“Gays in Comics”, Comic-Con International’s longest-running panel, boasts an incredible lineup of guests from DC, Marvel, Image, Archie, and the world of independents in its 24th year, making this year’s panel a must-attend event. The all-star panel takes place on the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, July 23 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in Room 6A.
An All-Star Panel and More
The 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 continuing to frontline gay characters such as Batwoman and Northstar and are hiring 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. 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, welcomes a top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators, who will give amazing insights and glimpses of surprises to come.
Joining the panel this year 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 Comics 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! Plus, there’s always a surprise or two…
Afterward, stick around for the hourlong gay comics fan mixer/social hosted by Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comics fans and creators and surprise special guests and stay for the special drawing of a “Comics Gift Basket” and the silent auction of hot comics items, including original art by Alex Ross and Dan Parent.