to step up to the plate to accomplish this and that someone turned out to be the estimable Justin Hall, a fine cartoonist in his own right as well as a teacher of the art of cartooning at the California College of the Arts. Hall grew concerned that much of this older work especially was in danger of being lost to the ravages of time unless it were archived; he also wanted to highlight the panoply of truly world-class queer cartoonists who've been in our midst all along, many of whom to this day do not get the recognition they deserve. In his introduction he states his 3 main criteria for selecting work, in descending order of importance: artistic merit, historical import, and representational.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Morris on April 1, 2013
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When I first saw this collection I was ecstatic because I love comics and am a lesbian so I have a general interest in things that are LGBTQ. I ordered this collection instantly and couldn't wait to read it. I really enjoyed the passage of time and subjects that occurs throughout the collection. The subjects written about vary and all have something unique about them.

The main issue I had was that there is a large majority of comics that feature gay men and there are only a handful of lesbians or trans characters. I believe that this collection is more suited for gay men than any other member of the community and this disappoints me since it is marketed as a queer collection.
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Format: Hardcover
OK, well, It's a bit icky if I write a review of this work myself since I'm in it, but damn, this is book is hugely important to LGBT culture. Justin Hall did a really good thing, especially for our elder comics creators who are not internet savvy, and documented many creators who would otherwise be lost and forgotten. It's well done. It's important. It's a really good read. If you own it please take the time to write a few lines of praise and give it some stars baby.
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By C. Duby on May 26, 2014
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Love the creativity, love the anthology, love the history. Just love THIS! I have been addicted to comics for a long time, but this is a rich anthology that brings the evolution of LGBT comics alive and makes me want the NEXT 40 years as well :-)
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By I. Longhurst on September 15, 2013
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Excellence, a great and funny compendium (don't forget the pathos (well we could not (shush dear allegedly)) get this book, A+++.
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