No Straight Lines Screening and Q&A
The Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Program presents a screening of No Straight Lines with a Q&A panel with Dr. Craig Fischer and Dr. Dylan M. Blackston to follow.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Location: Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
No Straight Lines, directed by Vivian Kleiman, 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.
Post-Screening Q&A Panelists:
Dr. Craig Fischer is a professor of English here at Appalachian State University. His recent writings about comics, film, and popular culture have appeared in The Comics Journal, Appalachian Journal, The Complete Carl Barks Library, and in the collections The Routledge Companion to Comics Studies (2016) and The Blacker the Ink: African Americans and Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art (2015).
Dr. Dylan Blackston is an assistant professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies here at Appalachian State University. His research is situated in trans theory, critical science and animal studies, studies of race and embodiment, feminist studies, queer theory, visual culture studies, and sexuality studies. He is a co-editor of The Transgender Studies Reader Remix (Routledge 2022) and has published work in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and Feminist Studies: Foundations, Conversations, Applications (Routledge, forthcoming).