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Charles "Zan" Christensen

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Email: zan@northwestcomics.com
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'S DAVID PAUL BROWN (1969-2014) HE WILL BE MISSED
[News, Posted 2/2/14]
PRISM'S DAVID PAUL BROWN (1969-2014) He Will Be Missed

PRISM COMICS ANNOUNCES 2013 QUEER PRESS GRANT RECIPIENT
[News, Posted 10/20/13]
PRISM COMICS ANNOUNCES 2013 QUEER PRESS GRANT RECIPIENT

PRISM COMICS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF CHAMPIONING LGBT CREATORS, COMICS AND READERS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013! PANELS, 10TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION, HEROES VS. VILLAINS DANCE PARTY, AND MORE!
[News, Posted 7/11/13]
SAN DIEGO, CA – At San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, Prism Comics is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a full roster of panels, creator signings, anniversary reception, and superhero dance party, featuring the best creators working in comics today including Dan Parent, Phil Jimenez, Jane Espenson, Gail Simone, among many others. Comic-Con takes place at the San Diego Convention Center from Wednesday, July 17th through Sunday, June 21st. "Prism Comics was founded in 2003 by a small…

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…


RECENT OFFSITE FEATURES

ALA’S GLBT ROUND TABLE HONORS GAY-THEMED GRAPHIC NOVELS
[Source: Robot 6, Added: 1/30/14]
The Over the Rainbow Project, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, announced its 2014 book list, containing works recommended for adults...

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...

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