No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

Movies Plus

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 79 MINUTES


Documentary, LGBTQIA, Art

A lively look at five LGBTQ+ comic book artists whose careers go from the underground scene to the cover of Time Magazine and the international stage. In this adaption of Justin Hall’s anthology of the same name, No Straight Lines invites Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Jennifer Camper (Rude Girls and Dangerous Women), Howard Cruse (Gay Comix), Rupert Kinnard (B.B. And The Diva) and Mary Wings (Come Out Comix) to share their stories and observations on everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination, to the search for love and a good haircut. 

Showcasing the evolution of the comic book, side by side with the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, Vivian Kleiman’s engaging documentary pays close attention to how the changing times influenced the work. This mash-up of art, comedy and politics is sure to make you laugh, but will also make you think - about the milestones of queer representation and the challenges that the community has encountered and overcome along the way. It’s a warm-hearted tribute to all the artists among us, those who paint the world so that we can better understand it. —Lucy Mukerjee

After the Movie: A conversation with director and producer Vivian Kleiman, comic book artists Alison Bechdel, Rupert Kinnard, and Jennifer Camper, and producer Justin Hall. Moderated by genderfluid drag queen and theater artist Sasha Velour.

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Available Sun June 13 - 6:00 PM
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Directed by Vivian Kleiman

Vivian Kleiman
Vivian Kleiman, Justin Hall
Andrew Black
Christiane Badgley, Linda Peckham
Executive Producers
Gerald Herman, Cort Lane, Ellen M. Poss, Greg Sirota
Associate Producer
Cassandra Dreher
Consulting Producers
Vicky Funari, Jason Cohn, Jenni Olson
Sound Recording
Lauretta Molitor
Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Mary Wings, Jennifer Camper, Rupert Kinnard


Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 917 833 3056
Print Source
Jeffrey Winter
The Film Collaborative
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: 818 679 8751
Press Contact
Susan Norget Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, 10010
Phone: 917-833-3056