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Prism Comics Announces the 2017 Queer Press Grant Winner

The recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant was announced at the Queers, Comics & Social Justice panel by Prism Comics Queer Press Grant chair Elizabeth Beier, at Wondercon.

This year’s winner is Tee Franklin for Bingo Love. Tee hopes her story will let Black youth know it’s okay to be queer, and strongly represent seniors.

The Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in self-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.

Prism Comics Awards the 2016 Queer Press Grant

The recipient of the 2016 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant was announced at the ALPHABET -10 Years of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant panel by Prism Comics Queer Press Grant chair Jon Macy, at WonderCon. This year was a tie between Catherine Esguerra for Eighty Days and Elizabeth Beier for I Like Your Headband.

The Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in self 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.

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: Jon Macy – Fearful Hunter        
2006: Megan Gedris – YU+ME                                 2011: Robert Kirby – Three  
2007: Justin Hall – True Travel Tales                    2012: Christine Smith – The Princess
2007: Tommy Roddy – Pride High                         2012: Blue Delliquanti – O Human Star      
2008: Pam Harrison – House of the Muses         2013: Hazel Newlevant – If This Be Sin
2009: Ed Luce – Wuvable Oaf                                 2014: Calvin Gimplevich                    
2009: Eric Orner – Storybox                                   2014:Emiliano Quale 
2010: Tana Ford – Duck                                           2015:  Dave Davenport -Stray Bullet
                                                                                     

Prism Comics is an all volunteer organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ comics. You can help greatly by making a donation to the Queer Press Grant.

Prism Comics Announces New Queer Comics Anthology

Prism Comics has been working hard to promote the queer comics reading experience. To that end they have teamed up with Stacked Deck Press to bring you a new LGBT comics project. A benefit book to raise funds for the annual Queer Press Grant that helps LGBT comic book self publishers.

In a release, Jon Macy Prism Comics Queer Press Grant chair said:

This is going to be a great anthology with many established comics creators as well as fresh and exciting new voices. Yes, the ultimate goal is to raise money for the grant, but my secret agenda has always been to find a way to promote the many amazing artists that have submitted exceptional proposals over the years. I want to give them the chance to show off their talents in a sweet full color hardback book. Doing this really makes us happy.

The queer publishing world is a small one, and not what it was even ten years ago. Many small presses have gone under, and it has become harder and harder for new LGBT comics creators to find publishers. One of Prism’s own is stepping up to create Stacked Deck Press, an all-inclusive publishing house that focuses on gender, sexual, regional, and ethnic diversity among creators, and diversity of style and genre in story content. Alphabet will be their first book.

Tara Avery, Publisher of Stacked Deck Press, said:

We wanted to highlight the many varieties of the LGBTQ experience and in recent years the queer comics movement has gained visibility from coast to coast. Alphabet is an attempt to bring cartoonists together that represent a broad cross-section of our community and culture.

Alphabet the LGBTQAI cartoonists from Prism Comics to benefit the Queer Press Grant will debut at Wondercon 2016, March 25-27 at the Los Angeles convention center in California. Look for their crowd funding campaign coming in October.

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Prism Comics announces winner of the 2015 Queer Press Grant

Stray Bullet 1The recipient of the 2015 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant was announced at the It’s A Queer, Queer World panel by Prism president Ted Abenheim, at WonderCon. Dave Davenport, a talented veteran of queer comics, was awarded the QPG for his forthcoming graphic novel Stray Bullet.

Stray Bullet is a story about HIV and the hope for the future. It’s “something serious told in a playful way.”

The Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in self 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 Stray Bullet 2contribution 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                                    2014: Calvin Gimplevich/Emiliano Quale

Prism Comics is an all volunteer organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ comics. You can help greatly by making a donation to the Queer Press Grant.

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.

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.

Prism Comics Announces Deadline for 2013 Queer Press Grant

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 deadline for the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant, Prism’s annual grant to LGBT comics self-publishers. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The Award is to be announced at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco October 12 – 13, 2013.

Did you know that Prism Comics is the only organization in the comics field which offers an annual financial grant to help aspiring comics creators publish and promote their comics? The Grant is funded by donations from readers, creators with the desire to help those just starting out, and fans who want to see more LGBT stories get published.

Comics and attitudes towards the LGBT community have changed a lot since Prism was founded in 2003. The comic book industry has begun embracing queer characters and topics. Every day there are new artists and writers creating comics which present the widediversity of LGBT experience with stories of coming out, personal relationships, family relationships, LGBT youth, transgender subjects, humor, sci-fi, fantasy and more. Great works of serious literary merit, but it is still difficult and expensive for independent and aspiring comics creators to get their comics into the hands of readers. The Queer Press Grant helps self-publishing LGBT comics creators accomplish this goal.

Prism Comics will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con July 18-21, booth #2144. In addition to promoting and raising funds for the Queer Press Grant, Prism Comics will be presenting panels, and offering portfolio review for comics creators and those interested in submitting for the Queer Press Grant. Comics creators who are scheduled to do portfolio review include such industry greats as Phil Jimenez (X-Men, Wonder Woman, Fairest) – Saturday, July 20 2-4 pm; Bob Schreck (Batman, Legendary Comics) Saturday, July 20 3 pm; Justin Hall (Glamzaonia, No Straight Lines) and others to be announced.

Previous recipients of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant include;

Steve Macisaac 2005     Megan Rose Gedris 2006     Justin Hall 2007
Tommy Roddy 2007       Pam Harrison 2008               Ed Luce 2008
Eric Orner 2009              Jon Macy 2010                      Tana Ford 2010
Robert Kirby 2011           Christine Smith 2012             Blue Deliquanti 2012

For more information on The Queer Press Grant, how to submit for the Grant and PrismComics please visit: www.prismcomics.org.

If you would like to show your support for LGBT comics please visit http://prismcomics.org/donate.php

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