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Gay Comic-Con 2010
Published Thursday, 22-Jul-2010 in issue 1178
Prism Comics will be at Comic Con 2010 with nearly a dozen major comic creators attending for panels, meet and greets, creator signings and portfolio review. Prism Comics makes it their mission to support GLBT comics, creators and readers with superheroes and heroines that we can identify with and see our alter egos reflected through. Prism Comics is a nonprofit supporting GLBT comics, readers and creators. This year Prism will boast four packed panels including Andy Mangels legendary “Gays in Comics” panel. They will also be hosting the 6th annual “Heroes and Villains” party. They have expanded this year to accommodated the growing number of GLBT creators and this year promises to be the largest ever expanding from one booth into three exhibit spaces #2049/2146/2148. The Prism booth will be not only featuring the hottest names in GLBT comics they will also be giving away prizes, autographs and if you are an artist looking for professional feedback on your work-that too. Prism Comics will be holding events starting Thursday the 22nd through Monday the 26th. To help you navigate your GLBT Comic Con Experience; below is a list of events and times for the nerd that dwells in us all.
Thursday July 22nd
10:30-11:30 Divas and Golden Lassos The GLBT Obsession with Super Heroines - Why do GLBT comic book fans, especially gay men, worship female superheroes? Going beyond just collecting the comics of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Buffy the Vampire Killer, Donna Troy, Saturn Girl and many more, GLBT fans intensely identify with and take great inspiration from these iconic heroines. Join moderator Charles “Zan” Christensen (Mark of Aeacus) and panelists Phil Jimenez (The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Andy Mangels (founder, “Wonder Woman Day”), and Michael Troy (The Blonde Squad), Room 8.
Also at 10:30 am - noon will be Comic Book Law School 101 where you can learn the in’s and out’s of comic book legal do’s and don’ts. This lecture will include Attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book. This will take place in Room 30CDE.
Also making their appearance Thursday to protest Comic Con will be the Westboro Baptist Church; not only do they hate GLBT’s, they also hate comics! ‘Why?’ might you ask, well, because in their eyes, Comic Con is really about worshipping idols. So they can be very loud, scary and pushy; don’t let them ruin your time. They will be appearing at 1-2pm in all their glory.
3:15 - 4:15 will be Marvel: Mondo Marvel this is a panel that is about all things Marvel with Jeff Loeb, Jim McCann, Brian Michael Bendis and others in Room 6DE.
3:30 – 4:30 there will be a spotlight on Howard Cruse, the founding editor of Gay Comix, who will be interviewed by author Blake Bell in Room 8.
4:00 – 5:00 Robert Kirkman with Image Comics will hold a Q & A moderated by Sina Grace in Room 54B.
6:00-7:00 Writing Queer, Creating genuine and well-rounded GLBT characters is a profound challenge for writers, as they must give voice to a population whose stories have been kept hidden for so long. How do writers, both queer and straight, as well as mainstream and independent, create narratives that reflect the diversity and humanity of GLBT individuals, as well as the obstacles that face them? Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Prism Comics’ Talent Chair) leads a spirited conversation with some of the best writers working in comics: Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Greg Rucka (Stumptown), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), and Judd Winnick (Pedro And Me). Room 32AB.
Friday July 23rd
4:00 p.m. Ellen Wong moderates the Girls Who Kick Ass panel with Jena Malone, Anna Torv, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ellen Wong, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead - about female action heroines in the modern world. In Ballroom 20.
5:15 p.m. “True Blood” panel featuring cast members Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten and others along with the show’s executive producers. In Ballroom 20.
Saturday, July 24
3:00-4:00 - Queer Press Grant; Prism Comics started an annual Queer Press Grant in 2005 for independent GLBT cartoonists self-publishing their own material, and it remains one of the only grants available for comics creators. Five years and many thousands of dollars later, the QPG has helped out an impressive line-up of some of the best upcoming, queer cartoonists. What have these creators been up to since receiving the Grant? How did the recognition help their work? What’s next for the QPG, and how can other aspiring creators apply? Join moderator Patty Jeres (Prism Comic’s Co-President) as she grills past recipients Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Roger Klorese (Prism’s Publication Chair) and Charles “Zan” Christensen (Mark of Aeacus). In Room 3.
5:45-7:15 Gays in Comics: Year 23! This all-star panel examines the rising diversity in the comics world today as the long-running “Gays in Comics” panel continues into its third decade at Comic-Con. As mainstream companies continue to frontline gay characters such as Batwoman and hire top-level gay-friendly creators, independent publishers and creators are spotlighting GLBT characters to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. Welcome a top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators, including moderator Andy Mangels, Howard Cruse, founder of Gay Comix, Geoff Johns, Marjorie M. Liu, Daniel Way, Jim McCann, Charles “Zan” Christensen, founding member of PRISM Comics, Dan Parent, writer and artist for Archie and Betty & Veronica and creator of Archie’s new gay character, Kevin Keller; and Tim Fish, Room 6A.
7:15-8:15 Gays in Comics Mixer and Silent Auction hosted by PRISM Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports GLBT comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comics fans and creators plus stay for the special drawing of a “Comics Gift Basket” and the silent auction of hot comics items! In Room 6A.
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