This panel is moderated by Prism Comics (the nonprofit organization dedicated to LGBT comic creators) and Nina Kester (of tapastic.com, an online platform and community for indie web comics) and explores the frontier of webcomics, which promise instantaneous connections, low costs, and no editorial interference. Addressing the potential for LGBT works in this environment are panelists Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads), Beth Dean (blackforestdraws.com), Kane Lynch (The Relics) and Alex Woolfson (Artifice). Thursday, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Celebrating 10 Years of Prism Comics
The nonprofit organization Prism Comics provides a network for LGBT comics professionals and fans through its website, events, and convention appearances. Over the past decade, Prism has seen LGBT comics and characters step farther into the mainstream spotlight. Panelists Ted Abenheim (president, Prism Comics), Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Prism board), Andy Mangels (co-founder, Prism Comics) Paige Braddock (Jane's World, Prism advisory board), Charles "Zan" Christensen (co-founder, Prism Comics; Northwest Press), Roger Klorese (Prism board), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille, Prism Queer Press Grant chairperson) offer a look back at where Prism Comics started, celebrate how far they've come, and gaze into the future of queer comics. Moderated by Justin Hall (whose Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, is a fabulous collection and represents the work of dozens of LGBT artists/authors.) Saturday, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Gays in Comics XXVI
Whether it's in the high-flying world of capes, spandex, and gravity-defying breasts or wondrously down-to-earth slices-of-life, the LGBT presence in comics has evolved beyond simple inclusion and visibility. Moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Paige Braddock (Jane's World) explore the next level of authentic LGBT storytelling with panelists Shannon Walters (Kaboom), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley), Shena Wolf (Uclick/Universal Press Syndicate), Sina Grace (Li'l Depressed Boy; Not My Bag), and others. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.