Justin Hall

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Justin Hall is a cartoonist and CCA Assistant Professor of Comics living in San Francisco with his husband and their pet python. Hall is the creator of the comic book series True Travel Tales, Hard To Swallow (with Dave Davenport), and Glamazonia. He is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, a massive collection of LGBTQ comics published by Fantagraphics Books, which won a Lambda Literary Award and received an Eisner nomination and is now being made into a feature-length documentary film. He is also a the first Fulbright Scholar of comics, having taught American comics history and comics theory in the Czech Republic.

His comics have appeared in publications such as the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, The Best Erotic Comics, QU33R, Juicy Mother, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and have earned him a Xeric Award and a Prism Queer Press Grant. Hall serves on the boards of the nonprofit organizations Prism Comics, an advocacy group for queer comics, and Siewphewyeung (Our Books), supporting Cambodian comics. He also helped create the Folsom Street Fair’s Artist Area, a venue for erotic artists. He had a solo Small Press Spotlight show at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, and then curated No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics for them, which was the world’s first museum show devoted to LGBTQ cartooning. In 2016, he co-curated the Queer Comics exhibition at Berlin's Schwules Museum, which ranks as the largest such show to date, and in 2017 was the co-organizer of the Queers & Comics Conference, which CCA hosted in 2017.

A compulsive traveler, Hall has spent a good deal of time hauling his backpack around the globe. He has visited over 60 countries, consuming everything from fried locusts to a cobra’s still-beating heart floating in a cup of Redbull. He has also worked as a massage therapist since 1995, and was trained in New Mexico, Chiang Mai (Thailand), and San Francisco. Hall speaks passable Spanish, rusty French, a smattering of Arabic, and gets away with a lot by smiling and nodding.

Assistant Professor, Writing and Literature
Assistant Professor, Comics


BA, State University of New York, Purchase

Website: www.justinhallcomics.com