Flame Con 2018. Photo by Edie Nugent.

Flame Con will return to Manhattan and the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel for its fifth year in 2019. The 2018 installment saw a record attendance of over 7,000 people according to Geeks OUT, the organization that has been putting on this inclusive con since its Brooklyn debut in 2015. The two-day convention runs from Saturday to Sunday, August 17 – 18, 2019. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 8 at Eventbrite.

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The move from Brooklyn to the Sheraton last year saw room for far more exhibitors than ever before, and the increased demand for tables created a problem for con organizers. “In 2018, after three years of incredible growth, Flame Con sold out of Exhibitor tickets in 7 hours,” wrote Geeks OUT in a statement posted on their website. To help address the demand, which outpaces the space available, Geeks OUT is introducing a lottery system for exhibitor space in 2019. “The reality is ‘first come, first served’ doesn’t serve folks who aren’t able to purchase a table in that small window of time,” wrote organizers, “a lottery gives everyone a level playing field.”

All the lottery details are here. Potential exhibitors can submit a request for table space the same day tickets for the show itself go on sale, Tuesday January 8th, but they’ll have until February 8th to do so. After that time a drawing will determine who ends up with a table.

Illustrator Jen Bartel announced she’ll be returning in 2019, but no other guests have been officially confirmed as of press time.

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A leader in queer nerd programming, Flame Con organizers call themselves the “world’s largest queer comic con,” Flame Con also stands out in terms of accessibility, a real problem at most cons.