For the second year in a row, I was honored to be a judge for the Prism Awards, and here are the 2018 nominees!

The Awards, presented by PRISM COMICS and the CARTOON ART MUSEUM, are given to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics.  The goal of the Awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics, and the nominees and awards are voted on by a diverse group comics professionals, educators, librarians, journalists and writers.

The winners will be announced at the Prism Awards panel at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO on Saturday July 21, 2018 from 8-9pm in Room 29AB.* A badge is required for attendance.

The Prism Awards organizing team is Ted Abenheim, Nina Taylor Kester and Maia Kobabe.

As a judge I was presented with an incredible variety of work by some incredible talents – some known to me but many new. Check out al the links below to support queer comics and also learn about some great comics you may never have heard of.

And the nominees for the 2018 Prism Awards are:

Short Form Comics:
To Measure by Noella Whitney, 2017 –
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 –


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) –
O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti, (excerpts from 2017) –
Superpose by Ciaran and Anka C, (excerpt from August 2017-November 2017) –


Small To Midsize Press Comics and Graphic Novels:
Steam Clean by Laura Ķeniņš, May 2017 –
The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds by Daniel Heath Justice and Weshoyot Alvitre, Alternate History Comics Inc., June 2017 –
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics, February 2017 –

Mainstream Comics and Graphic Novels:
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 (Lettere)r, Boom Studios, 2017 –
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Scholastic Graphix, 2017 –



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

We are honored to work with and thank the talented group of fifteen judges who read and evaluated this year’s submissions:

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) – @meyrude
Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter) –  @rob_mcmonigal
Scout Tran-Caffee (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



  1. I am actually disappointed there are so little diversity among the companies and such that publish LGBT content. I see some names over and over again and others that i think should be deserving aren’t even here.

  2. I only just got around now to reading Jeff Lemire’s first Black Hammer tpb, and I know it’s too old to qualify this year… So, was Black Hammer nominated in a previous year? Because having a Jon Jonn’z analogue as being gay in sexuality is very cool, and then the rural setting of the farm on top of that. Really good

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