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Prism Comics Announces 2010 Queer Press Grant Recipients
by David Stanley, posted October 21st, 2010
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San Francisco, CA — Prism Comics announced the recipients of the 2010 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) on Saturday, October 16. This year the Grant is being awarded to Johanna Tana "J.T." Ford for her submission, Duck, and to Jon Macy for his submission, Fearful Hunter. Prism Comics, which supports LGBT comics, creators and readers, established the Queer Press Grant in 2005 to encourage the publication of LGBT-themed comics. The Queer Press Grant is one of the few financial assistance grants given in the comic book industry to foster talent.

"This year, we received the highest number of submissions ever," said Justin Hall, Prism's Talent Relations Chair and previous Queer Press Grant recipient for Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super Tranny. "We also noticed a leap in the quality of storytelling and art which was extremely heartening, even though it made it extremely difficult to single out one person. Luckily, the vote produced a tie once again this year!"

J.T. Ford's Duck is a graphic novel that follows the lives of two lesbians embarking on an impromptu road trip across America. At turns hilarious and poignant, Duck explores the nature of love, the power of friendship, and where the best cowgirl bar is in Austin. Although printed copies of Duck are already available through Ford's blog at duckacomic.blogspot.com, the Grant will assist her in getting copies into the hands of reviewers, comic shops and readers.

Jon Macy's Fearful Hunter chronicles a love story between a druid priest and a werewolf. This modern-day story creates a rich tapestry of fantasy and reality, having been inspired by Macy's Celtic roots and his own relationship with someone dealing with mental illness. The Grant will allow him to continue printing this four-issue series, the first of which has been published. For more information on Jon Macy and how to get a copy of Fearful Hunter #1, go to jonmacy.com.

This year's $2,000 Queer Press Grant was made possible by generous contributions from individual donors via Prism's website, its Facebook Causes page, matching fund challenges, plus fundraising events thrown by Prism Comics. Prism gladly welcomes additional community contributions towards our Grant program.

Previous recipients of the Queer Press Grant are:

The deadline for the 2011 Queer Press Grant will once again fall in September, and Prism will be offering portfolio review at San Diego's Comic-Con International 2011 exclusively for those people applying for the Grant. Past reviewers have included Phil Jimenez, Bob Schreck, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Colleen Coover, among many others. For more information about the Grant and the submission process, go to prismcomics.org/grant.php.


David Stanley is Prism's Co-President & PR Chair and working on stuff, you'll see.

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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