Tim Barela (born in Los Angeles, California), is an acclaimed gay cartoonist, best known for his creation of the comic strip, Leonard & Larry. The Leonard & Larry characters first appeared in a 1984 issue of Gay Comix, then were later featured in The Advocate and Frontiers magazines. The comic series is collected in four volumes published by Palliard Press.
Barela began working as a cartoonist in the mid-1970s. He took his life and career out of the closet in the '80s by creating a gay comic strip, Leonard & Larry, named for its two gay main characters.
Beginning in 1984, Leonard & Larry appeared in several issue of the anthology title Gay Comix, including its own one-issue Gay Comix Special in 1990. It was also published in the national news magazine Frontiers for many years. The strip was part of Out of the Inkwell, a play presented in 1994 by San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros.
The Leonard & Larry collection Kurt Cobain & Mozart Are Both Dead was a nominee for the Lambda Literary Award in the Humor category.
Leonard & Larry has been released in four different collections which include:
- Domesticity Isn't Pretty (1993)
- Kurt Cobain & Mozart Are Both Dead (1996)
- Excerpts from the Ring Cycle in Royal Albert Hall (2000)
- How Real Men Do It (2003)
- Suresha, Ron. "Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Middle-Aged Bear: An Interview with Tim Barela". Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- The Gay Comics List. "Leonard & Larry". Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- "Tim Barela". Prism Comics. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "9th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Retrieved 2013-02-03.
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