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2018 Prism Awards

Group Photo (Back Row L – R) – Ted Abenheim, Maia Kobabe, Rob McMonigal, William O. Tyler, Ajuan
Mance, Mey Rude; (Front Row) – Molly Ostertag, Zora Gilbert, Nina L. Taylor Kester, James F. Wright

PRISM COMICS and the CARTOON ART MUSEUM were pleased to announce the Winners of the SECOND ANNUAL PRISM AWARDS at a special panel at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO on Saturday July 21, 2018.

Prism Awards Chairperson, Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), moderated the ceremony which included Prism Awards Founders Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics) and Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum, Queer Comics Expo) and judges Ajuan Mance (1001 Black Men, Gender Studies); William O. Tyler (WoT’s Cinephilia), Heidi McDonald (The Comics Beat), Mey Rude (Autostraddle, them) and Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter).
The Ceremony began with Maia and panelists discussing the origins of the Prism Awards: Prism Comics, the Cartoon Art Museum and The Queer Comics Expo, a San Francisco LGBTQIA+ comics convention, all wanted to create a series of awards for excellence in LGBTQIA+ comics voted on by professional peers and allies in the comics community. The organizations joined forces and with the help of Chairperson, Maia Kobabe, presented the first Prism Awards at The Queer Comics Expo in July of 2017.

Maia re-announced the winners from last year’s 2017 Prism Awards (see below) and honored the judges involved in this year’s awards (see below). As the 2018 nominees and winners were announced Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy) and Zora Gilbert (Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Volume 2) accepted winning their 2018 Prism Awards in person with heartfelt speeches on the importance of the awards to themselves and the community at large. Videos were presented to the audience for acceptance speeches by those 2018 winners who were unable to be present in person, including Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star), Noella Whitney (To Measure), Weshoyot Alvitre and Daniel Heath Justice (The Boys Who Became The Hummingbirds).

Molly Ostertag

In keeping with the creative spirit of LGBTQAI+ comics creators, the Awards themselves are hand-crafted with design by Nina L. Taylor Kester (Queer Comics Expo) including a glass rainbow by Amy Karadbil and etched comic book base by Barry Figgins (Lyris Laser Studio). The panel closed with encouragement for submissions for the 2019 Prism Awards which will open next Spring 2019 and will be announced through the Prism Comics website The Queer Comics Expo in partnership with the Cartoon Art Museum which held the first Prism Awards ceremony in 2017 was also announced to return in 2019 with newsletter signups for updates at

The Winners and Nominees for the 2018 Prism Awards are:

WINNER: To Measure by Noella Whitney, 2017 –
NOMINEES: Contact High by James F Wright and Josh Eckert, August 2017 –
Figurinha by Dante Luiz, May 2017 –
There’s More Than One! by Justin Hubbell, June 2017 –
It Was 1973, and Tiffany Banks Was Totally Winning at Gender by Ajuan Mance, 2017 –
WEBCOMICS – WINNER: O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti, (excerpts from 2017) –
NOMINEES: Cans of Beans, chapter 9 by Tamara Go, 2017 –
SuperButch Issue 1 by Becky Hawkins and Barry Deutsch, 2017 –
Monster Pop! by Maya Kern, (excerpt from 2017) –
Superpose by Ciaran and Anka C, (excerpt from August 2017-November 2017) –

Zora Gilbert

SMALL TO MIDSIZE PRESS COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS – WINNER: The Boys Who Became The Hummingbirds by Daniel Heath Justice and Weshoyot Alvitre, Alternate History Comics Inc., June 2017 –
NOMINEES: Steam Clean by Laura Ķeniņš, Retrofit Comics May 2017 –
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics, February 2017 –

MAIN STREAM COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS – WINNER: The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Scholastic Graphix, 2017 –
Iceman by Sina Grace (writer), Alessandro Vitti (artist), Kevin Wada (artist), Marvel Comics, 2017 –
Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin (Writer), Nina Vakueva (Pencils), Irene Flores (Inker), Rebecca Nalty (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Letterer), Boom Studios, 2017 –

ANTHOLOGIES – WINNER: Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction Volume 2 edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra, August 2017 –
NOMINEES: Power & Magic: IMMORTAL SOULS edited by Joamette Gil, 2017 –
Oh Joy Sex Toy, Volume 4 edited by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan, 2017 –

Prism Comics and the Cartoon Art Museum would like to thank the talented group of fifteen judges from the fields of comics, education, library science, journalism and writing for reviewing over 100 entries in various categories and voting on the Awards. The judges were:
AJ Real (Advanced Death Saves edited by Josh Trujillo) – @darkshifter
Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies; Alphabet; We’re Still Here) – @8_rock
Brian Andersen (Stripling Warrior; So Super Duper; The Advocate) –, @superbrian
e jackson (Flux; Drawing a Dialogue podcast) – @ehetja
Gillian Pascasio (The Kiss of the Demoness) – @7CLUBS
Gina Biggs (Love Not Found) – @ginabiggs
Hari Conner (Finding Home) – @haridraws
Heidi MacDonald (The Beat, The News Blog of Comics Culture) – @comixace
H-P Lehkonen (Life Outside the Circle) – @hplehkonen
Jack Baur (Librarian, Berkeley Public Library) – @kcorstel
Mey Valdivia Rude (Autostraddle, them) – @meyrude
Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter) – @rob_mcmonigal
Scout Tran (Villainette; Falling Sky) –
Sfé R. Monster (Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, Vols. 1 and 2; webcomic Eths’ Skin) – @sfemonster
William O. Tyler (WoT’s Cinephilia) – @williamotyler

Prism and the Cartoon Art Museum would also like to thank Comic-Con International: San Diego for their long history of fostering diversity in comics and popular media and for the opportunity to present the Awards at Comic-Con this year.

The 2017 Prism Award winners and nominees were:

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

BEST WEBCOMIC – WINNER: Villainette by Scout Tran –
NOMINEES: With Great Abandon by EH MacMillian –
Failing Sky: Ghost Story by Scout Tran –
NOMINEES: Destiny, NY Volume One: Who I Used to Be by Pat Shand (Writer), Manuel Preitano (Artist), Jim Campbell (Letterer),
and Shannon Lee (Editor) –
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 – WINNER: The Backstagers #1 by James Tynion IV (writer), and Rian Sygh (artist) –
NOMINEES: 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) –
Lumberjanes #17 by Noelle Stevenson (writer), Shannon Watters (writer), and Brooke Allen (artist) – /

BEST ANTHOLOGY – WINNER: POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology edited by Joamette Gil –
NOMINEES: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster & Taneka Stotts –
Food Porn edited by Gina Biggs –
Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers edited by Hazel Newlevant –
Prism Comics – Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers. Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provides an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Learn more at
The Cartoon Art Museum – The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at and at its new location 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

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Pam Harrison is one of the first and best known CGI artists in Independent Comics. Her work with the historical fiction series House of the Muses earned her the 2008 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant for Outstanding Series, and she continues her storytelling in a gripping sci-fi space opera adventure, A Deviant Mind, that far transcends its original LGBT audience. Her work has also appeared in ALPHABET Anthology, Dark Mischief horror anthology, Voices Against Bullying and more. Her current series is the long-running scifi space opera A Deviant Mind, updating Sunday-Wednesday-Friday on

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