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By Charlie Gage

It’s time again to geek out and show your LGBT pride at San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s convention runs July 21st – 24th, and expects the usual thousands of cosplayers, gamers, comic book readers, movie buffs, cartoon junkies and pop culture addicts to flood the streets of downtown San Diego. In addition to the usual con fare, this year there will be a hulk load of queer events. Prism Comics–a nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered creators, stories, and readers in the comics industry–will have a fabulous triple-sized booth on the exhibit hall floor presenting a wide variety of comics and books presenting the diversity of the LGBTQ community. They are also hosting six panels described below:


Queer History in Comics, Thursday, 7/21/16, 5-6pm, Room: 28DE

Queer stories are finding their way into comics with historical themes.  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?


LGBTQ Geek Year in Review, Thursday, 7/21/16, 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.


Transgender in Popular Media: From the Funny Pages to the Silver Screen, Friday, 7/22/16, 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?


The Gay Agenda in Horror: Terrifying Subtext, Friday, 7/22/16, 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 LGBTQ community, this sense of otherness within the genre is not only terrifying, titillating, and transgressive; it’s quite often also relatable. Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror?


Gays (and more) in Comics (and more) – Year 29: Queerly Inspired, Saturday, 7/23/16, 6-8pm, Room: 29AB

LGBT creators and creators of LGBT-related comics discuss the works and events that inspire their work.


Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture, Sunday, 7/24/16, 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?
For more information, plus a listing of the guests on each panel, see the Prism website

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