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aGLIFF Presents No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

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Austin’s oldest film festival, aGLIFF (The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) announces the monthly screening for November 2021 with Vivian Kleiman’s No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics at the Galaxy Theatre.

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.


Alison Bechdel with Sharpie (M Sharkey/Compadre Media Group)

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

79 minutes | USA | 2021 | English
Director/Producer: Vivian Kleiman
Starring: Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruise, Rupert Kinnard, and Mary Wings

Five scrappy queer comic book artists journey from DIY work and isolation to the cover of Time Magazine and the international stage, offering a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut. Their work and personal stories are sure to make you laugh, but also make you think about the challenges and triumphs encountered and overcome along the way.


The Queer Review rated it 3.5 out of 5:

“With No Straight Lines, Kleiman has created a rich, fascinating, and affectionate tribute to queer comic book art and its pioneers that left me with a long summer reading list.

Film Festival Today rated it 3 out of 4:

“[T]he story is a must-see look at representation, and fits in perfectly with our modern-day push for greater inclusion.

Film Threat rated it 8 out of 10:

“Subversive, gutting, and ultimately affirming No Straight Lines conveys the desperation and ultimate community a band of supposed reprobates found in the drawn line.


You can catch No Straight Lines at the Galaxy Theatre on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7 PM. Tickets are FREE for aGLIFF members or $12 for general admission and available online.

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