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DC reveals its Pride-themed variant covers

Throughout its line of monthly comic books, DC will highlight Pride-themed variant covers on series that feature queer characters in regular and lead roles. This year, look for DC Pride covers on Steelworks #1 by Joshua “Sway” SwabySpirit World #2 from Jessica FongGreen Arrow #3 by Luciano VecchioAdventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4 from Stephen ByrneSuperman #5 from W. Scott ForbesBatman Incorporated #9 by Rosi KämpeTim Drake: Robin #10 by Travis MoorePoison Ivy #13 and Harley Quinn #31 are connecting covers by Claire RoeNightwing #105 by Yoshi Yoshitani, Wonder Woman #800 from Ted Brandt and Ro Stein, and Detective Comics #1073 by Amy Reeder.

DC Pride: Through the Years #1 collects three classic stories

DC will be publishing a special-edition comic book, DC Pride: Through the Years #1, collecting three out-of-print comics in an oversize new release. Take a journey through over 30 years of fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters in the DC Universe with this collection that not only remembers and celebrates landmark issues of days past but also teases exciting new stories yet to come!

DC Pride: Through the Years (80 pages), with a cover by Derek Charm, will publish on June 13 and contains reprints of The Flash #53 by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque, in which villain turned hero Pied Piper comes out to his friend the Flash and helps thwart a dastardly villain; Detective Comics #854 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams, featuring the thrilling beginning of Batwoman’s first solo series, which launched her into stardom; and Supergirl #19 by Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, and Jamal Campbell, which tells the story of Lee Serrano, a nonbinary teenager who befriends the Girl of Steel. It also includes an all-new story by Tim Sheridan and Cian Tormey featuring Alan Scott as Green Lantern, teasing exciting new stories that will light the way for Alan’s next great adventure.

DC Pride: Through the Years #1

The DC Book of Pride is a celebration of DC’s LGBTQIA+ characters

An official collaboration between DK and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer ProductsThe DC Book of Pride is an inspiring illustrated hardcover that profiles more than 50 LGBTQIA+ characters in detail, including Harley Quinn, Jon Kent, Nubia, Tim Drake, Batwoman, Aquaman, Dreamer, new character Circuit Breaker, and many more. Authored by Galaxy: The Prettiest Star writer Jadzia Axelrod, itillustrates the rich histories, fascinating origins, amazing superpowers, and key storylines of DC’s leading queer Super Heroes and Super-Villains. With stunning interior artwork and an exclusive cover by renowned illustrator Paulina Ganucheau, this DK book is a wonderful guide for DC fans that arrives just in time for Pride Month on May 16.

DC’s Pride Anthology Returns in May

DC Pride is back again with a brave, bold, and all-new collection of stories starring DC’s stable of fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters—many of whom will find themselves in thrilling team-ups the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

DC’s 2023 Pride collection of books and comics will be available at your local comic book shop, bookstore, library, and beyond, delivering bold stories, brave characters, and more pride than ever. DC Pride 2023 #1, DC’s annual anthology containing all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan favorites, will be published on May 30. The 104-page Prestige format comic will feature an introduction by Phil Jimenez, a main cover by Mateus Manhanini, and open-to-order variant covers by Gabriel Picolo (wraparound), Jen Bartel (spot foil), and Oscar Vega (cardstock).

The DC Pride 2023 creative teams and the characters they are developing stories for include:

  • Tim Drake and Connor Hawke by Nadia Shammas and Bruka Jones
  • Circuit Breaker and the Flash of Earth-11 by A.L. Kaplan
  • Midnighter, Apollo and Alan Scott Green Lantern by Josh Trujillo and Don Aguillo
  • Ghost-Maker and Catman vs. Cannon and Saber by Rex Ogle and Stephen Sadowski
  •  Jon Kent and John Constantine by Christopher Cantwell and Skylar Patridge
  • Natasha Irons and Nubia by Mildred Louis
  • Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Crush by Leah Williams and Paulina Ganucheau
  • Multiversity by Grant Morrison and Hayden Sherman
  • and more!

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy go to extreme measures to get a little alone time…but there’s nowhere on the planet Crush can’t crash. Jon Kent gets a comprehensive course in dark magic when John Constantine sics a golem on him. Tim Drake and Connor Hawke learn that there is nothing more awkward than reuniting with an old friend after you’ve both come out and one of you was indoctrinated by the League of Shadows for a while. Circuit Breaker struggles to stifle his powers after the Flash of Earth-11 leaps out of the time stream and knocks them both into another dimension. Just how far would Flashlight go to honor his lost love? Discover all these stories and many more in DC Pride 2023!

DC’s Pride anthology comic will also include a five-page preview of an upcoming Dreamer story by Nicole Maines and Rye Hickman. Pinup pages in DC Pride 2023 will feature artwork by Maria Llovet, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Travis Moore, Noah Dao, Claire Roe, Babs Tarr, and more. With over 100 pages of original stories and content, DC Pride 2023 celebrates the boldest and bravest of DC’s Super Heroes!

Fanbase Press announces the LGBTQ+ YA romance graphic novel, Four-Color Heroes

Fanbase Press has announced the newest addition to its publishing slate with the LGBTQ+, Upper YA graphic novel, Four-Color Heroes, written and illustrated by Aotearoa/New Zealand-born creator Richard Fairgray

Four-Color Heroes is a touching love story which follows two star-crossed young men who – in spite of their disparate backgrounds – find escape and one another through the pages of a comic book. The coming-of-age romance is set in a New Zealand high school prior to the passing of the Civil Union Act 2004 (which allowed same-sex couples to enter into a civil union).

In light of Fairgray’s New Zealand roots and given the Māori heritage of one of Four-Color Heroes’ protagonists, the graphic novel will be made available digitally in both English and Te Reo Māori as translated by Komako A. Silver and Alejandra Jensen. The graphic novel will be released in English-language print in the summer of 2023.

The Four-Color Heroes graphic novel is currently available for pre-order through the Fanbase Press website.  Pre-orders made by May 1, 2023, will receive a discounted price of $19.99 and an exclusive print illustrated and signed by creator Richard Fairgray.

Four-Color Heroes

Nimona Heads to Netflix


Seven years ago, Fox Animation announced an animated adaptation of the graphic novel Nimona by ND Stevenson The rights for a film were acquired by Fox Animation in June 2015 to be produced by Blue Sky Studios. The film was to be released February 14, 2020. Starting as a webcomic in June 2012 the series was also Stevenson’s senior thesis at Maryland Institute College of Art.

After the acquisition of Fox by Disney, the film was announced that it’d finally be released in January 2022. But, the film was canceled after Disney shut down Blue Sky. It came out recently that Disney had issues with a same-sex kiss in the film.

Now, we get some good news. Early last year, Netflix teamed with Annapurna Pictures to revive Nimona. Animation is underway by DNEG Animation with Blue Sky veterans directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Roy Lee, Karen Ryan, and Julie Zackary are producing, with Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison, and Andrew Millstein on board as executive producers.

The film is set to be released in 2023.

Netflix’s official synopsis for the film reads:

A Knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval world unlike anything animation has tackled before, this is a story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone.

Some casting has been announced including Chloë Grace Moretz as titular protagonist Nimona, Riz Ahmed as Ballister Boldheart, and Eugene Lee Yang as Ambrosius Goldenloin.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you! We’re kicking things off with some news and reviews from around the web you might have missed!

The Direct – Marvel Studios Boss Speaks Out Against Disney CEO’s LGBTQ Response – Good! If only creators spoke out and took actual action about it.

The Beat – WonderCon ’22: How one teacher uses comics to teach students about STEAM – More of this!


That Hashtag Show – The All-Nighter
Blogcritics – Walk Me to the Corner

The All-Nighter

The 2021 Prism Award Winners and Finalists Announced

Prism Awards 2021

The Winners and Finalists of the 2021 Prism Awards were announced Monday night, December 27, 2021, in a virtual presentation on the Prism Comics YouTube channel and Prism Comics Prism Awards page.

The program featured video appearances from both Winners and Finalists in six categories – webcomics; short form comics; small to midsize press; mainstream press; anthology; and a new category this year – young readers (13 and under). The program will remain online for future viewing.

The Prism Awards were founded by Prism ComicsThe Queer Comics Expo, and The Cartoon Art Museum to recognize, promote, and celebrate diversity and excellence in queer comics and graphic novels. Winner and Finalist Awards are presented to comic works by queer creators that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters and stories in fiction or nonfiction comics.

Award Recipients are voted on by six diverse panels of comics professionals, educators, librarians, journalists and writers. Prism Awards Chair Person, Gladys Ochoa, shared the Awards Committee’s gratitude for everyone involved in this year’s Awards presentation: “Prism Comics, The Queer Comics Expo and The Cartoon Art Museum would like to thank the creators, publishers and judges for all of their contributions to this year’s Prism Awards. The quality of the works submitted and the representations of identities, backgrounds and genres were amazing. We were also pleased to add the Young Readers category this year. There are so many terrific comics and graphic novels for young readers coming out, and it’s vitally important for young queer kids to see themselves in comics.”

Here are the Winners and Finalists for the 2021 Prism Awards:

Winner: Superpose (Artist & Writer: Seosamh; Artist & Writer: Anka)
Finalist: Shaderunners (Artist: Alex Assan; Writer: Lin Darrow)  
Finalist: A Guide To A Healthy Relationship (Creator: Copper)

Short Form Comics
Winner: God Sees Me Crying in the Bathroom Stall (Creator: Vincy Lim)
Finalist: QAT Person number 3 (Creator: Dylan Edwards)
Finalist: The Unfading Flower (Creator: Hari Conner)

Small/Midsize Press
Winner: To Cut (Creator: Noella Whitney)
Finalist: How To Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual (Creator: Rebecca Burgess)
Finalist: Sasha From The Gym (Creator: Otava Heikkilä)

Mainstream Press
Winner: The Low Low Woods (Publisher: DC Comics, Written by: Carmen Maria Machado & Joe Hill Art by: Dan McDaid & Dani Strips)
Finalist: The Deep & Dark Blue (Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Creator: Niki Smith)
Finalist: Juliet Takes a Breath (Publisher: Boom Studios, Writer: Gabby Rivera; Illustrator, Celia Moscote; Colorist, James Fenner; Letterer: DC Hopkins)

Winner: A.B.O. Comix: A Queer Prisoners Anthology Vol 4 (Publisher: A.B.O. Comix, Editor: Casper Cendre,)
Finalist: Ambrosia: Trans Masc & Non Binary Erotic Comics (Edited by: Tab Kimpton and Jade Sarson)
Finalist: Confined Before COVID19: A Pandemic Anthology by LGBTQ Prisoners (Publisher: A.B.O. Comix, Editor: Casper Cendre)

Young Readers (13 and under)
Winner: The Deep & Dark Blue (Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Creator: Niki Smith,)
Finalist: The Magic Fish (Publisher: Random House Graphic, Creator: Trung Le Nguyen)
Finalist: Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 3: A Dish Best Served Cold (Publisher: Oni Press, Creator: Natalie Riess)

Funko Celebrates Pride with Spongebob, Hello Kitty, and Batman Pop!s

The Funko Pride Pop! collection is a celebration of inclusivity and acceptance. Funko supports the LGBTQ+ community and rejects intolerance and discrimination.

At Funko, FUN is for EVERYONE! A donation has also been made to the It Gets Better Project, an organization that uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the globe, in coordination with this program. The It Gets Better Project inspires people to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.

Show your support and pride with these special edition rainbow collectibles: Pop! SpongeBob, Pop! Hello Kitty, and Pop! Batman.

She-ra & the Princesses of Power: Seasons 2&3

It’s bi-week! Time to talk about She-ra and the Princesses of Power. What with all the queer teen heroes, and their queer parents, and their bi-pride flag colored hologram mentors and freedom fighting unicorns. Mey Rude returns for her second dive into the Dreamworks animated series. Mey is a queer, trans and fat Latina living in LA where she works as a trans consultant and a culture and entertainment writer for Out.com. She loves nerds, Judy Hopps and talking about her feelings.

And joining for the first time is Samantha Puc!

Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic who frequently writes about LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. She is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat folx who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.


  • Everyone’s dreamgirl Huntara
  • The right kind of sympathetic villians
  • “Once Upon a Time in the Waste” is the best episode name ever
  • Hordak gets a Vader suit—and pathos
  • Looking queer, for the kids!

Listen to our coverage of She-ra season 1 (and on spotify, itunes etc etc)

And sign-up for the new she-ra fanzine, Fans for Etheria, that’s a fundraiser for RAICES.

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