Notes from Bent-Con 2012
'Tis the night before Bent-Con, and I'm all kinds of excited. Mostly because I'm not at all sure what to expect. Is it going to be shitballz madness, like my experience at the 2005 Comic-Con? It's only in its second year, so maybe it will be big-hearted, but sparsely attended? Will it have unsavory remnants of comic book shops of yore and West Hollywood gay bars, where I sometimes got a rash of shit for being female? Oh the possibilities, both tantalizing and endless... Bent-Con is so young, it could grow up to be anything, and I'm trying not to oversell myself on the whole experience, lest I come away disappointed.
I won't pretend to be a con-master (or -mistress, for that matter). I've only been to a handful of cons, but having seen the Season 5 of The Guild (covering the crew's attendance at Mega-Game-O-Rama Con) and getting most of the jokes and references, I feel like I'm qualified to be your Bent-Con tour guide.
Unfortunately, events conspired against me spending more than a couple hours at Bent-Con on only one day. I can tell you that although it is small, I saw a whole lot of potential there.
It was pretty much the opposite of my experience at other cons like Comic-Con and Anime Expo, where most of the excitement is on and around the exhibit hall floor. Most of the interest seemed to lie in the very well-curated and executed lectures/panel discussions. I was thrilled to see the Race and Class in Comics panel was standing room only, but was a little disappointed that most of the conversation seemed to stay focused on gender and sexuality in comics, rather than the race and class topics I was hoping for.
Just having gotten the slightest taste of Bent-Con, I look forward to next year. I have no doubt this event will keep growing.