Prism offers Queer Press Grant

Hey, LGBT comics creators: Prism Comics wants to give you money so you can… y’know… keep making comics. The full press release is below, which includes details on Prism’s planned portfolio review at Comic-Con International. (Honestly, I’d scribble something horrible on hotel stationary just to meet the reviewers.)


San Diego, CA — Prism Comics is seeking submissions for its fifth annual Queer Press Grant, established to support and encourage new LGBT comics creators. In conjunction, Prism will again offer portfolio review at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International exclusively for those interested in applying to the grant.

“We were very happy to offer portfolio review last year,” says David Stanley, Prism Co-President. “It was terrifically helpful for the applicants and the reviewers enjoyed it tremendously, as well.

The application deadline for the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant is October 1, 2009. Application guidelines are detailed on the Prism Comics website at Completed applications, along with queries about the grant, can be submitted by email to grants at prismcomics dot org.

Past winners of the grant include Steve MacIsaac (Shiftlifter), Megan Gedris (YU+ME), Tommy Roddy (Pride High), Justin Hall (Glamazonia), and Pam Harrison (House of the Muses). The grant award began with $1,000 for the first recipient and the amount has increased over the years depending on fundraising; last year’s award was $2,000.

Portfolio review will be offered at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International exclusively to those interested in applying for the Queer Press Grant. Among the industry professionals offering advice and critique will be Phil Jimenez (The Amazing Spider-Man, Infinite Crisis), Bob Schreck (Editor, who has worked at DC Comics and Vertigo) and Colleen Coover (X-Men: First Family Class, Small Favors). Before attending the sessions, applicants are required to read through the application guidelines, available at