June is Pride month and Vault Comics is celebrating LGBTQIA+ voices with their Unbanned initiative. The publisher explains:
“Banning books is nothing recent to the world of comics and literature, but in months we’ve seen an uptick in new bans across the country. These bans have targeted many queer books and creators. And while politicians and extremist groups may be working hard to erase LGBTQIA+ voices, we at Vault Comics continue to maintain that this space, *our space*, has always and will always be safe — but more than safe, it will be loud, proud , and unapologetic.
For anyone in an area where bans are being enacted, we see you. You are not forgotten, and you are not alone. Queerness is powerful. It is human. We will celebrate and be celebrated together.”
For the next five weeks, Vault will give away a different LGBTQIA+ themed title, by LGBTQIA+ creators, on their digital store for free. Use the code “UNBANNED” on the digital version of these books in their webstore. Every Monday, stop by again for a new title.
The release calendar is below:
June 1st: Heathen Vol. 1
June 6th: Submerged
June 13th: She Said Destroy
June 20th: Test
June 27th: Queen of Bad Dreams & Hollow Heart
The company stated:
“PRIDE is as much of a protest as it is a celebration, an opportunity to shout and laugh and chant together. To assert that we will never be silenced, we refuse to be erased, we reject your bans, we’re not going anywhere, and our stories don’t just matter for a month, they matter forever and always, backward through history and forward into the future.
Queer stories shape the world.
We’ll never stop telling them.”
— Vault Comics
— Damian Wassel, CEO & Publisher
— Adrian Wassel, Editor-In-Chief
— Nathan Gooden, SeniorArtist
— David Dissanayake, VP of Sales & Marketing
Syndee Barwick, Director – Sales & Marketing, Book Trade
— Daniel Crary, Communications Director
Alex Scola, Social Media + Digital Advertising
– Ian Baldessari, Production Manager
Tim Daniel, Art Director, Branding & Design
Sonja Synak, Art Director / Wonderbound