What happened in comics last week? Howard Chaykin. Again. After Image Comics pulled the cover to Divided States of Hysteria #4 and issued a public statement that was underwhelming in its own right, Chaykin decided to double down, contradicting even that statement in an interview with the website Freaksugar. In it, Chaykin defends his work vehemently, showing no remorse and accusing critics of sophistry and willfull ignorance. Here at WWAC, we’ve crafted a handy form letter to assist you, should you wish to make your objections to the comic known to your local comic shop.
In better news, the First Annual Prism Awards announced their judges and finalists! An awards ceremony that centers specifically on LGBTQIA+ characters in both fiction and nonfiction stories. The first ceremony was held this past Saturday, July 8th, at the Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco. Some of the nominees include both the Beyond and the Power And Magic anthologies, which we reviewed here, and here, respectively. You can read up on the nominees and the Prism Awards in general here.
On the subject of anthologies, We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology is currently open for backers on Kickstarter. The anthology exclusively contains trans creators, and boasts a whopping fifty-five stories, each by a different creative team. In just three days, the project has achieved almost 200% funding, which is pretty impressive. Full Disclosure: WWAC’s own Alexis Sergio is participating.
Breaking with 44 years of tradition, Mile High Comics announced that they will not have a presence at SDCC. Citing a rise in booth costs as well as foot traffic difficulties stemming from some policy changes on the part of convention organizers, MHC President Chuck Rozanski stated that “circumstances beyond our control made our further participation impossible.” SDCC driving comic vendors out of its own halls, whether intentionally or simply as a byproduct of pursuing more lucrative goals, certainly makes a statement about that convention’s priorities.