A Gay Girl’s Guide to Comic-Con


I’m a little nervous because this year I’m attending Comic-Con for the very first time. I’ve heard about the beautiful craziness that is SDCC, but I’m going to embrace it by trying to see the most queer things I can, which shouldn’t be too difficult with the great line-up in 2014. Outside of LGBT specific panels, there are events with some of our favorite shows that have gay, lesbian, bi and trans characters, and hopefully we’ll all be able to find our little subculture in the wider geek community.

Here’s a look at queer stuff going on at Comic-Con this Wednesday-Sunday. If I left anything out, holler with your picks in the comments. If you’re going, feel free to tweet me, too! @trishbendix. I’m always open to suggestions, as I’m a CC virgin.


2:00pm – 3:00pm
DC Digital: Download This!

Out artist Cat Staggs will appear to discuss her work on Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman anthology.

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Hannibal: Embrace the Madness

Unfortunately Katharine Isabelle won’t be on the panel, but perhaps creator Bryan Fuller will give some update and insight into what we can expect from Margot Verner in Season 3.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture

It’s the first ever all-trans panel at Comic-Con! Panelists include Prism Comics’ Tara Madison AveryDylan 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 comics historian Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics).

6:00pm – 7:00pm
LGBT Geek Year in Review

LGBT activist and columnist P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace) is hosting Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate), Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con) and myself to talk about all kinds of fun queer geekiness! I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice to say we’ll be talking about many of the shows we recap on AfterEllen.



12:20pm – 1:20pm
AMC’s The Walking Dead

No Alanna Masterson, but here’s hoping there will be some Tara talk from the rest of the cast and producers in attendance.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
LGBT Comics for Young Readers

The talking heads include 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).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Terry Moore

The Strangers in Paradise creator could give us some insight into Fran and Kat’s future.


5:30pm – 6:30pm

Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Neither Katrina Law or Caity Lotz won’t be there, but perhaps some intel on Black Canary and Nyssa al Ghul’s reappearance will come out.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Orphan Black 

Tatiana Maslany! That’s all you need to know.

"Orphan Black" Press Conference with Tatiana Maslany

6:15pm – 7:15pm
Adventure Time: A Totally Algebraic Dramatic Reading

Sky Witch 4-ever.

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