The artist of
"YU+ME," a lesbian-themed manga Web comic
strip, has recently won a grant to produce a print version.
Megan Gedris will receive a $1,000 Queer Press Grant,
which was funded by out "Jane's World" creator Paige
Braddock, with a matching amount from Prism Comics.
the life of Fiona, an unpopular girl at West Catholic
High whose ins and outs with Sister Mary are suddenly
forgotten when Lia moves in next door. She's confused
by her growing feelings for Lia but receives help from
Jake, a gay boy she helps rescue from bullies.
"Thanks to Prism
Comics, I'm achieving the dream I've had since I was
10," Gedris said in a press release. "The dream I gave up on
because it seemed so impossible. I'm going to be a comic
book artist. So what am I using this money for?
Crankin' out some good lesbian comics and getting
people to read them!"
Gedris, 20, grew
up in Grand Rapids, Mich., and began her comics career
in 2002 under the alias Anonymous Manga, creating works
about gay boys to "throw people off my trail." But
after coming out and not seeing much in the way of
good lesbian comics, she created "YU+ME." She has won
Platinum Studios' "Comic Book Challenge" for another
project, the pulp homage I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian
Pirates From Outer Space!!!
established the Queer Press Grant to encourage LGBT creators
to self-publish LGBT-themed comics. (The