PRISM AWARDS

THE PRISM AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN LGBTQ+ COMICS

The PRISM AWARDS are presented annually 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. Founded and managed by Prism Comics, The Queer Press Expo and The Cartoon Art Museum, the goal of the Awards is to recognize, promote, and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.

The Nominees and Awards are voted on by diverse panels of comics professionals, educators, librarians, journalists and writers. The voting process takes place in the first quarter of each year, and the nominees are announced at the annual Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco each spring. The Prism Awards and the Prism Award Finalist Honors are presented each summer at Comic-Con International: San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center. The dates and times of the Awards Presentations are announced when Comic-Con releases their annual programming schedule.

For more information or inquiries:

Gladys Ochoa, Prism Awards Chairperson – agladysochoa@gmail.com

Nina Kester, Founder, Queer Comics Expo and Prorgam Coordinator, Cartoon Art Museum – education@cartoonart.org

Ted Abenheim, President, Prism Comics – ted@prismcomics.org.

PRISM COMICS – 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 provides an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.  Learn more at prismcomics.org.

QUEER COMICS EXPO – The Queer Comics Expo (QCE) is an event to celebrate queer culture and promote diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories. QCE is also a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving, documenting, and exhibiting the unique and accessible art form of cartooning in all its forms for over 30 years. For more information please visit https://www.cartoonart.org/event/2019-qce

THE 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. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

2019 PRISM AWARDS

SHORT FORM FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: see me by e Jackson  https://eshiel.itch.io/seeme

You Don’t Have To Be Afraid of Me by Victor Martins  https://helloboyfriend.itch.io

Fazenda De Sangue Azul by H. Pueyo and Dante Luiz  https://danteluiz.com/tagged/comics

WEBCOMICS FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: SuperButch by Barry Deutsch & Becky Hawkins http://superbutchcomic.com

After the Fog by H-P Lehkonen   https://hplehkonen.com/blog/after-the-fog

Null Point by Amara Sherm  https://sparklermonthly.com/series/null-point

SMALL TO MIDSIZE PRESS FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho (Iron Circus)  https://ironcircus.com/product/meal

It Will Be Hard by Hien Pham(self published)  https://wavingpeople.itch.io/it-will-be-hard

The Lie and How We Told It by Tommi Parrish (Fantagraphics)   http://www.fantagraphics.com/thelie

MAINSTREAM PUBLISHER FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges, Polterink, and Jim Campbell (Boom! Studios)  http://www.boom-studios.com/2018/10/31/lumberjanes-the-infernal-compass-on-sale-now

Runaways #12 by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson and Joe Carmagna (Marvel)  https://www.marvel.com/comics/characters/1010747/runaways

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6 by Mark Russell, Brandee Stilwell, Paul Mounts, Jeremy Lawson, Rose Campbell, Ben Caldwell, Mark Morales, Gus Vazquez, Sean Parsons and Mike Feehan (DC)  https://www.dccomics.com/comics/exit-stage-left-the-snagglepuss-chronicles-2018/exit-stage-left-the-snagglepuss-chronicles-1

ANTHOLOGY FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: ABO Comix Vol 2: A Comic Anthology by LGBTQ Prisoners edited by Casper Cendre   http://www.abocomix.com/store/p2/abo1.html

Group Chat edited by Carolynn Calabrese, Jenny Mott, Ashley Gallagher, Rachel Weiss  https://pome-mag.com/pome-press

Being True: LGBTQ+ Comics From The Boston Comics Roundtable edited by Renie Jesanis, Kyri Lorenz, and Steph Rose Glass  https://bostoncomics.com/bcr-at-fanexpo-boston-being-true-debuts

2019 PRISM AWARD JUDGES

Short Form Judges:

  • Mey Valdivia Rude (writer at them, Autostraddle)
  • Joamette Gil (Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy)
  • Sfé R. Monster (The Beyond Anthologies)

Webcomic Judges:

  • Matt Lubchansky (The Nib)
  • Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies)
  • Zora Gilbert (Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Stories, Books 1 and 2)

Small to Midsize Press Comic Judges:

  • Juliette Capra (Crowded)
  • Noella Whitney (Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Stories, Book 2)
  • Heidi MacDonald (editor-in-chief of Comics Beat)

Mainstream Publisher Comic Judges:

  • Brian Andersen (Stripling Warrior)
  • AJ Real (writer, Advanced Death Saves)
  • Jack Baur (Librarian, Berkeley Public Library)

Anthology Judges:

  • e jackson (Flux)
  • Hazel Newlevant (Sugar Town)
  • Rob McMonigal (founder and head writer at Panel Patter)

The Prism Awards Organizing Team:

  • Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics)
  • Nina Taylor Kester (Queer Comics Expo, Cartoon Art Museum)
  • Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir)

2018 PRISM AWARDS

SHORT FORM FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: To Measure by Noella Whitney, 2017 – http://no-whit.com/

Contact High by James F Wright and Josh Eckert, August 2017 – http://www.jamesfwrites.com/comics/

Figurinha by Dante Luiz, May 2017 – http://danteluiz.com/publications

There’s More Than One! by Justin Hubbell, June 2017 – http://www.justinhubbell.com/more-than-one-longform/

It Was 1973, and Tiffany Banks Was Totally Winning at Gender by Ajuan Mance, 2017 – http://8-rock.com/

WEBCOMICS FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti, (excerpts from 2017) – ttp://ohumanstar.com/

Cans of Beans, chapter 9 by Tamara Go, 2017 – http://www.cansofbeans.com/

SuperButch Issue 1 by Becky Hawkins and Barry Deutsch, 2017 – http://superbutchcomic.com/

Monster Pop! by Maya Kern, (excerpt from 2017) –http://monsterpop.mayakern.com/

Superpose by Ciaran and Anka C, (excerpt from August 2017-November 2017) – http://superpose.sp-gu.com/

SMALL TO MIDSIZE PRESS FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds by Daniel Heath Justice and Weshoyot Alvitre, Alternate History Comics Inc., June 2017 – http://ahcomics.com/wordpress/moonshot-volume-2/

Steam Clean by Laura Ķeniņš, May 2017 – http://retrofit.storenvy.com/products/20070341-steam-clean-by-laura-kenins

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics, February 2017 – http://www.fantagraphics.com/my-favorite-thing-is-monsters/

MAINSTREAM PUBLISHER FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Scholastic Graphix, 2017 – https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/the-witch-boy-by-molly-ostertag/

Iceman by Sina Grace (writer), Alessandro Vitti (artist), Kevin Wada (artist), Marvel Comics, 2017 – https://www.amazon.com/Iceman-Vol-1-Thawing-Out/dp/1302908790/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530740163&sr=1-2&keywords=iceman+sina+grace

Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin (Writer), Nina Vakueva (Pencils), Irene Flores (Inker), Rebecca Nalty (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Lettere)r, Boom Studios, 2017 – https://shop.boom-studios.com/series/detail/625/hi-fi-fight-club

ANTHOLOGY FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Volume 2 edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra, August 2017 – http://datesanthology.com/collaborators2016

Power & Magic: IMMORTAL SOULS edited by Joamette Gil, 2017 – http://powerandmagic.tumblr.com/

Oh Joy Sex Toy, Volume 4 edited by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan, 2017 – https://onipress.com/collections/limerence-press/products/copy-of-oh-joy-sex-toy-volume-4

2018 PRISM AWARD JUDGES
  • AJ Real (Advanced Death Saves edited by Josh Trujillo) – @darkshifter
  • Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies; Alphabet; We’re Still Here) – http://8-rock.com/  @8_rock
  • Brian Andersen (Stripling Warrior; So Super Duper; The Advocate) – www.sosuperduper.com, @superbrian
  • e jackson (Flux; Drawing a Dialogue podcast) – @ehetja
  • Gillian Pascasio (The Kiss of the Demoness) – @7CLUBS
  • Gina Biggs (Love Not Found) – @ginabiggs
  • Hari Conner (Finding Home) – hari-illustration.com  @haridraws
  • Heidi MacDonald (The Beat, The News Blog of Comics Culture) – https://www.comicsbeat.com/  @comixace
  • H-P Lehkonen (Life Outside the Circle) – webtoons.com. @hplehkonen
  • Jack Baur (Librarian, Berkeley Public Library) – inthelibrarywithacomicbook.org  @kcorstel
  • Mey Valdivia Rude (Autostraddle) – @meyrude
  • Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter) – www.panelpatter.com  @rob_mcmonigal
  • Scout Tran-Caffee (Villainette; Falling Sky) – xo.villainette.com
  • Sfé R. Monster (Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, Vols. 1 and 2; webcomic Eths’ Skin) –  sfemonster.com  @sfemonster
  • William O. Tyler (WoT’s Cinephilia) –  @williamotyler

2017 PRISM AWARDS  

SHORT FORM FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: Nothing Wrong With Me, 2016, The Nib, by Dylan Edwards

Flux, 2015, self-published, by E Jackson

The Kiss of the Demoness, 2017, self-published, by Gillian Pascasio

Liar, 2017, self-published, by Hari Conner

WEBCOMICS FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: Villainette, 2015, self-published, by Scout Tran-Caffee

Failing Sky: Ghost Story, 2016, self-published, by Scout Tran-Caffee

With Great Abandon, 2017, self-published, by EH MacMillian

SMALL TO MIDSIZE PRESS FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: Short Gay Stories, 2017, Team Pärvelö, by H-P Lehkonen

Active Voice The Comic Collection, 2016, Furia Press, by P. Kristen Enos: writer, Heidi Ho: contributing writer, Casandra Grullon: artist, Derek Chua: artist, Leesamarie Croal: artist, Beth Varni: artist, Dan Parent: cover artist

Destiny, NY Volume One: Who I Used to Be, 2017, Continuity Entertainment, by Pat Shand: writer, Manuel Preitano: artist, Jim Campbell: letterer, Shannon Lee: editor

MAINSTREAM PUBLISHER FINALISTS & WINNER

WINNER: The Backstagers #1, 2016, BOOM!Box, by James Tynion IV: writer, Rian Sygh: artist

Lumberjanes #17, 2015, BOOM!Box, by Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters: writers, Brooke Allen: artist

Supergirl: Being Super #1, 2016, DC Entertainment, by Mariko Tamaki: writer, Joëlle Jones: pencils, Sandu Florea: inks, Kelly Fitzpatrick: colorist, Saida Temofonte: letters, Jones and Fitzpatrick: cover

ANTHOLOGY FINALISTS  & WINNER

WINNER: Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology, 2016, P&M Press, edited by Joamette Gil

Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, 2015, Beyond Press, edited by Sfé R. Monster & Taneka Stotts

Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers, 2015, self-published, edited by Hazel Newlevant

Food Porn, 2016, Strawberry Comics, edited by Gina Biggs

2017 PRISM AWARD JUDGES
  • AJ Real (Dominican University Library)
  • Ajuan Mance (1001 Black Men, Gender Studies)
  • Brian Anderson (Stripling Warrior, The Advocate)
  • Heidi McDonald (The Comics Beat)
  • Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library)
  • Jon Erik Christianson (Comics Alliance, Prismatic Pull)
  • Kirwan McHarry (Border Dwellers in Boys’ Love Manga)
  • Mey Rude (writer and editor at Autostraddle)
  • Mel Rieff Hill (The Gender Book)
  • Nia King (Queer & Trans Artists of Color, We Want the Airwaves podcast)
  • Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter)
  • William O. Tyler (WoT’s Cinephilia)