Justin Hall Comics
StoryCorps Comics: From the Bayview Opera House

Finished up teaching my Engage: Comics class at CCA, and once again I’m blown away by the work the students produced! This semester we teamed with StoryCorps (an oral history project), the Bayview Opera House (a community arts space), and the 3.9 Collective (a group of African American artists living and working in SF) to turn some interviews into a wonderful comics anthology.image

SPX! New Zine!

This weekend Sept. 14-15th I’ll be at the Small Press Expo (SPX) hawking No Straight Lines at the Fantagraphics booth Saturday 12:30-1:30 and Sunday noon-1. Otherwise I’ll be hanging with my people at Northwest Press and talking up the new MFA in Comics at the California College of the Arts, plus showing off my new zine My Life in 26 Letters: An Abecedarian Memoir. Busy weekend :)

I helped out the Lambda Literary Review with their first ever all-comics issue! We gathered a gaggle of queer comics luminaries to get their list of favorite graphic novels and comics, and I also interviewed the amazing Jon Macy about his work with queer erotic comics.http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/07/07/lambda-literary-comic-book-week-graphic-artists-and-novelists-on-the-comic-books-they-love/

MFA in Comics starts!

Just taught my first two classes in the new MFA in Comics at the California College of the Arts! I’m teaching a course on the History and Cultural Impact of Comics… So much fun! I get to babble about comics for three hours, and they have to listen to me.

Goddard College MFA Residency #2

Just finished up my second MFA in Creative Writing residency at Goddard College… It’s a low-residency program, where we do a week-long intensive at the beginning of each semester. It was a busy week, but full of unbounded creativity and fast, new friends!

Seductive Summer

FINALLY finished my 17-page color story Seductive Summer for Rob Kirby’s QU33R anthology, due out later this year from Northwest Press! Lots of blood, sweat, and tears on this one…

Featured Artist at S.F. Zine Fest

I’ve just been named a Featured Artist at the 2013 S.F. Zine Fest on August 31-September 1st! So excited… I’ve seen that show grow from a scrappy little thing at Cell Space to the bustling, vibrant comics/zine community extravaganza it is today. Here’s my glamor shot on a pile of mini-comics, courtesy of the amazing Jamil!

No Straight Lines wins a Lambda!

No Straight Lines: 4 Decades of Queer Comics just won LGBT Anthology at the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards! Holy shit! And the book is going into a second, soft-cover printing… the first time a Fantagraphics anthology has had a second printing.image

Toronto Comics Art Fair 2013

The Toronto Comics Art Fair (TCAF) is nigh! Friday I’ll be on 2 panels: one on LGBTQ Comics in Libraries at 9:45am, and the other on maintaining life and work balance as a cartoonist (or, “my life as a headless chicken”) at 1pm. Then, I do a signing event at Glad Day Books (the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore!) with Zan Christensen that night at 7pm. Saturday and Sunday I’ll be tabling with my buddy Robert M. Kirby at table 202 in the Toronto Public Library! Come and check out our wares! Finally one more panel at 12:15pm on Sunday on Queer Comics. Whew!

No Straight Lines up for an Eisner and a Lambda!

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, the book I edited for Fantagraphics, has been nominated for both the Eisner (the most important American comic book industry award) and the Lambda (the most important LGBT literary award) for Best Anthology! Best validation ever.