|Charles "Zan" Christensen
Website: Northwest Press
Bio: Charles "Zan" Christensen is the Publisher of Northwest Press, a publishing imprint devoted to providing the highest-quality lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graphic novels and comics collections. Northwest's first published book was Jon Macy's Teleny and Camille, a graphic novel adaptation of the anonymous Victorian erotic novel Teleny, attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of poets and writers. The book debuted at the 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Zan is also a comics writer, currently co-creating the series The Mark of Aeacus for Class Comics and Northwest Press. The second issue of MoA, jointly published by the two companies, debuted at the 2010 Comic-Con as well.
In 2003, Zan was also the founding President of Prism Comics, which was formed when a group of gay comics fans and professionals got together and decided to take their passion for the medium and work to level the playing field for other queer comics creators. In its short existence, Prism Comics has surpassed all expectations and become a force for positive change in the industry, providing a strong presence on the web, highvisibility at conventions, and an annual grant program that has given thousands of dollars to LGBT creators to publish and promote their work.
Zan continues to be active with Prism as their Web Chairperson.
RECENT PRISM COMICS FEATURES
PRISM ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS FOR 2012 QUEER PRESS GRANT! IT’S A TIE BETWEEN BLUE DELLIQUANTI AND CHRISTINE SMITH!
[News, Posted 10/17/12]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — At the Alternative Press Expo (APE), Prism Comics announced the recipients of the 2012 Queer Press Grant (QPG) on October 13th during the Queer Cartoonists Panel moderated by Justin Hall. For this year's recipients, it's a tie between Blue Delliquanti for O Human Star and Christine Smith for The Princess. Prism Comics, which supports LGBT comics, creators and readers, established the Queer Press Grant in 2005 to encourage the publication of LGBT-themed…
QUEER NERD WRAP-UP OF SD COMIC-CON 2012! ANDY GETS INKPOT! PRISM PRESENTS NORTHSTAR PANEL! AND MORE!
[News, Posted 7/16/12]
Another Comic-Con comes to an end! It goes by in a rush, with me feeling like a salmon swimming upstream. Sometimes I’m able to stand still long enough to Twitter and other times I'm sweating, desperately running from one side of the convention center to another. This time, so much was going on that I couldn't catch it all, so apologies if I don't have any pictures of your appearance/signing/panel/party.
It's a testament to the increasing visibility and interest in LGBTQI comics and…
PRISM MAKES ITS "GAY AGENDA" FOR COMIC-CON EVEN EASIER
[News, Posted 7/9/12]
Coming to Comic-Con in San Diego? Prism Comics is once again bringing you "The Gay Agenda" so you won't miss any of the fantastic LGBT events during the show. This year, there are a record number of great queer panels, parties and signings! Since there's so much to choose from, we've found a way to make it even easier for you to stay up-to-date, not only with events at the Con, but also offsite parties and social events… even the full, up-to-the-minute signing schedule at the Prism Comics booth!
MEET ED LUCE AND GET YOUR WUVABLE OAF COMICS AND MERCH AT THE PRISM COMICS BOOTH AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!
[News, Posted 7/9/12]
The "Wuvable Oaf" himself, Ed Luce, has sent us the following details about his upcoming appearance with Prism this week!
"Join Wuvable Oaf for Comic-Con International 2012 at Prism Comics, booth #2144-48! Here’s the schedule:
Wednesday, July 11th (Preview Night) 6-9 pmThursday & Sunday from 2-7 pmFriday & Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm
The Oaf crew will be debuting three new items at the convention:
-The brand new OAF HULK shirt: Much cuter (and hairer) than Green or Red Hulk, Oaf Hulk ruins…
AT COMIC-CON 2012, PRISM COMICS CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF NO STRAIGHT LINES: FOUR DECADES OF QUEER COMICS, NORTHSTAR'S WEDDING, ALISON BECHDEL'S NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL, AND 25 YEARS OF "GAYS IN COMICS"!
[News, Posted 7/3/12]
Triple Queer Comics Booth (#2144, 2146, 2148), Creator Signings, Panels Galore, and the Most Queer Events at any Comic-Con Ever!
San Diego, CA - Prism Comics, the premier nonprofit supporting LGBTQI comics, creators, and readers, has announced its biggest year ever with a jam-packed slate of panels, signings and events for San Diego Comic-Con International 2012, including a Northstar panel with Marjorie Liu, the writer of Marvel Comics' landmark gay wedding issue; a Prism booth…
RECENT OFFSITE FEATURES
BOLD RILEY PREVIEW: IBOOK OR PDF
[Source: Northwest Press, Added: 3/22/12]
The preview of The Legend of Bold Riley that we released a few weeks ago has gotten even better, and now has a version that's designed specifically for the iPad...
INTERVIEW: ZAN CHRISTENSEN OF NORTHWEST PRESS
[Source: IMRU, Added: 12/26/11]
Interview with Charles "Zan" Christensen of Prism Comics and Northwest Press.
CONVENTION REPORT: BENT-CON 2011
[Source: The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society Miscellanea and Ephemeron, Added: 12/10/11]
I was only able to attend Bent-Con 2 at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA on Sunday December 4th. It was, I’m told in full swing from Friday night, and I’m sure I missed some good events and...
THE "PUBLISHING QUEER" PANEL AT BENTCON 2011
[Source: I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I read?, Added: 12/9/11]
For the second year, BentCon (held this past weekend) was a Comics Convention that's ALL about queer comics, and they reprised one of the most amazing panels from this year's ComicCon,
I had the...
FOF #1485 – INSIDE THE OUT 100
[Source: Feast of Fun, Added: 11/22/11]
Join us today as Charles “Zan” Christensen takes us inside the Out 100 fabulous awards soiree, and shares with us his awesome and sometimes awkward moments with some of your favorite gay...