IHLIA: No Straight Lines – The Rise of Queer Comics + aftertalk

Thursday, 29 June

IHLIA: No Straight Lines – The Rise of Queer Comics + aftertalk

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Vivian Kleiman | 2021 | USA | 78' | no subtitles

As part of the exhibition "Graphic Sapphic: Lesbian Comics and Cartoons in the 1970s – 1990s from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands," now on display at IHLIA LGBTI Heritage (until August 13, 2023), IHLIA is screening the documentary No Straight Lines (Vivian Kleiman, 2021). Where the exhibition focuses on the rise of lesbian comics in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, this screening adds a perspective on the development of queer comics in the United States.

The film, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest Los Angeles in 2021, shows how 5 pioneering cartoonists, now widely lauded individuals, have portrayed queer issues such as the AIDS crisis, coming out, same-sex marriage, and the intersections between sexual identity, gender, race and disability. In a playful and humorous way, they depict what it means to be queer in everyday contexts in an ever-changing world. The documentary focuses on both their work and its interaction with their personal lives.

Alison Bechdel: Known for the comic series Dykes to watch out for, bestselling memoir Fun Home and, of course, – what is now known as – the Bechdel test.
Rupert Kinnard: Created the first comic book series(s) about black queer characters, The Brown Bomber and Diva Touché Flambé.
Howard Cruse: An inspiration for many after him who, among other things, chronicled what it was like to be gay in the Southern United States during the Civil Rights struggle in Stuck Rubber Baby, published by DC Comics in 1995.
Jen Camper: Lebanese-American lesbian cartoonist whose work has appeared in several magazines and newspapers. She is also the founder of the “Queers and Comics” conference.
Mary Wings: In 1973, Wings published the underground lesbian comic book Come Out Comix, known as the first American lesbian comic book. She also writes lesbian detective stories.


Following the screening, a discussion with researcher Vasiliki Belia, PhD candidate at Maastricht University and curator of the exhibition "Graphic Sapphic."

Free admission, registrations:


Date & Time: 

Thursday, 29 June, 2023 - 19:30


  • discussion/presentation
  • film


  • queer
  • Documentary
  • Art


  • free
- register, please: aanmelden@ihlia.nl
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right side of the building, above the gym. Take the stairs.

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, (legally) founded by a squatters movement in 1983, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


  • film

opening times: 

We're open a couple of days in the week. Look us up to find our monthly program.
Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.