Flame Con, NYC’s first LGBTQ comic con, just announced they’ll return in 2016. The Kickstarter funded convention debuted this past June and was a huge success: drawing over 2000 visitors to The Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.
Con founder Joey Stern, who we interviewed back in May, has announced the 2016 Flame Con will be held for TWO days this time: August 20 & 21, 2016. And that’s not all: they’re moving to a bigger location too, the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.
Dubbing the con: “FLAME CON 2: 2 FIERCE 2 FABULOUS,” Stern promises “more exciting guests, more outrageous performances, more engaging panel discussions, and of course, more fantastic cosplay!” We’re happy to see the return of beat interviewees Cecil Baldwin, star of hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and comic powerhouse Phil Jimenez.
Check out the teaser video and full release below:
Geeks OUT is excited to announce the return of FLAME CON, New York City’s premier LGBTQ+ Comic Con! FLAME CON 2: 2 FIERCE 2 FABULOUS will heat up Brooklyn again in 2016, expanding to two days — Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.
First held in June of 2015, FLAME CON brought together the queer fan community on an unprecedented scale. Drawing over 2,200 visitors to the one-day convention, FLAME CON was the largest queer-focused pop culture expo ever held in New York. Over one hundred creators and media favorites exhibited their talents, while fans and attendees brought fantastic energy to the event, all eager to be part of a comic convention catering especially to queer tastes in comics, games, books, art, and entertainment. In New York City, #FlameCon trended on Twitter for five solid hours, and the event received glowing reviews from io9, The Mary Sue, Comic Book Resources, and more, all applauding the tremendous convergence of diversity, positivity and creativity.
FLAME CON 2 will expand to a larger venue, adding a second day to accommodate more exciting guests, more outrageous performances, more engaging panel discussions, and of course, more fantastic cosplay!
Special guests already on the FLAME CON 2 roster include:
Cecil Baldwin, voice of the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale
Marguerite Bennett, writer of A-Force, Years of Future Past, Bombshells, Batgirl, and Batman and more
Terry Blas, creator of the You Say Latino mini comic, the Briar Hollow webcomic, and cover artist on Bravest Warriors, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time
Aimee Fleck, Lumberjanes artist, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy cover artist, and creator of the fashion comic Damn, Girl That Style Is Fat
Phil Jimenez, superstar writer-artist on Wonder Woman, Justice League, New X-Men, Fairest, The Invisibles, and numerous other comics
Jay Justice, costumer, cosplayer, gamer, writer, actress and activist
James Tynion IV, writer of Constantine: The Hellblazer, The Woods, and Mimetic
Kevin Wada, comics couture sensation and cover illustrator on She-Hulk and Catwoman
Max Wittert, fashion illustrator and creator of the comic Skinny Girls, as well as the hit webcomic Jean & Scott featured in All-New X-Men
Jennie Wood, creator of the graphic novel series Flutter and the YA novel A Boy Like Me
FLAME CON 2 tickets are now available at https://geeks-out.ticketbud.com/flamecon. Additional exhibitor information will be announced later this year, with special guests, exclusive content offerings and fun updates available by following @flamecon on Twitter, and on Facebook at facebook.com/flamecon.
Edie is a New York-based writer, reporter, interviewer, and publicist with a passion for entertainment and geek-related media.