Saturday, July 29, 2006

Making a Comic Book, Part 6: Pride High on the air!

Pride High was featured on the radio show, Forward Forum, in Madison, WI this

Then at about 11:15 am, we'll begin a fun and fascinating discussion about gay and lesbian comic book superheroes. Our guests will be the illustrator and writer of the comic book "Pride High," which follows five teens who form a controversial Gay/Straight Alliance at their super powered high school.

Joining us in our studio is illustrator Brian Ponce, who is a longtime Madison gay community leader, recognized two years ago as OutReach's Volunteer of the Year. Among his many contributions to OutReach, Brian produces OutReach's monthly calendar, and designs its popular and colorful cover page. An artist all of his life, Brian also has extensive previous experience as a comic book illustrator, and has developed dozens of characters over the years, both for publication, and for his own enjoyment.

And on the phone from his home in San Francisco will be comic book writer Tommy Roddy. Tommy formed “Pride Comics” with friends Carl Hippensteel and Andrew Van Marle. He is also a non-SAG actor working in San Francisco. He had a principal role in his first feature-length film, Pandemonium, an independent production that was screened recently at San Francisco’s Opera Plaza Theater. A longtime fan of Star Trek, he also stars in a fan-produced video production currently airing on the Internet.

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