CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 78 minutes

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics
No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics
No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics
No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

When Rupert Kinnard‘s comic strip character the Brown Bomber (inspired by the boxer, Joe Louis) came out as gay in 1977, he became the first ever Black, queer comic character to be serialized. And he was a superhero to boot! The vastly diverse world of queer comics was an early instance in which queer people could draw themselves as they truly were, or imagined themselves to be, well before there was any proper queer representation in mainstream media. This largely underground and uncensored creative outlet told the real queer experience. It carved a cathartic space for the queer community to comment on the world around them, process trauma, and celebrate the oftentimes fantastical queer reality. With NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS, you will be immersed in a rotation of queer comics, with cleverly overlayed sound effects and intercut with interviews from the pioneering artists in the field as they share their firsthand history. —J.H.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 2:25 PM

Monday, April 04, 2022 at 4:55 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Queer Cinema
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Vivian Kleiman

Vivian Kleiman, Justin Hall

Andrew Black

Christiane Badgley, Linda Peckham

Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruise, Rupert Kinnard, Mary Wings

Film Contact

Community Partners

Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce

Cleveland Public Library

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