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Northwest Press
FounderZan Christensen
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationSeattle, Washington
Publication typesComic books, graphic novels
Nonfiction topicsLGBT-interest

Northwest Press is an American publisher specializing in LGBT-themed comic books and graphic novels.[1] It was founded in 2010 by Charles "Zan" Christensen. The company publishes in print, as well as through digital channels such as ComiXology and Apple's iBooks, and also retails some similarly-themed books published independently.


Northwest has had repeated conflicts with Apple's content limitations on sales through the iBooks store. In 2011, an adaptation by Tom Bouden of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest was only approved after the addition of black bars to cover partial male nudity.[2] The technology company initially permitted the individual issues of Jon Macy's Fearful Hunter, but rejected the collected edition, then removed the issues.[3][4] The satirical Al-Qaeda’s Super Secret Weapon was rejected outright.[3] In 2016, Northwest published a self-censored version of Hard to Swallow by Justin Hall and Dave Davenport – covering the "objectionable" parts with images of apples – when the original version was rejected due to sexual content.[5]


The company's publications have won awards. Teleny and Camille by Jon Macy won the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica. Anything That Loves, edited by Christensen, won the 2013 Bisexual Book Award for nonfiction.[6] Rob Kirby's QU33R received the 2014 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology.[1] Unpacking by Steve MacIsaac was nominated for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Graphic Novels.[7]



  1. ^ a b "About Northwest Press". Northwest Press. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  2. ^ "Gay Comics Publisher Declares Victory Over Apple". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  3. ^ a b "Gay Comic Publisher Undaunted by Apple's iBook Censorship". The Advocate. 2014-12-21. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  4. ^ "Northwest Press Defies Apple Censorship of LGBT Content | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund". 23 December 2014. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  5. ^ "Northwest Press Protests iBooks Ban With 'Apple Version'". Comics Alliance. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  6. ^ "Book Award Finalists & Winners". The Bi Writers Association. Archived from the original on 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  7. ^ "Nominees for the 31st Annual 'Lambda Literary Awards' for LGBTQ Books Announced: FULL LIST". Towleroad Gay News. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  8. ^ Harris, Kyle (2019-03-15). "Yves Navant Created a Revolutionary Queer Space Opera". Westword. Retrieved 2019-05-05.