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Prism Awards 2021 Submissions close March 12

Prism Awards 2021

It’s the home stretch for submissions of LGBTQ+ comics and graphic novels for the 2021 Prism Awards. Submissions close on Friday, March 12 at 11:55 pm PT.

The Prism Awards are presented annually by the Cartoon Art Museum, Prism Comics, and the Queer Comics Expo to comic works by queer authors that promote diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. There are six categories:

  • Best Short Form Comic
  • Best Webcomic
  • Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
  • Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
  • Best Comic Anthology
  • Best Comic for Young Readers

Works must be in English and have been published digitally or physically between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

If you would like to submit LGBTQ+ comics and graphic novels you may do so with the 2021 Prism Awards Submission Form

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It may be Christmas Eve but we’re still bringing you a full day of news and reviews. We’re kicking it off with our gathering of news and reviews from around the web. Happy holidays everyone!

The Beat – Hiveworks teams with Seven Seas Entertainment for print editions – A very interesting deal.

Book Riot – 10 Queer Comics and Manga That Made 2020 Bearable – Any you’d add to the list?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: CRISIS ZONE is the definitive 2020 comic – Free comics!


Monkeys Fighting Robots – Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #4
Collected Editions – Justice League Vol. 6 Vengeance is Thine
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Killadelphia #11

Meet Elliot Page, the Star of Umbrella Academy. Oscar Nominee Comes Out As Transgender

Elliott Page in The Umbrella Academy

Elliot Page has come out as trans today. The actor is the Oscar-nominated star of the 2007 film Juno, and currently plays Vanya Hargreeves in the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. Page also played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Stand among numerous other roles in front of and behind the camera.

Announced in an Instagram Post, page wrote:

Hi friends, I want to share with you that my name is Elliot, my pronouns are he/they and I am trans. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.

I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.

I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and LatinX trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.

I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.

Thank you for reading this.

All my love, Elliot

Page has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ people and Page’s announcement will inspire and help countless other trans and non-binary people. Their example will hopefully bring about a little more tolerance to the world.

Vault Announces Hollow Heart, a Queer Horror Story from Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

Vault Comics has announced Hollow Heart, a queer horror story from writer and letterer Paul Allor, and artist Paul Tucker. Hollow Heart reunites the two Tet creators for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved ones what they want and giving them what we think they need.

The release of Hollow Heart marks the official expansion of Vault’s horror imprint, Nightfall, into a year-round publishing imprint. Instead of occurring once a year in autumn, Nightfall horror titles will now be released throughout the entire year.

Hollow Heart follows EL, who used to be human, but now he’s a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. El is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanic brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees EL in a way no one else ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape.

Hollow Heart #1 hits store shelves in February 2021, and will launch with a Vault Vintage variant cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to Frank Miller and Paul Rubenstein’s legendary cover to Rom: Space Knight #1.

Hollow Heart #1

Review: Wynd #1

Wynd #1

The highly anticipated Wynd #1 is here. Originally the series was announced as a graphic novel but in an interesting pivot, it’s now being released as oversized single issues before being collected. The story takes us to a fantasy world and a city that’s the last bastion of humanity. Humanity is defined as people not touched by magic. The debut is a fantastic start delivering some subtle and not so subtle LGBT themes.

Written by James Tynion IV, it’s hard to not immediately think about how those who are touched by magic must remain hidden. It’s a clear allegory of those who aren’t able to live freely as themselves and seen as abominations by conservatives. While it’s easy to see the story as LGB, the fact that these magical beings transform into something else makes it hard to read this and not think of it as a trans narrative. But even if you don’t want to accept that allegory, Wynd is a gay lead. He’s in love with the son of the royal gardner Thorn, who might be gay himself. While Wynd’s interest is clear, Thorn is hinted at.

Beyond all of that, what’s set up in the first issue is really enjoyable. The plot is full of royal conspiracies and fear of an invading force and a Prince who rejects the fear mongering of their father. It can be enjoyed just on that level as well but it’s clear Tynion is going for more than that.

Along with artist Michael Dialynas and letterer Aditya Bidikar, Wynd #1 delivers a world full of detail. Not quite “steampunk,” there’s an interesting mix of fantasy and technology that at times is very creative and original. A scene in a bar is something that feels fresh and new as meals are lifted up to the table to those who ordered through a lift system. It’s a small detail but it establishes a lot as to what this world is like technology wise. It also makes the series not quite just fantasy but infused with something more. Like the mysterious “threat and enemy,” the world is so much more than simple swords and armor. The designs are all fantastic giving the series a youthful exciting feel about it all. I want to explore the world and see more of it and in that way the comic is a bit frustrating too.

Wynd #1 is fantastic. I wanted more of it and can’t help but think how much better it might be to be able to read it in one go. The end of the first issue feels a little anticlimactic. There’s such a build to the mystery it leaves you with the reveal as opposed to a bombshell for you to be excited about learning more in the next issue. Again, it’s not bad but misses an opportunity. The series though is a great start of what feels like the next great young adult fantasy series. It’s one to get excited about and a journey to see where it all goes.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Michael Dialynas Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: comiXologyKindleTFAWZeus Comics

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Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1

It’s new comic book day! What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Every Marvel vs Capcom Character, Together At Last – Nice!

The Mary Sue – 11 Books and Graphic Novels Every Queer Woman Should Read – A good list. Any you’d add?


Talking Comics – Killadelphia #3
Newsarama – Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1
NPR – Sports is Hell

Liebestrasse is an LGBTQ OGN About Romance in a Time of Fascism

ComiXology has announced the original graphic novel Liebestrasse, an unforgettable LGBTQ love story set in Germany during the 1930s. This riveting story about two men who fall in love in the shadow of rising fascism marks the graphic novel debut of writer and comic book editor Greg Lockard, with art by co-creator Tim Fishfeaturing coloring by Héctor Barros, lettering by Lucas Gattoni, and edited by Will Dennis. Liebestrasse debuts November 6th and will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

In Liebestrasse, Sam, an American banker, meets Philip, a German art critic, while living and working in Berlin. The freedom of the Weimar Republic is over as the Nazis win power and their sweet, bilingual romance is quickly hit with an unspeakable reality as Philip is arrested and disappears. Sam desperately searches for Philip with the help of Philip’s sister and their friends. Eventually the political situation around Sam has deteriorated enough that he is forced to return to the United States. Terrorized by the things he saw, Sam eventually returns to Berlin for answers as the post-war reconstruction begins in 1952. But his survivor’s guilt and shattered heart have sent him on a fool’s errand, across a city, country and world that have been forever and horrifically altered.

Liebestrasse came to the attention of comiXology Originals at last year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds, England, where it began as a 12-page historical LGBTQ romance which the creative team self-published as a mini comic. Now, the entire graphic novel will be available as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content on November 6th, timed to this year’s festival where comiXology is once again the lead sponsor. Greg Lockard, Tim Fish and Héctor Barros will be at Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival, taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre November 9-10, 2019.


You Brought Me The Ocean Explores Aqualad’s Coming-Out Romance

Next summer, enjoy a splash-worthy coming-of-age tale about one of DC’s most popular characters—Aqualad!

Debuting in June 9, 2020You Brought Me the Ocean is a new young adult graphic novel from DC that puts a fresh, contemporary twist on Aqualad’s classic origin story and tells an eloquent coming-out romance set against the backdrop of the DC Universe.

This timely and beautifully told story is brought to life by Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez and New York Times bestselling illustrator Julie Maroh, two voices that have been instrumental in shaping the LGBTQ+ experience in young adult literature. Their original tale follows a teenage Jake Hydeas he navigates his senior year of high school and learns to embrace his true self.

You Brought Me the Ocean marks both Sanchez and Maroh’s first work with DC and is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on June 9, 2020. Below is the official synopsis and above is a first look at the cover and interior images revealed today.

You Brought Me the Ocean

Written by Alex Sanchez
Illustrated by Julie Maroh
On sale everywhere books are sold June 9, 2020
MSRP: $16.99

Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.

There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.

But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

You Brought Me the Ocean

NYCC 2019: Abrams Launches Surely Books focused on LGBTQ+ Creators and Stories Curated by Mariko Tamaki

Abrams Books

Abrams has announced a new graphic novel imprint focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories. Surely Books will debut in 2021 and be curated by Mariko Tamaki.

The graphic novels will be a mix of fiction and nonfiction highlighting the LGBTQ+ community. Some of the first releases are biographies. One is of the novelist Patricia Highsmith by Grace Ellis and the second is about Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings. Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre will release a fictional graphic novel about two friends who “make a surprise discovery one summer.”

(via New York Times)

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Superman: Year One #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeking things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below.

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Missoulian – UM grad’s debut novel ‘The Obsoletes’ tackles adolescence, through the eyes of robots – This sounds interesting.

CBC – Ken Steacy teams up with Margaret Atwood to explore the Golden Age of Canadian comic books – Want.

The Michigan Daily – Graphic Content: Investigating Ann Arbor’s independent comics scene through a trans lens – Some interesting comics to check out.

CNET – Petition calls on Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘blasphemous’ Good Omens – Not comic related, but too funny to not share.


The Beat – Back Stab #1
Newsarama –
Captain America #11
Newsarama –
Justice League #26
Talking Comics –
Middlewest #8
Comics Bulletin –
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #3
Superman: Year One #1
Newsarama –
Superman: Year One #1
Comics Bulletin –
Superman: Year One #1
Talking Comics – Superman: Year One #1
Newsarama –
Tony Stark: Iron Man #13
Comics Bulletin – Usagi Yojimbo #1

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