Gay Comix

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This article is about the underground comic book series. For general discussion of gay themes in comic books, see LGBT themes in comics.
Not to be confused with Gay Comics, published by Marvel Comics from 1945–1949.
Gay Comix
Gay Comix #1 (Sept. 1980). Art by Rand Holmes.
Publication information
Publisher Kitchen Sink Press
Bob Ross
Schedule Irregular
Format anthology
Publication date Sept. 1980 – July 1998
Number of issues 25
Creative team
Creator(s) Howard Cruse
Editor(s) Howard Cruse, Robert Triptow, Andy Mangels

Gay Comix (later spelled Gay Comics) is an underground comics series published from 1980–1998. Created by Howard Cruse, Gay Comix featured the work of primarily gay and lesbian cartoonists. Much of the early content was autobiographical, but more diverse themes were explored in later editions. Autobiographical themes include falling in love, coming out, repression, and sex.[1] Gay Comix also served as a source for information about non-mainstream LGBT-themed comics and events.[2]

The contents of Gay Comix were generally about relationships, personal experiences, and humor, rather than sex. It is generally less sexually explicit than the similarly-themed (and male-focused) Meatmen series of graphic novels.[3] All three editors made a deliberate effort to feature work by both women and men.

Artists producing work for Gay Comix included

Kitchen Sink Press published the first five issues of Gay Comix; thereafter it was published by Bob Ross, publisher of the Bay Area Reporter gay newspaper.

The first four issues were edited by Cruse; issues #5 through #13 were edited by Triptow. Andy Mangels edited issues #14 to #25 and a special issue featuring Barela; Mangels changed the title to Gay Comics starting with issue #15,[5] in part to divest it of the "underground" implications of "comix".

Excerpts from Gay Comix were included in a 1989 anthology titled Gay Comics.[1][6]

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  1. ^ a b Rothschild, p. 64
  2. ^ Haggerty, p. 326
  3. ^ Rothschild, p. 127
  4. ^ Slade, Joseph W. (2001). Pornography and sexual representation: a reference guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 941. ISBN 978-0-313-31521-3. 
  5. ^ Gay Comix/Comics at Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Triptow, Robert (1989). Gay Comics. Plume; New American Library. ISBN 0-452-26229-1.