San Diego, CA – Two events will commemorate the release of Fantagraphics Books’ anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall.

First, on Friday, July 13, 2-3pm, in Room 25ABC at San Diego Comic-Con, Prism Comics presents the panel “No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics”. Queer cartooning has been one of the most vibrant artistic and countercultural movements of the past 40 years, tackling complex issues of identity and changing social mores with intelligence, humor, and an irreverent imagination. No Straight Lines is the most definitive collection to date of this material, showcasing everything from lesbian underground comix, to gay newspaper strips, to bi punk zines, to trans webcomics. Join Justin Hall (Glamazonia, True Travel Tales as he moderates an all-star panel of some of the true greats of LGBTQI comics: Alison Bechdel, Paige Braddock, Ed Luce, Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), and Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze). Signing will follow from 3:30-5:50pm at the Fantagraphics booth.

Second, on Friday, July 13, 8-10pm, Fantagraphics will throw a release party for No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics at Trickster, 795 J Street, in San Diego, California (within walking distance of Convention Center). Along with appearances from creators who contributed to the anthology, the event will feature a “Drink-And-Draw” in conjunction with Ivan Velez, Jr.’s “Oso Oro”, where artists will sketch live queer-themed figure drawing models and sell their art (all sales will be donated to the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant!). Stay tuned at trickstertrickster.com for details.

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