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Bright Lights: No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics
Directed by Vivian Kleiman, documentary, English and Spanish with English subtitles, 79 minutes, USA, 2021.
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. They tackled the humor in queer lives in a changing world, and the everyday pursuits of love, sex, and community. 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.

Dec 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Vivian Kleiman
Director @No Straight Lines
Vivian is known for tackling challenging subjects and filmic approaches. She is the Executive Producer of the Academy Award nominated documentary short LAST DAY OF FREEDOM. With film partner Marlon Riggs, they garnered the George Foster Peabody Award, Organization of American Historians’ Eric Barnouw Award, and the International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She has 7 co-productions with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for national PBS broadcast. As an educator, she served as Adjunct Faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video Production.
Rupert Kinnard
Rupert Kinnard was born in Chicago in 1954, and, in the summer of 1976 he created the character the Brown Bomber. In the fall of 1977, a comic strip featuring B.B. debuted in the Cornellian, the school’s student newspaper, as an editorial cartoon, which ran weekly for two years. Upon graduating in 1979, Kinnard moved to Portland, OR. In 1980 the Brown Bomber debuted in the local queer newsmagazine Just Out. Diva Touché Flambé joined the Bomber within the comic strip, which was soon dubbed Cathartic Comics. The strip was featured as part of The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibit “Black Ink: An exhibit of African American Cartoonists”. Later, that same year, B.B. and the Diva: A Collection of Cathartic Comics Featuring the Brown Bomber and Diva Touché Flambé was published by Alyson Publications and in 1995 the strip was featured in Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America.
Jennifer Camper
Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist living in New York City. Her art examines life from a perspective that is irreverent, female, queer, and mongrel (Lebanese American). Her work often explores gender, race, class, and politics, as well as sexuality, mermaids, and robots. She’s also a cartoon editor, a teacher, and the creator of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference. Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ, a graphic novella following the adventures of three women living in abandoned subway tunnels. She also edited two Juicy Mother comics anthologies. Her cartoons and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, and have been exhibited internationally.