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!
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.
Below is just a sampling of queer-interest offerings at this year’s SDCC.
“Bisexuality And Beyond: New Frontiers In Popular Culture”
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.”
The granddaddy of LGBT seminars at SDCC, the Gays in Comics panel launched 29 years ago and has only gotten bigger and better since then. This year’s panel, Saturday night at 6pm, includes Prism Comics’ Roger Klorese, Lumberjanes co-creator Shannon Watters, Robert Rodi (Merry Men), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), and others.
LGBTQ Geek Year in ReviewParamount
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
Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media
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
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
It Gets Geekier
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.
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)