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Preview of Northwest Press’ Leia Weathington’s The Legend of Bold Riley

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The Legend of Bold Riley hits stores this summer!

The latest book from Northwest Press is Leia Weathington’s The Legend of Bold Riley, a sword-and-sorcery epic illustrated by Leia and a host of talented artists.

“Who is Bold Riley?” you might ask. She has hunted the wildest game and dallied with countless beautiful girls, but still longs to know the world beyond the city walls. Princess Rilavashana SanParite, called Bold Riley, leaves behind her station and sets out to travel through distant lands and find forgotten ruins, fearsome enemies, inscrutable gods and tragic love. She’s as capable with a sword as she is with her wits—man, does she carve things up when the need arises—and is a strong, beautiful, confident woman who doesn’t wear a bikini into battle.

“She’s a hero. You’re a reader. You were meant for each other,” says Jane Espenson in her foreword to the book. Espenson is a fan-favorite writer for TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time and a slew of other popular series, as well as co-creator of the webseries Husbands.

The Legend of Bold Riley is 232 pages, retails for $29.99 and is published by Northwest Press, which publishes graphic novels and comics collections by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics creators. The book is available to retailers direct from the publisher as well as through Diamond Comic Distributors using item #MAY121226. Northwest Press books are also available through Prerogatives/Pride Catalog, Last Gasp, and Bulldog Books (Australia).

Cover artwork by Brinson Thieme

Digital Edition of Howard Cruse’s “From Headrack to Claude” Available, Includes Documentary

Northwest Press

Click to download cover image from From Headrack to ClaudeHoward Cruse’s From Headrack to Claude available on iBooks from Northwest Press

Collects underground cartoonist’s gay comic strips from 1969 to 2008, includes half-hour documentary feature

Northwest Press has just released its third digital-only graphic novel through Apple’s iBooks: an edition of Howard Cruse’s From Headrack to Claude designed specifically for the iPad. Cruse was the first editor of the classic Gay Comix and author of the seminal gay comic strip Wendel which ran in The Advocate. He also created the award-winning civil-rights-era coming out story Stuck Rubber Baby, recently re-released by DC’s Vertigo imprint. From Headrack to Claude collects Cruse’s other gay-themed comic strips from throughout his career, and includes numerous pages of backstory and additional illustrations.

Unlike 2009’s print edition, this digital version includes color strips, photos and illustrations and is 12 pages longer. This edition also includes Sean Wheeler’s half-hour documentary feature, I Must Be Important ’Cause I’m in a Documentary!! which tells the story of Cruse’s life and career.

“Howard Cruse is kind of a hero of mine,” says Northwest Press publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen. “When I dipped my toe back into comics after college, one of the first books I stumbled across was The Complete Wendel. It was a revelation that there was a whole world of cartooning by and for adults that dealt with real-world issues and showcased the lives of people I could relate to as a gay man. Howard and the other pioneers in queer cartooning paved the way for the vibrant LGBT comics community that we enjoy today, and it is fascinating to follow their journey through this book.”

“Bringing my gay life into my comics was hugely important to my development as a cartoonist,” says Cruse, “so it made sense for me to compile all of my gay stuff into a single book back in 2009. Seeing From Headrack to Claude re-imagined three years later for iPad adds fresh excitement to a project that was already personally fullfilling, since an eBook can reach readers in far-flung places so much faster and more effortlessly than a self-published, print-on-demand book can. Plus, my color comics can even be in color again!”

From Headrack to Claude is available exclusively on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch through iBooks. Readers can download a free preview before purchasing the book.

Sean Seamus McWhinny’s “Diary of a Catering Whore” Available from Northwest Press

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Northwest Press

Click to download cover image from Diary of a Catering WhoreDiary of a Catering Whore now available from Northwest Press

First digital-only release from the LGBT comics publisher

Northwest Press has just released its second digital-only graphic novel through Apple’s iBooks, and its first that is exclusive to digital. Diary of a Catering Whore is a collection of Sean Seamus McWhinny’s web series of the same name, which chronicled the author’s time as a catering waiter in San Francisco, with all the celebrities, frustrations, behind-the-scenes drama that came with it. The book collects the three limited-edition comic books of the series as well as a fourth that has never been available in print.

“The fourth year is almost a summation of the previous three,” says author McWhinny. “Touching on issues of class, politics and showcasing San Francisco as its own character in the series. Whether experiencing the modern day ‘Downton Abbey’ at the Getty house, negotiating through the contentious mood of the SF mayoral race, enjoying a surprising cameo at the Folsom Street Fair, or contending with wine-spitting drunks at a wine show at Fort Mason, there’s a little bit of the glamour and the gutter to be found in the life of the catering waiter.”

Some highlights of the series include run-ins with Björk, Olympia Dukakis, and Rita Moreno, gluttonous guests and the dangers of Sterno™. Along the way, McWhinny manages to explore sexuality, relationships and politics from the other side of the hors d’oeuvre tray.

“Not only was I wooed by his vocabulary,” writes Lacy Telles in a review on PrismComics.org, “but I loved his casual way of talking politics. It isn’t in an ‘above my head’ sort of way, nor in a ‘let me explain this to my buddy’s grade-schooler’ kind of way, but rather in a matter of fact, ‘Seamus assumes you know what he knows about politics’ sort of way.”

“But don’t get me wrong, people,” Telles continues. “Not every strip, not every story, is a jab at San Francisco high society. In ‘Morning after’, McWhinny shows a more serious side. Sure there are still smile inducing, relatable instances like the stranger from the night before blabbering away about chirping nothingness. But there is sincerity in his statement about class difference and the likelihood of a return phone call or a proper date. I appreciate these odd glimpses into the world of a catering whore outside of his catering jobs, especially when they show a slightly less acrid view on life.”

Diary of a Catering Whore is available exclusively on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch through iBooks. Readers can download a free preview before purchasing the book.

Northwest Press Graphic Novels in iBooks for $4.99 in US and Canada, 3.99 GBP in the UK

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December 19, 2011—Northwest Press announced today that it was lowering the price on all its graphic novels available through Apple’s iBooks for a limited time. For just over a week—from December 21st through December 30th—every title will be priced at just $4.99 in the US and Canada, and 3.99 GBP in the UK. The change represents a drop of as much as 65% off the regular price.

“We’ve had a great year, and wanted to celebrate,” said publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen. “So we’re offering this special deal to make it easier for people to give Northwest Press ebooks as holiday gifts, or try them out for themselves if they’ve been curious. The books look great on the iPad, have really great browsing and bookmarking features, and a few even include material not found in the print editions.”

Northwest Press launched in July of 2010, and publishes graphic novels and comics collections with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender content. The first two Northwest releases, Jon Macy’s Teleny and Camille and Justin Hall’s Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, were finalists for 2010 Lambda Literary Awards, and Teleny took home the award for Gay Erotica. Publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen was recently named as one of OUT Magazine’s “OUT 100” for 2011, along with artist Mark Brill, for their work on the anti-bullying comic The Power Within.

The books included in the sale include:

  • Jon Macy’s Teleny and Camille, an adaptation of an anonymous Victorian erotic novel attributed to Oscar Wilde
  • Justin Hall’s Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, a collection of tales about a hard-drinking, sexy superheroine with a bad attitude
  • David Kelly’s Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics, a complete collection of the 90s newspaper strips with a foreword by “It Gets Better” founder Dan Savage
  • Rick Worley’s A Waste of Time, the first full-length collection of Worley’s semi-autobiographical webcomics about a misanthropic, sex-obsessed bunny
  • Tim Fish’s Cavalcade of Boys Volume One, a collection of Fish’s soapy and sweet gay romance series

Northwest plans to release digital collections by Howard Cruse (From Headrack to Claude), Tommy Roddy (Pride High) and Sean Seamus McWhinny (Diary of a Catering Whore) in the coming months.

Comics Creators Named to OUT Magazine’s “OUT 100” for Anti-Bullying Comic Book

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November 17, 2011—OUT Magazine revealed today that Charles “Zan” Christensen and Mark Brill—creators of the anti-bullying comic THE POWER WITHIN—have been recognized as two of 2011’s “OUT 100”, described by the magazine as an “annual salute to the year’s most inspiring people”. Other notable honorees this year include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sandra Bernhard, Justin Bond, Dustin Lance Black, David Mixner, Harmony Santana, Chaz Bono, and Tim Gunn.

Christensen and Brill started work on THE POWER WITHIN in October of last year for 24-Hour Comics Day, an event where artists and writers attempt to create a complete 24-page comic book in 24 hours. Their story focused on a boy named Shannon who deals with bullying at school by escaping into a super-powered alter-ego but ultimately has to find the strength to face the harassment in real life.

The decision to do a comic that tackles antigay bullying was prompted by the previous month’s numerous reports of teen suicides linked to bullying and harassment. Those reports spurred Ellen Degeneres to speak out to raise awareness and Dan Savage to start the It Gets Better Project.

“We didn’t go into this project knowing where it would go,” said Christensen, who scripted the book and coordinated the project. “We just felt compelled to tell a story that confronted the epidemic we saw unfolding before us and offered some hope. We’re humbled to be recognized for our efforts, and hope that others will continue use their skills and their resources to change kids’ lives for the better.”

THE POWER WITHIN was completed in Spring of 2011 and released as a limited edition black-and-white comic at Seattle’s Emerald City Comic-Con, but Christensen and Brill decided to raise funds for a much larger color print run of the book and make it available for free to schools and other youth resources. Brill continued to work on the book, adding full color and additional art, while Christensen recruited special guests to contribute bonus pages to the project.

The finished book contains pages by a collection of comics industry heavyweights, including Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey), Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, Wonder Woman), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics, Gotham Central), Matthew Clark (Outsiders, Wonder Woman), Stephen Sadowski (JSA, Warlord of Mars), Dan Parent (Archie, Kevin Keller), Donna Barr (The Desert Peach), Andy Mangels (Gay Comics, Iron Man: Beneath the Armor) and Carla Speed McNeil (FINDER).

The book was published by Northwest Press and made its debut at Comic-Con in San Diego in late July, hitting store shelves later that summer. It was well-received by readers and critics alike.

“It’s been really amazing—this project seems like one of those things that was just meant to be,” said Brill. “I think Zan and I were both really inspired and motivated to do something positive with this story and people have really responded to it.”

“THE POWER WITHIN goes well beyond what’s expected of a project done with the best intentions,” said François Peneaud of The Gay Comics List. “It’s a moving depiction of what’s unfortunately the real life of some teenagers in our society, and the creators involved can only hope it will contribute, in its own ways, to the improvement of that situation.”

“Gay comic creators Mark Brill and Charles ‘Zan’ Christensen have created what may be the best comic book of the year,” said Andrew Belonsky of Towleroad.com.

To date, Northwest Press has distributed over 700 free copies of the book to over 50 Gay-Straight alliances, schools, churches, community centers and other youth organizations across the United States and beyond. Northwest Press encourages organizations to request copies of the book to use as teaching and outreach tools. In addition to the main story and bonus pages, the book contains a page of discussion questions and resources for LGBT teens.

THE POWER WITHIN was released by Northwest Press, an LGBT graphic novel and comics publisher founded in 2010. The publisher’s books include the Lambda-Award-winning TELENY AND CAMILLE, Lambda-Award-finalist GLAMAZONIA: THE UNCANNY SUPER-TRANNY, David Kelly’s RAINY DAY RECESS: THE COMPLETE STEVEN’S COMICS, Rick Worley’s A WASTE OF TIME, and Christensen and Brill’s supernatural comic series THE MARK OF AEACUS, co-published with Class Comics.

Christensen and other Northwest Press artists will be exhibiting at the Los Angeles LGBT comic convention BENT-CON on December 3rd and 4th.

Christensen (left) and Brill's (right) portrait for the OUT 100 is a recreation of a classic Laurel and Hardy photograph; the theme of this year's OUT 100 photo gallery is classic portraiture.

NYCC 11 – Prism Comics Makes a Big Splash at New York Comic-Con October 13-16!

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Prism Comics

Prism Comics Makes a Big Splash at New York Comic-Con October 13-16

Prism’s “Gay Agenda” includes a “Women in Queer Comics” panel, more than a dozen creator signings, new releases from Outlines Press, Ignite Entertainment, Northwest Press, and more!

New York, NY—Prism Comics, the premier nonprofit supporting LGBT comics, will be “queer central” for both creators and fans at New York Comic-Con from October 13-16. Prism’s double booth (#1058) will host signings with top LGBT comic book creators all weekend. Prism is also proudly hosting the panel “XX: The Women of Queer Comics”, moderated by JD Glass and featuring Paige Braddock, Jennifer Camper, Joan Hilty, Abby Denson, Kris Dresen and Erica Friedman.

“We’re excited to provide a home for the ‘barbarian’ hordes of LGBT fans in the New York area” says David Stanley, Prism’s PR Chair. “We’ll be the only booth to feature a full line of LGBT comics, from best sellers to impossible-to-find favorites.”

Prism will be hosting six featured guests throughout the show: Tony Breed (Finn and Charlie are Hitched), Dylan “NDR” Edwards (Politically InQueerect, Transposes), Jeff Krell (Jayson), Eisner nominee Kris Dresen (She’s In The Trees, gone) and Lambda Literary Award Finalist J.D. Glass (CORE) from Outlines Press, and Charles “Zan” Christensen (The Power Within, The Mark of Aeacus) from Northwest Press. The booth will also host Jennifer Camper, Topher MacDonald, Ivan Velez, Jr., Erica Friedman, Sean McGrath, Sabin Calvert, and more.

“XX: The Women in Queer Comics” takes place on Friday, October 14th, from 7:45-8:45pm. LGBT women and their straight allies are a force to be reckoned with in the comics world. JD Glass moderates a dynamic panel exploring the specific challenges they face in the traditional comics world and the changing digital landscape, as well as the unique perspectives, storytelling aesthetics, and sense of community they bring to the table. Explore the past, present, and future of women in queer comics with Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Jennifer Camper (Rude Girls and Dangerous Women), Joan Hilty (Bitter Girl), Kris Dresen, Abby Denson (Tough Love: High School Confidential), and Erica Friedman (Yuricon & ALC Publishing).

Kris Dresen’s gone will be making its debut at New York Comic Con, and introduces the first book-length use of Dresen’s lush pencil work. “I am really excited about this,” says Glass. “We’re taking stories and worlds, bringing them to life in new ways.” Adds Dresen, “This work really pushes the boundaries in terms of storytelling and visuals.”
JD Glass will have her new title CORE, which premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, and is a bold marrying of prose and graphics. gone and CORE are are from the new publishing imprint, Outlines Press, which plans future releases by Golden Crown Finalist Susan Smith, Lambda Literary  Award winner Georgia Beers, Andi Marquette, and Susan X Meagher. The company will publish complete single books, serialized stories, and anthologies.
Jeff Krell will be bringing his new translation of Ralf König’s Down to the Bone, the sequel to the blockbuster Killer Condom. Dylan “NDR” Edwards will have preview copies of his forthcoming Transposes, and Tony Breed will have both volumes of his Finn and Charlie are Hitched collections.
Charles “Zan” Christensen will have copies of his anti-bullying comic, The Power Within, which was released this summer, and the latest full-length book from Northwest Press, Rick Worley’s A Waste of Time.

Drop by the Prism Booth for a copy of The Gay Agenda, which lists everything queer happening at New York Comic-Con, or download a copy ahead of time. For more information on Prism Comics, go to prismcomics.org.

New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s biggest popular culture convention, is held at the Javits Center at 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue. For more information, go to newyorkcomiccon.com.

Prism Comics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) creators, characters, themes and readers in the comic book field. Along with convention appearances, Prism awards an annual Queer Press Grant, and maintains a website (prismcomics.org) with LGBT creator listings and features on all that’s queer in comics.

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Web Links:
Prism Comics: http://prismcomics.org
New York Comic-Con: http://newyorkcomiccon.com
Outlines Press: http://www.outlinespress.com
Prism Comics’ “Gay Agenda” PDF: http://www.prismcomics.org/files/NYCC_The_Gay_Agenda_NYCC_2011.pdf

Images:

Prism Comics’ The Gay Agenda for New York Comic Con 2011

Kris Dresen’s gone from Outlines Press

J.D. Glass’ CORE from Outlines Press

Down to the Bone from Ignite Entertainment

The Power Within from Northwest Press

A Waste of Time from Northwest Press

Transposes by Dylan “NDR” Edwards

I Love You, You Big Weirdo by Tony Breed

Rick Worley’s “A Waste of Time” Out November From Northwest Press

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Northwest Press

Click to download preview images from A Waste of TimeRick Worley’s Waste of Time hits stores in November!

The latest book from Northwest Press is Rick Worley’s over-the-top comic strip collection, A Waste of Time. If you like your autobiographical comics with a heaping helping of self-deprecation and sardonic wit—and misbehaving cartoon animals—then this book is right up your alley.

Foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed and misanthropic, Rick is no ordinary cute cartoon rabbit. The strips in this hysterically funny, surprisingly sweet collection range from fantasy tales about a closeted fundamentalist teddy bear, an oversexed fox, and a doomed robot love affair to autobiographical comics that share maybe a little too much information about the author. This first full-length collection of irreverent and sweet comic strips from Rick Worley features a foreword by StevieD and EvilJeff from the Comic Book Queers podcast.

Robert Kirby, creator of Curbside and the anthologies Boy Trouble and THREE, says “Beautifully drawn, hilarious, wistful, profane and very human, Rick Worley’s A Waste of Time knocked me out.”

Howard Cruse, underground comics legend, creator of Wendel and editor of the classic Gay Comix, says, “Rick Worley’s insightful Waste of Time comic strips are simultaneously tender and perverse—like his bunny.”

A Waste of Time is 136 pages, retails for $19.99 and is published by Northwest Press, which publishes graphic novels and comics collections by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics creators. The book is available to retailers direct from the publisher as well as through Diamond Comic Distributors using item #SEP111192. Northwest Press books are also available through Haven Distro, Prerogatives/Pride Catalog, Last Gasp, and Bulldog Books (Australia).

What a Difference a Year Makes: Apple Welcomes Gay Comics Publisher

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Northwest PressWhat a Difference a Year Makes: Apple Welcomes Gay Comics Publisher

All Full-length Northwest Press Titles Available on iBooks

Last year, there were numerous reports of comics with gay subject matter—most without even any nudity—being rejected by Apple for inclusion in its App Store, and many had concerns that selling comics for the iPad would not be an option for independent lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender comics creators. That appears to be a thing of the past; last month, Apple approved all three full-length graphic novels from Northwest Press, an LGBT comics publisher, for sale on its iBooks store. One of them is even a steamy adaptation of a classic erotic gay novel.

“Anyone trying to start a publishing business in this day and age needs to factor digital distribution into their business plan,” says Northwest Press publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen. “When it looked like we wouldn’t have one of the biggest marketplaces for digital comics open to us, it was a major concern. We explored a lot of alternatives but found nothing else that matched the experience readers have viewing books on the iPad. We’re relieved that we’re able to finally bring our books to iBooks.”

The iBooks versions of Northwest Press books feature easy browsing of chapters and pages, elegant page turn animations, and zooming to view detail. Each books is optimized for display on the iPad screen, but can also be viewed in pan and zoom on the iPhone.

The approval process for Teleny and Camille, Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, and Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics started in early July, and was still underway as Northwest Press exhibited with LGBT comics nonprofit Prism Comics at Comic-Con in San Diego. By the end of the show, all three books were available for purchase through iBooks in the US, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Many decisions to reject gay content by Apple have been reversed over the course of the past year. For example, Tom Bouden’s adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest—rejected multiple times and only ultimately approved after censoring images most readers would find tame—is now for sale in its uncensored form. Christensen credits the change in Apple’s stance to the public pressure on the issue and Apple’s improvement in balancing free speech with concerns over adult material.
“Plus, I think the Lambda nominations and awards helped,” says Christensen, referring to the Lambda Literary Award nominations for its first two books, Glamazonia and Teleny, and its win for the latter. “Steve Jobs has said that he wants the iPad and iPhone to be ‘free from porn’, but it’s a pretty good defense to point to a literary honor to remind people that an explicit book still has artistic merit.”
In addition to continuing to release digital versions of its printed books—such as Rick Worley’s A Waste of Time, due in October—Northwest Press will soon be releasing digital editions of popular LGBT titles like Tim Fish’s Cavalcade of Boys and Tommy Roddy’s Pride High.
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Web Links:
“iPad Publishing No Savior for Small Press, LGBT Comics Creators” on PrismComics.org: http://prismcomics.org/display.php?id=1858
Northwest Press: http://northwestpress.com

Apple’s iBooks: http://www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/ibooks.html

Lambda Award-Winning Publisher and Author to Meet Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club

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Northwest Press

Lambda Award-Winning Publisher and Author
to Meet Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club

Club Has Chosen Teleny and Camille as August Selection

On Wednesday, August 31, the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club will meet for the fifth and final discussion of their August selection: Jon Macy’s graphic novel Teleny and Camille, winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica. They will be joined by the author via teleconference as well as by Northwest Press publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen in person.
Teleny and Camille was adapted from the anonymous Victorian novel Teleny: Or the Reverse of the Medal, first published in 1893 and widely attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of writers and poets. Macy spent eight years adapting the novel as a graphic novel, completing the project in 2010. The graphic novel has been widely praised by critics for its lush art style and frank exploration of a pivotal period in gay history.
“It’s got a gloriously over-the-top gay love story that would be perfect for an opera,” says Nick DiMartino, creator and facilitator of the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club, “but here instead of grand music, the reader is treated to lushly imaginative graphics, a visual symphony for the eyes.”
“There is an agenda here, and it is not simply the visual re-telling of a well-known novel,” wrote John McCrea on Oscholars.com, a site devoted to exploring the literature and arts of the Victorian period. “It is a celebration of that novel and a celebration of what that novel deeply wants to assert. It is an artistic and aesthetic triumph.”
Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm at SASG (formerly Dunshee House), at 303 17th Avenue East in Seattle on Capitol Hill, near Group Health Hospital. SASG can be reached by phone at (206) 322-2437.
Copies of Teleny and Camille are available in comics specialty shops, direct from northwestpress.com or digitally through iBooks and Google Books, and previews of the book are available at all digital outlets. You can find a comic shop near you by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK or visiting comicshoplocator.com.
Seattle-based Northwest Press is dedicated to publishing the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics collections and graphic novels. Teleny and Camille was its first project, published in 2010, and has been followed by Justin Hall’s Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny and David Kelly’s Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics.
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Web links:
SASG: http://sasgcc.org/
Northwest Press: http://northwestpress.com
Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club: http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub
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