The inaugural Prism Award winners announced for the best in queer-themed comics

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The winners of the first ever Prism Wards for the best in LGBTQIA+ comics were announced last night at the Queer Comics Expo, and it’s a strong lineup.

(Disclaimer: I was a judge for the awards.)

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BEST SHORT FORM COMIC
Nothing Wrong With Me by Dylan Edwards, originally published on The Nib

Finalists:
Flux by E Jackson
Liar by Hari Conner
The Kiss of the Demoness by Gillian Pascasio

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BEST WEBCOMIC
Villainette by Scout Tran-Caffe

Finalists:
With Great Abandon by EH MacMillian
Failing Sky: Ghost Story by Scout Tran-Caffee

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BEST COMIC FROM A SMALL TO MIDSIZE PRESS
Short Gay Stories by H-P Lehkonen

Finalists:
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)

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BEST SINGLE ISSUE FROM A MAINSTREAM PUBLISHER
The Backstagers #1 by James Tynion IV (writer), and Rian Sygh (artist), 2016, from BOOM!Box

Finalists:
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), 2016, DC Entertainment
Lumberjanes #17 by Noelle Stevenson (writer), Shannon Watters (writer), and Brooke Allen (artist), 2015, BOOM!Box

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BEST ANTHOLOGY
POWER & MAGIC:The Queer Witch Comics Anthology, edited by Joamette Gil, 2016, P&M Press

Finalists:
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

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