A Look at Kevin Keller
Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie universe, was introduced in 2010. The issue (Veronica #202) immediately sold out, prompting the very first reprint of an Archie comic in the imprint’s 74-year history. This panel, moderated by Prism Comics President Ted Abenheim, discusses the impact of the character on the comic industry. Panelists include Kevin Keller writer/artist Dan Parent, President, Archie Comics, Mike Pellerito, Taptastic.com’s Nina Kester and Jeff Krell author/artist of Jayson, the light-hearted comic strip (which debuted in Philadelphia Gay News in 1983 and has since spun off into book length collections) about Jayson Callowhill, a skinny farm boy who moves to Philadelphia searching for a job and a man. Krell’s inclusion on this panel is poetic as Jayson has long been dubbed the “gay Archie.” Friday, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrating Strangers in Paradise's 20th Anniversary with Terry Moore
Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, ECHO, Rachel Rising) talks about 20 years of living and writing with his female protagonists Francine and her best friend Katchoo, who is in love with her. Friday, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Husbands: The New Marriage
The only sitcom about marriage equality, acclaimed web series Husbands has just completed filming for a new relationship with the CW. Earlier this year, the creators Jane Espenson and Brad Bell spoke with The Advocate about the project and the Husbands graphic novel. In a panel moderated by Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly, Bell and Espenson discuss the future of Husbands (especially in light of recent Supreme Court rulings) with Husbands' co-stars Alessandra Torresani and Sean Hemeon, director Jeff Greenstein, and the upcoming guest star Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse). Friday, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
This year Fantagraphics Books — which publishes queer titles including the wonderful trans youth graphic novel series from Japan, Wandering Son — lost its long-time publisher, Kim Thompson. Among those celebrating his life and career is Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez, whose Julio’s Day is probably the best gay-themed graphic novel out this year. Friday, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction
The annual Prism Comics Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction, benefits the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comic books fans and creators and stay for the special drawing of "Comics Gift Basket" and a silent auction of items like original art. Saturday, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
It may not be exclusively the domain of LGBT folks, but, unfortunately, any talk of bullying has to address the unequal targeting of queer, trans, and gender-variant kids. This panel discussion hopes to offer ways to overcome bullying, including strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. NoH8 founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley join Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Brad Bell (Husbands), Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), Bonnie Burton (Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change), Jenna Busch (entertainment editor, Fan TV), and Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, and cyberbullying; and how media affects attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by author Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear). Sunday, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
We're dooooooooomed! Celebrate/bemoan Futurama's latest and greatest final season with most of Futurama's legendary voice cast, (Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom). The panel (which also includes executive producer David X. Cohen, creator Matt Groening) will also perform scenes from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever." Missed the “Proposition Infinity” episode and wondering how queer Futurama is? Check out editor at large Diane Anderson-Minshall’s interview with Billy West. Saturday, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Although they may not be featured guests of Comic-Con 2013, it’s likely you’ll find your other favorite artists and comic books somewhere in the enormous San Diego Convention Center. Keep your eyes open for these Advocate recommended:
- Darren Davis, the gay founder and publisher of Bluewater Productions (and author of HIV-plus comic book Lost Raven).
- Dylan Edwards, the trans guy whose Transposes separates gender from sexuality, illustrating six true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer.
- Jennie Wood, transgender author of Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait a graphic novel that utilizes a supernatural protagonist to explore transgender and queer experiences.
Sarah Leavitt, lesbian author/artist of Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, the dramatic graphic novel about losing her mother to Alzheimers.