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Chris Companik

Email: chriscompanik@mindspring.com
Websites: HIV + Me, Giant Size Comic Book Show, 881 Midtown Court

Bio: Chris has drawn comics before he could write, and his two current strips HIV + Me and 881 Midtown Court are as different as night and day. HIV + Me is a monthly syndicated strip as a "how-to" guide to living with HIV. Sometimes controversial, often tasteless, but always irreverent, it began attracting national attention after POZ Magazine ran his "Sleeping Beauty" strip (criticizing the lack of needle exchange programs) and began its national rollout. The strip now appears monthly in A&U Magazine.

881 has its roots back in the early 80s when a local bar magazine wanted a serialized "gay Luke & Laura" strip (and being the General Hospital fan he is…) jumped all over it. It now runs in the British gay comic book anthology Buddies.

When not doing comics, Chris also produces for Atlanta's People TV, including his monthly series Giant Size Comic Book Show. Among other recent productions have been the roundtable discussion show of gay life in Atlanta Out Out & Away and a series of safe sex spots, including the award-winning "A Condom Will Fit Over a Grapefruit."


RECENT PRISM COMICS FEATURES

DAVID'S GEEK-O-RAMA COMIC-CON SATURDAY REPORT PART II!
[News, Posted 7/27/08]
As promised, Possums, Part II of my Saturday Comic-Con report. First, an amazing costume of The Question aka Renee Montoya. She was at the "Gays in Comics" panel, which I'll detail below, posing a Question to the panel. Very cool. I saw other amazing costumes/transformations at the CON, as well. I don't know what characters these are, but they're Christian Sirano-level fierce. Here's the Prism Events Chair, Ted Abenheim, pulling off The Escapist. Great work at the Con this year, Ted! …

PRISM ANNOUNCES COMIC-CON 2008 SCHEDULE: EXPANDED BOOTH, PANELS GALORE, SUPERHERO DANCE PARTY AND MORE
[News, Posted 7/14/08]
This is it! Prism's full slate of events for San Diego Comic-Con International 2008, jam-packed with panels, parties, special events and special guests including Perry Moore, Ariel Schrag, Phil Jimenez, Marc Andreyko, Joe Phillips, Dave Davenport, Lynx Delirium, Charles Christensen, Gail Simone, Judd Winick and many many more! Prism is especially proud this year to offer an expanded booth, with special booth partners, plus portfolio review for those interested in applying to the Queer Press Grant! Read on!

PRISM COMICS: YOUR LGBT GUIDE TO COMICS 2008 IN COMIC SHOPS NOW!
[News, Posted 5/29/08]
Our newest, latest, greatest, most LGBT-est Prism Guide, with a "Prism High" yearbook theme, has finally arrived in comic shops nationwide. If your comic shop doesn't carry it, ask them to order you a copy today! This article features an MP3 interview with editor Jonathan Riggs by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman, as heard on BlogTalkRadio.com.

PRISM ATTENDS GMHC/MOCCA EVENT "25 YEARS OF HIV/AIDS IN COMICS"
[News, Posted 10/23/06]
On Monday, October 23rd, at 6:30pm, several members of Prism Comics were lucky enough to attend the panel, "Out of the Pages: A Look Back at 25 Years of HIV/AIDS in Comics ", hosted by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA). The panel took place in MoCCA's gallery, with refreshments, a silent auction (which Prism helped with) and an overflow crowd jostling for seats (amidst original art from the current exhibit by such legends as Ramona Fradon and…

GMHC AND MOCCA "HIV/AIDS IN COMICS " PANEL IN NYC OCTOBER 23RD!
[News, Posted 10/19/06]
On Monday, October 23rd, at 6:30pm, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) present the panel, "Out of the Pages: A Look Back at 25 Years of HIV/AIDS in Comics ", a look back over the last 25 years at the HIV/AIDS pandemic through the eyes of comic and cartoon creators. Moderator Ken Gale and panelists - Chris Companik (HIV + Me), Jennifer Camper (Rude Girls and Dangerous Women), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Abby Denson…


RECENT OFFSITE FEATURES

COMIC STRIP ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR CHRIS COMPANIK, WHO DOCUMENTED HIS FIGHT WITH HIV AND AIDS, DIES
[Source: Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida, Added: 2/23/12]
Chris Companik, an Atlanta illustrator and comic book artist who documented his fight with HIV and AIDS, has died. "My prayers for your family and the multitudes you've touched," wrote one friend on...

24-YEAR HISTORY OF THE GAYS IN COMICS AND PRISM PANELS
[Source: AndyMangels.com, Added: 7/26/11]
Look below for a history of the incredible legacy of the Gays In Comics panels, and the PRISM Comics panels that were birthed from them! All 24 Gays In Comics panels have been moderated by...

HIV/AIDS COMIC PANEL IN NYC, OCT. 23
[Source: The Advocate, Added: 9/22/06]
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City will host the panel "Out of the Pages: A Look Back at 25 Years of HIV/AIDS in Comics" on Monday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m.

ROBERTA GREGORY AT SAN DIEGO
[Source: YouTube, Added: 5/9/06]
Watch a video of Roberta Gregory being interviewed by Chris Companik!

ERIC JOHNSON AT SAN DIEGO
[Source: YouTube, Added: 5/9/06]
Watch a video of Eric Johnson being interviewed by Chris Companik!

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