The article below about the gayer aspects of WonderCon 2011 and the April 2nd HeroesNHunks event at TRUCK, was all set to be published in GLOSS Magazine but got bumped at the last minute so I thought I’d share it here… Click on Flier front to RSVP via Facebook and click on the flier back and photos to enlarge. If you have a blog on gay geeky topics – PLEASE repost the article and link back. Good way to get noticed if you want to be in my link list…
April 1st – 3rd. SOMA will be besieged by men and women in tight fitting spandex, lycra and leather. It’s not Folsom, or Dore Alley, it’s WonderCon, returning to the Moscone Center for it’s 25th Anniversary. It began in Oakland in 1987, as the Wonderful World of Comics Convention, and moved to San Francisco in 2002, to become WonderCon. This year Northern California’s largest comic book and fantasy media convention is expected to draw over 34,000 collectors, fans and stargazers.
The NY Times brought the superhero fetishwear movement into the limelight by featuring Skin Tight, at NYC’s historic Stonewall Inn. Spurred on by ComicCon, similar parties are catching on in LA (Hard Heroes) and San Diego (Heroes vs. Villains). In SF, TRUCK’s annual Heroes and Villains Halloween Party is already an established popular event.
On Saturday April 2nd. Geektastic gay porn and comics blog, HeroesNHunks.com, commemorates a quarter century of Bay Area fantasy, horror and superhero fandom, with a party for the SF spandex set at TRUCK. CosPlayers who need a cocktail after walking miles of aisles in skintight Captain America, Thor or White Lantern costumes, come proudly as your Super self.
Glamazonian Hostess Sandra O. Noshi-Di’n’t will be working her costume as ACTIVATE!’s DJ Joseph Lee spins his heroic beats and Secret judges award the best costumes with prizes from the sponsor’s: Whatever Comics (548 Castro Street), TitanMen.com, and ClassComics.com (finest XXX gay comics purveyors around). So don your masks, tights and capes, and party hard at TRUCK.
Friday, April 1
San Francisco Underground Indie Comic Spotlight
Panel Discussion ROOM
Moscone Center 250/262
From the political to the artistic, this fabulous panel will spotlight the rich past, the thriving present and the exciting future of the San Francisco underground indie comic book scene. Join Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix, The Brinkley Girls), Lee Marrs (Pudge, Girl Blimp), Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Good Neighbors), Jon Macy (Fearful Hunter, Teleny and Camille), Rich Boutell (InterSections) and moderator Brian Andersen (So Super Duper, Friend of Dorothy) in what’s sure to be a lively discussion.
Saturday, April 2nd
Writing Queer: Creating and Writing LGBT Characters
Prism Comics (booth 319) Panel Discussion:
Moscone Center, Room 250/262
Creating genuine and well-rounded LGBT characters is a profound challenge for writers, as they must give voice to a population whose stories have been kept hidden for so long. How do writers, both queer and straight, as well as mainstream and independent, create narratives that reflect the diversity and humanity of LGBT individuals, as well as the obstacles that face them? Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Prism Comics’ Talent Chair) leads a spirited conversation with some of the most dynamic writers working in comics: Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), James Robinson (JLA), and a special guest.
HeroesNHunks Happy Hour @ TRUCK
1900 Folsom @ 15th
Stop by to unwind after the day’s events and to have a drink or two before you change into you never-unveiled costume for the Masquerade Ball.
Official WonderCon Masquerade Contest 2011
Moscone Center South
If you went to all the trouble to bring another costume just for the Masquerade (since rules state that all entries may NOT be worn previously at WonderCon) and want to show it off in more than one location, be sure to stop by TRUCK and show us your prize-winning outfit!
HeroesNHunks Unofficial Masquerade Afterparty @ TRUCK
1900 Folsom @ 15th
Whether you are still there after Happy Hour or joining us later in the evening HeroesNHunks at TRUCK is THE gay place to be after the Masquerade ends at 11:00 so don’t go home! Head on over to TRUCK!
Sunday, April 3rd
Queer Youth and Comics
12:30-1:30pm: Prism Comics (Booth 319) Panel Discussion:
Moscone Center, Room 250/262
A rash of queer teen suicides started the It Gets Better Project, to let LGBT youth know that the pain often inflicted by abusive bullies, authority figures, and family doesn’t have to continue into their adulthood. It really does get better. Join a panel of LGBT cartoonists who are also reaching out to queer youth with stories that educate and inspire, featuring Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Celina Hernandez (Reignbow and Dee-Va), David Kelly (Steven’s Comics), Christine Smith (The Princess), and moderator and Prism Comics’ president Charles “Zan” Christensen (Northwest Press).
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