Official Press Release
Atlanta, GA - Prism Comics is proud to announce that Megan Gedris is the recipient of its second annual Queer Press Grant. Gedris has been awarded a $1,000 grant to publish her lesbian-themed manga series, YU+ME (currently published online at http://yume.comicgen.com). This grant is made possible by a generous contribution from Jane's World creator Paige Braddock, with a matching amount from Prism Comics.
"YU+ME really wowed Prism's selection committee. For a 20-year-old, Megan is incredibly accomplished, with 1,000 pages of comic art under her belt, a popular website, and a ready-to-publish graphic novel," said David Stanley, PR Chair of Prism Comics. "We were incredibly impressed by the depth of her writing and art, and especially heartened by the fact she aimed this manga-styled work at lesbians, a heretofore neglected audience."
YU+ME concerns the trials and tribulations of Fiona, an unpopular girl at West Catholic High, always in trouble with Sister Mary, whose life brightens considerably when Lia moves in next door. She's confused by her growing feelings for Lia, but receives help from Jake, a gay boy she helps rescue from bullies.
"Thanks to Prism Comics, I'm achieving the dream I've had since I was ten. The dream I gave up on because it seemed so impossible. I'm going to be a comic book artist," says Megan Gedris. "So what am I using this money for? Crankin' out some good lesbian comics and getting people to read them!"
Megan Gedris grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and began her comics career in 2002 under the alias "Anonymous Manga", creating works about gay boys to "throw people off my trail". But after coming out and not seeing much in the way of good lesbian comics, Megan created YU+ME. Megan has also won Platinum Studios' "Comic Book Challenge" over tens of thousands of entrants for another project, the pulp homage I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!! (http://pulp.comicgenesis.com).
Prism Comics established the Queer Press Grant to encourage LGBT creators to self-publish LGBT themed comics. Last year's winner, Steve MacIsaac, used the grant to self-publish Shiftlifter, which debuted at the 2006 Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco and is for sale at http://www.stevemacisaac.com.
Prism Comics is a nonprofit organization which advocates for greater inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) characters and creators in the comic book industry. For more information, go to http://www.prismcomics.org.