Comic-Con is, inherently, a place for outsiders of all kinds, so tons of queer people are in attendance every year. LGBT-themed comic organization Prism has been a part of the convention since the beginning, making sure we have a voice in Prism-sponsored panels, parties and a regular booth with signings and support for gay authors and artists. This year, Comic-Con held its first ever transgender panel, in addition to a handful of other queer-themed discussions that were not only successful, but spawned conversations that could have made up a convention all their own.
Outside of Prism’s confines, however, there’s still a lot to be desired when it comes to queer inclusiveness at Comic-Con. A stop by DC Comics had no Batwoman memorabilia on hand, although plenty of scantily-clad female characters on T-shirts. Much of the art and displays for TV shows and artists of all sizes thrust forward male leads, even on shows or in books where there is a strong female that could have easily been up front, too. (I’m looking at you, The Blacklist.)
This being my first time at Comic-Con, it was clear to me that while we are accepted as a part of the greater con community, there’s still something keeping geek culture from completely embracing us. As part of the panel I participated in (called The LGBT Year in Geek), one topic was seeing ourselves in video games, and how Nintendo failed not so long ago with calling the ability to have a gay character in their Tamagotchi Life a “glitch.” And even when we do have lesbian or bi characters on TV shows that are brought to Comic-Con, their parts are still small enough they don’t get brought to meet fans in places like this. (For example, Margot in Hannibal, Tara in The Walking Dead, Lieutenant Alisha Granderson in The Last Ship, Agent Hand on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Doc Yewll on Defiance, Renee Montoya on the upcoming Gotham.)
I was able to get a pass to the True Blood panel, which was great for two reasons: First, Anna Paquin was a bad ass with some blue hair. Secondly, it was revealed Tara (Rutina Wesley) was not completely gone for good. A clip showed Tara in angelic form, standing in a white dress in front of Lafayette and Hattie, which indicates she might not be back for any loving with Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), but for her family’s sake. You can see it all in the teaser below.
During the panel for Hannibal, the audience cheered for lesbian character Margot Verger’s appearance in a montage. Show creator Bryan Fuller answered a question about the “parallel between Margot and Will’s abdominal scars” that were revealed at the end of Season 2.