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VAMA Lecture: Vivian Kleiman and Jennifer Camper

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 06:00 PM

Please join the Visual & Media Arts Department at Los Angeles City College for a special VAMA Artist Lecture with director Vivian Kleiman and comic artist Jennifer Camper from the documentary film NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS.

Watch NO STRAIGHT LINES in advance of the Artist Lecture

Register to View the Film

Live Q&A with Vivian Kleiman and Jennifer Camper via zoom, Wed May 25 at 6pm.

Meeting ID: 943 6967 5821

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a link to watch NO STRAIGHT LINES in advance of the Artist Lecture. You may watch the film any time between from May 16 to May 29.

About the Film

NO STRAIGHT LINES 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. NO STRAIGHT LINES had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

About the Artists

Director Vivian Kleiman is known for tackling challenging subjects and filmic approaches. Credits include: Executive Producer, Academy Award nominated documentary short Last Day of Freedom; Producer, Peabody Award-winning Color Adjustment; Director/Producer, Families Are Forever (Outfest Audience Award) and Additional Cinematographer, Tongues Untied. She has 8 co-productions with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for national PBS broadcast. She also served as Adjunct Faculty for 9 years at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video Production.

Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist living in New York City. Her comics are often dark stories with sly humor and they give voice to outsiders. Her work examines life from a perspective that is irreverent, female, queer, and mongrel (Lebanese American). She often explores gender, race, class, and politics, as well as sexuality, mermaids, and robots. She’s also a cartoon editor, a teacher, and the creator of three Queers & Comics Conference.

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This event is supported by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hosted by: Visual & Media Arts

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Preger

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this VAMA Lecture: Vivian Kleiman and Jennifer Camper, please contact Elizabeth Preger at, at least 7 business days in advance.