Robert Kirby

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Robert Kirby is a comics artist and comic zine editor.

Robert Kirby's first comic zine, published in 1991, was called Strange Looking Exile. Aside from his own comics the zine also featured work by Diane DiMassa, Roberta Gregory, Nick Leonard and Alison Bechdal. It was featured in the Factsheet Five Zine Reader.The zine ceased publication in 1994, at which time Kirby joined forces with fellow comic artist David Kelly to release a new comic compzine called Boy Trouble. Since its inception in 1994, four issues were released in zine form, with issue five, the 10th Anniversary issue, being released as a book in 2004. Contributors include Anonymous Boy, Craig Bostick, Cathy Camper, Jennifer Camper, C. Bard Cole, Michael Fahy, Leanne Franson, Andy Hartzell, G.B. Jones, Nick Leonard and Sina Shamsavari.

Kirby has also contributed to a number of zines, such as Holy Titclamps and Sugar Needle, and he's been featured in the zine Fanorama.

Robert Kirby is also the creator of the syndicated comic strip Curbside, which appeared in publications such as Chicago Nightlines, Out In the Mountains and Lavender Magazine. The collected strips have been published in two books and have been translated into Spanish for a special edition. In the early 2000's, State Representative Nancy Sheltra (R-Derby) protested the presence of the publication Out In The Mountains in the Vermont Statehouse due to Kirby's strip Curbside in the magazine, which featured two bare chested male cartoon characters kissing, which Sheltra insisted was "pornographic". The paper continued to run Kirby's comic.

In 2006, The Book of Boy Trouble was released, an anthology of some of the work from Boy Trouble zine, combined with new work. In 2007, Kirby released the one shot comic zine Curbside: An Eensy Weensy Little Collection, a collection of one-off episodes of Curbside. In 2008, the second volume of The Book of Boy Trouble was released, subtitled Born to Trouble, this time in full color.




  • The Book of Boy Trouble Vol. 2: Born to Trouble, Green Candy Press, 2008
  • Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, edited by Jennifer Camper, Manic D Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1-933149-20-1
  • The Book of Boy Trouble, Green Candy Press, 2006
  • Los Chicos De La Acera De Enfrente, Ediciones La Cupula, Coleccion Novela Grafica, 2005
  • Juicy Mother, edited by Jennifer Camper, Soft Skull Press, 2005 ISBN 19-932366-70-0
  • Boy Trouble, Boy Trouble Books, 2004 ISBN 0-9748855-0-9
  • Curbside Boys: The New York Years, Cleis Press, 2003
  • Curbside, Hobnob Press, 1999
  • Spice Capades, edited by Queen Itchie, Fantagraphics, 1999

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