Welcome to the Prismatic Pull, both a weekly recap of LGBTQIA comics news and a name for the natural phenomenon that keeps queer people rooted to Earth’s surface.
In lieu of much news (I’m working on it, I swear), I’ve brought back Honestly Thoughts — where I discuss some hopes/plans for this column and a bit about my experience at Flame Con 2.
Out Last Week
- Hellblazer #1
- Harley’s Little Black Book #4
- New Avengers #15
- Detective Comics #939
Past the Page
- Melanie Gilman published an autobio comic about Christian youth camp over at The Nib.
Hey there, you made it! Today’s PP entry is leaner than I’d like, so let’s talk about my hopes and plans to reduce how often this all happens.
In light weeks, it’d be easy to chalk to such barren posts up to a lack of news. “I couldn’t write about anything because nothing was there!” It sure as shamrock feels like it sometimes. But I don’t believe it. “Comics” encompasses so many people and so many stories — it’s not that the news doesn’t exist, it’s just that it’s terribly hard to find.
I’ve been writing about queer comics topics for five years now. I follow tons of queer comics creators. I have countless queer-friendly publishers followed on Twitter and Tumblr and email. And yet still, on a near-weekly basis, I get caught off-guard by creators and publishers I’ve never encountered before. I amassed such a collection of business cards at Flame Con 2.
Much of the problem boils down to where most queer comics live: digital-only spaces. Webcomics and digital publishers don’t have the gatekeepers that historically keep queer voices out. They also don’t have much communication infrastructure or the resources to build it. There’s Hiveworks, there’s Tapastic, and there’s the #ComicBookHour Twitter chat (which isn’t specific to webcomics, but is participated in by many of their creators). But that’s not yet enough.
(Remember that collection of Flame Con 2 business cards? The bulk of them directed to websites with dead links or no social media. If you don’t have social media, potential fans can’t be reminded of your work.)
On top of that, webcomics are a rarer source of “news.” I can cover crowdfunding initiatives and webcomic launches if they’re made by an established queer creator. But I’m still struggling to find what would be relevant to a simple news round-up.
To address my ability to find queer digital comics news: this weekend I opened up an archive of 600+ alleged queer-friendly webcomics and started following the vast majority of their news sources across Twitter, Tumblr, Tapastic, and Patreon (sorry, SmackJeeves, not going to happen). And I’m still working on it (that’s a lot of comics, yo). If nothing else, I’m hoping it’ll at least improve my body of knowledge re: queer webcomics and make me aware of when news — whatever that is — does break.
On expanding what I understand to be newsworthy, well, I don’t know if there’s anything to be done within the context of PP. I have plenty of ideas for how mainstream comics news sites can promote webcomic coverage — interviews, creator opt-in reviews, a greater awareness overall — but not for this column. I hope to change that with more ideas and (definitely) more resources.
This Week in Comics
Kim & Kim #2, Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #10, Insexts vol. 1, DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1, Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #5, Jem and the Holograms #18.
Panel Fanart of the Week
There was no other choice.
(The aforementioned INPRNT.)
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