The spring round of Xeric Grant winners have been announced and they are:
Margaret Ashford-Trotter — Thunder in the Building #2
Jason Brubaker — reMIND
Jonathon Dalton — Lords of Life and Death
Wei Li — Lotus Root Children
Jed McGowan — Lone Pine
Ansis Purins — Zombre #2: The Magic Forest
Brittney Sabo and Anna Bratton — Francis Sharp in the Grip of the Uncanny! Book 1
A total of $32,761 was awarded for seven comic book projects. The Foundation has awarded in excess of $2,400,000 to comic book creators and nonprofit organizations since its first grant cycle in September 1992. Established by Peter Laird, co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Northampton, MA based foundation offers financial assistance to self-publishing comic book creators in the US and Canada and to qualified charitable and nonprofit organizations in western Massachusetts. The next deadline and review dates for comic book grants are September 30, 2010 and November 1, 2010, respectively. The charitable organization grants are decided annually in March and announced separately.
The grant money is applied towards printing of worthy projects. Past winners include everyone from Megan Kelso to Derek Kirk Kim to Nathan Schreiber. Congratulations to the recipients — it’s a varied and talented bunch, very indicative of the wide open range of expression comics are finding in this golden age.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.