October 15, 2013
Hazel Newlevant Wins 2013 Queer Press Grant
According to a press release widely disseminated yesterday, Prism Comics
announced Hazel Newlevant
the recipient of this year's Queer Press Grant
on October 13 during Alternative Press Expo weekend. This was done during the Queer Cartoonists Panel at APE, a panel moderated by Justin Hall.
Newlevant was honored for her works Dance The Blues
(image below) and If This Be Sin
(image above). Both contain short stories about queer women and blues/jazz music.
The grant has been around since 2005 and is designed to encourage the publication of LGBT-themed comics. The press release claims it is the only grant given to independent comics creators, although I know that not to be true as I just announced the Sequential Artists Workshop micro-grants yesterday, and those come out twice a year. It's still very rare, and certainly laudable. This particular grant is completely funded by donations
The size of the grant was not included in the press materials, but I'll update it here if I can. Past winners include Rob Kirby, Ed Luce, Steve MacIsaac and Megan Gedris.
posted 8:10 am PST
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