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26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Announced

26GMA_long_r1a_0GLAAD every year hosts an award ceremony to recognize some of the best entertainment when it comes to the LGBT community with their GLAAD Media Awards, and this includes a category for comics. The awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. They also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.

The nominees for the 26th annual awards have been announced and those being honored are:

  • Hawkeye, written by Matt Fraction and published by Marvel
  • Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and published by BOOM! Studios
  • Memetic, written by James Tynion IV and published by BOOM! Studios
  • Rat Queens, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and published by Image Comics
  • Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Image Comics

The awards ceremony will be held on each coast, March 21 in Beverly Hills, California and May 9 in New York, New York. Congrats to all of the nominees!

2015 Queer Press Grant Now Accepting Submissions

Prism Comics have announced that they are now accepting submissions for this year’s Queer Press Grant. The Queer Press Grant is specifically awarded to independent queer comic book creators. The grant was established by Prism Comics in 2003 to assist in the publication, and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender comics.

Comic books, comic strips, webcomics, and graphic novel projects are all eligible. Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community.

The submission deadline for the QPG is March 10th, 2015, with the recipient announced during Wondercon Anaheim, April 3-5th. Applicants can submit online now at prismcomics.org/grant.

The $2000.00 Queer Press Grant is funded by donations from comic book professionals, readers, and the fundraising efforts of Prism Comics members. For those interested in donating to the Queer Press Grant you may do so here.

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The Queer Press Grant Moves to WonderCon

queer press grantPrism Comics are shaking things up a bit, and moving their Queer Press Grant award ceremony to WonderCon. The 2015 Annual Award Ceremony will take place at WonderCon Anaheim on the weekend of April 3-5, 2015.

In the past, the award has been presented in the fall, but this move will bring “more opportunities for the Queer Press Grant to help LGBTQ comics creators.”

The Queer Press Grant is a financial grant of $2000.00 that assists one LGBTQ comic book self publisher get their comic, web-comic, or graphic novel printed, and into the hands of readers. Since its inception in 2005, the Queer Press Grant  has been awarded to fourteen outstanding comics creators who have gone on to contribute greatly to the queer comics community.

Submissions for the 2015 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant will begin January 1, 2015 and end on March 10, 2015.   The recipient will be announced at one of Prism Comics’ panels at WonderCon. Which panel will be announced in the spring.

The grant is entirely funded by donations. You can do so here.

Prism Comics announces winner of the 2014 Queer Press Grant

Calvin GimpelevichFor the last ten years the Alternative Press Expo (A.P.E.) has been the home where Prism Comics announced the recipient of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Traditionally taking place after the annual Queer Cartoonists Panel, moderated by Justin Hall, this year’s Queer Press Grant winner was revealed as Calvin Gimpelevich, along with the artist Emiliano Quale, for their comic book series Wolfmen.

Wolfmen is a supernatural comic series exploring the life and community of Aiden, a transgender werewolf, as he medically transitions from female to male.

Prism Comics’ Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in publishing comics with LGBT characters or themes. Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial Wolfmenneed, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. They are reviewed by the Prism Board, past recipients of the Grant, and Prism’s Advisory Board.

The Queer Press Grant is an all volunteer organization funded entirely by donations from comic book professionals and readers. Since its inception, the Queer Press Grant has been awarded to –

2005: Steve MacIsaac – Shiftlifter                          2010: Tana Ford – Duck
2006: Megan Gedris – YU+ME                                2010: Jon Macy – Fearful Hunter
2007: Justin Hall – True Travel Tales                     2011: Robert Kirby – Three
2007: Tommy Roddy – Pride High                          2012: Christine Smith – The Princess
2008: Pam Harrison – House of the Muses            2012: Blue Delliquanti – O Human Star
2009: Ed Luce – Wuvable Oaf                                 2013: Hazel Newlevant – If This Be Sin
2009: Eric Orner – Storybox

You can support and donate to the Queer Press Grant.

Submissions for the Queer Press Grant are Now Open

Queer_Press_Grant_QPG_Logo_mail_chimpPrism Comics, the leading non-profit organization supporting LGBT comics, graphic novels, comics creators and readers, has announced the opening of submissions for the 2014 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant, Prism’s annual grant to LGBT comics self-publishers.   The deadline for proposals is Monday, September 1, 2014. The Award is to be announced at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco October 4-5, 2014.

prism comicsPrism Comics offers an annual financial grant to help aspiring LGBT comics creators publish and promote their comics. The Queer Press Grant is funded by donations from readers, established creators with the desire to help those just starting out, and fans who want to see more LGBT stories get published.

Prism Comics will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con July 24-27, 2014 (Booth #144). In addition to promoting and raising funds for the Queer Press Grant, Prism Comics will be presenting panels and offering portfolio review by noted comics professionals for comics creators and those interested in submitting for the Queer Press Grant.   Please check the Prism website in early July for a list of comics creators who are scheduled to do portfolio review and appear at the Prism Comics booth.

Young Avengers, Glaad Outstanding Comic Book

This past Saturday saw the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. While Marvel‘s Young Avengers saw it’s latest run come to an end recently the comic was honored as an “Outstanding Comic Book” by the organization. The awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in various media. The comic’s final issue revealed the team had an almost all gay or bisexual roster.

Other nominees this year included Batwoman, The Fearless Defenders; Husbands and Life With Archie.

Hopefully we’ll see a return of Young Avengers soon to the Marvel U and it can keep up the diverse cast.

You can check out the full list of winners here.


Oni Press Stands Up for Marriage Equality

In an open letter posted to their Twitter account, comic publisher Oni Press “fired” their office and shipping supply company ULine over the issue of marriage equality. ULine’s CEO has been helping fund Family-PAC, an organization that describes itself as “pro-family, anti-tax political action committee in Illinois.”

The organization has been campaigning against SB10, which legalizes same sex marriage in Illinois. The legislation has passed and the hatemongers PAC have vowed to continue to fight for “Christian values” and against marriage equality as it says on their site, much like the fight against abortion has continued even after the Supreme Court’s decision (their comparison).


Congrats to Oni for doing the right thing and speaking with their dollars. Hopefully comic fans will reword them by speaking with theirs and purchasing a few more of their comics.

Gay Manga Finds a New Home at Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books is thrilled to welcome the team behind The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame to the family. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is due out October 2014. This is the most recent entry in Fantagraphics’ queer comics lineup, which also features the anthology No Straight Lines, the graphic novels 7 Miles a Second and Bread & Wine, and manga by Moto Hagio and Shimura Takako.

The Massive anthology showcases Japan’s most talented and influential gay manga artists, including Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Kazuhide Ichikawa, Gai Mizuki, Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, and Kumada Poohsuke. In Massive, many of these artists’ works are featured in English for the first time; this collection offers an intimate, in-depth look at a criminally overlooked component of Japanese queer culture. In addition to comics and illustrations, Massive features photographs of the artists and their workspaces; cultural and historical context; and interviews with the creators about what it’s like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.

Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins, and designed by Chip Kidd, this unprecedented survey of manga “made by gay men for gay men” is an essential addition to the queer comics canon; it will introduce the genre often referred to as “bara” (a misnomer for gay manga that has taken on new meanings online) to a new, international audience.

Massive was originally scheduled as a PictureBox Spring 2014 release until its publisher, Dan Nadel, announced that he is ceasing operations.


Prism Comics Announces Queer Press Grant Recipient

At the Alternative Press Expo, Prism Comics announced the recipient of the 2013 Queer Press Grant on October 13th during the Queer Cartoonists Panel moderated by Justin Hall.  This year’s recipient is Hazel Newlevant for her works Dance the Blues and If This Be Sin.  Prism Comics, which supports LGBT comics, creators and readers, established the Queer Press Grant in 2005 to encourage the publication of LGBT-themed comics.  It is now the only grant today given to independent comic book creators.

Jon Macy, Prism’s QPG Chairperson said in a statement:

There were so many really talented creators applying for the grant that it was very hard to not love them all. Hazel’s work really hit the magic balance between art, writing, and having something to say.

queer press grantHazel Newlevant’s entry, Dance the Blues, and If This Be Sin, are a collection of powerful short stories that take us into “the rich heritage of queer women expressing themselves through blues music”. In Dance the Blues, contestants at a dance competition ignore gender roles and switch partners with ease. If This Be Sin, includes the history of a female jazz pianist who finds success performing in men’s clothes, but faces crushing reprisals in public life.

Prism Comics’ Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in publishing comics with LGBT characters or themes.  Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. They are reviewed by the Prism Board, past recipients of the Grant, and Prism’s Advisory Board.

GLAAD Selects Kevin Keller as Spirit Day Ambassador

Archie ComicsKevin Keller has been chosen to serve as a Spirit Day Ambassador for GLAAD‘s annual anti-bullying campaign. On October 17th, Archie Comics, along with many other participating corporations, national landmarks, celebrities and schools will “go purple” in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Kevin Keller was introduced in 2010 as the first gay character in Archie history, the same year that GLAAD initiated Spirit Day to spread awareness that LGBT youth don’t have to stand up to bullying alone. This year, the Kevin Keller ongoing series was awarded the GLAAD Media Awards for Most Outstanding Comic Book and Archie Comics is honored that Kevin will become the first ever fictional character to be selected as a Spirit Day Ambassador.

Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and George Takei, who appeared as a special guest star in the Kevin Keller comic book. For more information, visit http://glaad.org/spiritday


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