Gather ‘round, fanboys and fangirls of all ages and persuasions! The programming schedules for this year’s San Diego International Comic-Con are being revealed over the next few days. Today, the lineup for Preview Night and Thursday were unleashed upon the world. Amid all the geeky goodness is one panel in particular I’d like you all to attend, whether in person or in spirit. At 6:00PM, Thursday eve in Room 32AB (also known as the “dancing-est convention room of all”), Prism Comics and San Diego Comic-Con are proud to present:
LGBTX: The X-Men’s Queer Characters, Themes, and Fans
The X-Men and their universe have always been popular with LGBT comics fans. The idea of mutants is seen as an allegory for the reality of difference and persecution, as well as community and power, experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. The X-Men have also included compelling queer characters in their roster, including the first gay superhero, Northstar. How have these themes and characters been handled? What are the plans for the future? Moderator Chance Whitmire (Fanboys of the Universe) tries to make sense of it all with panelists Peter David (X-Factor), Phil Jimenez (Astonishing X-Men), Chuck Kim (Age of X), Marjorie Liu (Daken: Dark Wolverine), Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men) and screenwriter Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class).
Oh yes, you’re not seeing things. Somehow, I’ve been put in charge of a panel! And what a panel! I am a huge fan of all the people participating, and I’m completely blown away that we’re going to have them all in the same room! Now, all that’s missing is you! So, please make a note of it in your schedule, set your little phone alarms and text and tweet each other reminders, because you won’t want to miss this one. (Plus, I could use the moral support, this being my first time and all. Please be gentle.)
See you in San Diego! Aigh!