Tim Barela (born in Los Angeles, California), is an acclaimed gay cartoonist, best known for his creation of the comic strip Leonard & Larry. The Leonard & Larry characters first appeared in a 1984 issue of Gay Comix, then were later featured in The Advocate and [[Frontiers (magazine)|Frontiers]] magazines. The comic series is collected in four volumes published by Palliard Press.
Barela began working as a cartoonist in the mid-1970s. He came out of the closet along and brought his career along in the 1980s by creating the comic strip Leonard & Larry, named for its two gay main characters.
Beginning in 1984, Leonard & Larry appeared in several issues of the anthology title Gay Comix, including its own one-issue Gay Comix Special in 1990. It was also published in the national news magazine Frontiers for many years. The strip was part of Out of the Inkwell, a play presented in 1994 by San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros.
Leonard & Larry has been released in four different collections which include:
- Domesticity Isn't Pretty (1993)
- Kurt Cobain & Mozart Are Both Dead (1996)
- Excerpts from the Ring Cycle in Royal Albert Hall (2000)
- How Real Men Do It (2003)
- Suresha, Ron. "Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Middle-Aged Bear: An Interview with Tim Barela". Archived from the original on August 1, 2007. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- The Gay Comics List. "Leonard & Larry". Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- Suresha, Ron. "Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Middle-Aged Bear: An Interview with Tim Barela". Leonard & Larry website. p. 3. Archived from the original on October 17, 2004. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
I have a very dear friend in Pennsylvania ... He's a biker - just like I used to be.
- "Tim Barela creator profile". Prism Comics. Archived from the original on 2014-12-21. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- "9th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Retrieved 2013-02-03.
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