Your Queer Guide to New York Comic Con 2018

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Every October, thousands of comic fans, cosplayers, and nerd culture enthusiasts descend on the Big Apple for New York Comic-Con. Since its inaugural year in 2007, NYCC has turned into one of the largest comic conventions in the country there are so many panels and gatherings over the weekend, it can be hard to navigate and figure out exactly which things to see. We went through all of the upcoming events and picked some of the queerest panels and parties for you to have on your radar, to make this year’s NYCC the best yet.

  1. This discussion about family-friendly, queer-positive graphic novels and manga centers on readers of all ages. If you’re a young person looking for recommendations, or an adult that want to see more family-friendly inclusive titles, this is the panel for you.

  2. BOOM! Studios and GLAAD are teaming up for a roundtable discussion on LGBTQ representation in pop culture. Panelist include Marguerite Bennett (Writer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Phil Jimenez (Artist, Wonder Woman), Andy Mientus (CW’s The Flash; The Backstagers and The Ghost Light), Lilah Sturges (Writer, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD and more), with Steve Foxe (Paste Magazine) as the moderator.

  3. Out and proud librarians—this is the pane for you! This talk will center the growth of LGBTQ-specific services, the demand for queer voices in media, and how “queerbrarians” can help facilitate all of this in the current political climate.

  4. Netflix

    The cast of Umbrella Academy, The Haunting of Hill House and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gather for a panel on all things spooky and supernatural. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the out creator of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, will also be in attendance, along with Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page and Mary J. Blige.

  5. For the 7th year, New York TimesOUT is hosting their LGBTQ in Comics Panel to talk about queer themes and prescence in comics. Panelists include Amy Reeder (Batwoman), Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman), Magdalene Vissagio (Kim & Kim), Rich Bernatovech (Sentinels), Luciano Vecchio (Guardians of the Galaxy), Desiree Rodriguez (Lion Forge Comics), and moderated by Jude Biersdorfer (New York Times).

  6. Anime may not be the first place that we think of when it comes to LGBTQ inclusion, but it is there. This panel, hosted by Crunchyroll, will explore queer pride, criticism, and opportunities for growth within the genre.

  7. Shown at this year’s FlameCon, Black, Queer, and Nerdy Womxn explores what it’s like to live at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation within fandom culture.

  8. This panel is all about LGBTQ cartoonists, as they talk about their work in comics, the importance of representation, and how today’s political climate has impacted this.

  9. LGBT HQ is hosting the official NYCC LGBTQ After Party at Monster Bar. Featuring DJ Mike Cruz, hosts Shirley U. Jest and Matthew Levine of LGBT HQ. Special guests D’Manda Martini, Captain Green Lantern 2018 and Shane Cherry. The party will feature drag and burlesque performances, a cosplay contest with over $1,000 in prizes, raffles, surprise convention guests, and other surprises!

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