First Annual Prism Awards to Recognize LGBTQAI+ Comics and Creators

Press Release:

Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo are proud to announce the first annual Prism Awards! These awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.

Winners of the Prism Awards will be announced at the Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco, the weekend of July 8-9, 2017. All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panels of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians.

Submissions for the awards are open at bit.ly/PrismComicsAwards from May 1 – June 1, 2017. Eligible work must have been made/published within the past two years (between April 26 2015- present). No author may submit more than three entries. One award will be given in each of the following categories:

Best Short Form Comic
A self-published or traditionally published comic of 32 pages or less, which was first printed or posted online not more than two years ago. Entries to this category should be a complete story, not an excerpt from a longer work. Please submit the entire comic as a PDF.

Best Webcomic
A comic that is primarily/initially published online. Please submit no more than 32 pages or strips in PDF form that were first posted not more than two years ago. Can be a complete or ongoing story.

Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
A comic first published not more than two years ago by a self-owned, small or midsize press. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Mainstream Publisher category if we feel that is more appropriate. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.

Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
A comic first published not more than two years ago by a mainstream publisher. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Small to Midsize press category if we feel that is more appropriate. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.

Best Comic Anthology
A collection of shorter works created by at least three different authors, either self-published or traditionally published not more than two years ago. Submit the entire anthology in PDF form.

Submission Guidelines:
All entrants must fill out the Prism Awards submission form and provide a link to the PDF copy of their submission. No submissions, except Anthologies, may be more than 32 pages. Each work submitted must be in a single PDF file. All submissions should have the title of work and main author’s name clearly visible on at least one page of the work. This year we are only accepting comics in English, as we are unfortunately unable to judge non-English language comics at this time. There is no entry fee, and no cash prize associated with these awards. Winners will instead be celebrated during the weekend of the Queer Comics Expo and promoted online. 

About Prism Comics, the Queer Press Grant and Prism Awards
Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers.  Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provide an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.  Learn more at prismcomics.org.

The Prism Awards are being established this year (2017) to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics. Apply here…

About Queer Comics Expo
QCE is an annual event, presented by the Cartoon Art Museum, to celebrate queer culture and promote diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cartoon Art Museum a 501(c)3 non-profit. Find updates using QCExpo on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter!

Exhibit, Program and Volunteer Application…

Discounted Advance Tickets…

About Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.

Ezekial Visits Tampa Bay Comic Con!

The Walking Dead Star will be visiting all weekend!

Khary Payton will be a guest at the July 28-30, Tampa Bay Comic Con!

Khary is best known for his role as Ezekial on The Walking Dead and Cyborg on Teen Titans!

To pre-order tickets for the July 28-30, Tampa Bay Comic Con, please visit: www.tampabaycomiccon.com

Walt Simonson visits the Garden State

GSCF is proud to welcome Legendary artist and writer Walter Simonson to Garden State Comic Fest July 8th in Morristown NJ.

Simonson is most known for his work on Thor, which he wrote and illustrated for nine years, during which he created the character Beta Ray Billand Malekith the Accursed
Among others.
He has also worked on other Marvel titles such as X-Factor and Fantastic Four, on DC Comics books including DETECTIVE COMICS, Manhunter, Metal Men and Orion, and on licensed properties such as Star Wars, Alien, Battlestar Galactica and Robocop vs. Terminator.
In addition to his work for both Marvel and DC, Simonson has also generated a considerable body of creator-owned work, like Star-Slammers and Ragnarok. Simonson is married to Louise Simonson. The couple made a cameo appearance in the 2011 Thor feature film.
Simonson has won numerous awards for his work and has influenced artists such as Arthur Adams and Todd McFarlane.
At the 2010 Harvey Awards, Simonson received the 2010 Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented to him by his wife, Louise Simonson.


Currently Walter has been working on his creator-owned series Ragnarök published by IDW Publishing. It features a version of Thor unrelated to the Marvel character. The first issue was published in July 2014.


You can see more on this at Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök and check out The Official Walter Simonson Page

REMEMBER SATURDAY ONLY!!!!

Daredevil’s Charlie Cox Takes on Boston Comic Con 2017

DAREDEVIL’S CHARLIE COX TAKES BOSTON

CHARLIE COX, the man who brings Marvel’s DAREDEVIL character Matt Murdock to life joins the all-star BOSTON COMIC CON guest list.

Boston comic con takes place August 11-13 2017 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

For more info visit the website HERE!

WV – FCBD: Girls With Slingshots Signing

Cartoonist Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots) at Beyond Comics from 11:00 AM till 4:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Beyond Comics
207 S Princess St, Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
(304) 870-4039

HeroesCon 2017 Adds More Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 35th anniversary show including Ben Caldwell, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Craig Hamilton, Dave Dorman, Ivan Brandon, Paulina Ganucheau, Sean Galloway, Thomas Yeates, and more! HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

JOSH BLAYLOCKDevil’s Due, Mercy Sparx
IVAN BRANDON | Black Cloud, Drifter, Viking
CHUCK BROWN | Choosing Sides, BitterRoot, Femme Magnifique
BEN CALDWELL | Prez, A-Force, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Dare Detectives
CHRIS CAMPANA | First World
ADELSO CORONA | Deadpool Corps, Hawk & Dove, Brigade
DAVE DORMAN | Star Wars, Aliens, The Wasted Lands
NICK FILARDI | Powers, Heartthrob, Cave Carson, Helheim
BRENDEN FLETCHER | Motor Crush, Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Power Rangers: Pink
NATHAN FOXVertigo SFX, Captain Victory, Dogs of War, Haunt, DMZ
SEAN GALLOWAY | Spectacular Spider-Man: Lead Character Designer, Teen Titans Go!, Superman
PAULINA GANUCHEAU | Zodiac Starforce, Another Castle, Gwenpool
KENDALL GOODE | The Doorman
CRAIG HAMILTON | Aquaman, Starman, Fables, The Spectre
SHERARD JACKSONGalaxies For Hire, Empty Zone, Minirauders
AUSTIN JANOWSKY | Iron Man: The End, Satellite Falling, Red Sonja, Divine Retribution
ARVELL JONESAll-Star Squadron, Iron Fist, Deathlok, Thor, Iron Man, Luke Cage
NATE LOVETT | Champions of Odd Lake, Kyraa: Alien Jungle Girl, Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets
JAMES LYLE | Grimm Fairy Tales, Game of Horror, Abraham’s Journey
TOM LYLE | Spider-Man, Robin, Punisher, Batman
CHRISTOPHER MOELLER | Lucifer, Iron Empires, Magic: The Gathering
JAMES PATRICK | Batman, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow
JOHN ROSE | Snuffy Smith
NIKKI RYAN | The Family Trade
K LYNN SMITH | Plume
J. DAVID SPURLOCK | Vanguard Publishing
CAMERON STEWARTMotor Crush, Batgirl, Fight Club 2, Seaguy, The Other Side
JUSTIN STEWARTKentucky Kaiju, Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks, Howard the Human
KEVIN STOKES | Pathfinder, Deadman, Tiger Style, Jimmy Olsen, Splitsville
JOHN VAN FLEET | Batman, Typhoid, The X-Files
GUS VASQUEZ | Big Hero 6, Suicide Squad, The Flash
CHRIS WALKER | Publisher Arena Comics, Tiger Style, Splitsville, Raptor
MATT WEBB | Flesh and Blood, Next Men, Hawkman, Star Trek
MARCUS WILLIAMS | Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny
THOMAS YEATES | Tarzan, Prince Valiant, Zorro, Conan

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For the most up-to-date information, check our blog, or sign up for the weekly Heroes Hotline newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

UK – FCBD: Torchwood #2.1 Signing

Neil Edwards signs TORCHWOOD 2.1* at Forbidden Planet Liverpool on Saturday 6th May from 1:00 – 2:00 PM to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and the rest of the crew of the Ice Maiden investigate a case the likes of which even they haven’t seen before! Does the ship’s unconventional crew have what it takes?

Neil Edwards has worked on numerous titles for Marvel and DC, including Fantastic Four, Dark Avengers and DC Rebirth, including Green Lantern and Justice League. He’s the artist on Titan Comics’ Assassin’s Creed and Torchwood series as well as providing the artwork for Titan Comics’ much-celebrated Doctor Who: The Four Doctors.

* Please note that the Torchwood comics are not free – only FCBD Branded titles are free.

Forbidden Planet
92 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4HY
0151 707 1491

Daytona Beach Comic Con is this Sunday April 23rd!

This Sunday April 23, 2017 is the Daytona Beach Comic Book Convention

It will be held at Embery-Riddle ICI Center, 601 S. Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida. Admission at the door is $8. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM.


Some of the vendors are Earl ShawJustin WilsonTony HinesJohn TischlerJake BatesTidalwavecomics OwnerPablo OrdonePedro CruzDavid CorporonJim Carasells CollectiblesDavid McPikeSteve BaginskieDavid FinleySteven MyersDavid SalleDavid T AlexanderChristian GillispieAngelo CrawfordScott DoaneJay OlchakMark GmuerBruce Hughes,  Todd MerrickGeorge PintyeDoug OConnorDoug BerryMike KalesJoe TeggeGary ClarkRaymond SanabriaAaron MeaslesLeigh Hathaway WestonLisa PottsTerry MooreChris FossSteven WarrenEric SpeanburghPatty Harvey WollerEric WollerDaryll GunterLeah Butler Crawford..

For a full vendors list go to the web page HERE! 

MA – Pearls Before Swine Signing

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

OR – FCBD: TFAW Signings

Things From Another World celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with several creator signings at three of their shops!

PORTLAND (2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232)
David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Cyborg, Occupy Avengers) 5pm-7pm
Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men) 5pm-7pm
David Marquez (Invincible Iron Man, Civil War II, Defenders) 5pm-7pm

MILWAUKIE (10977 SE Main St. Milwaukie, OR 97222)
Ben Dewey (Autumnlands) 11am-1pm
Kurt Busiek (Autumnlands, Astro City) 11am-1pm
Jeff Parker (Batman ’66, Future Quest, Kings Watch) 11am-1pm

Keith Tucker (Storyboard artist for Animaniacs, GI Joe, He-Man) 1pm-3pm
Kalie Stanton (Local artist) 1pm-3pm

BEAVERTON (4390 SW Lloyd Ave. Beaverton, OR 97005)
Brian Churilla (Godzilla, Big Trouble in Little China, Hellbreak) 11am-1pm

Joshua Williamson (Flash, Birthright, Justice League vs Suicide Squad) 1pm-3pm
Steve Lieber (The Fix, Whiteout, Underground) 1pm-3pm

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