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Gay Geek's Guide to New York Comic Con

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Here's the scoop on the can't-miss LGBT-themed panels and parties scheduled to take place at the east coast's biggest comic book and pop culture convention.

In addition to all the geeky mainstream awesomeness unleashed at every New York Comic Con, there's always a great deal of LGBT-geared programming and events that take place at the Big Apple's geekfest as well.

The annual pop-culture extravaganza lasts until Monday at the Javits Center near Manhattan's (second) gay neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen.

Whether you're attending the convention or you're just geek-curious, take a look at this year's offerings below and mark your calendars accordingly.

Dan Parent Drawing Workshop

Dan Parent


Dan Parent Drawing Workshop
11 a.m.-noon

Wanna draw your own Kevin Keller? Then come learn how from the man who created the groundbreaking gay Archie character.

Gay Manga, Yaoi and Yuri: LGBTQ Fantasy vs. Reality in Manga
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Do you know the difference between "gay manga" and yaoi manga? Do you want to start reading yaoi manga but you don't even know where to begin or what to read first? Then this panel is for you as guests break down the different types of gay manga and explore whether their popularity hurts Japanese gays.

LGBT Men Speed Dating
2-4 p.m.

Aside from some cool swag and collectible comics you could also come home from Comic Con with a new man. Find love on the convention floor at this special two hour block of speed dating for men who love men (in or out of spandex).

New York TimesOUT presents Gay Geek Culture
4-5 p.m.

If your love of pop culture knows no bounds and stretches from Broadway to books to movies then you'll feel right at home at this panel that celebrates everything gay geeks love. Actor Andy Mientus (who plays the Pied Piper on The Flash) is joined by novelist Damon Suede, Paul McGill (from Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) and more as they talk about everything gay geeks love.

Archie Comics Forever
4:15-5:15 p.m.

You're probably still swooning over the super cute reboot of Archie Andrews, or maybe you just wanna know what's next for Kevin Keller and Josie and the Pussycats. Either way this panel featuring the team behind the Archie universe will answer all your questions about the future of Riverdale.

LGBTQIA in Comics and Pop Culture Meet-Up
5:15-6:15 p.m.

Here's your chance to meet and talk with the panelists and attendees from the earlier New York TimesOUT panels in a more relaxed and intimate setting.

Teen Wolf
5:45-6:45 p.m.

Join the cast and creators as they talk all about MTV's hairy hit and spill secrets from behind the scenes. Paws crossed they don't keep their shirts on for long.

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Cast of Firefly


Firefly Reunion
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Calling all lovers of the Whedonverse! Joss Whedon's much-loved cult series Firefly will host a reunion with its stars Nathan Fillion, Zoe Washburne, and Jewel Staite.

The X-Files
1:15-2:30 p.m.

The X-Files might not scream "gay geek," but let us repeat two words: Gillian Anderson. Mulder and Scully have only gotten more badass as time goes on, and with a screening of the first episode of the new 2016 revival AND a Q&A with David Duchovny and series creator Chris Carter, this will surely be one of the hottest tickets of the weekend.

Prism Comics Presents Autobiography in Queer Comics
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Come hear LGBT artists and writers talk about their craft of turning their life (and coming-out) stories into comics and graphic novels.

LGBT Speeding Dating: Women
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Now it's time for the ladies to find cosplay love!

Doctor Who Fan Screening
7:45-9:15 p.m.

Leave your TARDIS outside and watch the premiere of a new Doctor Who episode "Before the Flood" with a Q&A with the episode's writer and Clark Collis from Entertainment Weekly.

Sleepy Hollow

Tom Mison in Sleepy Hollow


Sleepy Hollow
4:15-5:15 p.m.

Comic con weekend may be coming to a close, but that's no reason to lose your head! End the weekend on a high as you watch an all new episode of the Fox hit series followed by a talk with the cast and crew (including history hottie Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane).

Also, don't forget to stop by the booth for Prism Comics/Skin Tight USA and Northwest Press and support them and LGBT comic creators by buying some great gay geek swag!

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