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.
Three #2 by: Rob Kirby, Craig Bostick, David Kelly, Jennifer Camper, Jon Macy, Michael Fahy, Sina Sparrow, $2.99
Created and edited by Robert Kirby, Three is an all-color queer comics anthology series featuring 3 new stories by 3 different creators or groups of creators per issue. This second “all-duos” issue features comic collaborations by Britain’s Sina Evil and Jon Macy, author of the Lambda Award-nominated Teleny and Camille; alt-comics vets Jennifer Camper teamed with cover artist Michael Fahy; and “Go-Go Girl” creator Craig Bostick with the author of Rainy Day Recess, David Kelly.
Rated 4.00 out of 5The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy! by: Tom Cardamone, Joe Phillips, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Steven Bereznai, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Hal Duncan, Matt Fagan, Jamie Freeman, Marshall Moore, Jeffrey Ricker, Rod M. Santos, Damon Shaw, Lee Thomas, Stellan Thorne, $3.99 – $9.99
Thirteen short stories of terror, mayhem, and destruction which offer something highly unique in a genre that demands certain characters be only heroes or victims… gay villains! Prose collection with an introduction by Lambda Literary Award winning editor Tom Cardamone.
Cover by Joe Phillips.
ALPHABET Preview by: J. Tana Ford, Vi Cao, Ahri Almeida, Emeric L. Kennard, $0.00
Download a special 25-page preview of the ALPHABET anthology from Stacked Deck Press, celebrating the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. The full book features new work by nearly 50 wonderful comics creators.
The ALPHABET anthology includes work by Scott Adams, Ahri Almeida, Tara Avery, Elizabeth Beier, Christianne Benedict, Bex, Paige Braddock, Tod Brower, Jennifer Camper, Vi Cao, Ted Closson, Tyler Cohen, Howard Cruse, Dave Davenport, Dylan Edwards, Tana Ford, Melanie Gillman, Diego Gomez, Dylan Good, Roberta Gregory, Ashley R. Guillory, Justin Hall, Pam Harrison, Victor Hodge, Soizick Jaffree, Emeric Kennard, Rupert Kinnard, Robert Kirby, Maia Kobabe, Jeff Krell, Hanna-Pirita Lekonnen, Ed Luce, Steve MacIsaac, Jon Macy, Ajuan Mance, Knave Murdok, Hazel Newlevant, Hanna Oliver, Eric Orner, Zak Plum, David Quantic, Carlo Quispe, Sonya Saturday, Mike Sullivan, Dax Tran-Caffee, Robert Triptow, Josh Trujillo, and Kelsey Wroten.