The Beat reports the second annual Prism Awards were held on Saturday, July 21, at the San Diego Comic Con. Molly Knox Ostertag’s fantasy book “The Witch Boy,” published by Scholastic Graphix, won the category for Mainstream Comics and Graphic Novels. Best Webcomic went to Blue Delliquanti’s “O Human Star,” while Noella Whitney’s “To Measure” received the Award for Shortform Comics.
“Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction” Vol. 2, edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra, won the Award for Anthologies. ‘The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds,’ a story by Daniel Heath Justice and Weshoyot Alvitre published in Alternate History Comics’s indigenous anthology “Moonshot” Vol. 2, was voted Best Small to Midsize Press Comics and Graphic Novels.
Begun last year, the Prism Awards celebrates the year’s best queer comic books, as chosen by a jury (including The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald), and are organized by the non-profit LGBTQAI group Prism Comics, and San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. The first ceremony was held during the Queer Comics Expo at the Cartoon Art Museum, and will return there with the expo next year. Submissions for the 2019 Awards will be open at Prism’s website in the spring. In the meantime, head over to The Beat for a full list of nominees and photos from 2018’s awards.