By Patrick Yacco
For the 44th year in a row, the geek masses of the world will convene at the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con International. A four-day tour de force of superheroes, cosplayers, anime fans, and even the occasional Trekkie, the Con of Cons can be overwhelming, especially if you're looking for LGBT content. Fear not, weary queer nerd! We’ve found dozens of panels with queer celebrities and experts, offering you everything from a history of anti-LGBT censorship to discussions on the current landscape of diversity in pop culture.
A few pro-tips before you go:
- Be Patient: Some panels are more popular than others, and it's not unheard of to wait an hour or more in line before certain rooms open up. Hall H, which is usually packed and features exclusive looks at some of the most popular upcoming movies and television shows, has now instituted a wristband policy. Plan ahead and be patient, and always check social media accounts and the Comic-Con website for any last minute changes.
- Check Social Media: Also, be sure to follow your favorite shows and celebrities on their respective social media channels. A number of them offer exclusive meet-ups and get-togethers outside of the Convention center throughout the weekend, giving you even more opportunities to mix and mingle with like-minded queer geeks.
- Explore the Convention Floor: Finally, when you have some free time in between panels, be sure to check out the convention floor. Organizations like Prism Comics and publishers such as Northwest Press offer Con-goers the opportunity to browse the latest in LGBT comics, as well as a chance to meet their favorite queer creators.
Whether you visit for just one day or spend the entire weekend camped in Hall H, there's tons of entertainment for everyone. Comic-Con International only comes once a year, and it's a marvelous opportunity to find original and engaging material, regardless of where it falls on the queer spectrum.