Charles "Zan" Christensen is the Publisher of Northwest Press, a publishing imprint devoted to providing the highest-quality lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graphic novels and comics collections. Northwest's first published book was Jon Macy's Teleny and Camille, a graphic novel adaptation of the anonymous Victorian erotic novel Teleny, attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of poets and writers. The book debuted at the 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Zan is also a comics writer, currently co-creating the series The Mark of Aeacus for Class Comics and Northwest Press. The second issue of MoA, jointly published by the two companies, debuted at the 2010 Comic-Con as well.
In 2003, Zan was also the founding President of Prism Comics, which was formed when a group of gay comics fans and professionals got together and decided to take their passion for the medium and work to level the playing field for other queer comics creators. In its short existence, Prism Comics has surpassed all expectations and become a force for positive change in the industry, providing a strong presence on the web, highvisibility at conventions, and an annual grant program that has given thousands of dollars to LGBT creators to publish and promote their work.
Zan continues to be active with Prism as their Web Chairperson.