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My Saturday Comic-Con Report: "We" Won Eisner Awards!
by David Stanley, posted July 24th, 2011
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Okay, Prism didn't, but two of our own did. On Friday night, Eric Shanower and Jim McCann both won Eisner Awards (which are comicdom's highest honors).

Eric won for "Best Adaptation from Another Work" for Marvel Comics' The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum which he adapted and Skottie Young illustrated (Skottie also won an Eisner as "Best Penciler/Inker").

And as fate would have it, Eric appeared at the Prism booth just earlier that day signing copies of both Oz collections that have been published by Marvel. I even took a photo of him but can't get it off my camera, damn technology! But here's another shot I took earlier at his own booth. Congratulations, Eric!

However, I do have the pic of Jim McCann I took Saturday at the booth, in the afterglow of the award. With artist Janet Lee, Jim won an Eisner Award for "Best Graphic Album—New" for Return of the Dapper Men (published by Archaia Studios Press). I know this must be thrilling for Jim and it is for us, as well.

Also appearing Saturday at the booth was Dave Davenport, who is the artist extraordinaire of the Hard To Swallow series (#1-#4), Dogspunk Comix and his new book, Feral and the Ghost Skater, “from the pages of ‘Hard to Swallow’”. Dave is also an in-demand illustrator whose work has appeared in OUT, Instigator, Unzipped, and Freshmen magazines along with Bruno Gmunder collection Stripped.

And of course, the delightful Brian Andersen who brought not one but two new books to the Con, including his own Friend of Dorothy #2 (drawn by Neftall Centeno) and Adam Fair's This Gay Existence #3. Brian's super sweet and funny boyf Preston was also there and it's always nice to catch up with him. Brian had also appeared on Friday's "LGBT Publishing" panel offering his expertise and now vast experience with creating work you wholeheartedly believe in and using every means possible to get people to pay attention and to pick good stuff out of the vast sea of choices people have nowadays. Check out everything Brian Andersen at his website!

Speaking of Brian, I found out that his character, Psyche, of So Super Duper will appear in a crossover event in PK Eiselt's comic book, Junkyard Angels, coming to a store and website near you starting this September! Psyche will appear in both Issues #15 and #16. To my knowledge, this may be the very first crossover of two LGBT creators' characters. Sort of like the meeting of the two Flash's. Or when the Justice Society formed ("Hey, Wonder Woman, get me some coffee!"). Click here for more information on Junkyard Angels or on PK himself, go here.

This has me really excited! His book is phenomenal! And I was so glad to see PK at the booth and to chat with him.

Beyond the Prism booth, I had to wander out to see what all the fuss was about at Comic-Con (what the heck are people lining up for everywhere?). And what are the major companies doing this year to attract eyeballs? Well, here's one display that couldn't help but turn heads. Poor guy, though. Not only is he half-naked but he had to pose with fans—and oh, yes, the girls were pawing him. Touching his chest, wrapping their legs around him, tossing their heads back in ecstasy. But this fan was my favorite:

I've got more silliness to chronicle, but now I'll report on serious business—y'know, the Archie Comics panel.

Kevin Keller is one of the most radical culture warriors we've seen in a very long time. Yeah, I know he's sparkly and cute and seems perfect, but that's exactly why he's subversive. He's now fits in as one of the Riverdale gang, which is exactly what the devilish anti-gay forces fear the most. They want us to be seen as alien and subhuman. Kevin's blown that apart. And yeah, maybe he's too perfect—white, cleanshaven with perfect hair and teeth, but we can't expect him to represent every queer person. Just wait for Jughead to get into weed, grow his beard, sport a Prince Albert and wear a "Fist Across America" t-shirt in Life With Archie.

Dan Parent is the one responsible for this breakthrough. He credits the Archie management for approving and supporting Kevin. Dan's been with Archie for 24 years but never had this kind of attention before and he really deserves it. I've spoken with him a few times and he's nice as can be and so supportive of Prism Comics. Two years in a row, he created original drawings of Kevin Keller and donated them to Prism for our silent auction.

Anyhow, at the panel, Archie Comics had some exciting announcements. Overall, they seem a waking giant, now reviving their brand and taking it into the modern age, not only with their characters and their art style, but being the first major comics company to go day-and-date with their digital comics. Plus they're developing tv and movie properties, plus merchandise (yeah, where are the t-shirts and mugs and all the stuff we want to gobble up?).

Regarding Kevin, they announced that he will have his own ongoing series starting next year that Dan will write and draw. That's astonishing. Plus they're adding him to Life With Archie which is five years in the future of the Archie universe, where Kevin will be married! Holy crap!

Here is a pic I took of Dan at the panel:

Oh man, I've been gushing about Kevin so much that I've run a bit long so I'll continue with my Comic-Con Wrap-Up With Part II, covering so much! The fourth Prism panel, "Gays in Comics: Year 24!", the Mixer/Silent Auction and fun pics from my last day at the Con. See ya.


David Stanley is Prism's PR Chair and Editor, Queer Eye On Comics.

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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