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GAYS IN COMICS & OUT IN COMICS
A History of the GAYS IN COMICS Panels at the San Diego Comic-Con International!

 

 

GAYS IN COMICS PANELS

Look below for a history of the incredible legacy of the Gays In Comics panels, and the PRISM Comics panels that were birthed from them!

 

The first 25 Gays In Comics panels were moderated by writer/editor Andy Mangels, followed by four years moderated by Roger Klorese, Shannon Watters, and Paige Braddock. Mangels became moderator again with the 30th year, and announced a name change, from "Gays In Comics" to "Out In Comics" with the following year!

 

The additional Out In Comics/Prism panels since 2002 have been moderated by a number of talented people including Charles "Zan" Christensen, Chance Whitmire, Justin Hall, Roger Klorese, Patty Jeres, Terrance Griep, Joan Hilty, Denise Sudell, Tara Madison Avery, Michael Varrati, and more.

 

Note:  All credits below reflect projects from that time period.

 

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2018 – YEAR 31

 

OUT IN COMICS: Year 31!

 

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

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2017 – YEAR 30

 

GAYS IN COMICS,  OUT IN COMICS: A 30TH YEAR CELEBRATION

Saturday July 22 — 6-8PM — ROOM 29AB

The comic world’s longest-running panel celebrates its 30th year with an all-star panel and celebration that will spotlight creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present. What a difference 30 years makes! “Diversity” has become a rallying cry in the comics world today. Almost every comic company is looking toward LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators for work that reflects the world around us today-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters as well as people of color, other cultures, and more. This year, founding moderator and bestselling author ANDY MANGELS (Wonder Woman ‘77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Star Trek books) returns to chair the panel and welcomes TARA MADISON AVERY (Anything That Loves, Gooch, Alphabet), ROXANE GAY (Black Panther: World Of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, SDCC special guest – announced but did not make the panel), SINA GRACE (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Burn The Orphanage), PHIL JIMENEZ (Superwoman, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis), STEVE ORLANDO (Midnighter And Apollo, Supergirl, Justice League Of America), and MOLLY OSTERTAG (Shattered Warrior, Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy). Showcased throughout will be special video messages from an array of Hollywood and comic book celebrities sending special 30th anniversary messages to their LGBTQ fans and allies, plus a Prism Comics Fan Mixer including cool swag giveaways and a silent auction of incredible comics items!

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2016

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

MOONLIGHT & MAGIC: BLACK LGBTQ CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCI-FI, FANTASY, COMICS, & GENRE

THURSDAYJULY 20 — 5-6PM — ROOM 28DE

The Black LGBTQ experience has brought unique and significant intersectional perspectives to our society and popular media: Black Lives Matter was founded by three black queer women; Black LGBT authors Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany created legendary works; bisexual writer Roxane Gay brought Marvel’s Black Panther to deep critical acclaim; and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. Join Prism Comics with moderator FAITH CHELTENHAM (BiNet USA VP, Tor.com co-creator) and panelists VIKTOR KERNEY (Prism board member, GayMediaSoWhite creator), AJUAN MANCE (8-rock.com), SEAN Z. MAKER (Bent-Con), MONICA ROBERTS (TransGriot, National Transgender Advocacy Coaltion), WILLIAM O. TYLER a.k.a. WOT (Queerbait), and ELIOT SUTLER, Esq. (BiWoCC) as they discuss the power of the Black LGBTQ experience and its positive effect not only on popular media but on society and the world at large.

 

LGBTQ GEEK YEAR IN REVIEW

THURSDAYJULY 20 — 6-7PM — ROOM 28DE

The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Hosted by Prism Comics and moderated by P. KRISTEN ENOS (Prism Comics, Active Voice the Comic Collection), the panel includes DIANE ANDERSON-MINSHALL (editorial director, The Advocate, Plus Magazine, and Tiny Living Chic), NICK ADAMS (director of programs, GLAAD’s Transgender Media), MIKE CIRIACO (LA Weekly, WeHoTV News), AMBER GARZA (director of international licensing, Sequential Rights; West Coast coordinator, Geeks OUT!), CHELSEA STEINER (AfterEllen.com, Autostraddle.com), and AMELIA VAUGHN (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

 

BISEXUALITY AND BEYOND: DEADPOOL MADE US DO IT (AGAIN AND AGAIN

Friday July 21 — 2-3PM — ROOM 28DE

Definitions of gender and sexuality are becoming more and more open in popular media as comics, film, and television creators are telling stories with bisexual characters and affirming role models who are not limited to one definition. Join Prism Comics with moderator FAITH CHELTENHAM (BiNet USA) for a spirited discussion of the present and future of sexuality in media with the reallife bisexual creators who draw, write, and perform these roles: TARA MADISON AVERY (Gooch, Anything That Loves), R. J. AGUIAR (YouTube’s TheNotAdam, NotAdamAndSteve. com), LYNNETTE MCFADZEN (BiNet USA), and ELIOT SUTLER, Esq. (BiWoCC).

 

QUEER FEAR

Friday July 21 — 7-8PM ‑ROOM 28DE

The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from JAMES WHALE’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2. Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current political climate alter the lens through which viewers celebrate and connect to the macabre? Join Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter MICHAEL VARRATI (Tales Of Poe, Darkest Night) and an array of panelists, including CHRISTOPHER RICE (A Density Of Souls, Ramses The Damned), JACLYN CHESSEN (Shock Attack), GEORGE AARON CLIMER (Bear Creek), GARY ENTIN and EDMUND ENTIN (Seconds Apart, the Rest Stop series), MARIA OLSEN (Paranormal Activity 3, Starry Eyes), and IRA MADISON III (pop culture writer, The Daily Beast).

 

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2016 – YEAR 29

 

GAYS (AND MORE) IN COMICS (AND MORE): YEAR 29: QUEERLY INSPIRED

SATURDAY JULY 23 — 6-8PM — ROOM 29AB

LGBTQ creators and creators of LGBTQrelated comics discuss the works and events that inspire their work. Prism Comics and co-moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios, Lumberjanes) are joined by Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Robert Rodi (Merry Men, Loki), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Ari Yarwood (Oni Press), and others to be announced. The panel will also include time for fans to mingle and a Silent Auction for Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQQ and LGBTQQ-friendly comics creators and readers.

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2016

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

QUEER HISTORY IN COMICS

THURSDAY JULY 21 — 5-6PM — ROOM 28DE

Queer characters and narratives are finding their way into a popular growing genre of comics with historical themes and stories. However, writing about the lives of LGTBQ past can present a number of challenges for comics creators today. How do writers and artists create a complete and honest view of historical queer characters and their stories? How do we balance modern labels and values to best represent these characters, their experiences, and the periods they lived in? What tools are available for researching queer lifestyles throughout history? Join Prism Comics and moderator Josh Trujillo (Love Machines), Joseph Hawkins (director of the USC ONE Archive), and creators Kez Pagtakhan (Until the Last Dog Dies), Trina Robbins (The Complete Wimmen’s Comix), and Emily Willis (Cassius) as they discuss their work, inspirations, and challenges in presenting LGBTQQ history through comics.

 

LGBTQQ GEEK YEAR IN REVIEW

THURSDAY JULY 21 — 6-7PM — ROOM 28DE

The past year has once again been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQQ community. Moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Web of Lives), panelists include Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Plus), Nick Adams (director, GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, Monday Mouth-Off), Amber Garza (Geeks OUT/Flame Con, Sequential Rights), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen, Autostraddle), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

 

TRANSGENDER IN POPULAR MEDIA: FROM THE FUNNY PAGES TO THE SILVER SCREEN

FRIDAY JULY 22 — 2-3PM — ROOM 28DE

The eyes of the pop culture world are on the transgender community as more and more comics, television shows, and movies feature trans characters, trans creators, and their stories. How do trans characters affect narratives in popular genres? How can trans creators, artists, and actors best make their mark on popular arts? What are the next steps for trans representation from comic books to Hollywood? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Stacked Deck Press) for a lively discussion of these and other topics with panelists Julie Rei Goldstein (Time Traveling Bong), Mikki del Monico (Alto), Shadi Petosky (Danger & Eggs), Bishakh Som (The Other Side: A Queer Paranormal Romance Anthology), Kylie Wu (Trans Girl Next Door), and Billy White Acre (composer, musician).

 

THE GAY AGENDA IN HORROR: TERRIFYING SUBTEXT

FRIDAY JULY 22 — 7-8PM— ROOM 28DE

Horror films, TV shows, books and comics have always attempted to bring us to the threshold of our fears and force us to come face to face with the “otherness” that exists outside of the mainstream. For those in the LGBTQQ community, this sense of otherness within the genre is not only terrifying, titillating, and transgressive, it’s quite often also relatable. The LGBTQQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whale’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest horror movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Has the current surge of LGBTQQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Or has queer horror finally stepped out of the darkness and into the light? Prism Comics and moderator/ screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Flesh for the Inferno) and horror genre professionals Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack), Alan Rowe Kelly (Tales of Poe, The Blood Shed), Chris Landon (Disturbia, Paranormal Activity franchise), Aja Romano (web culture reporter, Vox/fandom expert), and Darren Stein (Jawbreaker, GBF) discuss the history of this popular field from a queer perspective.

 

BISEXUALITY AND BEYOND: NEW FRONTIERS IN POPULAR CULTURE

SUNDAY JULY 24 — 3-4PM — ROOM 28DE

From movies to television to comics to YouTube, beloved characters have emerged whose lives and loves place them outside traditional notions of straight and gay. What does this burgeoning representation mean for the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community? Are the lives of bi people and the discrimination they face represented in popular science fiction, fantasy, and superhero genres? What’s life like for bisexual creators in popular media? Join Prism Comics, the BiNet USA BiStories Project, and moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a lively discussion of these and other issues with panelists R. J. Aguiar (YouTube’s “TheNotAdam,” (NotAdamAndSteve), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), Marissa Lee (Racebending), Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), and Sarah Strumpf (Bisexual Books).

 

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2015 – YEAR 28

 

GAYS IN COMICS 28: AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMICS AND LIFE

SATURDAY JULY 11 — 6-8PM ROOM 29AB

Creators examine how their queer identities intersect with other aspects of their lives—race and ethnicity, religion, family, and more—to influence and define their comics work. Join Prism Comics and CoModerators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Paige Braddock (Peanuts, Jane’s World) as they explore how diversity doesn’t stop at LGBTQ. Panelists will include Brian Andersen (Stripling Warrior, So Super Duper, The Advocate), Kris Anka (Ms. Marvel, House of M, Uncanny X-Men), Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange), Dax Tran-Caffee (Failing Sky, 2015 Eisner nominee), Kevin Wada (She-Hulk, Dr. Who) and others to be announced.

The panel will also include time for fans to mingle and a Silent Auction for Prism Comics, the non-profit organization supporting LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly comics creators and readers.

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2015

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

WRITING TRANSGENDER CHARACTERS

THURSDAY JULY 9 — 5PM-6PM ROOM 28DE

As transgender representation in comics grows in the mainstream, the indie scene, and on the web, creators are bringing the triumphs and challenges of the trans experience to a new readership. How should we best approach writing transgender characters? How should creators balance the demands of authenticity, advocacy, and entertainment when representing this diverse and oft misunderstood community? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Prism Comics Board Member) for a lively discussion of these and other issues with panelists Knave Murdok (Transcat), Ronnie Ritchie (Gqutie), Kat Blaque (illustrator, animator, blogger), Dylan Edwards (Transposes) and Gillian Cameron (Calogrenant) and Dax Tran-Caffee (Failing Sky, 2015 Eisner nominee).

 

LGBTQ GEEK YEAR IN REVIEW

THURSDAY JULY 9 — 6PM-7PM ROOM 28DE

“Diversity in the media” is in the news now more than ever. The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies and animation that every queer geek should know about. Join Prism Comics and moderator P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics Board Member, Web Of Lives) as they discuss the significance of these key events to the greater LGBTQ community with panelists including Diane AndersonMinshall (The Advocate, Queerly Beloved), Amber Garza (Geeks OUT, Flame Con), Matt Kane (GLAAD), Chelsea Steiner (After Ellen) and Sean Z. Maker (BentCon).

 

DIVERSITY AND QUEER GAMING

FRIDAY JULY10 — 2-3PM ROOM 28DE

“Diversity” remains a hot button topic in the media, and the year in gaming is no exception. Recent victories towards inclusiveness have been offset by the ugly shadow of “GamerGate”, a vocal subset of gaming fandom devoted to keeping women and minorities out. How are new gaming platforms giving a voice to under-served groups of players? How does the “Gaymer” identity spill beyond the tabletop, and what role do minorities have to play in an industry that still doesn’t reflect its audience? Join Prism Comics and Moderator Josh Trujillo (Editor of Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table) for a wide-ranging discussion of representation in gaming, covering everything from Dungeons & Dragons to Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Panelists will include Matthew Michael Browne (Video Game Product Manager), Matthew Conn (Filmmaker: Gaming in Color), Philip Jones (Filmmaker: Gaming in Color) and Jenni Villarreal (Loot Crate).

 

THE GAY AGENDA IN HORROR: TERRIFYING SUBTEXT

FRIDAY JULY10 — 7-8PM ROOM 28DE

The horror genre is based on our fears of the unknown, fear of “outsiders” and the attraction and repulsion of giving in to transgressions and forbidden passions. These elements have also been associated with the LGBTQ community mostly in a negative sense. All the way back to horror stories of the late 1800’s, Dracula, Dorian Gray and more, the subtext of gay and lesbian characters and themes was “unspoken”, hinted at or inferred. But in the last few decades subtext has become “text”. In novels from Anne Rice and others to films and TV shows like The Hunger, True Blood, Hellbent and American Horror Story the queer side of horror has come out into the light. Join Prism Comics and moderator Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) as they discuss the history of this popular genre from a queer perspective. Panelists will include Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man), M.A. Fortin (The Final Girls), Andy Mangels (Nightmares on Elm Street, Childs Play, Star Trek, Star Wars comics), Bart Mastronardi (Tales of Poe, Vindication), Joshua Miller (The Final Girls) and Mark Patton (star of Nightmare of Elm Street Part 2).

 

QUEER IMAGERY IN ANIMATION

SUNDAY JULY 12 — 3-4PM ROOM 28DE

LGBTQ issues and characters are appearing in a variety of cartoons on television and in the movie theaters. Join Prism Comics for a panel which will discuss works of animation that tackle same gender attraction and gender identity exploration including The Legend of Korra, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, Paranorman, Steven Universe and others. Moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics Board Member, Web Of Lives), the panelists will include Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Queerly Beloved), Matt Kane (GLAAD), Emily Quinn (Adventure Time, Faking It) and others to be announced.

 

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2014 – YEAR 27

 

GAYS IN COMICS XXVII: IT’S A QUEER, QUEER WORLD!

SATURDAY, JULY 265:30-7PM ROOM 6A

The world spins on and gets ever queerer. And while society has miles to go, every day we see changes -from marriage being a reality in state after state to the Great NFL Draft Kiss-that show that in our society at large, as well as in the world of comics, LGBT people and their relationships are more and more mainstream. What are the responsibilities of creators to their and their audience’s queerness as the radical becomes central? Prism Comics and co-moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics board member) and Shannon Watters (BOOM Studios) examine this and other questions with panelists Elisha Lim (100 Butches), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Graham Kolbeins (Massive), James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods), and others. The panel will be followed by the annual Prism Comics Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics.

 

GAYS IN COMICS XXVII: PRISM COMICS MIXER AND AUCTION

SATURDAY, JULY 267-8PM ROOM 6A

The Gays In Comics Panel will conclude with the Annual Prism Comics Mixer and Silent Auction, hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comics fans and creators and stay for the special drawing of comics swag and a silent auction of incredible comics items, including original art and more!

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2014

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

BREAKING BARRIERS: TRANSGENDER TRENDS IN POPULAR CULTURE

THURSDAY, JULY 24 — 5-6PM ROOM 28DE

In recent years, transgender creators have gained visibility in comics, movies, and television after long being consigned to the shadows. From coming out and transition to navigating gender politics in a world still struggling to understand, cartoonists, writers, and filmmakers are investing their work with unique personal experiences as their characters learn to live and love in new and unexpected ways. Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch, Prism Comics) present panelists Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies), J. D. Saxon (Mahou Shounen Fight!), Elizabeth Lain (F*** the Limits!: The 30-Day Art Project, This Is Where), Ashley Love (Trans Forming Media, journalist, transsexual advocate), and Comic-Con special guest, famed comics historian Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics) for an exploration of a range of exciting new themes and stories for contemporary audiences.


LGBT GEEK YEAR IN REVIEW

THURSDAY, JULY 24 — 6-7PM ROOM 28DE

In the past few years, the geek world has been filled with many noteworthy moments of importance to the queer fan. Some were fabulous, some were unfortunate, some were misguided, and some were “blink and you missed it.” LGBT activist and columnist P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace) leads a discussion with Diane AndersonMinshall (The Advocate), Trish Bendix (AfterEllen.com), Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con) on the events of LGBT interest in the past year, why they think they were so important, and what they might mean for the future for LGBT fans.

 

LGBT COMICS FOR YOUNG READERS

FRIDAY, JULY 25 — 2-3PMROOM 28DE

Comics today present an amazing range of stories and characters, including more LGBT stories and characters than ever before. Since comics appeal to young and old alike, how do creators use the medium to present LGBT content and characters for younger audiences? What comics are out there for teens and younger readers? How can parents, librarians, and educators introduce such books to young people? Prism Comics, moderator P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace), and creators who produce comics for younger readers — Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Charles “Zan” Christensen (Northwest Press, The Power Within), Dusty Jack (Scuttlebutt Ink, Mahou Shounen Fight!), Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes), Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), Robert Paul (Little Rainbow Comics), and Elizabeth Watasin (Charm School) — look at the world of LGBT and LGBT-friendly comics for younger readers.

 

QUEER HORROR

FRIDAY, JULY 25 — 7-8PMROOM 28DE

Horror films, TV shows, books, and comics are more popular than ever. Authors, filmmakers, and comics creators are always looking for new twists to the medium, including presenting LGBT subtext, plot elements, and characters. But does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Do queer horror creators bring a different sensibility to the medium? Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Prism Comics and moderator/ horror expert Sean Abley (Fangoria’s Gay of the Dead, Out in the Dark) and panelists Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination, Day of the Dead), J. T. Seaton (George: A Zombie Intervention, NOLA Horror Film Festival), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Chillerama), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, The L-Word, Crazy Bitches) and Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) explore these and other aspects of this popular medium from a queer perspective.

 

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2013 – YEAR 26

 

GAYS IN COMICS XXVI

SATURDAY, JULY 20 — 5:30-7PM — Room 6A

Whether it's the high-flying world of capes, spandex, and gravity-defying breasts or wondrously down-to-earth slice-of-life, the LGBTQ presence in comics has evolved beyond inclusion and visibility. Moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Paige Braddock (Jane's World) explore the next level of authentic LGBTQ storytelling with panelists Shannon Walters (KaBOOM!), Eisner Award nominee Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley), Shena Wolf (Uclick/Universal Press Syndicate), Sina Grace (Li'l Depressed Boy; Not My Bag), and others to be announced. The panel will be followed by the annual Prism Comics Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics.

 

GAYS COMIC FAN MIXER AND SILENT AUCTION

SATURDAY, JULY 20 — 7-8PM — Room 6A

Following the Gays in Comics XXVI panel is the annual Prism Comics Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction, hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics. Mingle with comics fans and creators and stay for the special drawing of the "Comics Gift Basket" and the silent auction of incredible comics items, including original art.

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2013

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

BIZARRE? QUEER? PERFECT: TAMING THE WILD WEBCOMICS FRONTIER

THURSDAY, JULY 18 — 5-6PM — Room 28DE

Webcomics offer an instantaneous connection between artists and audiences-usually at a very low cost and without editorial interference. And the numbers of webcomics have grown steadily over the years. How has the proliferation of webcomics served LGBTQ creators and readers? Are webcomics serving the same purpose as the old underground "comix"? How can ambitious creators leverage the LGBTQ webcomics niche without getting pigeonholed in it? Join Prism Comics and moderator Nina Kester (tapastic.com) for a trip to the wild frontier of webcomics with panelists Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads), Beth Dean (blackforestdraws.com), Kane Lynch (The Relics), Alex Woolfson (Artifice), and others to be announced.

 

ANYTHING THAT LOVES: COMICS BEYOND GAY AND STRAIGHT

THURSDAY, JULY 18 — 6-7PM — Room 28DE

In the last 20 years, lesbian and gay people have made great strides toward better representation in pop culture. The road for people who are bisexual, who have fluid sexuality and gender, or who otherwise fall outside of "gay" and "straight" has been much rockier. (Ironically, they are often met with the strongest mistrust and resistance from gay people.) The new comics anthology Anything That Loves assembles 30 creators to delve into the complex world of nonbinary sexuality and hopes to expose some myths, offer some new insights, and bring together an often-splintered LGBT community in a new way. Moderator Charles "Zan" Christensen and contributors to this anthology discuss the origins of the project, why it's important, and the challenges of being a bisexual storyteller. How can bisexual creators resist pressure from both straight and gay communities to put them in categories that don't truly fit? And how can creators effectively reach out to queer potential readers in a way that doesn't alienate straight ones? Find out the answers to these questions and many more! With Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me), Lena H. Chandhok (Pony Tale), Josh Trujillo (The Provider), Kevin Boze (The Virgin Project), Randall Kirby (BOP! Comics), and Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads).

 

A LOOK AT KEVIN KELLER

FRIDAY, JULY 19 — 2-3PM — Room 28DE

Archie Comics introduced Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie universe, in Veronica #202 in fall of 2010. Kevin's first appearance proved so popular that the issue sold out, prompting Archie to issue a reprint for the first time in its history. Kevin's stories as a teenager and as an adult in Life With Archie have made history in other ways by bringing LGBTQ issues and diversity to whole new audiences and winning the prestigious GLAAD Media Award in 2013. Kevin Keller writer/artist Dan Parent, Mike Pellerito (president, Archie Comics), Nina Kester (taptastic.com), Jeff Krell (Jayson Comics), and moderator Ted Abenheim (president, Prism Comics) discuss the creation of Kevin Keller and his impact on comics and fans.

 

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF PRISM COMICS

SATURDAY, JULY 20 — 1-2PM — Room 28DE

In 2003, a new champion appeared on the comics scene, determined to make the industry a better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender comics creators and readers. The nonprofit Prism Comics was founded by a small group of comics fans to provide a network for LGBTQ comics professionals and fans through their website, events, and convention appearances. Prism Comics has grown and now supports the next generation of creators through The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. And diversity in the comics industry has grown as well. Where once LGBTQ comics and characters were marginalized, now they are frequently stepping into the spotlight. Moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Glamazonia, Prism advisory board) and panelists Ted Abenheim (president, Prism Comics), Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Prism board), Paige Braddock (Jane's World, Prism advisory board), Charles "Zan" Christensen (co-founder, Prism Comics; Northwest Press), Roger Klorese (Prism board), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille, Prism Queer Press Grant chairperson) and Andy Mangels (co-founder, Prism Comics) offer a look back at where Prism Comics started, celebrate how far they've come, and a peek into the future of where the queer comics scene might be headed.

 

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2012 – YEAR 25

 

GAYS IN COMICS: 25TH YEAR CELEBRATION!

SATURDAY, JULY 14 — 5:30-7:00 — ROOM 6A

The comic world's longest-running panel celebrates its silver anniversary with an incredible all-star panel and celebration which will spotlight creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present.

It was once unthinkable that mainstream companies such as DC, Marvel, and Archie would have best-selling and award-winning titles frontlining gay characters such as Batwoman, Northstar, and Kevin Keller. Now, they hire top-level gay or gay-friendly creators, and 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 and those who welcome diversity among comic book protagonisists.

 

This year, founding moderator and best-selling author Andy Mangels, will chair a new form of panel, a live documentary that will unfold for the audience, featuring a mixture of commentary, images, music and other surprises! Showcased with live appearances and video messages will be an army of awesome creators who have appeared on the previous 24 panels, including:

 

• Howard Cruse, creator of Stuck Rubber Baby and Barefootz, founder of Gay Comix, and godfather of the gay comic movement;

• Roberta Gregory, creator of Naughty Bits and Bitchy Bitch and the godmother of the gay comic movement;

• Phil Jimenez, amazing artist of Fairest, Astonishing X-Men, and Wonder Woman;

• Alison Bechdel, creator of the award-winning Fun Home, Dykes To Watch Out For, and the new book Are You My Mother?;

• Charles "Zan" Christensen, founding member of PRISM Comics, and publisher of gay-themed Northwest Press;

• Gail Simone, the writer of Batgirl, Wonder Woman and the sexually diverse Secret Six;

• Eric Shanower, respected artist, writer and publisher of Age of Bronze and Oz books;

• Joan Hilty, creator of the weekly comic strip Bitter Girl and past DC editor;

• Ivan Velez, Jr., writer of Tales of the Closet and Ghost Rider;

• Paige Braddock, the creator of the comic book and newspaper strip Jane's World;

• Joe Phillips, artist and publisher of Joe Boys, Star Trek, and The Heretic;

• Trina Robbins, remarkable writer and artist whose work on behalf of women in comics has helped redefine the industry;

• Dan Parent, writer and artist for Archie and Betty & Veronica and creator of Archie's new gay character, Kevin Keller;

• Wendy Pini, the creator of ElfQuest and Masque of Red Death;

• Chip Kidd, award-winning author, editor and designer of books such as Batman: Death By Design, Bat-Manga, and Rough Justice;

• Patty Jeres, past DC Comics director of marketing communications, and past Prism Comics co-president;

• Joe Palmer, awesome webmaster of GayLeague.com;

• Ed Luce, the writer/artist of the Bear-centric Wuvable Oaf and small-press retailer;

• Jeff Krell, creator and publisher of the long-running Jayson series;

• Robert Triptow, legendary cartoonist and past editor of Gay Comix;

• Justin Hall, author of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, creator of Glamazonia, and Prism Comics Talent Chair;

• Marc Andreyko, author of the fan-favorite Manhunter series and Captain America and Bucky;

• Sean-Z erotic artist of Rated-Z Studios' Myth series;

• Steve Englehart, industry legend, and creator of comics first out gay super-hero Extrano in 1987's Millennium;

• Jon Macy, award-winning writer and artist of Teleny and Camille and Fearful Hunter;

• Ted Abenheim, the new president of Prism Comics and heroic and tireless fundraiser for GLBT organizations;

and Roger Klorese, a past president of PRISM Comics and longtime comic and internet trailblazer!

This panel will be chock-full from beginning to end, so be on time or you'll miss some awesome surprises that we aren't announcing yet!

 

Afterward, stick around for the celebratory gay comics fan mixer/social, hosted by PRISM Comics, with prizes and surprise special guests!

 

GAYS IN COMICS MIXER AND SILENT AUCTION

SATURDAY, JULY 14 — 7:00-8:00 — ROOM 6A

Hosted by and benefiting PRISM Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. 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, including original art and more!

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2012

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

NORTHWEST PRESS

THURSDAY, JULY 12 — 5:00-6:00 — ROOM 32AB

How does a small comic book publisher succeed in today's market? Northwest Press opened their doors in 2010, braving a recession, the rise of digital media, and the disappearance of specialty shops and bookstores to create a publishing company specializing in a niche market: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender comics. Two years later, Northwest is still growing. Come and join in a lively discussion about how to operate on a shoestring while looking like a pro, how to leverage social media and con- nections, and how to succeed as a small press. Moderated by Chance Whitmire (Fanboys of the Universe), and fea- turing the owner of Northwest Press, Charles "Zan" Christensen (The Mark of Aeacus, The Power Within), as well as four of the creators he's published: Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Justin Hall (Glamazonia: the Uncanny Super Tranny, No Straight Lines), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), and Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley).

 

REWRITING THE RULES OF QUEERS IN COMICS

THURSDAY, JULY 12 — 6:00-7:00 — ROOM 32AB

Depictions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters in comics are breaking from the purely positive "role model" portrayals that were common over the past decade. Some creators aren't shying away from sex, stereotypes, and bad behavior in their pursuit of intrigu- ing and well-rounded characters. As comics readers clamor for more explicit, more outrageous, and more extreme comics-and hail them as victories over timidity and political correctness-is it time to rewrite the rulebook on queer characters? Oliver Nome (Fathom: Kiani), James Robinson (Earth 2, Justice League), Nicola Scott (Earth 2, Secret Six), Gail Simone (Secret Six, Birds of Prey), Ivan Velez Jr. (Tales of the Closet, Milestone Comics), and modera- tor Charles "Zan" Christensen (The Mark of Aeacus, The Power Within) engage in a lively, irreverent discus- sion about the wild frontier of queers in comics.

 

NORTHSTAR: COMING OUT TO GETTING MARRIED!

SATURDAY, JULY 14 — 1:00-2:00 — ROOM 25ABC

Northstar, the first openly gay superhero in mainstream comics and a member of both the X-Men and Alpha Flight, came out of the closet 20 years ago-and this year he ties the knot! Northstar has led a challenging life, facing villains, personal challenges, family rivalries, disease, death, and accusations of being put back in the closet. Now Northstar starts a major new chapter in his life, with a high- profile wedding. Prism Comics celebrates Northstar and explores how he and the comics community's attitudes toward LGBTQ characters have changed over the years. Moderator Chance Whitmire (Fanboys of the Universe) delves into the past and the bright future of everyone's favorite gay mutant with guests David Gabriel (VP of sales, Marvel Comics), Phil Jimenez (New X-Men), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men), and Jase Peeples (The Advocate magazine).

 

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2011 – YEAR 24

 

GAYS IN COMICS: YEAR 24!

SATURDAY, JULY 23 — 5:30-7:00 — ROOM 6A

This all-star panel examines the rising diversity in the comics world today as the long-running "Gays in Comics" panel continues into its third decade at Comic-Con! As mainstream companies DC and Marvel are 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 transgender characters, to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. Welcome a top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators, who will give amazing insights and glimpses of surprises to come!

 

Joining founding moderator Andy Mangels, the USA Today best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor, as well as numerous comic books, are:

• Robert Kirkman, writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible and head of Image Comics' Skybound imprint;

• Chip Kidd, award-winning author, editor and designer of books such as Bat-Manga, Rough Justice, and Jack Cole and Plastic Man;

• Dan Parent, writer and artist for Archie and Betty & Veronica, and creator of Archie's new gay character and series, Kevin Keller;

• Jon Macy, writer and artist of 2010 Lambda Literary Award-winning Teleny and Camille and Prism Queer Press grant recipient for Fearful Hunter;

• Paul Cornell, writer for TV's Doctor Who and DC Comics' upcoming Stormwatch and Demon Knights series;

• Greg Pak, writer of Incredible Hulks and co-writer of Alpha Flight and Herc;

plus, a special video appearance by J.H. Williams III, co-writer and artist of DC's Batwoman series!

 

GAYS IN COMICS MIXER AND SILENT AUCTION

SATURDAY, JULY 23 — 7:00-8:00 — ROOM 6A

Hosted by and benefiting PRISM Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. 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, including original art by Alex Ross, J.H. Williams III, and Dan Parent!


PRISM PANELS FOR 2011

PRISM Comics (booths #2144-2146-2148)

 

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER AND LGBT COMICS FANDOM

THURSDAY, JULY 21 — 5:00-6:00 — ROOM 32AB

LGBT fans hailed the revelation in the long-running television hit that one of its main characters, Willow, had fallen in love with another female character, Tara. This groundbreaking depiction of queer love in the TV show has been built upon in the Buffy comic books published by Dark Horse Comics, and Buffy remains one of the most queer-friendly properties in pop culture. Moderator Charles "Zan" Christensen (Prism Comics president) discusses the special relationship between the Buffyverse and LGBT comic book fans with Buffy creators and actors, including Scott Allie, Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Tom Lenk, and a special guest!

 

LGBTX: THE X-MEN'S QUEER CHARACTERS, THEMES, AND FANS

THURSDAY, JULY 21 — 6:00-7:00 — ROOM 32AB

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? Moderator Chance 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).

 

PUBLISHING QUEER: PRODUCING LGBT COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

FRIDAY, JULY 22 — 1:00-2:00 — ROOM 9

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).

 

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2010 – YEAR 23

 

Gays in Comics: Year 23!

Saturday, July 24 — 5:45-7:15 — Room 6A

This all-star panel examines the rising diversity in the comics world today as the long-running "Gays in Comics" panel continues into its third decade at Comic-Con! As mainstream companies DC and Marvel are 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. Welcome a top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators, who will give amazing insights and glimpses of surprises to come!

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator and USA Today best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor, as well as numerous comic books

•  Howard Cruse, creator of Stuck Rubber Baby and Barefootz, founder of Gay Comix, and godfather of the gay comic movement

•  Geoff Johns, writer of Green Lantern, Flash, Brightest Day, and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer;

•  Marjorie M. Liu, the New York Times best-selling author and of Black Widow and X-23 and co-author of Dark Wolverine

•  Daniel Way, writer of Wolverine and Deadpool, and co-writer of Dark Wolverine

•  Jim McCann, writer of Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Dazzler, and Return of the Dapper Men

•  Charles "Zan" Christensen, co-creator of Mark of Aeacus, founding member of PRISM Comics, and new publisher of gay-themed Northwest Press

•  Dan Parent, writer and artist for Archie and Betty & Veronica, and creator of Archie’s new gay character, Kevin Keller

•  Tim Fish, creator of Cavalcade of Boys, and writer-artist for X-Men: Nation X, and Iron Man: Designed Intelligence!

 

Gays in Comics Mixer and Silent Auction

Saturday, July 24 — 7:15-8:15 — Room 6A

Hosted by PRISM Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. 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!


PRISM PANELS FOR 2010

PRISM Comics (booths #2146-2148-2049)

 

Divas and Golden Lassoes: The LGBT Obsession with Super Heroines

Thursday, July 22 — 10:30-11:30  — Room 8

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Why do LGBT comic book fans, especially gay men, worship female superheroes? Going beyond just collecting the comics of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Donna Troy, Saturn Girl, and many more, LGBT fans intensely identify with and take great inspiration from these iconic heroines. To discuss this phenomenon, moderator Charles "Zan" Christensen (Mark of Aeacus) has assembled an esteemed panel featuring Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Phil Jimenez (The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia), Andy Mangels (founder, "Wonder Woman Day"), and Michael Troy (The Blonde Squad).

 

Writing Queer: Creating and Writing LGBT Characters

Thursday, July 22 — 6:00-7:00 — Room 32AB

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Creating genuine and well-rounded LGBT characters is a challenge for writers, as they must give voice to a population whose stories have been kept hidden for so long. How do writers, both queer and straight, as well as mainstream and independent, create narratives that reflect the diversity and humanity of LGBT individuals, as well as the obstacles they face? Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Prism Comics' talent chair) leads a spirited conversation with some of the best writers working in comics today: Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), and Judd Winick (Pedro and Me).

 

Queer Press Grant Roundup

Saturday, July 24 — 3:00-4:00 — Room 3

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Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization promoting LGBT comics, creators, and fans, started an annual Queer Press Grant in 2005 to help queer cartoonists self-publish their comics. Five years and many thousands of dollars later, the QPG has helped out an impressive lineup of some of the best upcoming LGBT cartoonists and remains one of the only grants available for comics creators today. Prism will kick off the submission process for the 2010 Queer Press Grant at Comic-Con. Moderator Roger Klorese (Prism Comic's Publications Chair) and past recipients Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), and Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green) as they discuss applying for the grant, what they've been up to since winning it, and what's next for both their comics and the grant in 2010.

 

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2009 – YEAR 22

 

Gays in Comics: Year 22!

Saturday, July 25 — 6:00-7:30 — Room 6A

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Now in its third decade at Comic-Con, the long-running "Gays in Comics" panel presents an all-star look at the diversity in the comics world today. The mainstream companies DC and Marvel are both front-lining gay characters such as Batwoman and Northstar, as well as top-level gay or gay-friendly creators. And smaller 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. This top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators will give amazing insights and glimpses of surprises to come!

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator and best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor

•  Greg Rucka, the acclaimed author of Detective Comics (featuring the lesbian Batwoman and The Question)

•  Phil Jimenez, artist of Astonishing X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man

•  Peter David, writer of Fallen Angel and lots of novels

•  Perry Moore, whose gay teen super-hero novel HERO will soon be a TV show produced with Stan Lee

•  Ed Luce, the writer/artist of the Bear-centric Wuvable Oaf and small-press retailer behind San Francisco's cutting edge Goteblüd comic and zine store

•  Sina Grace, small press and Internet sensation writer/artist, whose Books with Pictures and illustrated novel Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic are getting rave reviews online and from Hollywood personalities!

• Surprise guest Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Secret Six).

• Surprise guest Bill WIllingham (Fables, JSA), was only able to attend first 15 minutes of panel.

X Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (announced, but did not make it)

 

Gays in Comics Mixer

Saturday, July 25 — 7:30-8:30 — Room 6A

Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers invites you to mingle with comics fans and creators. Plus stay for the special drawing of a "Comics Gift Basket" and bid on some hot comics items! Room 6A


PRISM PANELS FOR 2009

PRISM Comics (booths #2146-2148)

 

Tipping Point for LGBT Portrayals in Comics

Thursday, July 23 — 4:00-5:00 — Room 32AB

LGBT issues have taken a central place in the cultural zeitgeist. How has this issue been illustrated in comics? This year, two lesbian characters—Batwoman and The Question—became co-leads of DC Comics' namesake title, Detective Comics. What is the long-term significance of this? Does it reflect greater acceptance of LGBT characters in comics, or is this an isolated event? Have we reached a tipping point? Patty Jeres (Prism co-president) moderates this intriguing discussion with panelists Greg Rucka (Detective Comics), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Judd Winick (Pedro and Me), Jose Villarrubia (The Mirror of Love), Scott Allie (Buffy Season 8), Mimi Cruz (retailer, Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City, UT), and Matt Wagner (The Aerialist).

 

True Confessions: LGBT Slice-of-Life Comics

Friday, July 24 — 11:30-12:30 — Room 10

Demonstrated by the success of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, LGBT autobiographical comics have come of age. But telling the truth is as much art and craft as it is confession. Join moderator Roger Klorese (Prism's Publication Chair) as he leads a slice-of-life discussion with panelists Lee Marrs (The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp), Ariel Schrag (Likewise), Jeff Krell (Jayson Goes to Hollywood), Robert Triptow (Gay Comix), and Justin Hall (True Travel Tales).

 

Love is in the Air: LGBT Romance Comics

Saturday, July 25 — 4:30-5:30 — Room 30AB

Romance comics, once a staple of the comics industry but now considered campy curiosities, have inspired a new generation that has created their own take on matters of the heart while moving beyond the boy-girl soap operas of yesteryear. Moderator Charles "Zan" Christensen (Mark of Aeacus) and panelists Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys), Mari Morimoto (manga translator of Naruto), Colleen Coover (X-Men: First Class), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), and Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics) discuss the new LGBT romance comics.

 

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2008 – YEAR 21

 

Gays in Comics Panel: 21 and Legal!

Saturday, July 26 — 5:45-7:15 — Room 6A

Starting its third decade at Comic-Con, the long-running "Gays in Comics" panel takes a thrilling look at the diversity in the comics world today. With DC Comics leading the charge with the lesbian Question and Batwoman, the shadowy Obsidian, and Wildstorm's Apollo and Midnighter, where will they go next in the realm of superhero comics? And when will other companies substantially move forward to represent gay characters? Meanwhile, independent publishers and creators are building their own worlds that spotlight gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, pleasing the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. This all-star panel of GLBT creators (and one straight one) offer startling insights and glimpses of surprises to come!

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator and best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor

•  Roger Klorese, the president of PRISM Comics and longtime comic and internet trailblazer

•  Ariel Schrag, writer/artist of the critically acclaimed Potential, plus Awkward, Definition, and Showtime's The L Word

•  Greg Rucka, the writer of Final Crisis: Revelations, Checkmate, Daredevil, and many other hot titles

•  Jeff Krell, writer/artist of the long-running Jayson strip and new graphic novel Jayson Goes to Hollywood

•  Jack Mahan, executive director—editorial administration for DC Comics

• Surprise guest Axel Alonso, editor Marvel Comics

• Surprise guest Wendy Pini, creator of ElfQuest and Masque of Red Death

• Surprise guest Michelle Nolan, writer of Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics

 

Gays in Comics Mixer and Silent Auction

Saturday, July 26 — 7:15-8:15  — Room 6A

Hosted by Prism Comics. Mingle with LGBT comics fans and creators plus stay for the special drawing of a "Comics Gift Basket" and the silent auction of hot comics items including The DC Encyclopedia signed by Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and a host of DC creators; a 13" DC Collector's Flash figure signed by TV's Flash, John Wesley Shipp and the complete Flash series on DVD; a specially-signed book from Neil Gaiman; a Superman Returns poster signed by Brandon Routh; Heroes autographed memorabilia; and more!


PRISM PANELS FOR 2008

PRISM Comics (booths #2148)

 

LGBT Portrayals in Comics

Thursday, July 24 — 11:00-12:00 — Room 10

With the increased number of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) characters in both mainstream and indie comics today, it's time to examine how they're faring. Has this increased presence meant better and more complex portrayals, or is there more to be explored? Has the call for "positive" portrayals been beneficial, or has it left LGBT characters one-dimensional? And what can we expect in the future? Join moderator Patricia Jeres (Prism board member and talent and industry relations chair) and panelists Perry Moore (author of Hero, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; executive producer of Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia series), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman), Judd Winick (Green Arrow and Black Canary), Axel Alonso (editor fo X-Men), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), and Bob Schreck (group editor, DC Comics) for this insightful discussion. And you won’t want to miss our super-special surprise guest and his major announcement!

•  Surprise guest Stan Lee, co-creator of many Marvel properties, producer of the planned HERO TV show!

 

50 Years of Gay Legion of Super-Heroes Fandom

Friday, July 25 — 12:00-1:00 — Room 3

The fiftieth anniversary of the Legion of Super-Heroes gives the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) fans a reason to celebrate. Join Prism Comics president Roger Klorese, Interlac APA central mailer and HIV + ME cartoonist Chris Companik, Denise Sudell (Sequential Tart), Legion writers Tom & Mary Bierbaum, and a "legion" of pros and fans in a freewheeling discussion to find out, among other things, which male Legionnaire coveted the name "Light Lass," how Matter Eater Lad consumed whole planets without gaining an ounce, and why removing the pink from Cosmic Boy's costume made him look somehow...gayer. And, what's up with Element Lad?

 

Emerging LGBT Voices

Saturday, July 26 — 10:00-11:00 — Room 10

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Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) comics, creators, and readers, also actively encourages and supports the movers and shakers who will shape tomorrow's comics industry. This year, Prism founder Charles “Zan” Christensen (The Mark of Aeacus) moderates a panel of emerging LGBT comics powerhouses, including Ariel Schrag (Awkward, Definition, Showtime's L Word), Joveth Gonzalez (editor, PinkKryptonite.com), Brian Anderson (So Super Duper), Mari Morimoto (VIZ Media), and Tommy Roddy (recipient of the 2008 Prism Queer Press Grant for Pride High).

 

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2007 – YEAR 20

 

Gays In Comics Panel: The 20th Anniversary!

Saturday, July 28 — 5:30-7:00 — Room 6A

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Two decades of “Gays in Comics” is celebrated at its birthplace: Comic-Con! From DC's diverse roster that includes a lesbian Question and Batwoman and a gay Pied Piper and Midnighter to Marvel's Moondragon and Quasar or Hulkling and Wicca, super-hero comics have come a long way in representing gay characters. With Yaoi also exploding in the marketplace, the bravura graphic novel Fun Home winning awards worldwide, and TV shows such as Heroes tapping into the comic book closet, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters and fans are finally being represented. An all-star panel of GLBT creators (and a straight one) will offer startling insight and glimpses of surprises to come!

•  Special Introduction by Roger Klorese, the president of PRISM Comics and longtime comic and internet trailblazer

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator and best-selling author of Star Trek novels and director of She-Ra and Isis DVD documentaries

•  Alison Bechdel, the writer/artist of the critical best-seller Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For

•  Chuck Kim, a writer for the Heroes TV series and many DC Comics titles

•  Charles "Zan" Christensen, the co-founder of PRISM and writer of the upcoming The Mark of Aeacus

•  Alonso Duralde, pop culture critic, author of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men, and former Advocate arts editor

•  Megan Gedris, PRISM grant-winning artist of Yu+Me manga webcomic

•  Surprise guest Paul Levitz, President of DC Comics

X Brian K. Vaughn (announced, but did not make it)

X Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (announced, but did not make it)

 

Prism Comics Fan Mixer

Saturday, July 28 — 7:00-8:00 — Room 6A

Here’s your chance to mingle with other LGBT and open-minded fans and creators and bid on some fantastic auction items including rare Ambiguously Gay Duo items from Van Eaton Galleries, Lynda Carter statues from DC Direct, and She-Ra and The Secrets of Isis DVDs from BCI Eclipse. Plus, some special guest cast members from The Secrets of Isis will appear! Hosted by Prism Comics.


PRISM PANELS FOR 2007

PRISM Comics (booths #2147)

 

LGBT New Creators—Who Are The Next LGBT Comics Superstars?

Thursday, July 26th  — 2:00-3:00 — Room 10

With the astonishing breakthrough of Alison Bechdel’s award-winning Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Phil Jimenez’s run as lead artist on Infinite Crisis, and Allen Heinberg’s big splash into comics with Young Avengers and Wonder Woman, LGBT creators have shown themselves to be a major force within the comics world. Prism Comics, a nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) comics, creators, and readers, not only champions these comics superstars but actively encourages, promotes, and develops tomorrow’s stars as well. Come and meet these up-and-coming LGBT comics creators!

• Terrance Griep moderator (openly gay pro wrestler known as “SpiderBaby” and comic book writer of Scooby-Doo and Judo Girl)

• Steve MacIsaac (artist/writer of Shirtlifter, winner of Prism’s first annual Press Grant)

• Megan Gedris (writer/artist of YU+ME, winner of Prism’s second annual Press Grant)

• Tommy Roddy (creator/writer of Pride High)

• Sean McGrath (writer of Frater Mine)

• William O. Tyler/Lynx Delirium (creator of The Goth Queen Needs a Mate, editor Queerbait)

•  Surprise guest Jennie Breeden (The Devil’s Panties)

 

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2006 – YEAR 19

 

Gays In Comics, Year 19: Infinitely Out And Civil Pride

Saturday, July 24 — 5:30-7:00 — Room 6A

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From Young Avengers to Batwoman, Freedom Ring to Tough Love, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) characters are popping up more in mainstream comics, and LGBT creators are writing, drawing, or self-publishing more than ever. At its near-two-decade mark, the annual Gays in Comics panel takes the pulse of queer comicdom, showcasing some groundbreaking creators and their insights.

 

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator (best-selling author of Star Trek novels and director of He-Man and She-Ra DVD documentaries)

•  Patty Jeres (past DC director of marketing communications, current Prism Advisory Board member)

•  Abby Denson (creator of Tough Love: High School Confidential graphic novel)

•  Greg Rucka (writer of Gotham Central, 52, Checkmate)

•  Gail Simone (writer of Secret Six, Birds of Prey)

•  Marc Andreyko (writer of Manhunter)

•  Phil Jimenez (artist/writer of Infinite Crisis, Otherworld).

 

Prism Comics Fan Mixer

Saturday, July 24 — 7:00-8:00 — Room 6A

Here’s your chance to mingle with other LGBT and open-minded fans and creators and win fabulous prizes (no one leaves empty-handed)!  There will also be a live auction for items such as a movie poster from The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green signed by the entire cast! Hosted by Prism Comics.


PRISM PANELS FOR 2006

PRISM Comics (booths #2148)

 

Prism Comics: Increasing LGBT Visibility

Thursday, July 20 — 12:00-1:00 — Room 1B

Meet the all-volunteer force behind the comics industry's only nonprofit organization supporting LGBT creators, stories, and readers, and learn how you can join in. Prism's accomplishments, activities, and upcoming plans will be discussed by the organization's officers and committee chairs, as well as members of its advisory board.

• Paige Braddock (Jane's World)

• Tim Fish (Strugglers)

• Terrance Griep (Victoria's Secret Service)

• Patricia Jeres (former director of marketing communications for DC Comics)

• Andy Mangels (best-selling Star Trek author and DVD producer)

• Richard Neal (owner, Zeus Comics, Dallas, TX)

• Joe Phillips (artist, Cali Boys; writer-director, Stonewall and Riot)

• José Villarrubia (The Mirror of Love).

 

Prism Comics: Evaluating LGBT Material: How May We Help You?

Friday, July 23 — 3:00-4:30 — Room 24A

With more material being published involving LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) characters and issues, audiences and retailers need strategies for encouraging and supporting diversity while providing an environment in which the only surprises are the twists in the plot. Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting LGBT creators, themes, and issues in comics, offers its services in this area to the broader constituencies of the comics community. This discussion focuses greatly on the retail community, addressing the topic of how to get more LGBT-friendly books in your store and how Prism can help you sell them. This panel is the beginning of what is intended to be an ongoing dialogue, with the participation of experts from every aspect of the industry, in order to establish action plans in the quest for greater diversity in content as well as in the customer base.

• Patricia Jeres, moderator, Prism advisory board member and former director of marketing communications at DC Comics

• Roger B.A. Klorese, president, Prism Comics and founder of QueerNet

• Rory Root, owner and operator of Comic Relief, Berkeley, CA

• Chris Powell, general manager of Lone Star Comics, Arlington, TX

• José Villarrubia, artist and academician

• Paige Braddock, cartoonist, Jane's World

• Chris Ryall, publisher/editor-in-chief, IDW

• Charles Brownstein, executive director, CBLDF

• Brian Chase, Lambda Legal attorney, LGBT rights activist

• Roger Fletcher, VP of sales and marketing, Diamond Comic Distributors

 

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2005 – YEAR 18

 

Gays In Comics: Infinite Pride

Saturday, July 23 — 5:30-7:00 — Room 5AB

Sexual minority characters are popping up more in mainstream comics, and GLBT creators are writing, drawing, or self-publishing more than ever. Check in on the pulse of queer comicdom with this enduring panel, showcasing some fascinating creators and their insights.

 

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator ( best-selling author of Star Trek novels and director of He-Man DVD documentaries)

•  Andersen Gabrych (Detective Comics, film actor)

•  Allan Heinberg (Young Avengers, The O.C.)

•  Ivan Velez, Jr. (Tales of the Closet, Ghost Rider)

•  Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets)

•  Sean-Z (Myth)

•  Vincent J. Roth (Surge of Power film)

•  Paige Braddock (Jane's World)

 

Gay Comic Fan Mixer

Saturday, July 23 — 7:00-8:00 —Room 6A

Here's your chance to socialize with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or open-minded fans and creators!

 

NO PRISM PANELS THIS YEAR

PRISM Comics (booth #5560)

 

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2004 – YEAR 17

 

Gays In Comics: Year Seventeen

Saturday, July 24 — 5:30-7:00 — Room 5AB

While Marvel and DC catch up, the independent comic world has been celebrating diversity with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered comics for years. Now, listen in as creators new and old discuss the relevance of gay comic characters!

•  Andy Mangels, founding moderator and best-selling author of Star Trek novels

•  Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets)

•  Colleen Coover (Small Favors)

•  Justin Hall (True Travel Tales)

•  Charles "zan" Christensen (Prism Comics)

•  Tim Fish (The Cavalcade of Boys

•  Jose Villarrubia (Alan Moore's Mirror of Love)

 

Gay Comic Fan Reception & Party

Saturday, July 24 — 7:00-8:00 — Room 5AB

Here's your chance to socialize with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or open-minded fans and creators! This party is sponsored by the Gay League and will include lots of fabulous fun, surprises, and dozens of comic and animation pros in attendance! Plus, a special Mirror of Love slide-show from Jose Villarrubia!


PRISM PANELS FOR 2004

PRISM Comics (booth #2347)

 

Gays In Comics: Crossfire 3

Friday, July 23 — 5:30-7:00pm — Room 5AB

The popular no-holds-barred roundtable returns for its third "straight" year, moderated by Joan Hilty, DC editor and creator of the comic strip Bitter Girl.  What issues of race/gender/sexuality are driving the hottest debates? What are the best and worst imprints for queer content in comics? Are we more or less marketable to the mainstream than ever? Get a fistful of opinions from this wide range of queer comic creators

• Joan Hilty (DC editor)

• Bob Schreck (DC editor)

• Paige Braddock (Jane's World)

• Marc Andreyko (Manhunter)

• Tristan Crane (How Loathsome)

• Terrance Griep (Scooby-Doo)

• Phil Jimenez (New X-Men)

X Andersen Gabrych (announced, but did not make it)

 

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2003 – YEAR 16

 

Gays in Comics: Sweet 16th Panel & Reception and Party

Saturday, July 19 — 5:30–7:00 —Room 16AB

Both Marvel and DC have been featuring gay characters and storylines with increasing frequency. So where are the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered comics in the rest of the field? And what do the Big Two have planned for the future?

• Andy Mangels, founding moderator and writer (Dragon's Lair)

• Stephen Sadowski (Avengers, JSA)

• Tristan Crane (How Loathsome)

• Greg Sanchez (novelist Rainbow Arc of Fire)

• Joe Palmer (Prism Comics, GayLeague.com)

• Paige Braddock (Jane's World)

• Michael Lark (Gotham Central)

 

Gay Comic Fan Reception & Party

Saturday, July 19 — 7:00-8:00 — Room 16AB

Your chance to socialize with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or open-minded fans and creators! This party is sponsored by the Gay League and will include lots of fabulous fun, surprises, video entertainment, and dozens of comic and animation pros in attendance!

 

Prism Comics zine #1

This year's new book - now published by the newly-formed PRISM Comics - was published as 52-page digest, and was worked on by a variety of people at Prism. The covers were by Elizabeth Watasin and Phil Jimenez, with colors by Jose Villarrubia!

Download Prism Comics #1 - 2003 Here

 

PRISM PANELS FOR 2003

Prism booth numbers unknown

           

Gays in Comics: Crossfire

Friday, July 18 — 5:30–7:00 — Room 16AB

As gay characters/themes become more prevalent in comics today, how do creators make them more well-rounded? Can comics move beyond either hyperviolent or moralistic nonsexual characters? Will the industry want to? A feisty panel.

• Joan Hilty (DC editor)

• Phil Jimenez (New X-Men)

• Jose Villarrubia (Alan Moore's Mirror of Love)

• Denise Sudell (Sequential Tart)

• Marc Andreyko (Sam & Twitch)

• Robert Rodi (Elektra)

• Jai Sen (Shoto Press). Room 16AB

 

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2002 – YEAR 15

 

Gays In Comics: Year 15 and Still Coming Out!

Saturday, August 3 — 5:00-6:30 — room 16A/B

Celebrating 15 years at the Con, this popular panel has also been given a Friday night prequel! This year's Saturday eve round of cutting-edge gay, lesbian, bisexual, and even straight creators and publishers will cover all the bases. From publishing to writing to art to fandom. . . gays in the comic world are coming out strong!

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, writer (Star Trek, Roswell)

•  Darren Davis, publisher/writer (Tidal Wave Studios, 10th Muse, Legend of ISIS)

•  Jai Sen, Xeric-winning publisher/writer (Shoto Press, Garlands of Moonlight, The Golden Vine)

•  Devin Grayson, writer (Nightwing, X-Men: Evolution)

•  Joe Palmer, webmaster (Gay League)

•  Carla Speed McNeil, award-winning straight writer/artist (Finder)

•  Chuck Kim, writer (Superman, Powerpuff Girls)

•  Robert Rodi, writer (Codename Knockout, Whatever Happened to Princess Paragon?)

 

Gay Comic Fan Reception & Party!

Saturday, August 3 — 6:30-8:00 — room 16A/B

Here's your chance to socialize with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or open-minded fans and creators! This party is sponsored by the Gay League, and will include lots of fabulous door prizes, games, some truly fun video entertainment, and dozens of comic and animation pros in attendance!

 

Out In Comics zine #4

This year's magazine - published as an actual 48-page comic book - was worked on by Andy Mangels, Kyle Minor, Joe Palmer, Jai Sen, and Charles "zan" Christensen, with help from Dwayne Best, Terrance Griep, John Sauer, and John Jenkins. The cover was a jam piece by Chris Taylor, Stephen Sadowski, Elizabeth Watasin, Phil Jimenez, Roberta Gregory, Brad Rader, Eric Shanower, Patrick Fillion, Joe Phillips, and Howard Cruse, with colors by Jose Villarrubia!

Download Out In Comics #4 - 2002 Here

 

ALTERNATE PANELS FOR 2002

Out In Comics / Gay League booths (#3232-3234)

 

Gays In Comics: Crossfire

Friday, August 2 — 5:30-7:00 — room 16A/B

Transcript of panel at Sequential Tart - Part One
Transcript of panel at Sequential Tart - Part Two

A prequel to the 15th annual Gays in Comics panel that spins off a hot topic from last year's GiC panel raised by DC editor Joan Hilty (who, although not attending Comicon, organized this panel and will co-host it in spirit). Is there such a thing as a "gay sensibility"? If so, how does it manifest itself in our stories, art, and fandom? In a true roundtable discussion staged talk-show-style, Sequential Tart's Denise Sudell splits the question into different aspects and lets six opinionated queer creators go at it!

•  Andy Mangels, special introduction by, writer (Star Trek, Roswell)

•  Denise Sudell, moderator, writer (Sequential Tart)

•  Phil Jimenez, writer/artist (Wonder Woman, X-Men)

•  Terrance Griep, writer (Scooby Doo, Big Bang)

•  Eric Shanower, award-winning writer/artist (Age of Bronze, Oz Story Magazine)

•  Elizabeth Watasin, writer/artist (Charm School)

•  Jose Villarrubia, artist/painter (Veils, Alan Moore's ABC covers)

•  Joe Phillips, artist/animator (The Heretic, Xodus USA)

 

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2001 – YEAR 14

 

Gays In Comics #14

Saturday, July 21 — Time and room unknown

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer (Star Trek, Roswell)

•  P. Craig Russell, artist writer (The Ring of the Nibelung, Sandman)

•  Judd Winick, straight writer/artist (Pedro and Me, Green lantern)

•  Stephen Sadowski, gay artist (JSA)

•  Joan Hilty, lesbian editor (DC Comics)

•  Elizabeth Watasin, lesbian writer/artist (Charm School)

•  Aman Chaudhary, gay artist (Double Image, Whisper)

 

Gay Comic Fan Reception & Party!

Sponsored by the Gay League.

Out In Comics zine #3

This year's 36-page zine was written by Andy Mangels, edited by Kyle Minor and Dwayne Best, researched and planned by Joe Palmer, with a cover by Stephen Sadowski, designed by Charles "zan" Christensen, and printed by John Dawson.

Download Out In Comics #3 - 2001 Here

 

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2000 – YEAR 13

 

Gays In Comics #13

Saturday, July 22 — Time and room unknown

•  Andy Mangels, moderator

•  Phil Jimenez, gay writer/artist (Wonder Woman)

•  Joe Phillips, gay artist (Body Doubles)

•  Ariel Schrag, lesbian writer/artist (Potential)

•  Perry Erwin, writer/artist/publisher (Blokhed Comics)

•  Joan Hilty, lesbian editor (DC Comics)

 

Gay Comic Fan Reception & Party!

Sponsored by the Gay League.

 

Out In Comics zine #2

This year's 28-page zine was written by Andy Mangels, edited by Kyle Minor, illustrated by Mike Franzese, designed by Charles "zan" Christensen, and printed by John Dawson.

Download Out In Comics #2 - 2000 Here

 

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1999 – YEAR 12

 

Gays In Comics #12

Saturday, August 14 — 12:00-1:30 — Room 8

•  Andy Mangels, moderator

•  Stephen Sadowski, gay artist (Justice Society of America)

•  Bob Schreck, gay editor (Comico, Dark Horse, Oni Press, now senior editor at DC Comics)

•  Brad Rader, gay artist/animation director (Batman Adventures,The Mark, TV’s Spawn, Roswell)

•  Terrance Griep Jr., gay writer (The Skulker, Scooby-Doo)

•  Tim Barela, gay writer/artist (award-winning Leonard & Larry cartoon strip and TPBs)

•  Sharon Cho, lesbian co-writer/agent (critically-acclaimed series Nobody)

X Brad Parker (announced, but did not make it)

 

Out In Comics zine #1

This zine was founded and self-published by Andy Mangels in 1999, then worked on by Mangels and others following that period, before changing to the name to PRISM Comics with the founding of the Prism Comics group in 2003. The first year, it was self-published by Andy Mangels, at 16 pages, and each cover was hand-colored by Richard Scott.

Download Out In Comics #1 - 1999 Here

 

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1998 – YEAR 11

 

Gays In Comics #11

Saturday, August 15 — 11:30-1:00 — Room 4

Are homosexual themes aimed only at homosexual readers?  Hetero girls and boys are curious too, but are they part of the intended audience of these books?

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Colleen Doran, straight writer/artist (A Distant Soil)

•  Joe Phillips, gay writer/artist (The Heretic, Superboy, Body Doubles)

•  Eric Shanower, gay writer/artist (Age of Bronze, Star Wars, Oz graphic novels)

•  Terrance Griep Jr., gay writer (The Skulker, Scooby-Doo)

•  Pat McGreal, straight writer (Chiarascuro, Fighting American, Veils)

•  Jose Villarrubia, gay artist (Veils)

•  Surprise guest Sharon Cho, lesbian co-writer/agent (critically-acclaimed series Nobody)

X Brad Rader (announced, but did not make it)

 

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1997 – YEAR 10

 

Gays In Comics #10

Saturday, July 19 — 11:30-1:00 — Room 9

A lively discussion of gay issues and characters in comics.

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Phil Jimenez, gay writer/artist (Team Titans, Tempest)

•  P. Craig Russell, gay writer/artist (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Killraven, various opera comics)

•  Eric Shanower, gay writer/artist (Age of Bronze, Star Wars, Oz graphic novels)

•  Joe Phillips, gay writer/artist (The Heretic, Superboy, Timber Wolf)

•  Jimmie Robinson, straight writer/artist (Cyberzone)

•  Tim Barela, gay writer/artist (award-winning Leonard & Larry cartoon strip and TPBs)

•  Sharon Cho, lesbian agent (Spitfire Services)

 

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1996 – YEAR 9

 

Gays In Comics #9: Out in Print

Saturday, August 6 — 2:00-3:30 — Room 14B  (or 2:30-4:00 in Room 9)

One of the Cons’ most popular panels returns for its ninth year!

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Howard Cruse, gay writer/artist (Stuck Rubber Baby, Wendel, founder of Gay Comix)

•  Roberta Gregory, lesbian writer/artist (Naughty Bits, Artistic Licentiousness, Gay Comics)

•  Jimmy Robinson, straight writer/artist (Cyberzone)

•  Ivan Velez Jr., gay writer/artist (Ghost Rider, Blood Syndicate, Tales of the Closet)

•  Earl Storm, gay cartoonist (Such Is Life)

•  Sharon Cho, lesbian agent (Spitfire Services)

X Barry Blair (announced, but did not make it)

 

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1995 – YEAR 8

 

Gays In Comics #8: Eight Years On

Saturday, July 29 — 2:00-3:30 — Room 10

A lively discussion of gay issues and characters in comics.

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Martha Thomases, straight publicity manager for DC Comics (promoting Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby)

•  Sharon Cho, lesbian agent (Star Reach)

•  Tim Barela, gay writer/artist (award-winning Leonard & Larry cartoon strip and TPBs)

•  Mark Phillips, gay central mailer for The APA That Dares Now Speak Its Name

Terry Moore (announced, but did not make it)

 

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1994 – YEAR 7

 

Gays In Comics #7: Moving Beyond the Stereotypes

Saturday, August 6 — 2:00-3:30 — Room 8

How are gays portrayed in comics? Are gays in mainstream comics just cardboard tokens designed to appease the gay community, or are they allowed to develop into realistic characters?

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Steve Englehart, straight writer (The Strangers, Millennium, Avengers, Detective Comics)

•  Chris Taylor, gay artist (Legion Annual, BloodPack)

•  Ivan Velez Jr., gay writer/artist (Blood Syndicate, Tales of the Closet)

•  Sharon Cho, lesbian agent (Star Reach)

•  Mercy Van Vlack, bi artist (Evolutionary Times)

 

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1993 – YEAR 6

 

Gays In Comics #6: Dealing with Intimacy

Saturday, August 21— 4:00-5:30 — Room 15

The issue of intimate relations between gays in comics is discussed. How much contact should be shown? What are the ramifications of this in mainstream comics?

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Nancy Collins, writer/novelist (Swamp Thing, horror novels Tempter, Sunglasses After Dark)

•  Roberta Gregory, lesbian writer/artist (Naughty Bits, Artistic Licentiousness, Gay Comics)

•  Brad Rader, gay artist/animation storyboards (Batman Adventures,TV’s Batman, Mighty Mouse)

•  P. Craig Russell, gay writer/artist (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Killraven, various opera comics)

•  Tim Barela, gay writer/artist (award-winning Leonard & Larry cartoon strip and TPB)

 

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1992 – YEAR 5

 

Gays In Comics #5: The Creators and the Characters

Friday, August 14 — 4:30-5:30 — Room 16A

The creators talk about how gay characters have been portrayed in recent comics. How much have things changed, and has it been for the better?

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Tim Barela, gay writer/artist (award-winning Leonard & Larry cartoon strip)

•  Chris Cooper, gay editor/writer  (Marvel Comics, Darkhold)

•  Roberta Gregory, lesbian writer/artist (Naughty Bits, Artistic Licentiousness, Gay Comics)

•  Scott Lobdell, straight writer (X-Men, Alpha Flight — brought Northstar out)

•  Lee Marrs, bi writer/artist (Pudge, Girl Blimp, Gay Comix, Viking Prince GN, Vamps)

•  Bill Messner-Loebs, straight writer/artist (Journey, Wonder Woman, Flash — brought Pied Piper out)

Additional Activities

• “Jem” theme party in Sabin Grey’s room, guest-starring Brinke Stevens as Jem. 

• Gay Comix signing with Daerick Gross, Brad Parker, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, and Tim Barela.

 

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1991 – YEAR 4

 

Gays In Comics #4: Role Models: Lesbians and Gays

Saturday, July 6 —12:00-1:00 — Room 16A

Have comics moved beyond stereotypes to present positive images or fully rounded homosexual characters?

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer

•  Tim Barela, gay writer/artist (award-winning Leonard & Larry cartoon strip)

•  Donna Barr, straight writer/artist (The Desert Peach, Stinz, Gay Comics)

•  Flower Frankenstein, cartoonist (Public Chaos)

•  Roberta Gregory, lesbian writer/artist (Naughty Bits, Gay Comics, Winging It)

Additional Activities

• ATDNSIN party in Sabin Grey’s room.

 

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1990 – YEAR 3

 

Gays In Comics #3

Saturday, August 4  — Time and Room Unknown — Convention & Perf. Arts Center

•  The Panel was not planned as part of Con Programming, but recollections of a last-minute Panel are in a number of people’s minds.

It’s likely that the Panel included Tim Barela, Roberta Gregory, Eric Shanower, Donna Barr, Sabin Grey (creator of the first gay-super-hero comic strip, "The Gay Guardian") and possibly Kate Worley.

Additional Activities

• Pool party at Andy Mangels’ hotel

• Dance/Dinner with performance by Sabin Grey, “the Swishin’ Magician”

• Gays same-sex dance-crashed the Seduction of the Innocent party.

• ATDNSIN dinners aplenty

 

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1989 – YEAR 2

 

Gays In Comics #2: Character Portrayals

Saturday, August 5 — 12:00-1:00 — Copper Room

Creators talk about portraying Gay and Lesbian characters in comics: moving beyond the stereotypes or laughing at them?

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer (Amazing Heroes)

•  Donna Barr, straight writer/artist (The Desert Peach, Stinz, Gay Comics)

•  Howard Cruse, gay writer/artist (Wendel, founder of Gay Comix)

•  Roberta Gregory, lesbian writer/artist (Gay Comics, Winging It)

•  Craig Hamilton, gay artist (Aquaman, unpublished Peter Pan & Wendy)

•  Trina Robbins, straight writer/artist (Women in Comics book, Wonder Woman, Strip AIDS USA)

•  Eric Shanower, gay writer/artist (Oz graphic novels, Justice League Secret Origins, Nexus)

Additional Activities

• Con party in Andy Mangels’ hotel room

• Roger Klorese appeared on a panel about APAs, representing the gay “APA That Dares Not Speak Its Name” (ATDNSIN)

 

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1988 – YEAR 1

 

Gays In Comics #1

Saturday, August 6 —12:30-2:00 — Civic Theatre

Creators join in a discussion of homosexuality as a legitimate subject in comics.

•  Andy Mangels, moderator, gay writer (Amazing Heroes)

•  Max Allan Collins, straight writer (Ms. Tree, Wild Dog, Batman) [half panel then had to leave]

•  Terry Beatty, straight artist (Ms. Tree artist) [half panel]

•  Roberta Gregory, lesbian writer/artist (Gay Comix, Winging It)

•  Mike Grell, straight writer/artist (James Bond, Green Arrow, Jon Sable, Starslayer, Warlord)

•  John Ostrander, straight writer (Suicide Squad, Manhunter, Grimjack, Firestorm, Hotspur)

•  Kay Reynolds, lesbian editor/writer (Starblaze, Fortune’s Friends GN)

•  Robert Triptow, writer/artist/editor (Gay Comix, Strip AIDS USA)

•  Kate Worley, bi writer (Omaha The Cat Dancer)

 

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1988 – WHAT INSPIRED THE PANELS

 

Amazing Heroes #143 (June 15, 1988)

"Out of the Closet and Into the Comics: Gays in Comics: The Creations and the Creators, Part 1"

article and interview with John Ostrander, Tim Truman, Mike Grell, Doug Moench, Marv Wolfman, Howard Cruse, Cat Yronwode, Don McGregor, Bill Mantlo, Tom DeFalco, Chris Claremont, Mark Evanier, Max Allan Collins, Chuck Dixon, Mike Baron, and several anonymous gay creators (16 pp.)

Download Part 1 of the Article here

 

Amazing Heroes #144 (July 1, 1988)

"Out of the Closet and Into the Comics: Gays in Comics: The Creations and the Creators, Part 2"

article and interview with Doug Moench, Keith Giffen, Marv Wolfman, Steve Englehart, Andy Helfer, Mike Carlin, Mike Grell, Fred Burke, Chuck Dixon, Howard Cruse, Mark Evanier, John Ostrander, Tim Truman, Cat Yronwode, and several anonymous gay creators (36 pp.)

Download Part 2 of the Article here

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