Robert Triptow

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Robert Triptow
BornRobert James Triptow
(1952-05-10) May 10, 1952 (age 67)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Area(s)Cartoonist, Editor
Notable works
Gay Comix
AwardsLambda Award for Humor, 1990
Special Achievement Award, San Diego Comic Con, 1989

Robert Triptow (born May 10, 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American writer and artist. He is known primarily for creating gay- and bisexual-themed comics and for editing Gay Comix in the 1980s, and he was identified by underground comix pioneer Lee Marrs as "the last of the underground cartoonists".[1]


A long-time resident of San Francisco,[1] Robert Triptow was one of the earliest contributors to Kitchen Sink Press' anthology Gay Comix, beginning with issue #2. He succeeded Howard Cruse as editor of the series,[2] editing issues #5 through #13 (1984–1991). During this time he edited the 1989 anthology Gay Comics, one of the earliest histories of the subject,[3] which won the first Lambda Literary Award for Humor. He also co-edited the HIV-research fund-raising and educational anthology Strip AIDS U.S.A. (1988) with Trina Robbins & Bill Sienkiewicz.[4]

As a journalist, Triptow has contributed to The Advocate, Bay Area Reporter, Frontiers, The Sentinel, and other West Coast LGBT publications.[5]

In 2015, he released Class Photo, a wryly comedic graphic novel imagining short biographies for the individuals depicted in a 1937 school group photograph.[1]



  • Gay Comics (ed.). New York: Plume; New American Library, 1989. 120p. ISBN 0-452-26229-1
  • Strip AIDS U.S.A.: A Collection of Cartoon Art to Benefit People With AIDS. (ed. with Trina Robbins & Bill Sienkiewicz). San Francisco: Last Gasp, 1988. ISBN 978-0-86719-373-2
  • Class Photo. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2015. 64p. ISBN 978-1-60699-886-1


In addition to Gay Comix, his cartoon work has appeared in:

  • Robert Kirby and David Kelly, editors, (2008) The Book of Boy Trouble 2: Born to Trouble, Green Candy Press. ISBN 1-931160-65-1.
  • Camper, Jennifer, editor (2007) Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, Manic D Press. ISBN 978-1-933149-20-2
  • Camper, Jennifer, editor (2005) Juicy Mother Soft Skull Press. ISBN 1-932360-70-0
  • Gregory, Roberta (2004), Naughty Bits #40, Fantagraphics.
  • Gregory, Roberta (1999), Naughty Bits #28, Fantagraphics.
  • Gregory, Roberta (1998), Naughty Bits #27, Fantagraphics.
  • Kinney, Jay, editor (1993), Young Lust #8, Last Gasp, ISBN 0-86719-253-4.
  • Bocage, Angela (1993), Real Girl #6, Fantagraphics, ASIN B000IQUH6S.
  • Bocage, Angela (1991), Real Girl #2, Fantagraphics.
  • Bocage, Angela (1990), Real Girl #1, Fantagraphics, ASIN B000KSA71O.
  • Robbins, Trina, editor (1990), Choices: a pro-choice benefit comic anthology for the National Organization for Women, Angry Isis Press, ASIN: B002E5WBKG.
  • Leyland, Winston (1986), Meatmen #1, G. S. Press.



  1. ^ a b c "The Last Underground Cartoonist?: A Q&A with Robert Triptow | The Comics Journal". Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  2. ^ Cadelago, Chris (February 22, 2008), "Strip tease: Gay characters find home in comics", San Francisco Chronicle, pp. E–1
  3. ^ Williams, Jeff (August 1999), Culture, Theory, and Graphic Fiction (PDF), PhD dissertation, Texas Tech University, archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-20, retrieved 2009-06-26 p. 114: "Information on gays and lesbians in comics lacks proper treatment, but a few items do exist, including Robert Triptow's Gay Comics."
  4. ^ Levin, Bob (July 11, 2006), "Trimmings: Trina Robbins", The Comics Journal, Fantagraphics (233), archived from the original on March 9, 2012
  5. ^ Cruse, Howard (1981), Gay Comix #2, Kitchen Sink Press

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