Bent-Con 2012 is now over. And while it was hard work for all the people that made it possible, I can say that what they did was magnificent. It was a delightful weekend filled with panels, movies, costumes and great people. The third annual event was held at the Marriot Convention Center here in Burbank. And while California is known for its sun and warmth, this weekend turned out to be damp and cool, with some rain, some sun, some drizzle, some clouds, some bears, some twinks and some clouds. And some rain, did I mention that?
I’ll be posting a few pictures over the coming days of the event, some cheeky, some cool and some just for the heck of it:
Husbands: The Series stars Sean Hemeon, Brad “Cheeks” Bell (also co-creator and writer) and writer/co-creator Jane Espenson were there to talk, visit, sign and take photographs with fans.
Thanks to NBC’s Community creating a parody of Doctor Who and then casting Travis Richey in the role as Inspector Spacetime, the talented actor and his brilliant writing partner Eric Loya created Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. They can’t officially call it Inspector Spacetime for various blah, legal, blah, reasons, the two have taken the concept, adjusted it, and what they’ve given us is something clearly superior.
Upper Pylon 3 is a few-times-a-month feature on DoorQ- a dating blog in a language we can understand, kicking knowledge as illustrated by science fiction. Some best-ofs as well as new entries will be updated here at DoorQ. You can see more entires and follow upperpylon3.tumblr.com or via twitter @upperpylon3.
Today, it’s “Hooking Up in a Starfighter”
Hooking up in a car or other semi-public and kind of confined space (if only I had an X-Wing or Starfury to bang in) is infinitely more awesome than hooking up in a bed. Yeah it might seem a little juvenile, it’s a hell of a lot trickier to actually get it right, and there is a definite risk of it failing miserably, but it’s a solid 10x as thrilling if you manage to pull it off.
It’s like, if the rebels had just been able to shoot their way through a couple Tie fighters and take down the Death Star, sure, great, cool explosion, I guess. But the fact that they had to maneuver through those trenches, pitching and yawing over laser towers and bizarrely placed bridges while the Dark Lord of the Sith pursued them- and further that they only managed to launch those torpedoes into that exhaust port because at the last second Han came out of nowhere to save the day- it all makes you say “fuck yeah!” with a little more vigor. Look at Luke’s face- that’s pure thrill.
So, having one leg braced against the dashboard while your date climbs over the center console and somehow manages to sit on your lap between you and the steering wheel and is able to prop their legs god-knows-where in a position that by all rights should be awkward, but manages to actually not be awkward at all and totally hot instead is basically equivalent to the Millennium Falcon taking some Tie fighters to physics-school in an asteroid field. The challenge makes the victory taste so much sweeter. Or, you could be boring and just do missionary in bed, again.
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.
Welcome to a new few-times-a-month feature on DoorQ- Upper Pylon 3, a dating blog in a language we can understand, kicking knowledge as illustrated by science fiction. Some best-ofs as well as new entries will be updated here at DoorQ. You can see more entires and follow upperpylon3.tumblr.com or via twitter @upperpylon3.
First up, “It’s Not Raining Every Weekend: Good Dates vs Bad Dates.”
It’s easy to fall into a pattern of complacency when you’ve been dating somebody for a while. You’re pretty sure they’re into you and you’re not worried about impressing them any more, so you just go see a movie, grab dinner, or hang out at home. You make excuses, telling yourself “it was a long week,” or “sometimes vegging out is nice,” or “the rain is perfect cuddling weather.”
Well, guess what- It’s not fucking raining every weekend.
Star Trek TNG - “Booby Trap”
Look how bored Geordi’s date is. I’ll spoil this one for you- she doesn’t put out.
Sitting on the couch watching Game of Thrones is easy, but it’s not how you foster a relationship with someone. You’ve gotta put some effort into it if you really want to close that deal.
Did Melora have Dr. Bashir over to make dinner? No, she turned off the fucking gravity, taught him how to do a back flip, and then banged him in zero-G.
Star Trek DS9 - “Melora”
Did Lt. Commander Nela Darren ask the captain if he’d seen the latest season of Mad Men? No, she showed him a secret Jeffrey’s Tube juncture, played a space-duet with him that echoed through the entire fucking star-drive section of the Enterprise, and then cut the music and got to work.
Star Trek TNG - “Lessons”
Deal: Closed. ENGAGE.
Did Worf invite K’Ehleyr over to “cuddle”? No, he joined her in a fight to the fucking death against a pair of hell-spawned beasts on the set of a 24th century version of Apocalypse Now and then shit got Klingon and he mated the hell out of her.
Star Trek TNG - “The Emissary”
Deal: Closed, and signed in blood.
Now, Wesley. Wesley fucking Crusher. ”The boy” of “shut up, Wesley” fame. He takes the god-damn first prize on this one. Did he invite Salia over to “hang out and see what’s on On-Demand”? Fuck no. He took her atop a fucking free-floating asteroid that overlooked the wondrous beauty of the entire fucking universe before getting up on that shape-shifting piece of tail.
Just look at that vista and tell me you wouldn’t bang the genius man-child.
Star Trek TNG - “The Dauphin”
Deal: FUCKING CLOSED.