Denison’s Queer Studies Program welcomes Queer Cartoonist in Residence at Denison Justin Hall, hosting the central Ohio premiere screening of the documentary film based on his groundbreaking anthology, “No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics.”
Hall is associate professor and Chair of the Graduate Comics Program at California College of the Arts. Hall co-created the comics series “True Travel Tales,” “Glamazonia,” and “Hard to Swallow,” as well as the queer horror comics anthology, “Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers” and “Marching Toward Pride,” a series of comics posters installed in San Francisco bus kiosks illustrating SF LGBTQ history. He has stories in the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, QU33R, Best Erotic Comics, and the San Francisco Weekly, among others, and has exhibited his art in galleries and museums internationally.
Hall created the Lambda Literary Award-winning, Eisner-nominated “No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics;” he then conceived and was Producer of the feature-length film inspired by the book. “No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics” premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at the Outfest Film Festival.
The first Fulbright Scholar of Comics, Hall curated the world’s first museum show of LGBTQ comics at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum, as well as co-curated the largest such show at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. He has taught comics around the world, from Thailand to the Czech Republic. He is the Co-Organizer of the Queers & Comics Conference, a board member of the non-profits Prism Comics (supporting LGBTQ comics) and Siewphewyeung/Our Books (supporting Cambodian comics), created the Erotic Artists Alley at the Folsom Street Fair, and has written chapters for the Routledge Companion to Comics, the Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel, and Keywords in Comics Studies.
Residency is co-sponsored by Denison Queer Studies Program, Journalism, Studio Art Program, Denison Museum, Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement, Knowlton Center for Career Exploration and Red Frame Lab