Leading the way are:
Claudia Christian, the indomitable Commander Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5, makes her debut appearance on Saturday. Christian is an actress, writer, singer, songwriter, director, producer, and voice-over artist, best known for her work on Babylon 5. But her geek cred started well before that, when she was featured in the cult hit The Hidden. It continues today with roles in NBC’s series Grimm and ongoing voiceover work as part of the Skyrim, Guild Wars, and Halo game series.
Tom Kenny, best known for his long-running-
Christopher Rice: Already the author of four NYT best-selling novels, Christopher has been an openly queer author since the publication of his first novel, A Density of Souls. Christopher will be reading from his new novel, The Heavens Rise.
Jane Espenson: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Caprica, Jane Espenson has brought hundreds of hours of excellent genre television to fans everywhere. Her webseries, Husbands (co-created with Brad Bell), about an alternative, humorous world where gay marriage is just as legal as straight ones, continues and her hit TV series Once Upon A Time has just begun its newest season.
Phil Jimenez: Phil Jimenez: Best known for his work on Wonder Woman, artist and writer Phil Jimenez has also worked on Tempest, Infinite Crisis, New X-Men, The Invisibles and the much celebrated The Amazing Spider-Man cover featuring Barack Obama. Phil will be talking about his career as an openly gay comics artist as well as previewing his latest work, Fairest, a spin-off of from Vertigo’s popular Fables series.
Ian Roberts: In 1995 Roberts became the first high-profile Australian sports person and first rugby footballer in the world to come out to the public as gay. He’s since gone on to appear in numerous films and TV shows, most recently the SyFy hit Defiance.
Wendy Pini: Elf Quest creator and long-time fan-favorite Wendy Pini will showcase her new musical, based on her hit comic Masque of the Red Death. She’ll also be discussing Elf Quest: The Final Quest.
These guests are only the first of many, drawn from a wide range of media and speaking to a diverse and imaginative audience. Others currently set for attendance are:
Marc Andreyko, (writer, Batwoman); Brad “Cheeks” Bell, actor and co-creator of Husbands; Mike Costanza, creator of DANTE’S COVE; Mars Homeworld, the Lovecraftian writer and composer behind Dead House Music; Patrick Fillion, artist and publisher of Class Comics; Drew Greenberg, writer of Warehouse 13 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Joe Phillips, artist, illustrator, and sculptor; Jeffrey Riddick, producer and screenwriter with Final Destination and Day of the Dead; Travis Richey, Inspector Spacetime and creator of Untitled Webseries about a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel In Time; and David Sobolov, voice actor behind such shows as Transformers Prime: Beast Wars and Halo 4.
This is only the first round of guest announcements. Stay-tuned to www.Bent-Con.org for further updates! More information about these and other guests is also available at www.bent-con.org.
Now in its forth year, Bent-Con promotes, encourages, celebrates and appreciates LGBT and LGBT-friendly contributions to the comic-book, gaming, Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror mediums of artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors, producers and fans, be they works targeted directly to LGBT audiences or the larger realm of underground and mainstream pop-culture as a whole.
But it’s just easier to think of it like a Comic-Con, only gayer!
Bent-Con is November 8th-10th, 2013, at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center, in Burbank, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Tickets, room reservations, and updated information is available at www.bent-con.org.
Viktor T. Kerney
Director of Outreach