Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Drawing Humor from the Gay Life

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Drawing Humor from the Gay Life

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WENDEL AND ETHAN GREEN, GAY EVERYMEN FROM DIFFERENT ERAS, MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AN EXCLUSIVE ADVOCATE CARTOON

I was delighted when I discovered Howard's work [in the '80s]. Here at last was someone telling stories I was eager to read, in a medium I loved and wanted to work in. I view Howard as a founding father--kind of the Ben Franklin of gay storytelling in comics and of narrative cartooning in general. He and cartoonists like Lynda Barry and Alison Bechdel helped make the world safe for cartoonists like me, who like a few paragraphs in our punch lines.

--Eric Orner

When I was a kid in the '50s I didn't know that comics could be about reality. Happily, a succession of role models opened my eyes. The creators of underground comic books proved that cartoons could reflect the meat of life without being coy. Joe Johnson (Miss Thing) proved that published drawings could be brazenly gay. Allen Ginsberg, while no cartoonist, proved that you could be an openly queer creator and still walk with your head high in the world. …

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