No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics–Top Winner Docu at 2021 Outfest (LGBTQ)

Outfest 2021–Vivian Kleiman’s No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, a chronicle of LGBTQ comedy talent, won the jury top prize in the non-fiction category.

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

“I love our history being told from any perspective that draws more people into its power, and this film’s perspective is vibrant, inventive, unexpected, and unique.”— Dustin Lance Black
Actor, Director, Writer

No Straight Lines profiles the work of