LGBTQ cartooning has been one of the most vibrant artistic and countercultural movements of the past 40 years, tackling complex issues of identity and changing social mores with intelligence, humor, and an irreverent imagination. No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, a massive 328-page hardcover anthology published by Fantagraphics Books, is the most definitive collection to date of this material, showcasing the spectrum from lesbian underground comix, to gay newspaper strips, to bi punk zines, to trans webcomics.
Edited and compiled by Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny, Hard To Swallow), this anthology features the work of over 90 creators, from crossover successes like Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Ralf Konig, Dan Savage, and Eric Shanower, to dozens of talented cartoonists who were never able to reach an audience beyond the queer community but nonetheless produced important work deserving of a wider audience. Complete with Hall’s essay on the history and cultural context of the material, as well as an introduction by Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Bound), this book is an invaluable piece of comics history and LGBTQ culture.
cover art by Maurice Vellekoop
Justin Hall is an award-winning cartoonist and creator of Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny, True Travel Tales, and Hard To Swallow, as well as contributions to such publications as Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics, Boy Trouble, and the S.F. Bay Guardian. At CAKE he is debuting No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which he edited for Fantagraphics.