- Not to be confused with Gay Comics, published by Marvel Comics from 1945–1949.
Gay Comix #1 (Sept. 1980). Art by Rand Holmes.
|Publisher||Kitchen Sink Press
|Publication date||Sept. 1980 – July 1998|
|Number of issues||25|
|Editor(s)||Howard Cruse, Robert Triptow, Andy Mangels|
Gay Comix (later spelled Gay Comics) was 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. Gay Comix also served as a source for information about non-mainstream LGBT-themed comics and events.
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. All three editors made a deliberate effort to feature work by both women and men.
Artists producing work for Gay Comix included
- Mary Wings, creator of the first one-off lesbian book Come Out Comix (1972) and Dyke Shorts (1976)
- Alison Bechdel, who created Dykes to Watch Out For and whose graphic novel Fun Home was adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical
- Roberta Gregory, who created Dynamite Damsels (1976), the first lesbian underground serial comic book, and the character Bitchy Bitch;
- Jerry Mills, creator of Poppers
- Howard Cruse, editor of the first four issues
- Robert Triptow, editor of issues #5 through 13
- Burton Clarke, creator of Cy Ross and the S.Q. Syndrome, Satyr, and the cover of issue #3
- Jennifer Camper, editor of Juicy Mother
- Tim Barela, creator of Leonard & Larry
- Jon Macy creator of Teleny and Camille
- Lee Marrs and Trina Robbins, two of the original members of the Wimmen's Comix Collective.
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, in part to divest it of the "underground" implications of "comix".
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