No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

(In Theatres)

Director: Vivian Kleiman
2021 | USA | 75m
GENRE: Arts & Literature | Biography/History | Gay | Lesbian | Local Interest/Subjects
SECTION: At Rush | Documentary Features | In Theatres
Expected Guests: Director Vivian Kleiman; Subject Rupert Kinnard


From Tom of Finland to Dykes to Watch Out For, comics and zines have been firmly embedded in queer culture since before Stonewall, through the AIDS epidemic, and continuing through today’s modern obsession with superheroes. But this deeply queer artform finally gets its true moment in the limelight thanks to Peabody Award winner Vivian Kleiman’s (Families Are Forever, Frameline37) extensive documentary that explores over 70 years of history. 

Featuring interviews with trailblazers like Howard Cruse, Mary Wings, Rupert Kinnard, and Alison Bechdel, No Straight Lines explores how the once underground world of queer comics grew to encompass the many mediums, styles, and inspirations that make this artform what it is today. Even the most dedicated queer comic lover will be delighted to delve into the personal histories and inspirations behind Kinnard’s Brown Bomber, the first serialized queer Black character in comics, among others. This crisp film is rounded out with historical deep-dives and intimate interviews with young up-and-coming artists inspired by the vanguard and already influencing the next generation.


No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics is a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund Grant.

Buying Note: This is an in-person screening for Sun, Jun 27 at the Castro Theatre. For streaming tickets, please click here. Seating is limited, and COVID protocols will be in place.


Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco Zine Fest, Peaches Christ Productions