Eric Orner

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Eric Orner
Born ca.1965
Chicago
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

Eric Orner (born ca.1965,[1] Chicago) is an openly gay American cartoonist[2] and animator, whose works often revolve around LGBT issues. He is best known for long-running syndicated comic strip The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green.

Career[edit]

Cover of The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

Orner began creating The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green in 1989,[3] when he was working as a political cartoonist for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. The strip debuted in 1990 in Bay Windows, a Boston LGBT newspaper.[4] It was unusual at the time as "one of the first comics to portray gay men everywhere from the bedroom to the family dining room"[1] The strip was carried by nearly 100 LGBT newspapers and alternative weeklies.[5][4] Orner retired the strip in 2005,[6][5] when it was adapted into a feature film of the same title, which received a limited national cinematic release.[1]

In the 1990s, Orner also worked in the office of US Representative Barney Frank.[5][7] In 2000 he moved to California, where he worked briefly as an animator for Disney's Tinker Bell film.[1][5] From 2007 to 2009, Orner lived on a work assignment in Jerusalem, where he began work on a graphic novel to be named Avi & Jihad.[7][8]

Orner has published comic strips and illustrations in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The New Republic.[9] His cartoon story "Weekends Abroad" was included in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Comics 2011. He has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award and the Small Press Expo's Ignatz Award.

Personal life[edit]

Orner is the older brother of novelist Peter Orner,[4] as well as two younger siblings, William and Rebecca.

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (1992)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Love (1994)
  • The Ethan Green Chronicles (1997)
  • Ethan Exposed (1999)
  • The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (2015, Northwest Press)

Articles Published in The Gay & Lesbian Review[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Talcott, Christina (August 11, 2006), "Eric Orner: Bringing 'Ethan Green' to Life", The Washington Post, retrieved 2008-09-25 
  2. ^ Jewell, Brian (9 July 2008), "Pride scrolling", Edge Boston, retrieved 2008-10-23 
  3. ^ "Eric Orner". www.echonyc.com. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b c "25 years later, an Unfabulous comic strip holds up". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Rekindling the Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green | Daily Xtra". Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  6. ^ "The Completely Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green | The Comics Journal". www.tcj.com. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Eric Orner's Iconic Gay Comic Strip 'Ethan Green' Turns Its Attention to Israel". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  8. ^ "SPOTLIGHT: Avi & Jihad". The Rumpus.net. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  9. ^ Another short biography