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Check Out the Best in LGBTQIA Comics With This Year’s Prism Award Nominations

With horror shows like The Divided States of Hysteria out there, it’s nice to be reminded that there’s actually quality work created by LGBTQIA folks and/or representing that community well. That quality work and representation is recognized every year by the Prism Awards, and you can check out this year’s nominees, as well as this year’s judges below!

The Prism Awards are sponsored by, and given during Queer Comics Expo and winners will be announced on Saturday July 8th, starting at 4pm at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. Here are this year’s talented nominees, along with links so that you can check out their work:

BEST SHORT FORM COMIC FINALISTS
Nothing Wrong With Me by Dylan Edwards
Flux by E Jackson
Liar by Hari Conner
The Kiss of the Demoness by Gillian Pascasio

BEST WEBCOMIC FINALISTS
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 FINALISTS
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 FINALISTS
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)

BEST ANTHOLOGY FINALISTS
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

It looks like Scout Tran-Caffee is definitely a talent to watch with two entries in the webcomics category! And, while Lumberjanes will always be awesome, I have a soft spot in my heart for the awesome take on Supergirl and her friends that can be found in Supergirl: Being Super, and I’m so glad it got nominated!

The judges that will get to make the tough decisions about winners are: Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter), Ajuan Mance (Before There Was Harlem), Kirwan McHarry (“Border Dwellers in Boys’ Love Manga” in On the Edge of the Panel), Jon Erik Christianson (comics journalist), Jack Baur (In the Library With a Comic Book podcast), AJ Real (educator), Mel Reiff Hill (the GENDER book), Nia King (Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volumes 1 & 2), Brian Andersen (The Advocate), Heidi MacDonald (Comics Beat), Mey Rude (Autostraddle), and William O. Tyler (WoT’s Cinephilia).

Which are your faves on the nominee list, and who are you rooting for? Or, who do you think deserved a nom, but didn’t get one? Let’s talk queer comics in the comments!

(via Comics Beat, image: DC Comics)

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