An event that I will be taking part in this coming Sunday in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Welcomes Gay Comic Con
Think you know comic book fans? Think again. On Sunday, December 5, 2010,
Los Angeles will play host to the first annual BENT-CON, a convention celebrating
LGBT comic book creators and fans. From 12:00–7:00 PM, fans will have a chance to meet and interact with professional and independent artists and writers representing all levels and interests of the comic book industry.
The brainchild of Dave Davenport, creator of the edgy Hard to Swallow anthology series, and Sean-Z, creator of the otherworldly MYTH series, BENT-CON represents something of a dream come true for its founders.
“Thanks to organizations like Prism Comics and fan communities on the Internet, the visibility of LGBT comics creators has really grown,” Davenport said. “It’s a great time to bring the queer comics community together in one place for a few hours to really celebrate what we’re doing.”
Sean-Z agrees. “Having a presence at the big conventions is important, but having a space and the time to really interact with the LGBT comics community is going to be amazing,” he said.
Prism Comics, a non-profit organization that promotes LGBT comic book creators and readers, will be exhibiting and selling a wide variety of gay comics at BENT-CON. Charles “Zan” Christensen, founder of Prism Comics and the new LGBT comics
publisher Northwest Press, said, “Gay comic book fans are loyal, passionate and very supportive of independent artists. A convention like BENT-CON will give fans an opportunity to meet each other, catch up with their favorite artists and discover new ones.”
In addition to Davenport, Sean-Z and Prism Comics, BENT-CON will welcome a whole host of LGBT creators, including Brad Rader (Fogtown), Jon Macy (Teleny & Camille),
Michael Derry (Troy Comics), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), Jeff Krell (Jayson Goes to Hollywood) and many more. Each will be selling comics and signing for fans.
BENT-CON will take place on Sunday, December 5 from 12:00–7:00 PM at 4232 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (located next door to The Faultline Bar).
BENT-CON is a free event and open to all comic book fans, gay or straight.
For more information, become a fan of BENT-CON on Facebook.