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SMAHTGUY: Barney Frank’s legacy, graphically (in person & live-streaming)

June 30 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Come meet cartoonist Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green) talk about his latest book Smahtguy, The Life & Times of Barney Frank. NPR says “Smahtguy isn’t just a great story, it’s an enveloping visual experience crafted by a terrific artist with an amazing line. Even if you were to page through this book without looking at any of the words, it would still be a great read.” Carlo Quispe, a talented NYC-based, queer cartoonist will be MC-hosting the event, swapping stories of the cartooning life with Eric, and showing his own work as well.

Carlo will be sharing from his 2020 comic strip PACO and he will have free copies to give out!

This event will take place in person at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on the second floor (room 210) of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC, 10011.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel


Safety protocol

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the days leading up to the event, we ask you to please stay home.

Please note that masks are required at all times inside The LGBT Community Center, where the Bureau is located.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Bureau’s work.

All are welcome to attend, with or without donation.

We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register.


Copies are also available at our physical store and can be purchased at the event.

Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!

Check out this review of Smahtguy in SGN: Seattle’s LGBTQIA+ News & Entertainment Weekly:

Carlo Quispe is a Peruvian born cartoonist living in Brooklyn and is the creator of the experimental Queer comic Uranus, published by Printed Matter. He is the author of CARLITO and SuperManuel and is currently making the third volume of Uranus Comics with collaborator and cartoonist Mike Diana.


Eric Orner is a former staff counsel to former Congressman Barney Frank, and speechwriter for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. He is also the acclaimed author of The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, which during its 15-year run was one of the country’s most widely published gay comic strips. The comic strip was adapted into a feature film (of the same name) in 2005. Eric Orner has also published cartoons and illustrations in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics. During the Aughts he did a tour of duty as a storyboard artist at Disney TV animation and other studios in Los Angeles. He is a native Chicagoan and a former Bostonian, who now resides in New York. Eric frequently illustrates the fiction of his brother, novelist Peter Orner. Smahtguy, the Life and Times of Barney Frank is his first graphic novel.




June 30
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division


Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
New York, NY 10011 United States
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