New Comic Con Built On Inclusiveness And Intersectionality Coming In 2018

Universal Fan Con bills itself as the first multi-fandom event "highlighting women, LGBTQ, the disabled and persons of color."

Universal Fan Con is a brand new pop culture convention with a theme of inclusiveness toward the LGBT community, people of color and the disabled.

Running April 27 to 29, 2018, at the Baltimore Convention Center, the con is being organized by Black Girl Nerds’ Jamie Broadnax and The Black Geeks’ Robert Butler, who are aiming high with an ambitious goal of 10,000 attendees for the first event.

“Universal Fan Con grew out of the idea that a con should be a space where everyone can see themselves represented in the genres that they love,” say Broadnax and Butler in a statement.

“From the panels, to the celebrity guests and activities, all the way down to the parties, we believe that the con experience should be a celebration of the differences that make us strong.”

They add that representation and inclusion is even more important “in this time of political divisiveness rooted in fear.”

A $25,000 Kickstarter launched in December has already surpassed $32,000, but there are still a few days left to contribute.

Universal Fan Con joins a number of LGBT-specific conventions, including Flame Con in Brooklyn and Haven Con in Austin, Texas.

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