No Straight Lines
Directed by Vivian Kleiman
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.
“It wasn’t until I discovered [LGBTQ comics] that I really understood what I was looking for, a queer world with stories and characters that I could recognize, that I could laugh with and care about.”
— Lana Wachowski, Director, Writer