Queers & Comics Conference 2017 features two
days of discussion panels, workshops, readings, and comics galore hosted at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. This year we will spotlight international and emerging LGBTQ cartoonists, the history and artistry of queer manga, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the future of queer comics.
The biennial conference format allows participants an opportunity to document the history and significance of LGBTQ comics, discuss the craft of cartooning, and promote queer creators in the comics industry in an intellectual and academic context. Queer cartoonists will be immersed in a unique environment to learn from each other and to inspire exciting future work through a series of workshops, panels, and spotlighted guest speakers.
We are thrilled to announce our 2017 Keynotes, Mariko Tamaki and Gengoroh Tagame!
Award-winning Canadian comics author Mariko Tamaki joins us from California's Bay Area. Her titles include Skim, Emiko Superstar, This One Summer, Supergirl: Being Super, and_ The Hulk._
Internationally renowned creator of hyper-masculine erotic manga Gengoroh Tagame has been called "the most influential creator of gay manga in Japan to date." His works include Gunji(軍次), Arena, Goku (悟空), and Otouto no Otto (弟の夫 My Brother's Husband).
Beyond our keynote speakers, there will be over 150 panelists, including such distinguished guests as Howard Cruse, Roberta Gregory, Trina Robbins, Rachel Pollack, Maurice Vellekoop, Patrick Fillion, Ed Luce, MariNaomi, Hilary Price, Marc Andreyko, Eric Orner, Robert Kirby, Ellen Forney, Sina Grace, Steve MacIsaac, Nicole Georges, Ivan Velez, Melanie Gilman, Dylan Edwards, Scout Tran-Caffee, Shannon Watters, Taneka Stotts, Zan Christensen, Tara Madison Avery, Andy Mangels, Dale Lazarov, Ajuan Mance, Susan Stryker, Darieck Scott, and Ramzi Fawaz.
The Queers & Comics Conference brings U.S. and international LGBTQ cartoonists, comics writers, artists, scholars, and fans together to document the cultural and political relevance of queer comics. Queer comics offer readers a unique visual literature that reflects and critiques both queer identities and lives and the broader culture as well.
This is an all-ages event. Some panels may contain adult content, parental discretion is advised.
California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA, is thrilled to host the 2nd biennial Queers & Comics Conference in April 2017.