In a few short days, I will be in San Diego for another glorious Comic-Con! This year will be even more glorious, because, by some miracle, I managed to snag a gig moderating a panel on queer themes in the X-Men! Woohoo! And now you can be involved, too! Check out the list of our fabulous panelists below and post whatever questions or thoughts you have for them in the comments section. At the panel, I will read your name and question, and it will be like you’re there! (Unless you are there, in which case, feel free to ask your question in person.)
Thursday, July 21
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).
It’s an amazing line-up of talent, so ask away!