San Diego Comic-Con Embraces LGBTQ Diversity


Will San Diego area hook-up apps explode with Wolverine, Black Panther, Thor, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Jon Snow cosplay pix this weekend? Over 100,000 die-hard fantasy, sci-fi and comic book fans are descending on the sunny SoCal city for the 47th annual Comic-Con.

It promises to be another star-studded, panel-filled fest as Hollywood studios, comic book publishers and exhibitors parade their upcoming movies, TV series, comics, and more.

Actors scheduled to appear include: Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Billie Lourde, Halle Berry, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Charlize Theron, the entire Justice League (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher) and many others.Justice League film poster

The panel discussions always generate lots of excitement and this year there are several focusing on LGBTQ inclusion and diversity including: “Code Switch: LGBTQ Geek Year in Review,” “Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre,” “It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters,” “Bisexuality and Beyond: Deadpool Made Us Do It (Again and Again and…),” “Queer Fear” and probably one of the biggest panels will be “Gays in Comics, Out in Comics: A 30 Year Celebration” the comic world’s longest running panel will mark the milestone with an all-star panel and celebration. The panel will spotlight LGBTQ+ comics, creators, and fans from 1988 to 2017. Panelists will include founding moderator and best-selling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman), Tara Madison Avery (Anything That Loves, Gooch), Roxane Gay who was recently hired by Marvel Comics to write Black Panther: World of Wakanda, a spin-off of the Black Panther series, Sina Grace who writes the gay Iceman series for Marvel, Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Steve Orlando (Supergirl) and Molly Ostertag (Shattered Warrior).

More general interest panels include: “Cosplaying 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life!,” “Teen Wolf,” “Game of Thrones Q & A Session,” “Twin Peaks: A Damn Good Panel,” Bob’s Burgers and lots more.

Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia Organa, will be be given a special tribute by the Star Wars Fan Club.

The major studios will bring it big with their latest offerings. Fox will have panels for upcoming features Kingsman: The Golden Circle, New Mutants and Deadpool 2. Warner Bros. will bring their latest hero tentpoles, Aquaman and the reboot of Tomb Raider to the fans.

“Women who Kick Ass!” will highlight Charlize Theron’s action-packed, iconic roles in Aeon Flux, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus and the upcoming adrenaline-fueled spy flick Atomic Blonde.

Also getting a panel is the feature adaptation My Friend Dahmer, starring ex-Disney actor Ross Lynch, directed by Marc Meyers and based on the graphic novel of the same name. The film and comic both focus on the infamous gay serial killer’s high school years leading up to his first murder.

strangerthings On the television side of things, the cast of CW’s Riverdale will be on hand, including out showrunner Greg Berlanti and Casey Cott who plays breakout gay character Kevin Keller on the hit series. Netflix’ Stranger Things and the Duffer Brothers will also have a panel and all indications are that fan favorites, including Emmy-nominated Shannon Purser (Barb Lives?!), will make an appearance.

We loooooooove Broad City, but it’s a bit of a stretch to include this outrageous Comedy Central series at this fest. Maybe Ilana and Abbi get so high this season they float off into space and join the crew of Star Trek: Discovery.

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