Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pride High #7

The PDF version of Issue 7 is now available. With artwork by Robert Rivera and Polawat Darapong, this is one of the best looking Pride High issues so far!

As the seasons progress, Kid Mischief can't help but look back...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Evening Unplugged

I tend to have nights where I check my email, the Pride High boards, Myspace, and Facebook, then start the cycle all over again to see if anything new has shown up. Last night was the first time in recent memory I opted to leave my home computer off completely for the night. Instead, I curled up with a book, Stalking Darkness, and read for a few hours before falling asleep.

Monday, October 27, 2008

That's So Gay

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pride High Goes APE!



The Alternative Press Expo is just around the corner! Come join the post-Halloween fun at The Concourse, 620 7th Street in San Francisco, November 1-2! I'll be at the Prism Booth both days. I'll also be on the annual APE Queer Panel. Hope to see you there!

From Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics) and Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Hard to Swallow):

Going APE! DC did it many years ago. Marvel’s doing it now. And PRISM COMICS is doing it on November 1 and 2 at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. APE is the upstart baby brother to Comic-Con featuring independent and small press comics and creators. It’s a very friendly, low-key Con that brings together a wonderful community of LBGT and LGBT-friendly creators and fans. The Expo takes place at:

The Concourse

620 7th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, November 1 – 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday, November 2 – 11 am – 6 pm

http://www.comic-con.org/ape

http://www.comic-con.org/ape/ape_direct.shtml

It’s Halloween Weekend in San Francisco so APE should be very festive. Prism will be right up front at Table 338 selling LGBT comics and the Prism Guide and featuring appearances by LGBT creators. Other queer creators will be out in force with their own tables (see below). Justin Hall (Hard To Swallow, Glamazonia, True Travel Tales) has put together his fabulous annual QUEER CARTOONISTS PANEL. And we’re proud to see Paige Braddock being honored as a Special Guest of APE 2008 with a SPOTLIGHT ON PAIGE BRADDOCK panel.

The Con is inexpensive - $10 for 1 day/$15 for both days. And best yet - Comic-Con International Attendees get in for FREE when they present their 2008 Comic-Con badge!

Here’s a list of LGBT activities at APE:

PRISM COMICS TABLE 338

CREATOR SIGNING SCHEDULE (as of this posting):

11 am - 12 pm Mark Padilla and Dick Wolf (Gravity Faggot)

12 – 1 pm Jeff Krell (Jayson)

1 - 2 pm Charles "Zan" Christensen (The Mark of Aeacus)

2 - 3 pm Tristan Crane (How Loathsome)

3 - 4 pm Sam Saturday (Load World)

4-5 pm Tommy Roddy (Pride High)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

11 am – 12 pm Jeff Krell

12 - 1 pm Zan Christensen

1 - 2 pm Sam Saturday

3 - 4 pm Tommy Roddy

5 – 6 pm Mark Padilla and Dick Wolf


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm

THE ANNUAL QUEER CARTOONISTS PANEL

The annual Queer Cartoonists Panel once again offers up a stellar group of LGBT creators who will discuss issues of identity and sexuality in their art, being queer in the comic book world, and their sources of inspiration. This is the fifth running year of the panel, one of the most popular and lively at APE! The panel includes:

Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother, subGIRLZ)

Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf)

Joan Hilty (Bitter Girl)

Erika Moen (DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary)

Tommy Roddy (Pride High)

Joey Alison Sayers (Thingpart)

Moderator: Justin Hall (Hard To Swallow, Glamazonia, True Travel Tales) will be focusing on several themes this year, starting with diversity within queer, artistic communities.

"In the past, queer cartooning just meant a simple, straight-forward, gay and lesbian focus, but we're seeing more diversity now, with trans creators, bisexuals, queers of color, and even bears bringing in different kinds of thematic and artistic voices," Hall said. "Queerness is being recognized as a more sophisticated and complex identity now than it was in the past, and you can see that in our comics."

Another theme that Hall wants to address is one that has been a source of interest throughout the five years he's been organizing and moderating the panel. "I'm fascinated with how queer cartoonists get their work out there to a receptive audience. In the past, LGBT cartoonists used the gay papers and bookstores, but as these traditional markets have been drying up, we've been looking to other models such as the internet, mainstream bookstores, and even comic book stores that are now more open to queer material than they have ever been," said Hall. The panel will also focus on the pros and cons of these various markets for queer comics. Attendees can look forward to lively discussion, insightful questions, and audience participation at this annual fan favorite.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - 1:30-2:30 pm

SPOTLIGHT ON PAIGE BRADDOCK

APE Special Guest, Paige Braddock, talks about future life on Mars, Jane's World, self-publishing, the decline of journalism, and her "day job" as creative director of Charles Schulz's studio. Moderated by the clever and witty Jason McNamara, who collaborated with Braddock on the newest release from Girl Twirl Comics, The Martian Confederacy.

LGBT AND LGBT-FRIENDLY CREATOR TABLES

Here is a list of LGBT/LGBT-friendly creators who will be exhibiting at APE:

Prism Comics – Table 338

Brian Andersen ((So Super Duper) and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time) - Table – 557

Paige Braddock (Jane’s World) – Table 339

Justin Hall and Dave Davenport (Hard to Swallow)– Table 516

Andy Hartzell (Fox Bunny Funny, Global Hobo/Break Comics) – Table 287

Robert Kirby (Boy Trouble) and Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother) – Table 558

Steve McIsaac (Shirtlifter) and Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf)– Table 515

Sean Seamus McWhinny (Diary of a Catering Whore) – Table 409

Mari Naomi (Estrus Comics) – Table 207

Brad Rader (Harry and Dickless Tom) – Table 556

Plus many indie publishers offer LGBT material. Check the schedule and website for additional info.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mormons for Marriage

While the official position of the Mormon Church is strictly against gay marriage, some mormons are taking a stand for equality:



Courtesy of www.mormonsformarriage.com

Friday, October 17, 2008

Trikone Magazine

Suravi and Pride High are featured in the Monsoon 2008 issue of Trikone Magazine! It's the quarterly publication of Trikone, the oldest organization in the world to focus on and celebrate the South Asian LGBT community. A big thanks to Poonam, Abhay, and Harsha of Trikone! Shukriya, Dhanyavaadaalu!

Adventures in Fog City

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

California Voter Registration!

Fellow Californians, please make sure you're registered to vote! California's presidential electoral votes aside, there are important ballot measures to vote on, including the anti-gay marriage Prop. 8. The deadline to register is October 20th! The registration application can be found here:

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm

Monday, October 13, 2008

Korean Mom for Obama

I found this by way of RepublicansForObama.org:

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

National Coming Out Day Drawing

It's not a line drawing, but a random prize drawing to celebrate National Coming Out Day on Saturday, October 11! The winner will receive (as they become available):

1) Digital B&W lettered draft of Issue 7
2) Digital final, full color copy of Issue 7
3) Signed print copy of Issue 7 mailed to you
4) Signed original bristol board of Issue 5, page of your choice (except for page 26)

To enter the drawing, all you need to do is share your coming out story on the Pride High Boards. If you're an ally, share an experience when someone came out to you. The drawing will take place on Saturday, October 11 at 12 Noon, US Pacific Standard Time.

My friend, Rachel Edidin of Girl-Wonder.org is also celebrating National Coming Out Day, so feel free to send her your coming out story, as well!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Tip Your Waitress

Ah, every episode of True Blood gets better and better! In the latest episode, some rough customers make rude comments about Lafayette's cooking. Big mistake!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Girl-Wonder.org Auction

Girl-Wonder.org works toward better portrayals of women in comics, as well as greater female involvement in comics creation and fandom. Each year, the site holds an auction of original artwork to fund the activities of the all-volunteer staff. Help out this great organization and score yourself the original bristol board for the Scotch Bonnet vs Wave Witch clash in Pride High #5!