Prism Comics was incorporated in April 2003 in the state of Georgia and received its 501(c) 3 charitable status shortly thereafter. The organization was initially composed of a small number of comics fans and professionals from across the United States who had volunteered on an annual publication called Out in Comics, which was a listing of LGBT creators in comics that ran for three issues. These volunteers decided to form a nonprofit organization to provide services above and beyond an annual listing--feature articles and interviews, original art and content, expanded convention appearances and programming, and a full-featured website--and to pursue even more ambitious goals.
Points of interestEdit
- Publishes an annual resource guide, Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics, containing feature articles and profiles of LGBT comics professionals.
- Maintains a comprehensive website, PrismComics.org, that posts LGBT-related comics news, reviews, and profiles of nearly 300 LGBT comics professionals.
- Produces the weekly article Queer Eye on Comics featured on the Prism website.
- Works with comics convention organizers to include LGBT content in their programming schedules, helping them to procure panelists, and promoting the panels in fan venues and in the LGBT and comics media.
- Purchases booth space at major comics conventions each year as an outreach effort to the industry to promote the work of LGBT creators in comics who are not having their work promoted sufficiently elsewhere.
- Awards a Queer Press Grant each September to a comics creator who is publishing a work of interest to an LGBT audience. In 2005 and 2006, the value of the grant was $1000; in 2007, it was raised to $1500.
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