What’s Queer At The San Diego Comic Con?

Panels, presentations and pop-culture stars, oh my!

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off today—the world’s biggest gathering of comics fans, movie buffs, gamers and geeks of all stripes. There are sneak previews of blockbuster movies and TV shows, panels galore and cosplay, cosplay cosplay!

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As ever, there’s lots for LGBT fans to enjoy—from LGBT-centric booths on the convention floor, like Prism Comics and Geeks Out, to TK.

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Below is just a sampling of queer-interest offerings at this year’s SDCC.

  1. “Bisexuality And Beyond: New Frontiers In Popular Culture”

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    BiNet USA is launching a new campaign at Comic-Con, focused on bi+ people and their loved ones sharing their stories. At this panel, co-sponsored by Prism Comics, Supergirl writer Steve Orlando joins Bob Schreck, Marissa Lee, Tara Madison Avery and others to discuss bi representation in pop culture.

    “It’s so important to uplift the voices of bi+ people and empower them to tell their stories,” said BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham, who is also on the panel. “Too often, the media sensationalizes our identities and experiences, and fails to represent the incredible diversity of our community.”

  2. Gays In Comics

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  3. LGBTQ Geek Year in Review

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    Thursday at 6pm, take a look back at LGBTQ representations in film, TV, comics, games and more over the past year. Participants include Plus editor Diane Anderson-Minshal, GLAAD’s Nick Adams, Geeks Out’s Amber Garza, blogger Chelsea Steiner and others.

    Queer History In Comics

    As LGBT people reclaim our history, we have to carve out our own narrative. On Thursday, Josh Trujillo (Love Machines) and USC ONE Archive director Joseph Hawkins join creators Kez Pagtakhan (Until the Last Dog Dies), Trina Robbins (The Complete Wimmen’s Comix), and Emily Willis (Cassius) discuss the challenges in presenting queer history in graphic form.

  4. Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media

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    From Archie’s Kevin Keller to Steven Universe’s Ruby and Sapphire, there’s been an explosion of LGBT characters and content in the all-ages arena. Dylan Edwards (Valley of the Silk Sky) leads a discussion with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Paige Braddock (Peanuts, Jane’s World) and others about healthy inclusive representations.

    Camp Out with Lumberjanes

    On Sunday, pack your sleeping bag and S’mores for a powwow with the women behind one of the biggest indie comics in recent years. The Eisner-winning comic’s creative team—including Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Chynna Clugston Flores and editor Dafna Pleban— discuss the book’s crazy success, redefining “girl comics” and what’s next for Mal, Molly, April, Jo and Ripley. BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard moderates.

  5. Gay Agenda in Horror


    Gay themes have been a part of the horror genre—sometimes coded, sometimes overtly—from James Whales’ Frankenstein to A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. But with LGBT people becoming a part of the mainstream are we no longer scary? Screenwriter Michael Varrati talks with directors Chris Landon (Disturbia, Paranormal Activity), and director Darren Stein (Jawbreaker, GBF) and other industry pros Friday night at 7pm.

    Gaymer Base’s Gaymer Night

    Thursday night at Flicks, join Dead or Alive and Mortal Kombat tournaments, unlock the latest Pokemon GO treasures and get interviewed for the upcoming documentary On Gaymers.

  6. It Gets Geekier

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    Thursday night, IGN’s Josh Yehl talks with comics professionals James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Supergirl), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes) and Brett White (Comic Book Resources) about how embracing their sexuality and a career in comics has made all the difference.

  7. Superhero Underwear Party Get out of the San Diego Convention Center Thursday night and head to Rich’s, where drag heroine Kickxy Vixen-Styles hosts a unique costume contest. Can you really call eight inches of fabric a “costume”? Transgender in Popular Media: From Funny Pages to Silver Screen


    Friday afternoon, trans creators, artists, actors and character are the topic of the day in a panel featuring Julie Rei Goldstein (Time Traveling Bong), Mikki del Monico (Alto), Shadi Petosky (Danger & Eggs), Kylie Wu (Trans Girl Next Door) and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Stacked Deck Press)

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.