Prismatic Pull: Thimble, Deadendia, and an Asexual Succubus

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news. Should be called the Prismatic Lull, considering its occasional delays.

Out Last Week

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  • Space Battle Lunchtime #5
  • Wonder Woman #8
  • Shutter #23
  • Detective Comics #942

Collected Trades:

  • Cognetic TP
  • Space Battle Lunchtime vol. 1
  • Wonder Woman The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 01
  • Catwoman vol. 8

News Reel

  • Announcements
    • Sarah W. Searle’s graphic novel Thimble, a coming-of-age story about 12-year-old Harriet Flores and the summer after her move to Chicago from rural Indiana.
      • To be published in 2019 by Lerner Publishing’s Graphic Universe
    • A teaser for something called Iceman #1 as part of Marvel’s upcoming ResurrXcion event.
      • Many websites report that it’s an ongoing series, though that confirmation is not present in the teaser.
      • Out in Spring 2017

Past the Page

  • Supergirl set photos with the first look at Maggie Sawyer! Unfortunately, she looks much less butch than her comics counterpart.

Chromatic Crowdfunding

  • Iris Jay’s queer cyber post-punk webcomic Crossed Wires is now funding for its first print volume.
    • As of writing, it is 28% funded with 22 days left to reach its goal.
  • Hamish Steele’s queer-inclusive webcomic Deadendia follows a group of friends’ adventures in a haunted theme park. It is now funding for a print volume of season one.
    • As of writing, it is 54% funded with 22 days left to reach its goal.
  • P. Kristen Enos is adapting Active Voice, a column detailing her life as an Asian-American lesbian activist in an ultra-conservative part of California, into a print comics collection.
    • As of writing, it is 8% funded with 28 days left to reach its goal.
  • Discord Comics‘ Minority Monsters Book is a humorous field book collecting the short stories of queer mythological creatures. They include Madame Lucie Decline the Asexual Succubus, Mx. Alex the Genderfluid Phoenix, and Baroness Camp Von Glamour the Lesbian Harpy.
    • As of writing, it is 27% funded with 29 days left to reach its goal.

Queer Protagonists List Update

  • Added Dr. Val Ventura, a.k.a. Flatman, in Great Lakes Avengers by Zac Gorman and Will Robson

This Week in Comics

Backstagers #3, Spell on Wheels #1, Harley Quinn #6, Midnighter vol. 2, Torchwood #2.

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Prismatic Pull: Korrasami, Voodoo, and Who Leads America?

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news. Not to confused with the Prismatic Gull.

Out Last Week

Single Issues:

  • Midnighter and Apollo #1
  • Harley Quinn #5
  • Goldie Vance #6
  • Insexts #8
  • DC Comics Bombshells #18
  • Woods #26

Collected Trades:

  • Vote Loki TPB
  • Goldie Vance vol. 1
  • Oh Joy Sex Toy vol. 1
  • Oh Joy Sex Toy vol. 2
  • The Wicked + The Divine vol. 4

News Reel

  • Both DC and Marvel announced ongoing solo series for their leading lesbian characters at NYCC:
    • In February 2017, DC is launching Batwoman by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion (co-writing for the first arc), and Steve Epting.
    • In ??? 2017, Marvel is launching a Ms. America series titled America by ??? and ??? with covers by Jamie McKelvie.

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  • The Legend of Korra‘s first graphic novel, Turf Wars, will be releasing in June 2017 under the creative guidance of series co-creator Michael DiMartino and artist Irene Koh.
    • “It’s gonna take place right after the finale, so it’s focusing on Korra and Asami’s relationship as a new threat emerges.” – DiMartino
  • Four characters have been announced as part of Steve Orlando‘s upcoming Justice League of America lineup, one of which is Ray “The Ray” Terrill.
    • He, like the other announced members, will receive one-shot introduction. Justice League of America: The Ray by Steve Orlando and Stephen Byrne releases in January.

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  • Warren Ellis is relaunching the Wildstorm universe over at DC, creating an imprint similar to Gerard Way’s Young Animal. One of the confirmed rebooted characters is Voodoo, a bisexual superhero who had her own series at the beginning of the New 52.

Queer Commentary

  • NYCC’s X-TRAORDINARY: The LGBT Characters of the X-MEN panel served as a unique opportunity for queer and straight comics creators alike to wax about queer X-Men characters — oh, and also for one of those straight creators (comics vet Peter David) to return a question about Romani representation with an anti-Romani tirade.

Chromatic Crowdfunding

  • O Human Star, Blue Delliquanti‘s very queer family drama webcomic set during the robot revolution, is now funding its second volume on Kickstarter.
    • As of writing, it is 62% funded with 24 days left to reach its goal.
  • Destiny, NY is Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano’s graphic novel about a queer girl who fulfilled her phophesized destiny at the age of thirteen — and then promptly burnt out afterwards.
    • As of writing, it is 23% funded with 23 days left to reach its goal.

Queer Protagonists List Update

  • Added Lucas Trent, a.k.a. Midnighter, in Midnighter & Apollo by Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
  • Added Andrew Pulaski, a.k.a. Apollo, in Midnighter & Apollo by Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
  • Added Berenice in Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love by Sarah Vaughn and Lan Medina.
  • Added Melody Valentine in Josie and the Pussycats by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio, and Audrey Mok

Queer Are They Now? Update

As of October, Marvel’s:

  • Secret Wars” Leah in Siege has not had a major role in one year.
  • Xi’an Coy Manh (Karma) and“Ultimate” Piotr Rasputin (Colossus) have not had major roles in three years.
  • Phyla-Vell (Martyr) and Heidi Sladkin (Riot) have not had major roles in seven years.

And DC’s:

  • Gerri Brauer (Donner) and Valerie Kameya (Blitzen) have not had major roles in 20 years.

This Week in Comics

Catwoman vol. 8, Detective Comics #942, Wonder Woman #8, Wonder Woman The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 01, Shutter #23, Space Battle Lunchtime #5, Space Battle Lunchtime vol. 1, Cognetic TP.

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Prismatic Pull: Themyscira Besieged By Gay Mafia, Wonder Woman Now Queer

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news. Not to be confused with the Prismatic Pall, the ominous feeling that envelops a straight person before they’re set upon by the Gay Mafia.

Out Last Week

Single Issues:

  • Backstagers #2
  • Hellblazer #2
  • Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #6
  • ODY-C #11
  • New Avengers #16
  • Lumberjanes #30
  • Detective Comics #941

News Reel

  • Results for the 3rd Annual Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards are in! Did your favorite queer-inclusive comic win?
  • Oh, did you hear that Wonder Woman’s queer? Learn more about Themyscira’s worst-kept secret in the Comicosity interview between Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka and editor Matt Santori-Griffith.

Queer Commentary

  • In her weekly ComicsAlliance column, Elle Collins delineates why overt canon acknowledgement is important for Wonder Woman.

Past the Page

  • Unleashed photos from the Legends of Tomorrow season two set reveal the first look at the Justice Society of America, including Dan Payne’s Obsidian.

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Queer Protagonists List Update

  • Added Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, in:
    • Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp
    • Justice League by Bryan Hitch, Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons
    • Trinity by Francis Manapul
  • Removed Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a.k.a. Harley Quinn, in Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys by Justin Palmiotti, Frank Tieri, and Mauricet.

This Week in Comics

Insexts #8, Goldie Vance #6, Goldie Vance vol. 1, Woods #26, DC Comics Bombshells #18, Harley Quinn #5, Midnighter and Apollo #1, The Wicked + The Divine vol. 4, Oh Joy Sex Toy vol. 1, Oh Joy Sex Toy vol. 2, Vote Loki TPB.

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Prismatic Pull: Loki Suspends Campaign, Queer Kickstarters Ask “Check, Please?”

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news. Not to be confused with the Prismatic Skrull, who has been unfairly imprisoned by Marvel for far too long.

Out Last Week

Single Issues:

  • Harley Quinn #4
  • Vote Loki #4
  • Ringside #7

Collected Trades:

  • Constantine: The Hellblazer vol 2

News Reel

  • DC and IDW (and possibly others?*) have joined forces to publish Love is Love, an 144-page comic whose proceeds will go towards those affected by the Orlando massacre. This one-shot, which will be released in December, features 100+ stories by a wide array of creators.
    • *Southern Bastards, a series published by Image Comics, will, according to writer Jason Latour, also have a strip in the comic. This possibly leaves the door open for creator-owned properties from other publishers to appear as well.
    • The comic will feature both original and DC characters, but none from IDW.
  • Tickets for Flame Con 2017 are now on sale.

 

Chromatic Crowdfunding

  • Check, Please is…don’t even pretend like you’re reading this and you haven’t heard about it. If you’ve been frozen in a glacier: Check, Please is Ngozi Ukazu’s webcomic about a gay figure skater/baker-turned-hockey-player named Bitty; it’s currently funding for its second volume.
    • As of writing, it is 741% funded with 24 days left to obliterate Diamond surpass the Bible in projected sales finish funding.
    • Its meteoric success also spawned a great Twitter thread by Colin Spacetwinks about the failures of the Direct Market.
  • Danielle Corsetto’s award-winning, completed humor webcomic Girls with Slingshots is now funding for its ninth and tenth volumes on Kickstarter.
    • As of writing, it is 250% funded with 3 days left to finish funding.

Queer Protagonists List Update

  • Removed Loki Laufeyson in Vote Loki by Christopher Hastings and Langdon Foss
    • When I asked the universe to end the campaign of a manipulative, fascist, serial liar, I should have been more specific.

This Week in Comics

Backstagers #2, Lumberjanes #30, Detective Comics #941, Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #6, Hellblazer #2, ODY-C #11, New Avengers #16.

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Prismatic Pull: Fat Mermaids, Coloring Books, and a New Lumberjane

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news. Not to be confused with the Prismatic Paul. He really hates getting our mail. 

Happy bisexual visibility week! Bi/pan folk, we see you now. No more sneaking cookies from the cookie jar, at least for the next few days.

Out Last Week

Single Issues:

  • Merry Men #3
  • Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #4
  • DC Comics Bombshells #17
  • Detective Comics #940

Collected Trades:

  • Harley Quinn vol. 4
  • Harley Quinn vol. 5 HC

News Reel

  • Limerence Press, the sex-positive imprint from Oni Press, announced three projects that are either queer-inclusive, by queer creators, or both!
    • The Queer Health Field Guide by Mady G and Jude Vigants — an “educational comic appropriate for both teens and adults that covers subjects such as dating, sexuality, gender, and coming out.”
    • Oh Joy Sex Toy: The Coloring Book by Erika Moen — a, you guessed, coloring book inspired by Moen’s hit educational webcomic.
    • The Glass Mountain Coloring Book by Trungles — an erotic adults coloring book based loosely on the Polish fairy tale.

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  • Mariko Tamaki, co-creator behind the critically-acclaimed This One Summer and Skim, has entered the superhero foray as the announced writer behind Marvel’s Hulk and DC’s Supergirl: Being Super miniseries.
  • With issue #28, the Lumberjanes have gained a new member: non-binary camper Barney. Autostaddle’s Mey Rude praises the creative decision in her most recent Drawn to Comics.

Queer Commentary

  • Vincent, founder of Mx. & Co, an online publication supporting creative works from non-binary trans folk, interviewed a batch of non-binary contributors from Paige Hall’s Fat Mermaid Zine.

Queer Protagonists List Update

  • Removed Miguel José Barragan, a.k.a. Bunker, in Teen Titans by Tony Bedard and Ian Churchill

This Week in Comics

Constantine: The Hellblazer vol. 2, Harley Quinn #4, Ringside #7, The Wicked + The Divine: 1831 #1, Vote Loki #4.

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Prismatic Pull: Queer Mermaids, Witches, and Shapeshifters, Oh My!

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news. Not to be confused with the “Prismatic Pool,” a game where queer folk bet over which Big Two superhero will come out next.

Out Last Week

Single Issues:

  • Kim & Kim #2, Harley Quinn #3, Goldie Vance #5, Alters #1, Woods #25

Collected Trades:

  • Princess Princess Ever After HC, Poison Ivy Cycle Of Life And Death TPB, Empty Zone vol. 2, Lumberjanes vol. 2 HC

News Reel

  • Oni Press has announced two new queer-inclusive comics projects:
    • Fabiola & Ylini, a YA graphic novel about geeky queer mermaid romance, by Juliet Kahn and Amanda Scurti.
    • The Tea Dragon Society, a Katie O’Neill webcomic that will be collected as an Oni graphic novel upon conclusion, follows blacksmith Greta as she discovers the fading art of tea dragon husbandry.
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Promotional image by Katie O’Neill.

  • Voting for the 3rd Annual Autostraddle Comic And Sequential Art Awards is now live! Check out the nominees for “Favorite All-Ages Comic,” “Favorite Queer Couple,” “Favorite Colorist,” and more.
  • Geeks OUT!, an organization designed to promote queer geeks and fandom, is looking for new blog contributors.
  • Lilies, an lesbian-themed anthology, is currently seeking submissions for its second volume (themed around “stars, outer space and the night sky”).
    • Note: Since the book is offered for free digital download, contributors are only promised payment if the book sells in print.

Queer Commentary

  • Kim & Kim writer Magdalene Visaggio, over at Paste Magazine, wrote about the problem with cis creators writing trans narratives.
  • ComicsAlliance writer Emma Lawson honored queer comics icon Alison Bechdel with a short overview of her history.
  • My Flame Con interviews with indie comics rockstar Blue Delliquanti and mainstream legend Phil Jimenez went live on ComicsAlliance last week.

Chromatic Crowdfunding

  • Power & Magic is a queer witches of color comics anthology edited by Joamette Gil, featuring the work of 17 different women, demigirls, and bigender women of color.
    • As of writing, it is 39% funded with 25 days left to reach its goal.
  • Flutter is Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey’s critically-acclaimed graphic novel series about a queer shapeshifting teen girl, her friends, and their misadventures. It launched a Kickstarter last night to fund its third and final installment.
    • As of writing, it is 20% funded with 32 days left to reach its goal.
  • Stripling Warrior is a comic series featuring what it bills as the first gay Mormon superheroes. After successfully funding its first several issues in an earlier campaign, it is now raising money for its first collection.
    • As of writing, it is 15% funded with 24 days left to reach its goal.

Queer Protagonists List Update

  • Added Chalice from Alters by Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz

This Week in Comics

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #4, DC Comics Bombshells #17, Detective Comics #940, Harley Quinn vol. 4, Harley Quinn vol. 5 HC, Merry Men #3.

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Prismatic Pull: Red Sonja, Misfits, and 10 MIA Queer Leads

Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, both a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news and the sworn enemy of the Monochromatic Push.

Out Last Week

Single Issues:

  • DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1
  • Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #5
  • Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #10
  • Jem and the Holograms #18

Collected Trades:

  • Insexts vol. 1

News Reel

  • Red Sonja is set to return with a new series by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: The Cycle of Life and Death, Sensation Comics) and Carlos Gomez (Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files).
  • DC exclusive writer Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Virgil) has been announced as the writer for the next Justice League of America series, set to debut in February.
  • Sparkler Monthly, a multimedia, digital shojo/josei English fiction magazine, has opened up submissions until the end of September. Inclusivity is part of its mission statement and it regularly features LGBTQ-friendly stories.
  • Jenn St-Onge (Finding Molly, Oath Anthology of New Heroes) has been announced as interior artist for the upcoming Misfits series with scribe Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, A-Force). The series, focusing on iconic rival band to Jem and the Holograms, features both queer and trans band members.
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Cover by Jenn St-Onge

  • I just encountered Foolish Child, a biweekly webcomic by Dickens, hosted over at Autostraddle. Last week’s entry: “The Straight Parents’ Guide To Explaining Gay Things To Children.”
  • At the Harvey Awards, Lumberjanes won Best Book for Younger Readers and The Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal won Best Graphic Novel Previously Published.
  • My Flame Con interview with writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Backstagers) went live over at ComicsAlliance!
  • Women Write About Comics writer Ray Sonne detailed her experience finding community at Flame Con.

Queer Are They Now? Update

As of September, Marvel’s

  • Secret Wars queer characters — Sanna Strand, alt universe Jubilee, alt universe Angel Salvadore — have not had major roles in one year.
  • Cullen Bloodstone has not had a major role in two years.
  • Johnny Bart (Rawhide Kid) has not had a major role in six years.
  • Karolina Dean has not had a major role in seven years.
  • Ripcord has not had a major role in eight years.
  • Jennifer Kale has not had a major role in 12 years.

And DC’s

  • Renee Montoya has not had a major role in one year.
  • Extraño has not had a major role in 27 years.

This Week in Comics

Kim & Kim #2, Alters #1, Goldie Vance #5, Lumberjanes vol. 2 HC, Woods #25, Harley Quinn #3, Poison Ivy Cycle Of Life And Death TPB, Empty Zone vol. 2, Princess Princess Ever After HC.

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