A mash-up of art, comedy, and history, sure to make you laugh and think, it’s the remarkable stories of five scrappy and pioneering comic book artists who broke the doors open and made LGBTQIA+ lives visible. The challenges they faced, and the solutions they found, are inspiring. — Running Time: 78 minutes


  • Tribeca Film Festival (New York) World Premiere
  • Sheffield DocFest (U.K.) International Premiere
  • American Film Institute DOCS (D.C.) U.S. Premiere
  • Outfest (Los Angeles) Grand Jury Award
  • NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists Award for Excellence in Journalism – Documentary

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“Quietly powerful” – Los Angeles Times

“Entertaining and enlightening” – CBS News

“Fun and moving! … a survey of an ever-evolving history that many of us didn’t know we had. Watch it and see how these amazing artists say and draw ‘gay’ over and over again.”
– Roderick Ferguson, Professor at Yale University, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and African American Studies

“It wasn’t until I discovered [LGBTQIA+ comics] that I really understood what I was looking for, a queer world with stories and characters that I could recognize, that I could laugh with and care about.” – Lana Wachowski, Writer, Producer, Director, The Matrix

“A rich tapestry of interwoven voices and images” – The Guardian


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