Rated 3.00 out of 5RISE: Comics Against Bullying #1 by: Joey Esposito, Kristopher White, Erica Schultz, Adam Pruett, Marc Guggenheim, Howard Chaykin, Jeremy Thomas, Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman, Adam P. Knave, Chris Haley, Paul Castiglia, Chris Allan, Spencer Perry, Jody Houser, Jean Kang, Benjamin Bailey, Ryan Cody, Brad Bell, George Zapata, Jon Carroll, Dawn Griffin, Chris Roberson, Dennis Culver, $2.99 – $4.99
We all have a place where we belong. Featuring all-new stories from Howard Chaykin (American Flagg), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Chris Roberson & Dennis Culver (Edison Rex), Adam P. Knave (Amelia Cole), Jed Dougherty (World’s Finest), and many more! Proceeds benefit organizations including GLAAD, Prism Comics, and Stand For The Silent.
Shirtlifter #3 by: Steve MacIsaac, Justin Hall, Fuzzbelly, $4.99 – $10.95
Recipient of Prism Comics first annual Queer Press Grant, SHIRTLIFTER is a series of queer-themed short fiction comics from STICKY artist Steve MacIsaac.
The third issue of this award-winning series collects the first three chapters of MacIsaac’s online serial “Unpacking”, about the development of a relationship between a committment-phobic graphic designer and a corporate executive who isn’t quite everything he seems. This third volume also features contributions from Justin Hall (Hard to Swallow) and a new cartoonist named Fuzzbelly. Hall’s contribution is an excerpt from his upcoming graphic novel The Liar, while Fuzzbelly’s is an autobiographical rumination on eroticism.
The expanded digital edition features newly enhanced scenes and bonus artwork.
Rated 4.00 out of 5QU33R by: Rob Kirby, David Kelly, Rick Worley, Justin Hall, Jon Macy, Steve MacIsaac, Craig Bostick, Jennifer Camper, Tyler Cohen, Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Kris Dresen, Dylan “NDR” Edwards, Michael Fahy, Edie Fake, Nicole J. Georges, Terrance Griep, Andy Hartzell, Ed Luce, MariNaomi, Carrie McNinch, Annie Murphy, L. Nichols, Jose-Luis Olivares, Eric Orner, Carlo Quispe, Marian Runk, Christine Smith, Sina Sparrow, Sasha Steinberg, Ivan Velez, Jr., Amanda Verwey, Eric Kostiuk Williams, $9.99 – $39.99
Winner of the 2014 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology!
QU33R, from editor Rob Kirby, features 241 pages of new comics from 33 contributors—legends and new faces alike.
In 2012, Justin Hall edited a book called No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, that took readers on a journey from the beginnings of LGBT comics history to the present day. QU33R is an all-new project featuring queer comics legends as well as new talents that picks up where No Straight Lines left off. We’ve set down our history, now QU33R shines a light on our future!
QU33R had its genesis in an all-color queer comic zine called THREE, which featured three stories by three creators or teams per issue. Rob Kirby published three installments of THREE annually from 2010 to 2012, and the series did well, garnering not only an Ignatz nomination for Outstanding Anthology or Collection but also earning Rob the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2011.
Producing the anthology was immensely gratifying, but featuring just three comics and publishing only once per year meant a lot of cartoonists weren’t getting the exposure they deserved. The publishing opportunities for queer cartoonists and queer subject matter are still limited, even today, and Rob longed for a wider distribution than he was able to manage on his own. He approached Northwest Press about doing a bigger compendium of all-new work.
While THREE was happening, Justin Hall was preparing his book No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which Fantagraphics published in the summer of 2012. No Straight Lines traced the history of queer comics from their humble beginnings in the late 60’s/early 70’s all the way up to the present. The book was a whopping, award-winning success. Rob got to thinking that a follow-up volume—a sort-of-sequel focusing on all new work—would seal the deal, informing the world at large that we are still here, still queer, and still producing fresh and innovative work. He wanted to include not only several queer comics veterans, but also some fresh new faces and a few folks who haven’t necessarily belonged to the orthodox “queer comics scene” but have been doing non-heteronormative work all along.
QU33R features over 240 pages of new comics from a cross-generational lineup of award-winning LGBTQ cartoonists.
Geeks OUT presents: Power by: John Curtis Jennison, Jr., Rey Arzeno, Vernon Bauer, Gauthier de Booseré, Matt Brossard, Mike Stop Continues, Joe Corallo, Abby Denson, Jackson Eather, Bob Ferry, Adrian Ferbeyre, Alvaro Galvan, Lawrence Gullo, Sam Johns, Rogan Josh, Allison Kolarik, Beck Kramer, Jeff Krell, Kori Michele, XAEL (Alex Mottier), Rex Ogle, Sam Orchard, David Pietrandrea, Jason A. Quest, Dis (Dani Romero), Bill Roundy, Scott Sosebee, Hugh Tims, Jason Tseng, Will Varner, Stevie Wilson, Justin Winslow, Bill Zanowitz, $19.99
Geeks OUT’s first anthology comic, POWER, has arrived! POWER is a full-color, 100-page journey featuring dozens of creators from all over the world, exploring the theme of empowerment and strength.
Edited by John Curtis Jennison, Jr.
Three #1 by: Rob Kirby, Joey Alison Sayers, Eric Orner, $2.99
Robert Kirby has teamed up with Northwest Press for a digital edition of his comics anthology THREE. This terrific book offers three stories from three different creative teams each issue, and features the cream of the crop of queer comics talents. The first issue includes stories from Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green), Joey Alison Sayers (Thingpart, Just So You Know) and Robert Kirby (Boy Trouble, Curbside).
Nominated for two 2011 Ignatz Awards: Outstandng Anthology and Outstanding Story (Eric Orner’s “Weekends Abroad”).
No Straight Lines
Publish Date: 2013
Page Count: 332