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What's Queer At Comic-Con This Year?

I can’t believe another Comic-Con is almost upon us. That whole, odd, everything goes faster when you are older thing really is rather annoying. Not that I don’t like CC… it’s a fairly mind boggling event when you think about it… it’s just that I could have sworn I was just there.

This year is going to be different for two reasons. One, for the first part of the festival, I’ll get to show the insanity off to Timo Descamps and Danny De Jong. It’s going to be their last look at America for the year; they wing their way home to Belgium from San Diego. They already think we Americans are a bit… unique. It will be interesting to hear their opinions after they see throngs of armored, light-saber weilding, Pikachu’s dancing with thong-clad Skeletors and leather-bra wearing Conans.

Second, I’m going to be on a panel.

Anyway, I took a moment to scan through the newly released program guide, looking for both the generally fun and interesting panels as well as the queer specific ones. And this being doorQ.com and all, I thought I’d share all the gay ones I found.

How many of you will be at Comic-Con this year?

Thursday 21st
6:00-7:00 LGBTX: The X-Men’s Queer Characters, Themes, and Fans— The X-Men and their universe have always been popular with LGBT comics fans. The idea of mutants is seen as an allegory for the reality of difference and persecution, as well as community and power, experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The X-Men have also included compelling queer characters in their roster, including the first gay superhero, Northstar. How have these themes and characters been handled? What are the plans for the future? ModeratorChance Whitmire (Fanboys of the Universe) tries to make sense of it all with panelists Peter David (X-Factor), Phil Jimenez (Astonishing X-Men), Chuck Kim (Age of X),Marjorie Liu (Daken: Dark Wolverine), Scott Lobdell(Uncanny X-Men), and Zack Stentz (X-Men First Class).Room 32AB
Tags:  Comics | Fandom | Superheroes

Friday  22nd
10:00-11:00 Torchwood: Miracle Day— John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who) join cast members Mekhi Phifer (ER), Bill Pullman(Independence Day), Alexa Havins (All My Children), andLauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), along with writer Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the fourth installment of the hit BBC Worldwide show, a Starz Originals co-production, currently airing Friday nights at 10 ET/PT on Starz. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Science Fiction & Fantasy |Television

1:00-2:00 Publishing Queer: Producing LGBT Comics and Graphic Novels— Queer-themed comics, once solely the domain of the gay press, are breaking into the mainstream. What are the challenges and rewards of producing this work and getting it in front of an audience hungry for the material? How can it be marketed and publicized, both to an LGBT readership and beyond? Should queer cartoonists self-publish or look to established publishers? Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Prism Comics Talent Chair) leads a spirited conversation with a diverse panel of publishing pros: Brian Andersen (self-publisher, So Super Duper), Charles “Zan” Christensen(publisher, Northwest Press), Jacquelene Cohen (publicist, Fantagraphics), Shannon O’Leary (comics editor and journalist), Bob Schreck (editor-in-chief, Legendary Pictures), and Tony Valenzuela (executive director, Lambda Literary Foundation). Room 9
Tags:  Comics

Saturday 23rd
4:00-5:00 Bent Comix: The Next Wave of Gay Cartooning— A small band of independent gay cartoonists joined forces in 2008 to create Bent Comix. Initially intended as a distribution cooperative, Bent has morphed into something much more dynamic: a true creative community. Last year they created Bent Con, the world’s first queer comics show. Now they’re expanding the convention, their membership, and their mission. In a world where the queer media are disintegrating and publishing is a risky venture, Bent Comix shines a light. Moderator J. D. Glass (Core, Prism Comics secretary) grills the panelists about their part in creating the future of gay comics. The include Dave Davenport (Hard to Swallow), Jeff Krell(Jayson), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), Brad Rader (Harry and Dickless Tom), Jody Wheeler (DoorQ.com), and Sean Z (Myth). Room 4
Tags:  Comics

4:30-5:30 Further over the Rainbow: A First Look at Dorothy of Oz— Join the author and creator, Roger Baum (great grandson of L. Frank Baum), songwriter, producers, and various cast members of Summertime Entertainment’s Dorothy of Oz, as they discuss the many angles of creating the anticipated new 2012 animated musical starring Lea Michele (Glee),Megan Hilty (Wicked, Spielberg’s Smash), Martin Short(How I Met Your Mother, Frankenweenie), and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: TNG, X-Men). Be the very first to see the footage, hear the music, and witness a surprise new casting announcement. Q&A to follow. Hall H
Tags:  Kids | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:30-7:00 Gays in Comics: Year 24!— As mainstream companies DC and Marvel continue to frontline gay characters such as Batwoman and Northstar and hire top-level gay or gay-friendly creators, independent publishers and creators are publishing unequivocal content spotlighting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. Founding moderator Andy Mangels (USA Today bestselling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor) hosts Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, head of Image Comics’s Skybound imprint), Chip Kidd (author, editor and designer, Bat-Manga, Rough Justice), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Archie, Betty & Veronica, creator of Archie’s new gay character and series,Kevin Keller), Jon Macy (writer/artist Teleny and Camilleand Prism Queer Press grant recipient for Fearful Hunter),Paul Cornell (writer, TV’s Doctor Who and DC Comics’s upcoming Stormwatch and Demon Knights), and Greg Pak(writer, Incredible Hulks, co-writer, Alpha Flight, Herc). Plus a special video appearance by J. H. Williams III (co-writer/ artist, Batwoman). And there’s always a surprise or two. Afterward, stick around for the hour-long gay comics fan mixer/social, hosted by Prism Comics, with prizes and surprise special guests! Room 6A
Tags:  Comics | Fandom

7:00-8:00 Gays in Comics Mixer and Silent Auction—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! Hosted by Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. Room 6A
Tags:  Comics | Fandom

Sunday 24th
10:00-11:00 Glee— Creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy, creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk, and stars of Glee present a sneak peek at Glee The 3D Concert Movie featuring never-before-seen footage, behind-the-scenes secrets, and Q&A session. Hall H
Tags:  Humor & Satire | Television

12:30-1:30 BBC America’s Doctor Who— Stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, along with writers and producers, make their first Comic-Con appearance for a panel and Q&A! They’re bringing exclusive new footage of the new season to be shown ahead of its late summer return on BBC America.Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the mysterious traveler who journeys throughout all of time and space, picking up companions along the way and almost always sidestepping danger. From award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and starring BAFTA nominee Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond, the second season’s Part One delivered record ratings for BBC America and marked the first time Doctor Who filmed on American soil. Also starring Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston, the Part One finale ended with the unveiling of a massive secret and the words “Let’s Kill Hitler” on screen. Part One is now available on Blu-ray/DVD/iTunes, and Part Two premieres late summer on BBC America’s Supernatural Saturdays. Hall HTags:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

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  1. Clark says
    July 12, 2011, 10:50 pm

    What’s with all the homosexual focus? I am excited for Doctor Who as always and love there story line but why all the focus on homosexual stuff? Glee has been good till half the show was about Kurt. I like Kurt he is one of my favourite characters, but when do Christians or Muslims or Straight people get a chance or a right to be portrayed correctly instead of some insulting image?

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  2. Voice of the System says
    July 12, 2011, 11:25 pm

    Umm… Clark? Did you happen to read the masthead of this site before you posted?

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  3. Clark says
    July 12, 2011, 11:57 pm

    What is a masthead and I guess not? But still like I said I am not trying to be offensive just wish others got attentions instead of always hearing people mention homosexuals all the time. I mean seriously isn’t there more to the world then sexual stuff? Hope I didn’t offend anybody sorry if I did.

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  4. July 13, 2011, 12:47 am

    Clark, first, being gay isn’t just about sex.

    Second, as personal intellectual edification is a good value to live by, might I suggest you look up what a “masthead” or “nameplate” or “imprint” is, then read the one on this site?

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  5. Clark says
    July 13, 2011, 1:06 am

    So you have any online magazine or newspaper called doorQ? Well it also mentions horror,sci-Fi and Gay. So I presume now this is a homosexual website and you think it was an insult as does anybody who doesn’t praise them or speak of them in some uplifting manor. But in reality I try to uplift others as much as I can. It’s an honour to meet the site runner that is rare these days. I can see where the lines were blurred text does confuse people all the time and I didn’t mean anything as repulsive as claiming homosexual affairs are all about Sex. I just meant in general why does the stupid topic of sex have to be so important to man kind? I wanted to also ask you this in private but there is no private message thing on this site from what I can tell. But ah yeah if it’s not all about sex then why has every 39 guys that have shown interest in me only wanted Sex and then when I see if they want a relationship they say stuff like there not ever into having a relationship? So if there more then about sex could you tell me what that more is cause I have yet to meet a man that would want more then sex. But funny thing is only 2 drunk girls ever showed interest in me and they were not looking for a relationship either haha lol. sorry this is so long and I am just trying to keep up with conversation even though I know this is all way off topic from the blog post about comi-con sorry for my confussing questions.

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