Finding Aid to the Tim Barela Leonard and Larry Comic Strips, 1983-2003
Table of Contents
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.
- ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
- Creator - Creator
- Barela, Tim, 1954-
- Tim Barela Leonard and Larry comic strips
- Collection no.
- Date [inclusive]
- 6.25 linear feet., 5 flat archive boxes.
- 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.
[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.
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.
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.
This collection is arranged chronologically.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
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.
Gift of Timothy J. Barela, July 12, 2011.
Collection processed by Sarah Wilson, April 2014.
Controlled Access Headings
- Alternative comics
- Cartoons and comics
- Comic books, strips, etc.
- Comic strip characters
- Gay cartoonists
Series 1: Tim Barela comic strips
Leonard & Larry unused and promotional art 1983-1992
Leonard & Larry 1984
Leonard & Larry 1984-1988
Leonard & Larry, #1-113 circa 1984-2003
Leonard & Larry, #114-206 circa 1990-2002
Leonard & Larry, #208-303 circa 1990-2002
Domesticity Isn't Pretty cover art 1993
Kurt Cobain and Mozart Are Both Dead cover art 1995
Excerpts From the Ring Cycle in Royal Albert Hall cover art 1999
How Real Men Do It cover art 2003