PRISM COMICS – the all-volunteer nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly comics professionals, readers and educators – is hosting three unique video panels exploring LGBTQ comics and popular media for [email protected]. Our panels feature an exciting, diverse group of creators from major publishers, television, features and independent comics including Noelle Stevenson (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power, Nimona), Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, This One Summer), Gina Gagliano (Publishing Director, Random House Graphic), Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), Christian Cooper (noted Central Park birdwatcher and former Marvel writer/editor) and many more.

Friday, July 24, 2020, 10:00 am PDT – A Tribute to Howard Cruse: The Godfather of Queer Comics
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Saturday, July 25, 2020, 6:00 pm PDT – Out In Comics Year 33: Virtually Yours
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Sunday, July 26, 2020, 2:00 pm PDT – LGBTQ Comics and Popular Media for Young People
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The Prism panels will remain online for viewing after the premiere dates. Full panel descriptions at the bottom of this email.

And we just released our PRISM COMICS LGBTQ+ GUIDE TO [email protected] spotlighting panels and people of LGBTQ+ interest. Visit the PRISM COMICS website to DOWNLOAD this 12 page digital Guide!

We thank all of the moderators and panelists who helped make our panels happen. The online Con begins Wednesday, July 22.  We thank Comic-Con International San Diego for bringing Comic-Con into everyone’s homes to inspire us with the power of diverse voices, art and entertainment.

Friday, July 24 – 10 AM PDT and online after
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Howard Cruse, widely recognized as the “godfather of queer comics,” passed away on November 28th, 2019. He left behind a remarkable legacy as the creator of Gay ComixWendel, and Stuck Rubber Baby. Howard Cruse not only broke open doors with his prodigious talent, but he held them open for those who came after him. Join Prism Comics, Queers & Comics and moderators Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Professor, California College of the Arts), Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother, Queers & Comics Conference Organizer) and Karen Green (Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University) for three panels discussing Cruse’s life and work featuring creators worked with or knew Howard – Trina Robbins, Denis Kitchen, Roberta Gregory, Robert Triptow, Diane DiMassa, Robert Kirby, Ivan Velez Jr., Rupert Kinnard, Ajuan Mance, Steve MacIsaac, Tara Madison Avery, William O. Tyler and Andy Mangels.  Presented in collaboration with Queers & Comics.

Saturday, July 25 – 6 pm PDT and online after
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The world’s longest-running comics panel turns 33 this year and enters the virtual age with [email protected]!  How do LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly writers, artists, directors, producers, actors, entertainers and journalists create diverse representation, characters and storylines? In our politicized and polarized world, what kind of heroes do we need behind-the-scenes, and on the page and our screens? Join founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Star Trek and Star Wars books and comics), Prism Comics and panelists Christian Cooper (famous bird-watcher, co-creator and writer: DarkholdStar Trek: Starfleet Academy, editor of the Marvel Swimsuit SpecialsQueer Nation), Hazel Newlevant (If This Be SinNo Ivy League), Noelle Stevenson (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Nimona, Lumberjanes) and Tim Sheridan (Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, Reign Of the Superman) – as they discuss the past, present and future of being Out In Comics!

Sunday, July 26 – 2 pm PDT and online after
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Comics and animation are universal mediums that have recently made huge leaps in presenting LGBTQ-inclusive stories and characters for young audiences. Join Prism Comics, moderator Cort Lane (Marvel Rising, Ultimate Spider-Man) and talented panelists Gina Gagliano (Publishing Director, Random House Graphic), Trung Le Nguyen aka Trungles (The Magic Fish, Twisted Romance), Alex Sanchez (You Brought Me The Ocean), Noelle Stevenson (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance, DC Super Hero Girls) and Michael Vogel (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Young Justice) as they look at the world of LGBTQ storytelling for the young fans of today and creators of tomorrow.

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PRISM COMICS is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501c organization which supports LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly comics creators, professionals, readers, educators and librarians. Founded in 2003, Prism advocates for diversity in comics and popular media through its website, social networking, exhibit booths and panel presentations at conventions. Prism Comics also presents the annual Prism Awards for excellence and representation in queer comics in conjunction with the Queer Comics Expo and The Cartoon Art Museum.
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