The past few years has seen in increase in comics featuring LGBTQ+ characters and creators. As the medium becomes increasingly diverse, it’s only natural that’s reflected in industry awards. Enter the Prism Awards.
Established by Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers, and the Queer Comics Expo, the inaugural Prism Awards will be presented Saturday during the Queer Comics Expo at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
The full list of finalists can be found below:
Best Short Form Comic:
Nothing Wrong With Me by Dylan Edwards
Flux by E Jackson
Liar by Hari Conner
The Kiss of the Demoness by Gillian Pascasio
With Great Abandon by EH MacMillian
Failing Sky: Ghost Story by Scout Tran-Caffee
Villainette by Scout Tran-Caffee
Best Comic From a Small to Midsize Press:
Destiny, NY Volume One: Who I Used to Be by Pat Shand (Writer), Manuel Preitano (Artist), Jim Campbell (Letterer), and Shannon Lee (Editor)
Short Gay Stories by H-P Lehkonen
Active Voice The Comic Collection by P. Kristen Enos (writer), Heidi Ho (contributing writer), Casandra Grullon (artist), Derek Chua (artist), Leesamarie Croal (artist), Beth Varni (artist), and Dan Parent (cover art)
Best Single Issue From a Mainstream Publisher:
Supergirl: Being Super #1 by Mariko Tamaki (writer), Joëlle Jones (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Kelly Fitzpatrick (colorist), Saida Temofonte (letters), Jones and Fitzpatrick (cover art)
The Backstagers #1 by James Tynion IV (writer), and Rian Sygh (artist)
Lumberjanes #17 by Noelle Stevenson (writer), Shannon Watters (writer), and Brooke Allen (artist)
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster & Taneka Stotts
POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology edited by Joamette Gil
Food Porn edited by Gina Biggs
Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers edited by Hazel Newlevant
The judges for the inaugural awards are Rob McMonigal, Ajuan Mance, Kirwan McHarry, Jon Erik Christianson, Jack Baur, AJ Real, Mel Reiff Hill, Nia King, Brian Andersen, Heidi MacDonald, Mey Rude and William O. Tyler.
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