I, along with thousands of geeks, head down to San Diego every year for the madness known as Comic-Con. Paraded by Hollywood stars, writers, producers and comic book artists, Comic-Con brings multiple communities together - including the LGBT community. You can always find hundreds of gay geeks swarming around the Prism Comics booth, a LGBT hub for comics, speaking to some of their favorite artists and writers.
But this year, LGBT geekdom was incredibly huge. More LGBT characters were introduced or married, and, as icing on the cake, the sales of these particular comics increased - sending a strong message that gay is more than okay.
At Comic-Con, there were several panels that applauded the accomplishments of LGBT characters and stories in comics. Writer and cartoonist Justin Hall presented his book, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, in a panel that included queer writers and artists. Hall's passion project is a fascinating collection of 40 year of queer comics that were either unpublished or underground. It's a great must have for any gay historian.
The next panel focused on the Marvel Comics' character Northstar who just recently got married. The panelists included comic book artist Phil Jimenez, comic book writer Marjorie Li and Jase Peeples, writer for The Advocate. The conversation highlighted the tidal wave of support from the fans and the negative reactions from One Million Moms. The panelists also discussed if gay marriage actually kill off the social lives of gay characters. Li, the writer of the wedding comic, said that marrying gay characters doesn't make them boring, their lives will only get interesting and better as they move forward.
And finally, Comic-Con celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Gays in Comics panel. The founder and moderator Andy Mangels received an Inkpot Award, a prestigious honor given to someone who provided top service to Comic-Con. This panel brought together many gay writers, artists and creators to share their personal stories, while running through the 25-year history of gays in comic books.
As a comic book geek, I love Comic-Con. And it's a plus to see our community not only involved, but also totally welcomed. If you ever get the chance, you should check it out.