Prism Comics is launching an anthology featuring all-new LGBTQAIU comics talent to be published by Stacked Deck Press. The theme is first (queer) love and the working title is Crush: First Love, New Talent. The project editors will be Prism Comics board members Viktor Kerney (Strangelore) and Tara Madison Avery (We’re Still Here). Stacked Deck Press will launch a Kickstarter campaign in early 2019 to fund this project. In addition to a short list of comics creators handpicked by the editors, Prism and SDP are looking for new LGBTQAIU comics talent. THIS IS AN OPEN CALL FOR STORY SUBMISSIONS. If you would like to submit your work, here are some guidelines and requirements:
- Crush: First Love, New Talent is a showcase for comics creators who have not yet been published in a widely circulated print publication. If you have a CV with a long list of recent published works, this project is most likely not for you.
- Crush: First Love, New Talent is committed to the inclusion of comics creators of color and emerging LGBTQAIU identities as a priority.
- Crush: First Love, New Talent will pay a base $25.00 per page rate to all contributing creative teams. This rate is subject to possible increase should the Kickstarter campaign exceed its initial goal. Story contributors will also receive two comp copies of the finished book.
- This anthology will be a paperback book. We have not yet decided whether the interiors will be color or black and white. Exact page and file specifications to be announced concurrently with the final roster of creators. Print size will be 7” x 10”.
- We are looking for stories of 10 pages or less. Exceptions to this length requirement will only be made upon approval from the editors. If you are interested in contributing, please send some sample finished artwork and a story proposal of one or two paragraphs long to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The open call for submissions ends November 22nd, 2018. The final roster of contributing creators will be announced in early January 2019.
We will launch Crush: First Love, New Talent at a party in the city of West Hollywood, CA pending publication. (Venue to be announced.) We look forward to seeing the work and perspectives of a new generation of LGBTQAIU comics creators! Thank you in advance for your interest!