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Finding Aid to the Tim Barela Leonard and Larry Comic Strips, 1983-2003

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Barela, Tim, 1954-
Title
Tim Barela Leonard and Larry comic strips
Collection no.
Coll2014.018
Date [inclusive]
1983-2003
Extent
6.25 linear feet., 5 flat archive boxes.
Language
English
Abstract
Original ink comic strips and cover art from Leonard & Larry, 1983-2003, a gay comic strip created and written by Tim Barela.  Leonard & Larry debuted in the pages of  Gay Comix in 1984, and was regularly featured in the  Advocate (1988-1990) and  Frontiers (1990-2002) magazines.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Tim Barela Leonard and Larry Comic Strips, Coll2014-018, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Note

Tim Barela is a Los Angeles cartoonist and creator of the gay comic strip Leonard & Larry. He was born in 1954 in Temecula, California. He began work as a cartoonist in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s he created the comic strip  Leonard & Larry, which focused on the life of a middle-aged gay couple living in West Hollywood.  Leonard & Larry first appeared in  Gay Comix in 1984. The strip then moved to the  Advocate magazine in 1988 where it ran once a month for two years. In 1990 the comic moved to  Frontiers magazine where it ran every other week for 12 years. The comic has since been published by Palliard Press in four volumes:  Domesticity Isn't Pretty (1993),  Kurt Cobain and Mozart Are Both Dead (1996),  Excerpts From the Ring Cycle in Royal Albert Hall (2000), and  How Real Men Do It (2003).

The strip focuses on the domestic life of Leonard and Larry and their increasingly diverse group of friends. Leonard is a fashion photographer and Larry owns a leather shop in West Hollywood. The characters age in real time as the strip progresses and follows the couple as they deal with everyday domestic problems, such as parenting; but it also touched on issues that came up in the national media, such as gay celebrities outing themselves.

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises original ink comic strips and cover art from Leonard & Larry, 1983-2003, a gay comic strip created and written by Tim Barela. Included are the comic strips that were published in  Gay Comix,  Gay Ink,  Advocate, and  Frontiers; as well as cover art from Barela's four book collections of  Leonard & Larry comics.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Gift of Timothy J. Barela, July 12, 2011.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sarah Wilson, April 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Alternative comics
  • Cartoons and comics
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Comic strip characters
  • Gay cartoonists

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Tim Barela comic strips 

Box

 Leonard & Larry unused and promotional art 1983-1992 

1

 Leonard & Larry 1984 

1

 Leonard & Larry 1984-1988 

2

 Leonard & Larry, #1-113 circa 1984-2003 

3

 Leonard & Larry, #114-206 circa 1990-2002 

4

 Leonard & Larry, #208-303 circa 1990-2002 

5

 Domesticity Isn't Pretty cover art 1993 

1

 Kurt Cobain and Mozart Are Both Dead cover art 1995 

1

 Excerpts From the Ring Cycle in Royal Albert Hall cover art 1999 

1

 How Real Men Do It cover art 2003 

1

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