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WonderCon News Flash! Prism Comics Announces Pam Harrison as the Recipient of the 2009 Queer Press Grant!
posted March 1st, 2009
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San Francisco, CA —Prism Comics is proud to announce that Pam Harrison is the recipient of its fourth annual Queer Press Grant for her submission, House of the Muses: The Latter Days of Sappho of Lesbos, a comic book series based on the writings of Sappho and Alkaios. The announcement was made at San Francisco’s WonderCon, during Prism’s panel, “Self-Publishing Queer Comics”.

"Among the most important projects performed by Prism throughout the year is finding and nurturing emerging talent from the LGBT community," said Patricia Jeres, Prism Co-President. “We are especially proud to be able to offer this grant to Pam, whose storytelling and incredible 3-D graphic technique really wowed Prism’s Board.”

Harrison, reacting to the news, said, "When I heard the news this afternoon I was overjoyed and ecstatic. As Sappho herself might have put it, 'I was giddy, overjoyed; I felt myself go hot and cold all over'. With all its romance, adventure, humor and pathos, its Teen+ rating and diverse LGBT-straight readership, House of the Muses advances the dream of pushing LGBT comics into the mainstream.”

House of the Muses: The Latter Days of Sappho of Lesbos was born during Harrison’s early college days studying New Testament Greek at Western Kentucky University where she discovered Sappho’s poetry that she says, “literally changed my life.” Harrison, an aspiring comics artist since age 12, eventually learned 3-D graphics, which became the basis for the illustrations in the published version of House of the Muses. She has most recently taught night classes in 3DStudio Max at Louisville Technical Institute.

Three issues of House of the Muses are now available through various outlets including Harrison’s website, along with Amazon.com and IndyPlanet.com.

The grant announcement was made during Prism’ panel, “Self-Publishing Queer Comics”, one of three panels Prism presented during San Francisco’s WonderCon, the Bay Area's pre-eminent comics and pop-culture consumer convention. For more information about WonderCon, go to www.comic-con.org/wc.

The Queer Press Grant was made possible through the generous contributions of Jane's World's Paige Braddock, Prism Board Member Roger Klorese, and many online contributors. For more information, go here. To contribute for next year’s grant, please go to our Facebook cause page.

The first recipient of the Queer Press Grant was Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), the second was Megan Gedris (YU+ME), and the third was a tie for both Tommy Roddy (Pride High) and Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny).

Prism Comics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) creators, characters, themes and readers in the comic book field. For more information, go to http://www.prismcomics.org.

For more information on current and past Queer Press Grant winners, please visit their web sites:

Pam Harrison: http://houseofthemuses.com and http://user.drunkduck.com/houseofmuses.

Justin Hall: http://allthumbspress.com.

Tommy Roddy: www.pridecomics.com.

Steve MacIsaac: www.stevemacisaac.com.

Megan Gedris: http://yume.rosalarian.com.


Prism Comics promotes the works of the LGBT community in comics. It does not implicitly endorse any other material or products associated with those works. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s).


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