In 1986 Grandma was worried I wasn’t settling down. So I told her I was having a relationship—with a woman. “I am settling down, in my own way.” And the sunlight settled on the dust on the mantlepiece and the cat settled in Grandma’s lap and Grandma said there were two nurses boarding in her mother’s house in Yorkshire in 1916. And Grandma said she was in love with one of them.
70 years later, she still remembered waiting at the bottom of the boarding-house stairs to blush and smile hello at the funny, dark-eyed nurse she loved.
Love between women? Unforgettable.
—  Eleni Prineas, in Finding the Lesbians: Personal Accounts from Around the World

Hi guys! It’s been a while. This is the cover art for Poetry of Eternity, a Chinese language Merthur anthology that’s going to print this month. I don’t know if you can tell but this was supposed to be two separate works, I just wasn’t able to finish either before the deadline so… like is anyone really surprised. Maybe later this year I would be able to? Hopefully.

I’d also to rec this gorgeous fic: Dream A Little Dream by TheWiseMansFear. I enjoyed it immensely, especially the dialogue between the characters, and that it had so few hits just really baffled me like ??? (A friend later told me it’s cos of the formatting but I the further I read the less I noticed, I was so engrossed…) It’s really quite brilliant, I promise.

HEARTWOOD: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy is the newest anthology from P&M Press.

Across time and cultures, humanity has spun tales about the forest: tales of caution, adventure, rites of passage, and discovery. Some of those stories persist as the folklore and fairy tales that delight our imaginations today, and the forest remains a symbol for facing the unknown and emerging transformed.

This anthology is for everyone who’s walked through the undergrowth, in the silence of nature, and longed for an adventure of their own to unfold. These stories of modern-day sylvan fantasy will showcase the best non-binary cartoonists of our day, guiding characters like us into the woods and back again.

Submission Period

Submissions will be open to the public from October 16th - November 13th. (A line-up of preselected creators will also be unveiled throughout this period!)

Who Can Participate

We want submissions from people who identify as nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, bigender, neutrois, twospirit, genderfluid, demigender, trans fem or trans masc, and other genders outside the “man or woman” binary. 

For team submissions, at least the writer must meet the above criteria. If two submissions are equally matched, the all non-binary team will be prioritized. Use #TeamHeartwood (Tumblr or Twitter) to find teammates!

Age Restrictions

All contributors must be 18 years or older. All content must be suitable for readers as young as 14 years old.


  • Comics from 4 - 12 pages long
  • 6” x 9” trim size (template provided)
  • Bleed? Yes.
  • Black & White or Grayscale (no screentones please)
  • 600 dpi


Selection Process (October 2017 - December 2017)

  • Project Announcement - 2 weeks
  • Open Submissions - 4 weeks
  • Final Selection - 2 weeks

Work Period (December 2017 - July 2018)

  • Creator Portraits - 1 week
  • Script + Thumbnails - 8 weeks
  • Pencils - 10 weeks
  • Inks - 6 weeks
  • Grayscale - 6 weeks
  • Letters - 2 weeks
  • Bios - 1 week

Kickstarter (Fall 2018)


Contributors to our first anthology were paid $100/page plus Kickstarter bonuses. In keeping with P&M Press’ founding goal of increasing pay with each successive campaign, HEARTWOOD contributors will be compensated at $105/page plus any Kickstarter bonuses.

Contributors also receive a minimum of 10 complimentary copies of the anthology, royalties on all digital sales, and royalties on any print runs of the anthology after the first printing sells out.


Creators will cede exclusive first worldwide print and digital rights to their stories for a full calendar year from the date of publication, and non-exclusive worldwide print and digital rights in perpetuity. Ownership remains with the creators.

What We Want

  • Previously unpublished stories.
  • Forests. Jungles. Decaying structures reclaimed by nature. Trees, trees, and - oh yeah - more trees! Deep, lush settings that have character. (If you absolutely hate drawing backgrounds/characters interacting with their environment, you may want to sit this one out.)
  • At least one protagonist must be non-binary.
  • At least one non-binary protagonist must be human (they can be half magical-species-you-made-up, but their gender should not be portrayed as a “fantastical” result of that).
  • Stories set now-ish (a hard date isn’t necessary, but keep the human fashion and any tech to post-1990 and pre-2030).
  • Movement from one space to another (entering, leaving, traveling), literally and/or metaphorically.
  • Personified aspects of the natural world (e.g. whispering winds, walking plants, talking animals, etc).
  • Original fantastical creatures/beings.
  • Discovery and Understanding.
  • Tests (of will, wits, ethics, etc).
  • Person Allied With Nature.
  • A spirit of adventure!

What We DON’T Want

  • No fan works. No auto-bio. No prose. No one-off illustrations.
  • Stories that basically amount to “protagonist realizes they are non-binary and explains gender to the other characters/the reader.” Your character can come to understand their gender better by the end of the story, but there should be a plot beyond that.
  • Meet-cutes. (“Two people meet and crush at first sight, the end.”)
  • Horror: this includes horror tropes, body horror, classic horror monsters like werewolves or vampires, popular cryptids/urban legends like Slender Man or the Jersey Devil, and so on. Your story can use fear and danger as plot elements, but if instilling fear/existential dread in the reader is the overarching theme, this is the wrong anthology.
  • Tolkienian fantasy: no elves, dwarves, orcs, etc. We won’t freak out if you make something up that’s very loosely(!) inspired by any of these (unless it replicates the problematic elements of Tolkien’s work, in which case your work will not be accepted).
  • Cursing is permitted as long as words aren’t used literally (i.e. “Shit, you scared me!” as opposed to “Let’s go shit in the woods!”) and are used very sparingly when used at all. In general, we’d prefer not.
  • No porn. No references to specific sexual acts. No explicit nudity whether sexual or non-sexual (sorry, folks). “Consensual fade-to-black sex between legal adults” is fine.
  • No depictions of abuse (sexual, physical, psychological) whether pictorial or written. Characters may vaguely reference (in non-graphic language) abuse that they have suffered in the past if doing so serves the story or is integral to the character (i.e. maybe the story is about a survivor working on their agoraphobia by going on what they believe will be a brief, non-magical hike…).
  • No gore. People can get hurt, bleed, die, etc, but not in a grossly over-the-top way that fetishizes violence.
  • No slurs, no racism (not even “fantasy racism”), no misogyny, no transphobia, no ableism, no xenophobia, no white supremacist nonsense in general. (And please, no stories whose sole purpose is to teach that these things are bad.)

Ready? Here’s How To Pitch

Send us an email at with the subject line “Heartwood Pitch” that includes the following information/attachments:

  1. The name, pronouns, and role of everyone on your team (or just yourself for solo submissions). Give the name(s) you want used during communications with you, marketing of your contribution, and credits in the book (even if those are all different).
  2. A working title and page count for your comic (doesn’t have to be exact).
  3. A synopsis of your story, including a beginning, middle, and end. Spoil everything, but try to keep it under 500 words.
  4. Preliminary sketches associated with your pitch: character ideas, important creature designs, environment concepts (the latter is especially important if your portfolio lacks strong examples of background art), etc. These don’t need to be final or polished pieces! Just detailed enough to give us an idea.
  5. Links to any relevant publishing credits (whether you’re writing the comic, drawing it, lettering it, or doing everything yourself). Self-published works and webcomics count as credits! Choose examples that best reflect the style you intend to use for this comic. You may simply include a link to your portfolio if you have no pre-existing credits, but please note that folks with sequential storytelling examples will receive preference.
  6. Tell us about yourself, your cultural and artistic background, and why you want to be in HEARTWOOD. Short and sweet is best!

More Questions? 

Check out the FAQ. If your answer isn’t there, Ask away!



Hey again, folks! Iron Circus Comics’ latest anthology project, featuring small animals on BIG adventures, has less than three days remaining on Kickstarter and about $6,000 left to go until its creators’ next pay raise!

Part of the reason ICC pre-orders so many of its projects on Kickstarter is it allows us to improve artist pay. And if (when???) we hit $40,000, our creators will be on the receiving end of a $20 page rate increase.  

So don’t wait to grab it at a con or off the bookstore/comic shop shelf! Back us now on Kickstarter!

Thanks, all!

Dragon Shores: A Spyro the Dragon Charity Fanzine!

We are seeking artists interested in creating content related to the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy (Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage/Gateway to Glimmer, Year of the Dragon). Please click here for additional information and access to the application.

Dragon Shores will be supporting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Originally posted by freezingicekirby

This fanzine is being hosted by Haunted Cosmos Press! (Promo art by @vexingly-yours)

WANDERLUST, A Mythology Anthology Kickstarter launches in 1 week!

Created for all lovers of mythology, WANDERLUST, A Mythology Anthology is an all-new anthology of original comics, illustrations and short stories that reimagine and retell mythological stories. WANDERLUST is a fresh, new take on mythological inspired fiction, and sets out to give a platform to a diverse range of creative voices. WANDERLUST is proud to celebrate ethnic diversity and queerness in both the contents of the book and in the selection of talented writers and artists.

The final book will be 8″x11″, perfect bound, printed in full color, with 200+ pages. Inside the book will be 42 original works by our creators, exploring myths from 25 different regions.

Follow us for more updates on the anthology as we move forward towards our Kickstarter. We need your help to get the word out!

INFO: about | faq | schedule
CONNECT: twitter | email:

- WANDERLUST Moderators, Mar and Zoe

Sleep is a current theme in John’s songs, (“Strawberry fields forever” “I’m so tired”, “#9 Dream″) and ‘I’m only sleeping’ was the very first song he wrote that had this dreamy atmosphere.

In the book “John Lennon: In my life’ written by Pete Shotton, John’s friend recalls that one thing John hated more than going to bed at night was getting out of it the next day:

“In his private Kenwood existence, John avoided any semblance of a routine, preferring to eat, sleep, or work when and if he happened to feel hungry, tired or inspired. If I were there, he would often want to talk and play all night long - in which case he would rarely emerge from his bedroom before two o’ clock the following afternoon.” 

This John’s habit inspired not only John to write a song, but also Paul. In fact, when he wanted to write, he used to come over to John’s house in the afternoon and wake him up for a work session. 

“Often Paul would be John’s morning alarm call.  Living at Wimpole Street…meant he got up earlier than John and packed more into each day.  John led a more relaxed suburban life but if he went to dinner in London or to a club, living so far from town meant that he returned home very late.  Paul would arrive at midday or the early afternoon and wake him up, which was where John got the idea for ‘I’m Only Sleeping.’” - Barry Miles, ‘Many Years from now’

But sometimes, Paul would just wait for John to wake up. One day, while he was sitting outside by the pool while John was sleeping, he wrote ‘Here, there and everywhere.’ John, on the other hand, had the idea to write ‘I’m only sleeping’.

“That’s me,..dreaming my life away”  - John, Playboy Interview, 1980.

It was a nice idea — ‘There’s nothing wrong with it. I’m not being lazy, I’m only sleeping, I’m yawning, I’m meditating, I’m having a lay-in.’ The song was co-written but from John’s original idea.” —Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now by Barry Miles.

At 2:01 you can hear Paul yawning. (…mimicking John?:) )


6 DAYS left! Sooo…. we wanted to give you another small sneak peek ^^

Featuring @camilleflyingrotten@mizuvera @meduszoa @kajoi @wisesnail and @cyanirisnocturne this time… and probably speaking for itself. ☺️😻

There are many many more beautiful and incredible pieces in this book!!!! (as you may recall from the writer’s and artist’s page sneak peek - if not, take a look now!) - truly incredible.

And stories to match by the way, but more difficult to give sneak peeks off *hugs to all writers*😘

We cannot wait to turn the pages when we finally hold it in our hands!

We’re very close to the red edge cut shown above. We know we keep repeating it, but it would be soooooooo utterly beautiful in our opinion.

And of course, a reminder of the rewards (by @the-walking-fannibal, @hachiseiko, @nonexistenz, @sylfidxn, @sheep-in-clouds, Sophie, Johanna and Nele) is always a good thing 😋, with @tindu’s poster and the lanyard included.

6 more days to reach that goal and or get your copy!!

*bites nails* 😘

EDIT: Here’s the way to our campaign >>>

Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath TOC

Originally posted by blackbeautylana

TRAGEDY QUEENS is an anthology that brings together two powerful muses: Sylvia Plath and Lana Del Rey. Sylvia’s voice haunts us from beyond the grave. Her words cut like diamonds—sharp, deadly, and forever beautiful. Lana Del Rey’s dark themes and enchanting vocals resonate with listeners from all around the world. Both of these artists explore taboo topics. They find the words to voice the things they are not proud of, the things that haunt them. It takes courage to do the verbal striptease. Let these two extraordinary muses guide you into your own heart of darkness.

TRAGEDY QUEENS will be available for preorder in September 2017. ARC’s will be available to reviewers at that time. CLASH Books will also have copies available for purchase at the Brooklyn Book Fair this year.

Official release date is December 1st 2017.

Contact editor for ARC’s email:

1. Stephanie M. Wytovich - Because of Their Different Deaths
2. Ashley Inguanta - A Room of Infinite Cat’s Eyes
3. Lorraine Shein - SP World
4. Gabino Iglesias - Gods in the Blood
5. Larissa Glasser - Ritual of Gorgons
6. Monique Quintana - Sad Girl
7. Tiffany Scandal - Loose Ends
8. Devora Gray - Pipedreams
9. Cara Di Girolamo - Sphinx Tears
10. Patricia Grisafi - Crazy Mary
11. Rebecca Charlotte - My Pussy Tastes Like Pepsi Gnosis
12. Brendan Vidito - Stag Loop
13. Christine Stoddard - Going About 99
14. Manuel Chavarria - Dayglo Reflection
15. Kathryn Louise - The Blacklist
16. Farah Rose Smith - The Land of Other
17. Tiffany Morris - The Lazarus Wife
18. Laura Diaz - Without Him (and Him, and Him) There is No Me
19. Victoria Dalpe - The Wife
20. Max Booth III - All the World Drops Dead
21. Lisa Marie Basile - On the Elevation of Pain Through Art and Beauty - a Diary of Muses
22. Jerry Drake - Corinne
23. Selene MacLeod - Panic Bird
24. Laura Lee Bahr - Catman’s Heart