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Xeric Foundation to offer one last round of grants to creators

Since its inception in 1992, the Xeric Foundation has given out over $2,500,000 worth of grants to help independent comics artists get their work into print. But now it’s coming to an end.

Founder Peter Laird (the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) posted a message on the foundation’s website saying that the world has changed, and it’s time for the Xeric Foundation to change as well:

The advent of essentially free web publishing has forever altered the way aspiring comic book creators can get their work out into the public eye. With this in mind, I have decided that it makes sense that the Xeric Foundation will no longer provide grants to self-publishing comic book creators, and instead devote all of its available grants funds to charitable organizations.

However, aspiring creators do have one last chance: The foundation will award one last round of grants, with work being reviewed in May 2012.

The most recent Xeric award winners were announced in February.

(via Comics Worth Reading)



Wow, that’s the end of an era right there.

I guess the idea of self-publishing comics has definitely chenged, but I wonder if the Xeric grant could have itself changed to better suit the times. Granted, I can’t quite think how they would have done it (it’s too early in the morning to think very coherently). Although part of me thinks that there should always be a way to be able to put aspiring artist’s work out there in print, so I’m sad to see it go.

The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant awards a significant grant every year to help LGBT comics creator publish and promote their work, and we’ve funded web-only projects in the past. I would have liked to see the Xeric refocus toward other ways to help creators rather than ceasing, though I’m glad the charitable giving will continue in other ways.

Prism always told people we had one of the only comics grants besides the Xeric… now are we the only one?

Agreed. This seems…premature to call “last round” about.

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