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GAY COMICS & GAY COMIC ACTIVISM
THE AWARD-WINNING ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY ANDY MANGELS!

GAY COMIX/GAY COMICS

Gay Comix was founded in September 1980 by Howard Cruse (editor) and Denis Kitchen (publisher, Kitchen Sink Enterprises).

Robert Triptow became editor with issue #5 (1984), and Bob Ross of Bay Area Reporter took over as publisher with issue #6 (November 1985). Triptow's final issue was #13 (1991, though incorrectly dated Summer/Autumn 1988).

Andy Mangels became editor in 1991, and immediately instituted a gender parity rule, wherein 1/2 of all material would be by male-identified creators, and 1/2 would be by female-identified creators. He also upped the page count and publication frequency, and instituted higher page rates for creators. He produced two issues under the name of Gay Comix, then changed the name to the more mainstream "Gay Comics" with the fifteenth issue. The series ended with a double-sized 25th issue in 1998.

GAY COMIX (editor Howard Cruse)
Gay Comix #1 (September 1980, three printings)
Gay Comix #2 (November 1981)
Gay Comix #3 (December 1982)
Gay Comix #4 (November 1983)

GAY COMIX (editor Robert Triptow)
Gay Comix #5 (November 1984)
Gay Comix #6 (Winter 1985)
Gay Comix #7 (Spring 1986)
Gay Comix #8 (Summer 1986)
Gay Comix #9 (Winter 1986)
Gay Comix #10 (Spring 1987)
Gay Comix #11 (Winter 1987)
Gay Comix #12 (Spring 1988)
Gay Comix #13 (Fall 1991)

GAY COMIX (editor Andy Mangels)
Gay Comix #14 (Winter 1991)
Gay Comix Special #1 (Spring 1992)

GAY COMICS (editor Andy Mangels)
Gay Comics #15 (Spring 1992)
Gay Comics #16 (Summer 1992)
Gay Comics #17 (Early 1993)
Gay Comics #18 (Spring 1993)
Gay Comics #19 (Early Summer 1993)
Gay Comics #20 (Late Summer/Fall 1993)
Gay Comics #21 (Winter 1993/Early 1994)
Gay Comics #22 (Early/Summer 1994)
Gay Comics #23 (Summer 1996)
Gay Comics #24 (Fall 1996/Spring 1997)
Gay Comics #
25 (80 page issue, Spring 1998)

SENTINEL / PRIDE -
Andy's Gay Super-Hero

Sentinel Back Cover (from Gay Comics #16)
Sentinel Story #1 (from Gay Comics #16)
Sentinel Story #2 (from Gay Comics #17)
Sentinel Story #3 (from Gay Comics #18)
Sentinel Story #4 (from Gay Comics #20)
Pride Story #5 (from Gay Comics #23)
Pride Story #6 (from Gay Comics #24)
Pride Bio (from Gay Comics #25)
Pride Postcard (by J.A. Fludd)


OTHER GAY COMIC MATERIAL
Domesticity Isn't Pretty: A Leonard & Larry Collection
(1993, Palliard Press, introduction)
Quantum Leap (Innovation)


GROUNDBREAKING OUT IN COMICS ARTICLE
"Out of the Closet and Into the Comics"
(Amazing Heroes articles written by Andy Mangels from 1988)
Download Part 1 Here
Download Part 2 Here

Mangels also wrote about Gay comic matters for The Advocate, Just Out, Bear magazine, and other gay magazines and newspapers.



GAYS IN COMICS/OUT IN COMICS PANELS
Gays In Comics convention panels
Andy has produced and moderated the panel at San Diego Comic-Con International for 25 years - from 1988-2012 (Roger Klorese co-moderated 2013-2016), then returned with a name change for with year 30-32 in 2017-2019! Mangels changed the panel name to Out In Comics in 2018.
See the amazing list of Gays In Comics and Prism panels by visiting this page!



OUT IN COMICS ZINES
Out In Comics zines
This zine was founded and self-published by Andy Mangels in 1999, then worked on by Mangels and others (Kyle Minor, Charles "zan" Christensen, Joe Palmer, Dwayne Best) following that period.
Download OIC #1 - 1999 Here

Download OIC #2 - 2000 Here
Download OIC #3 - 2001 Here
Download OIC #4 - 2002 Here


PRISM & GAY AGENDA ZINES
PRISM & GAY AGENDA zines
This zine's name was changed to PRISM Comics with the founding of the Prism Comics group in 2003 (co-founded by Mangels, Kyle Minor, Charles "zan" Christensen, Joe Palmer, Jai Sen). PRISM Guides were produced from 2003-2009. Concurrently, Mangels was the main writer for The Gay Agenda, produced each year for Comic-Con International from 2003-2019 (its name eventually changed to The PRISM Guide)
Download Prism Comics #1 - 2003 Here
Download Prism Comics #2 - 2004 Here
Download Prism Comics #3 - 2005 Here
Prism Comics #4 - 2006
Prism Comics #5 - 2007
Prism Comics #5 - 2008
Download Prism Comics #6 - 2009 Here

Download Prism Gay Agenda #1 - 2003 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #2 - 2004 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #3 - 2005 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #4 - 2006 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #5 - 2007 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #6 - 2008 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #7 - 2009 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #8 - 2010 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #9 - 2011 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #10 - 2012 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #11 - 2013 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #12 - 2014 Here
Download Prism Gay Agenda #13 - 2015 Here

Download Prism Guide #14 - 2016 Here
Download Prism Guide #15 - 2017 Here
Download Prism Guide #18 - 2018 Here
Download Prism Guide #19 - 2019 Here


GAY COMIC RESOURCES

Prism Comics website
Gay League website


Northwest Press LGBTQ publisher website
Stacked Deck Press LGBTQ publisher website
Queer Cartoonists Database website
Queer Zine Archive Project website
Queer Canadian Webcomics website
Queer Comics Database website
Flame Con queer convention website
Geeks Out website




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