Q Con queer comic convention to return to West Hollywood

Q Con Queer Comic Con

Q Con, the queer comic convention, will return to West Hollywood in less than three months. More than 900 people attended last year’s event in Plummer Park. Photo: Prism Comics

Q Con, the queer comic convention, will return to West Hollywood in less than three months.

The event was launched last year at Plummer Park and more than 900 people attended, according to organizers.

Q Con is presented by Prism Comics, the nonprofit that champions LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion, and representation in comics, graphic novels, and popular media.

This year’s Q Con will be bigger than last year with panel presentations on various comics topics.

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Attendees will meet creators from indie comics to major publishers, get autographs and sketches, and mix with other comics fans.

Attendees are encouraged to cosplay their favorite characters with a fun and festive costume contest.

The event is free and will take place at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park on June 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The costume contest will take place at 3:30 p.m.

 “We’re very pleased at how well Q Con went last year,” Ted Abenheim, the president of Prism Comics, told WeHo Times. “The feelings of community and empowerment were very strong.

“It’s great to be able to produce an event where readers and creators can meet and mingle, where people can cosplay in welcoming space, and everyone can share the joy of comics and popular media,” he said.

“In the face of the book banning and the growing backlash against LGBTQ+ people, it’s more important than ever for queer and questioning people of all ages to see themselves represented by positive characters and stories in comics and graphic novels,” Abenheim said.

The panels will feature a discussion on “Positive Representation and New Frontiers in Queer Comics” as well as appearances from numerous creators:

  • Aleasha Acevedo (Husk)
  • Tara Madison Avery (“We’re Still Here”)
  • David Booher (“Rain,” “Killer Queens”)
  • Sina Grace (“Rockstar and Softboy,” “Iceman”)
  • Tini Howard (“Excalibur,” “Catwoman”)
  • Steve MacIsaac (“Shirtlifter,” Unpacking”)
  • Brad Rader (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Batman: The Animated Series”)
  • Josh Trujillo (“Hulkling & Wicca,” “Blue Beetle”)

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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