Everyone is welcome at Flame Con Five, set to launch this weekend in the heart of Manhattan. As the world’s largest queer comic con and entertainment expo, the two-day event features top creators and other guests representing LGBTQ fandom. As their website states, “geeks of all types are invited to attend and celebrate the diversity and creativity of queer geekdom and LGBTQ contributions to pop culture.”

In addition to guests, art, and cosplay, the weekend will also feature exclusive performances, screenings, and other special events. Last year’s show had more than 7,000 attendees. The welcoming vibe allows anyone entry no matter their sex, race, religion, age, or orientation.

The con is a product of Geeks OUT, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to rally, empower, and promote the queer geek community. Established in 2010, the organization’s goal is to bring a positive queer presence to local comic conventions. In addition to Flame Con, Geeks OUT now hosts events in five major cities and attends conventions across the nation.

The event is family friendly, with most materials kept at a PG-13 rating (some vendors may have mature content, but it will not be public facing). Sunday is also youth day where anyone under 21 gets in free. For 21 and older, the event will continue its tradition of hosting Fire Ball: The Official Flame Con After Party on August 17 from 9 PM to 1 AM, which will showcase geeky drag, burlesque, gymnastics, and musical performances.

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Schedule highlights for the weekend include a panel on queer witches, being a trans voice actor with Jesse Nowack, a Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men live show, creator signings, a “panfandom variety show,” a flag creation workshop, cosplay meet-ups, and more. Attendees can bookmark the full schedule on their phone or tablet at this link.

Plus, Flame Con has an extensive guest list including: Taneka Stotts, Melanie Gillman, Jay EdidinMiles StokesMariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Tamra Bonvillain, Magdalene Visaggio, Vita Ayala, Jen Bartel, and more.

Convention hours are Saturday, August 17 from 12 PM to 8 PM and Sunday, August 18 from 12 PM to 6 PM at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. To purchase tickets for the show as well as for Fire Ball, head to the Flame Con website. Tickets will be available at the door pending availability.

Below, check out the convention map and a full list of exhibitors.

Flame Con Five map Flame Con Five map

Flame Con 2019 Exhibitors:

  • @allofthenorth H58
  • @drawn2luv I75
  •  / autodrive J84
  • & the Banjees Comics Q153
  • 1SSA U188
  • 3:05 AM Collaborations D27
  • A&V ART Pub 4
  • Acharius.EXE V203
  • acidbeaker K90
  • Adam DeKraker K96
  • Agent Wednesday I73
  • Aimee Fleck O133
  • Alexander Quinn O130
  • Alexis Moore L103
  • Alison Wilgus U193
  • Alyssa Maynard L99
  • Andi Santagata V197
  • Angeli Rafer Art Pub 6
  • Annie Stoll D22
  • Anyone Comics Pub 29
  • Archie Bongiovanni G48
  • Arielle Jovellanos M108
  • Ark Revner Q153
  • Arledge Comics Pub 16
  • Asios G52
  • Astonishing Queer Tales R164
  • AtlasNir E39
  • Baysalt O135
  • Beau Pirrone K95
  • BeccaBeeArts S174
  • Ben Kahn D26
  • Bianca Xunise U191
  • Bill Roundy D22
  • Bit Happens F44
  • Bittersweet Galaxy M107
  • Bittersweet Galaxy M107
  • Bittersweet Pop G50
  • Black Birds Deculture S175
  • Blick Art Materials Pub 23
  • Blue Delliquanti O135
  • blulious G52
  • Bum Lung T182
  • By Cari U191
  • Cait May Illustration Pub 5
  • Cannibal Coalition L106
  • Carey Pietsch O133
  • Cat Parra P138
  • Catuallie N121
  • Chad Sell H63
  • Chai and Fawn B10
  • cham I70
  • Chocolate Nation Studios S176
  • Christina “Steenz” Stewart A5
  • Chubby Tanuki Comics S169
  • Claire Zhang M111
  • Clare DeZutti E32
  • Color a Queen by Fredy Ralda U187
  • Compass Rose Studios E40
  • CORVIDAY C16
  • Craig Hurd-McKenney (Headless Shakespeare Press) J79
  • Crystal Frasier B14
  • Dakota Jones P142
  • Dale Lazarov / Sticky Graphic Novels Pub 22
  • Dana Simpson D24
  • Daniel Stalter D27
  • Danielle Weires N121
  • David Flanagan J85
  • Dbl Feature I76
  • Dearhunters Art P141
  • Deckitiut F46
  • Dillen Danger! T186
  • Dirty Diamonds (Kelly Phillips & Claire Folkman) J86
  • Dizzy Koi Q155
  • DJ Kirkland E36
  • Doable Guys M113
  • Drumfish Productions Pub 19
  • E.K. Weaver O136
  • Ed Luce G56
  • Eli Benik T185
  • emiett D29
  • Emily Cheeseman A2
  • Emily K N119
  • Emily Lubanko V198
  • Emmett Nahil K95
  • Emmett Shearer P143
  • Enjouji U189
  • erin kipps E37
  • Erin Roseberry Q149
  • Ethan M. Aldridge K91
  • Fabrice Sapolsky V202
  • Faerieko L97
  • Fox Estacado Arts C19
  • Fox Flight Studio Pub 25
  • Frandrawing R159
  • Fyodor Pavlov F41
  • Gaby Epstein D29
  • gawki F45
  • GaymerX B13
  • Geek Girls Like Us K87
  • geeknami J78
  • GentleMoonBell Gently Made Plush M109
  • geothebio Q149
  • Gibberfish Draws I70
  • Gifted Sounds Network Pub 26
  • glazedbagel P143
  • GLITCHBAT V204
  • Go Robo Now! T181
  • Goellnerd Pins O131
  • Greg Fox U190
  • HamletMachine V199
  • Hanna Schroy B9
  • Happening Inside H64
  • Haruka Illustration Pub 12
  • Heads or Tails Q148
  • Hiroki Otsuka N122
  • Hive Works Pub 9-11
  • Holly Foltz Comics J77
  • horreurscopes I68
  • I Am Hexed U196
  • iBrodsy I71
  • Imas Esther P137
  • Imperial Comics and Gifts N118
  • in this house we love and appreciate vane granblue N126
  • Indira Jainanan Pub 3
  • Inked Creates F42
  • Iron Circus Pub 15
  • Iza3D P142
  • izzaki & los chinkoquetos R160
  • J Yang Q156
  • J. Caress Studio M114
  • J.Z. Castillo S167
  • Jakface M112
  • Jayme Brodie P141
  • Jen Bartel G49
  • Jen Hickman L104
  • Jennie Wood L98
  • Jennifer Dugan C16
  • Jenovasilver R163
  • Jeromy Velasco Illustration G54
  • Jessie VanGyzen J85
  • Jiji Knight T177
  • Jim Smith Art V206
  • Joseph Giampietro B8
  • Josh Trujillo J83
  • Joven Tolentino T179
  • JR Poklemba S172
  • Julia Reck G51
  • Jupiter Schultz I69
  • Justm3hart U193
  • Karlen Tam R158
  • Kate Bresnahan L99
  • Kate Glasheen A1
  • Kate Leth K92
  • Kate Sheridan A2
  • Kaylee Rowena E31
  • Kendra & Kat V200
  • Kerin Cunningham K89
  • Kevin Jay Stanton P146
  • Kevo Risse — Kid Riot Comics R162
  • Kirouji O128
  • kite D23
  • KMO J84
  • Krys Loh Q150
  • KuroKage S171
  • Kurozawa Shiro F43
  • Lake Fairy Creations O127
  • Lauren Dombrowski E31
  • Lauren Moran B11
  • Leandrawwz O130
  • Let Me Be Frank L102
  • Li Stefan Reina R165
  • Liam Donnelly D25
  • Lily Pfaff V203
  • Lizlykoi V197
  • Luciano Vecchio U195
  • Lucky Pocket Press J80
  • Lucky Sanford M115
  • LuckyBlackCatXIII T186
  • LYCHGATE G48
  • Magdalene Visaggio L101
  • Magical Boy Basil D28
  • mapurl T182
  • Mara Jayne Carpenter H61
  • Maria Nguyen G51
  • Marta Mickelsen G47
  • Masami Kiyono C20
  • Masha Zhdanova E38
  • Matt Becker Art J82
  • Mauleo Pub 14
  • MeepuDraws R164
  • Meg @ Sacredmonster Shop Q150
  • Megan James I69
  • Megan Rose Gedris E38
  • Melanie Gillman O134
  • melonami S174
  • Melonsquare Studios S168
  • Meredith Studio J79
  • MicahDraws R166
  • Michelle Gish A3
  • Michelle Peluso Illustration Q151
  • michi / chrysanthemum skies B7
  • milkychai B10
  • Minor league Tattoo G54
  • Mintandapple M109
  • Mischief Corner Books Pub 20
  • Miss Jamie Kaye O136
  • Mittie Paul V201
  • Mizfit Treehouse K94
  • Mono-Owl Q155
  • Morningwitch Studio Q154
  • Mx. Jude Vigants J77
  • Nariko.Lily R157
  • Ngozi Draws Productions Pub 27
  • Nicole Fieger D25
  • Night Owl Designs Pub 13
  • NikaComics C18
  • Odera K93
  • onesmolhurt N123
  • Organized Havoc Pub 28
  • Paper Cat Studios Pub 2
  • Patabot E33
  • PixelWayve Studios C15
  • Plump Bundt T184
  • Pock Was Here L106
  • poorlyformed A4
  • Prince Peacock G55
  • Prism&Lace U194
  • punimelt E35
  • Quailtea Goods B12
  • Queer’s The Thing, L105
  • Queers & Comics P144
  • quinn milton T178
  • Rachel Cholst I73
  • Rage Gear Studios Pub 24
  • Ray Nadine I71
  • Relemenopy Pub 7
  • Roamin‘ Bison Workshop B12
  • Robin Scott T183
  • Rocket’s Stuff H59
  • Rosieramen Q147
  • Rudolph murasaki S172
  • rvssia C17
  • Ryan King U188
  • sabaillustration H60
  • Sakibatch N123
  • Salty sea witch G50
  • Sam Neukirch H60
  • Sam Schechter A3
  • Sammich Scribbles H62
  • Sammy Newman R157
  • Sapphic Supper D21
  • Sara McSorley K88
  • Sarah Stern D30
  • Scott Bratek M115
  • Sebastian Whoa! F42
  • Serafín B7
  • Sew-it-All Creations I72
  • Ship Jumper M113
  • Shout Out / Andrew Wheeler H58
  • Silver Sprocket Pub 17
  • Simon Graves V205
  • Sinistersquids Pub 8
  • Sinsin’s Art Stuff H62
  • sleepscribbles art O128
  • snottle S176
  • soaporsalad Q147
  • Sonia Liao E32
  • Sparkler Monthly O129
  • Spaz Out Loud C20
  • Spratty Lin N119
  • Springroove M116
  • Stargazey Pie P139
  • Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter) V201
  • Steve Orlando N117
  • Stevie Wilson H65
  • Street Noise Books Pub 21
  • Studio Two Boys A6
  • StudioHermit G53
  • Sunny Sun M111
  • Super Gay! A Podcast for Comic Book Gays U192
  • SUPERPOSE N124
  • Tamra Bonvillain N125
  • Tana Ford P145
  • Taneka Stotts I67
  • Taryn Inglima – Kid Riot Comics P140
  • Taylor Mauldin & Lianne Pflug J81
  • Taylor Mauldin & Lianne Pflug J81
  • Temper Tantrum K87
  • Terry Blas R161
  • The Kimerson Show L104
  • The Livest Otaku I75
  • The Shortstack Pack H66
  • The Yam Fam O132
  • TheDamnThinGuy (Vic Regis) R166
  • TigerLion Moikana S173
  • ToonSkribblez N120
  • TopatoCo Pub 18
  • Two Thangs S168
  • Valentine Barker M110
  • Valhethella N126
  • Vanessa Satone H65
  • Vintage Robot I74
  • Vita Ayala S170
  • Vox the Devil P139
  • Wendy Xu T180
  • Wing & Weft Gloves L100
  • Woolybearz R159
  • Yarnies by Mikey T178
  • Yogurt Fluff L97
  • Yoshi Yoshitani H57
  • Zachariah Roane Q152
  • Zelly T K90
  • ZombieDaisuke E34