Bent-Con 2012 Guest List Revealed!

Christopher Rice, Jane Espenson, David Gerrold, Phil Jimenez, and Wendy Pini lead a stellar lineup of guests and speakers to Bent-Con 2012, the pop-culture con for gay fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Comics, Games, Movies, and Books!

Now in its third year, Bent-Con promotes, encourages, celebrates and appreciates LGBT and LGBT-friendly contributions to the comic-book, gaming, Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror mediums of artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors, producers and fans, be they works targeted directly to LGBT audiences or the larger realm of underground and mainstream pop-culture as a whole.

(But it’s just easier to think of it like a Comic-Con, only gayer!)

Headlining guests include:

Christopher Rice: Already the author of four NYT best-selling novels, Christopher has been an openly queer author since the publication of his first novel, A Density of Souls. Christopher will be reflecting on his already impressive career, as well as previewing his new novel, his first supernatural horror work. Christopher is the son of best-selling novelist Anne Rice and the late poet and painter, Stan Rice.

Jane Espenson: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Caprica, Jane Espenson has brought hundreds of hours of excellent genre television to fans everywhere. Her webseries, Husbands (co-created with Brad Bell), about an alternative, humorous world where gay marriage is just as legal as straight ones, just premiered its second season on the web. Jane will be discussing her work on Husbands, her hit TV series Once Upon A Time and the first gay male Slayer joining Buffy: Season 9!

Phil Jimenez: Phil Jimenez: Best known for his work on Wonder Woman, artist and writer Phil Jimenez has also worked on Tempest, Infinite Crisis, New X-Men, The Invisibles and the much celebrated The Amazing Spider-Man cover featuring Barack Obama. Phil will be talking about his career as an openly gay comics artist as well as previewing his latest work, Fairest, a spin-off of from Vertigo’s popular Fables series.

David Gerrold. Raconteur, rabble-rouser and famed author all in one package, David Gerrold has over 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes to his credit. His greatest achievement is the adoption of his son, considered “unplaceable” by the foster care service. He chronicled his experiences as a single gay father in his Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel The Martian Child. He’ll be talking about his life, his work and whatever else he damn well wants to.

Wendy Pini: Elf Quest creator and long-time fan-favorite Wendy Pini brings her creative effervescence and charm to Bent-Con! Her Masque of the Red Death — a graphic tale loosely inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story — recently caused censorship and controversy on Facebook. Her latest event, the eagerly anticipated Elf Quest: The Final Quest, recently made it’s web-comic debut on the popular BoingBoing website.

These guests are only the first of many, drawn from a wide range of media and speaking to a diverse and imaginative audience. Others currently set for attendance are:

Marc Andreyko, (writer, Blue Beetle); Brad “Cheeks” Bell, actor and co-creator of Husbands; Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) actress, author and filmmaker; Andrew Chambliss, writer with Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Once Upon A Time; Mars Homeworld, the Lovecraftian writer and composer behind Dead House Music; Patrick Fillion, artist and publisher of Class Comics; Drew Greenberg, writer of Warehouse 13 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; actor and playwright Tom Lenk (Buffy, Rock of Ages), Joe Phillips, artist, illustrator, and sculptor; Jeffrey Riddick, producer and screenwriter with Final Destination and Day of the Dead; the legendary Kerry O’Quinn, creator of Starlog and Fangoria magazines; Quentin Lee, producer and director behind the thriller Ethan Mao and the upcoming slasher flick, Chink; and Travis Richey, Inspector Spacetime and creator of Untitled Webseries about a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel In Time.

Bent-Con is November 30th, December 1st and 2nd, 2012, at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center, in Burbank, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Tickets, room reservations and updated information is available at bent-con.org.

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