Justin Hall (cartoonist)

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Justin Hall
Born Justin Robinson Hall
(1971-02-14) February 14, 1971 (age 47)
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
No Straight Lines

Justin Robinson Hall (born February 14, 1971) is an American cartoonist and educator. He has written and illustrated autobiographical and erotic comics, and edited No Straight Lines, a scholarly overview of LGBT comics of the previous 40 years. He is an Assistant Professor of Comics and Writing-and-Literature at the California College of the Arts.[1]


Cover of Hard to Swallow #2, cover by Justin Hall

Hall began creating comics in 2001.[2] His first published work was A Sacred Text, about seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in Israel, published with funding from a Xeric Grant. He followed this with True Travel Tales, an anecdotal series about more of his international backpacking experiences.[3] Next he and Dave Davenport produced Hard to Swallow, a 4-issue series of gay erotica.[4]

He served as the talent relations chair for the LGBT advocacy organization Prism Comics.[3][4] He published Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny about a campy transsexual superhero, in 2010;[5] it was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.[4] His work has been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Book of Boy Trouble, The Best Erotic Comics series, and Best American Comics 2006.[4]

In 2006, he curated the art exhibition "No Straight Lines: Queer Culture in Comics" with Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.[2][3] This led to the 2012 book No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, a hardcover overview of LGBTQ comics history published by Fantagraphics,[6] for which he won a Lambda Literary Award and an Eisner nomination.

He began teaching comics at the California College of the Arts in the early 2010s; in 2014, he added instruction for a Masters-level degree in the subject.[7] In 2016 he received a grant as a Fulbright scolar to guest lecture at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.[8]

In February 2013, Hall co-curated with Rick Worley the San Francisco art exhibit "Batman on Robin", featuring works exploring the theme of homoeroticism between Batman and Robin.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Hall is married.[1] He and his husband live in San Francisco.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Justin Hall | California College of the Arts". www.cca.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b Bernardo, Danny. "Justin Hall: In the past, if there was a comic with a queer character, it became a queer comic because the mainstream wouldn't necessarily touch it". ChicagoPride.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rediscovering Comics' Queer History: An Interview with 'No Straight Lines' Editor Justin Hall". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  4. ^ a b c d Johnson, William (2011-08-31). "Justin Hall: Queering Comic Books". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Justin Hall: Comics creator of Glamazonia". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  6. ^ Hall, Justin, ed. (2012). No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics. Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 9781606995068. 
  7. ^ Shea, Ryan (2014-06-01). "Justin Hall- The Next Big Thing In Comic Books". Manhattan Digest. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  8. ^ Czechfulbright (2017-01-10). "Fulbright Reality Czech: Get to Know a Grantee - Professor Justin Hall". Fulbright Reality Czech. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  9. ^ "BATMAN ON ROBIN Gallery Show Explores The Dynamic Duo's Alternate Side". Forces of Geek. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Batman on Robin, A Homoerotic Group Art Show in San Francisco". Laughing Squid. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2017-03-02.