As usual when I disappear for a while, I was off doing a bit of heavy lifting on a project. This time around it was Bent-Con, the Gay Genre Convention… basically Comic-Con, only Gayer. It’s goal is to encourages, celebrates and appreciates LGBT and LGBT-friendly comic-book, scifi, fantasy and horror artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors, and producers, that create media targeted directly to LGBT audiences or the larger realm of underground and mainstream pop-culture as a whole.
I know, a mouthful, right? That’s why we’ve been using the Comic-Con analogy. It makes it all a bit easier to grok. (And groking is half the battle.)
This was the second year of the event, but the first time we did it on the level we attempted, with movies, panels and a huge dealer / exhibitor room. And paid. Everything was paid. Year One we did close to 500 people. This time around we hit 2000. Having never done a con before, I found that to be rather incredible.
The long term goal of BC is to make it a destination event, bringing together everyone with an interest in genre featuring gay characters, allowing people to cross promote, pollinate and create brand new levels of madness. The second goal is to make sure our community knows just how much we’re contributing directly and indirectly to the larger, mainstream genre community, through actors, directors, writers and fans. It’s really important that we do for ourselves and for everyone else.
If you didn’t get a chance to go, here’s a collection of pics from the event. Several people also took it on themselves to video some of our panels, which I’m also including below. If you missed the event, don’t panic. We’ll be back next year to do everything bigger, better and bolder than before.
Here’s some convention coverage:
Here’s some videos related to the con:
Super-Artist Patrick Fillion:
It Doesn’t Get Better: You Do Panel: