Q Con returns to West Hollywood with ‘X-Men ’97’ actors

Q Con West Hollywood X-Men '97

Three actors from the uber popular “X-Men 97” animated series will attend Q Con, Southern California’s only LGBTQ+ comic convention, in West Hollywood this weekend. Photo: Q Con

Three actors from the uber popular “X-Men 97” animated series will attend Q Con, Southern California’s only LGBTQ+ comic convention, in West Hollywood this weekend.

Holly Chou (voice of Jubilee), JP Karliak (voice of Morph) and Christine Uhebe (Nina Da Costa) will participate in the panel discussion “ ‘X-Men ‘97’ ” – Mutant & Proud” on Saturday.

Q Con, which launched in 2022, is organized by Prism Comics, the nonprofit that champions LGBTQ+ diversity, inclusion, and representation in comics, graphic novels, and popular media.

More than 1,000 people attended last year’s Q Con.

“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,” Ted Abenheim, the president of Prism Comics, said.

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This year’s Q Con will be bigger than last year with more than 55 LGBTQ+ creators from indie comics and major publishers at the event as well as several panels, cosplayers, gaming, authographs, photo opportunities, and comics portfolio review by professionals for aspiring creators.

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 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Panel schedule

  • Noon – 12:45 p.m.: “ ‘X-Men ‘97’ ” – Mutant & Proud” (moderated by Chris Riley)
  • 1–1:45 p.m.: “A Creator’s Guide to Indie Comics” (moderated by Barbra Dillon)
  • 2–2:30 p.m.: Spotlight on Dragpool (moderated by Julian Jetson)
  • 2:30–3 p.m.: Spotlight on Rex Ogle (moderated by David Reddish)
  • 3–3:45 p.m.: “Transgender and Nonbinary Comics Chart New Paths” (moderated by Tara Madison Avery)
  • 4–4:45 p.m.: Costume contest in Fiesta Hall
  • 5–5:45 p.m.: “Geek Crossfire” (moderated by David Reddish)
  • 6–7:30 p.m.: Sneak screening of “Surge of Power: Where There’s Smoke”

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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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