So, it may have been damp, cool and cloudy on the outside of Bent Con 2012 at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, but on the inside, it was warm, sometimes hot and always well dressed:
In space, no one can hear you scream. Bent-Con is betting that on Earth people can hear you launch your fundraising drive.
Bent-Con, the world’s largest gathering of LGBTQ geeks, nerds, fans, creators, industry and allies of genre pop-culture announced today the launch of their 2012 convention fundraising drive. This year, the third year of their event, Bent-Con is looking to raise $20,000 to better enhance, develop and expand their annual convention celebrating the gay contribution to the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres, as seen in comics, movies, games, literature and technology.
Started in 2010 with a one-day gathering that blew past expectations when 500 guests crowded into a small, donated storefront, the event exploded in 2011, when 2000 people attended two day event, complete with vendors, panels, guests, movies and parties. This year, expectations and excitement are high, as Bent-Con has announced a stellar line-up of guests from across the genre landscape, industry lights that include authors Christopher Rice (The Heavens Rise) and David Gerrold (When Harlie Was One), actress Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), creator Jane Espenson (Husbands), artist Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), and the legendary mutli-hyphen Wendy Pini (Elf Quest, Masque of the Red Death.) The convention organizers are raising funds to better serve the increasing visibility and interest the convention.
“Unlike most conventions, we’re a non-profit, 501c3 foundation,” says convention organizer and Bent-Con president Sean Holman. “We do this by the skin of our teeth and cut corners where we can, doing without many of the things the larger, for profit cons do. With this year’s fundraiser, we’re looking to pay a host of expenses before the con starts and that way add back in the box-full of corners we usually cut out.”
Funds raised through IndieGoGo will cover step-and-repeats, red carpets, internet-wifi, professional grade video recording of panels, internet streaming of panels, scholarships, larger and more numerous meeting spaces, guest services, t-shirts, access and opportunity for guests in other countries to attend, advertising, signs, individual convention guides and paying off the event-space rental bill paid off before the con starts.
“We’d like to breathe easier this year — and make the best con we possibly can,” Holman said.
The full fundraising campaign information can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/bent-con2012. The page includes a full and detailed list of what money being raised is going towards, ways to donate and the various perks and gifts offered at each donation level.
So another convention is making it’s way to San Francisco. With WonderCon and YaoiCon being moved to SoCal this year, it looks like another convention is coming to fill the void. Straight from their website is a description of the convention.
GaymerCon is a convention for the gaming and geek community, with a gay twist. We will be releasing a video with more information and launching a kickstarter shortly. Based on the response we will be locating a venue and setting a time in the Fall of 2012 for the convention.
Like RoboCop, Gaymercon operates in accordance with our own prime directives. These are our principles.
On their YouTube page, they’ve already have some people express interest via video responses. Word seems to have spread at GDC (Game Developer’s Conference) and SXSW (South By SouthWest).
For more info, check out their site. gaymercon.org
Klicrainbow has released a new game for the iOS called Super Gay, which appears to be the first gay adventure games for Apple platforms. In it, you become a scientist who uses his latest invention to become the greatest “…superhero of all modern times: Supergay.”
Leaving aside the fact I thought that position was already held by Neil Patrick Harris, the game has you use things like Gay Power and Rainbow Ray to complete puzzles, dance at a stag party, stop nuclear war and — punch out all of your ex-girlfriends?
Reading a lot of comics, I don’t have a problem with heroes of whatever gender beating each other silly. That’s part of the fun. But for whatever reason, it strikes me as decidedly odd that the first adventure Supergay goes on, the first game this Barcelona-based firm created, involves stopping his evil Ex-Girlfriend and her clone army from taking over the world.
Am I reading too much into this?
The trailer for the game is below. More about the game is available at Supergay.com and at the Borg Collective, iTunes.
You know, Supergay has quite a resemblance to Neil Patrick Harris….