Tracing both the growth of the art form and its influence on future artists, Vivian Kleiman’s No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics joyfully assembles the history of queer perspectives in the art of comics. Featuring such formative creators as Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, and the late Howard Cruse, the film takes the audience through the creative process of several artists who translated their own queerness into an art form that had not yet begun to represent them. With commentary from contemporary cartoonists and artists, Kleiman shines a loving, curious light on both their personal experience and their enduring impact on readers and future creators across the queer spectrum. No Straight Lines embodies the lively invention of comic storytelling as much as it honors it, making for an entertaining and sharply drawn portrait of art and identity.
|Producers:||Vivian Kleiman, Justin Hall|
|Editor:||Christiane Badgley, Linda Peckham|
|Cast:||Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, Rupert Kinnard, Mary Wings|
|Running Time:||79 minutes|
|Awards:||Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Feature, Outfest|
|Primary Company:||The Film Collaborative|