Welcome to the future!
Last year, Justin Hall edited a book called No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, that took readers on a journey from the beginnings of LGBT comics history to the present day.
QU33R is an all-new project featuring queer comics legends as well as new talents that picks up where No Straight Lines left off. Where No Straight Lines set down our history, QU33R shines a light on our future!
QU33R had its genesis in an all-color queer comic zine called THREE, which featured three stories by three creators or teams per issue. Rob Kirby published three installments of THREE annually from 2010 to 2012, and the series did well, garnering not only an Ignatz nomination for Outstanding Anthology or Collection but also earning Rob the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2011.
Producing the anthology was immensely gratifying, but featuring just three comics and publishing only once per year meant a lot of cartoonists weren’t getting the exposure they deserved. The publishing opportunities for queer cartoonists and queer subject matter are still limited, even today, and Rob longed for a wider distribution than he was able to manage on his own. He approached Northwest Press about doing a bigger compendium of all-new work.
While THREE was happening, Justin Hall was preparing his book No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which Fantagraphics published in the summer of 2012. No Straight Lines traced the history of queer comics from their humble beginnings in the late 60’s/early 70’s all the way up to the present. The book was a whopping, award-winning success. Rob got to thinking that a follow-up volume—a sort-of-sequel focusing on all new work—would seal the deal, informing the world at large that we are still here, still queer, and still producing fresh and innovative work. He wanted to include not only several queer comics veterans, but also some fresh new faces and a few folks who haven’t necessarily belonged to the orthodox "queer comics scene" but have been doing non-heteronormative work all along.
QU33R is an all-new 33-contributor anthology featuring 241 pages of new comics from a cross-generational lineup of award-winning LGBTQ cartoonists:
- Amanda Verwey (Manderz Totally Top Private Diary)
- Andy Hartzell (Fox Bunny Funny, Xeric grant recipient Bread and Circuses) Ω
- Annie Murphy (Gay Genius, I Still Live) ◊Ω
- Christine Smith (The Princess) ∆
- Craig Bostick (Darby Crash, Go-Go Girl, Boy Trouble)
- David Kelly (Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics, Boy Trouble) Ω
- Diane DiMassa (Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist) λ
- Dylan "NDR" Edwards (Transposes, Politically InQueerect) λ
- Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green) ◊λ∆π
- Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby, Wendel, Barefootz) ∑λ
- Ivan Velez, Jr. (Tales of the Closet, Dead High Yearbook) Ω
- Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother, Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, subGURLZ) λ
- Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille, Fearful Hunter, Nefarismo) λ∆
- Jose-Luis Olivares (Pansy Boy)
- Justin Hall (No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, True Travel Tales) ∑λΩ∆π
- Marian Runk (Not a Horse Girl, The Magic Hedge) ◊
- MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume, Smoke in Your Eyes, Estrus Comics)
- Michael Fahy (Boy Trouble)
- Nicole Georges (Calling Dr. Laura, Invincible Summer)
- Rick Worley (A Waste of Time)
- Rob Kirby (THREE, Boy Trouble, Curbside) ◊Ω∆
- Sasha Steinberg (Stonewall, Queerotica)
- Sina Sparrow (Art Fag, Boy Crazy Boy)
- Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter) Ω∆π
- Terrance Griep (Scooby-Doo)
- Tyler Cohen (Primahood)
◊ Ignatz Award nominee
◊ Ignatz Award recipient
∑ Eisner Award nominee
λ Lambda Literary Award nominee
λ Lambda Literary Award recipient
Ω Xeric Grant Recipient
∆ Prism Comics Queer Press Grant recipient
π Appeared in Best American Comics
One of the rewards for backers of QU33R is their choice of limited edition bookplates, or the complete set of five. These gorgeous prints, suitable for framing, will be tucked inside your print copy of QU33R when it arrives.
Every backer will be thanked by name in the book, but those who want a unique thank-you will want the rewards from the $200 level or more— you'll get a piece of original art from one of the contributors from QU33R, drawn from a photo you provide!
Just being able to bring QU33R to the public will delight us no end, but if our Kickstarter surpasses our initial goal, then we'll be able to do even more great stuff!
Contributor Compensation: The 33 contributors to QU33R are already getting two copies each of the book in addition to their payment from editor Rob Kirby, but if we exceed our goals, we can offer them more. For every $5,000 over our initial goal, every contributor will get five additional comps, with no upper limit.
$15,000 — Fit and Finish: If we exceed our goal by just $5,000, every backer at the $50 level or higher will get a deluxe hardcover edition instead of a paperback! If you're familiar with Northwest Press, you know that we take pride in producing lust-worthy print editions, but this will be the very first time any of our books has gotten such lavish treatment. (UPDATED 11/4 with lower funding target and hardcover for the $50 reward tier and above instead of the $75!)
Risks and challenges
Northwest Press has a great track record of producing fine books, and we don't anticipate any hiccups in bringing QU33R to fruition; a rough draft of the book has already been put together and design work is well underway. We've added some extra time for the more complicated rewards (the signed editions) to ensure that everything will be delivered on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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