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No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics Hardcover – August 6, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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Absolutely love this book, I've been after a copy of this for a while. so happy I finally got myself a copy. superb!!!Published 9 months ago by TnSMOM
Gorgeous, heartbreakingly tender, hilarious compilation. I love the choice to include the assembled material in chronological order, making this anthology a valuable contribution... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tern Gideon
This book claims to focus on queer culture, but it's disappointingly one-sided. The vast majority of the comics are focused on gay men, and, as a bisexual woman, I didn't find... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sara Erdmann
A very comprehensive look at the evolution of queer expression in comics, but it's still just a starter. Read morePublished on August 8, 2014 by Jaymes Young
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... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by C. Duby
Good, but explicit; hard to recommend to casual readers. It contains a healthy variety of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender comics, but there's a distinct lack of Bisexual stories. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Andrew Polk
Excellence, a great and funny compendium (don't forget the pathos (well we could not (shush dear allegedly)) get this book, A+++.Published on September 15, 2013 by I. Longhurst
This is a unique piece of work and an essential guide for those who are interested in queer studies within the comics genre!Published on May 2, 2013 by Francine