Prism Comics debuts in San Diego

Official Press Release

July 3, 2003 - Prism Comics announced further details today about the nonprofit organization's debut at Comic-Con International this month. The premier advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) creators in the comics industry, Prism Comics will have a double-sized booth stocked with comics by LGBT creators for sale, autograph sessions all four days of the convention by LGBT and LGBT-friendly creators, Prism Comics merchandise, and a few surprises to come.

"It's often said that we are everywhere," said Prism Comics President Charles "zan" Christensen. "So it should come as no surprise that we're in the local comic shop, too. It will also be easy to SEE that we're everywhere at Comic-Con, since we'll be giving away thousands of rainbow stickers for fans to wear on their convention badges. We'll also have free hourly drawings during all four days for prizes such as autographed books and comics-oriented TV and movie memorabilia."

"Of course, one of the things we're most excited about is the debut of 'PRISM COMICS: Your LGBT Guide to Comics,'" said Christensen. "It's a 48-page magazine packed with several feature articles and profiles of more than 80 LGBT creators. The guide also sports two gorgeous full-color original covers by two immensely talented artists--Elizabeth Watasin ("Charm School") on the front and Phil Jimenez ("New X-Men") on the back. Oh yeah, and we're giving them away for FREE!"

On Saturday, traditionally the busiest day at Comic-Con, Prism Comics will be holding a special drawing to give away a private lunch with two creators popular with LGBT fans: Phil Jimenez and Judd Winick. Jimenez recently finished a two-year stint on DC Comics' "Wonder Woman." Winick is the author of the memoir "Pedro and Me" about his friendship with AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, and wrote the GLAAD Award-winning "Green Lantern," which dealt with the gay-bashing of a gay teen supporting character. One lucky fan will have the chance to sit down with the two creators and get behind-the-scenes stories and get to know them one-on-one.

"Prism Comics is an extraordinary group that I'm very proud to be a part of," said Jimenez. "The amount of intelligent thought and design that have gone into the creation of this organization by its board is just amazing. If only we could get this kind of energy coursing through the entire comics industry, it'd be a whole different ballgame!"

Numerous creators will also be signing their work at the Prism Comics booth during the convention, including Jimenez, Jai Sen ("The Golden Vine"), Colleen Coover ("Small Favors"), Justin Hall ("True Travel Tales"), Tristan Crane ("How Loathsome"), and Donna Barr ("Desert Peach").

"Prism Comics is an evolution in activism that meets the needs of a new era through the values it embraces and affirms," said Sen, whose "Garlands of Moonlight" is nominated for a 2003 Eisner Award. "It's founded on the respectful exchange of views and information, and liberates while it asserts the diversity inherent equally in art and in life."

"Prism was invented, I feel, for a much needed purpose," added Crane. "Providing support and exposure for up-and-coming as well as established gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender creators is a new thing in the comic book community. There was that need, and the people at Prism care about their communities, loyal to both their love of graphic media art form and with respect to the ever-expanding queer comic book world. It's refreshing to find so much support from like-minded people."

Comic-Con International takes place July 17-20 at the San Diego Convention Center, with a special preview night on the 16th. Adult full registration costs $60; Juniors 7-16 and seniors 60 or older can register for $30. Single day registrations for Thursday, Friday or Saturday cost $25 ($12 for juniors and seniors) and $15 for Sunday ($7 for juniors and seniors). Children under 12 get in free with paid adult membership.

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