“You’re really sweaty,” my friend said to me.
“I know,” I said.
I was covering Steve Orlando’s table for him and boy was I sweaty. But, I mean, you don’t go to a comic convention and NOT expect to sweat—especially one called Flame Con.
The Flame Con floor
My first job ever was working at my local comic book shop at a mall in New Jersey—the same comic book shop that Oscar frequents in, one of my favorite books, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
I first started reading comics when I discovered that the X-Men Arcade Game wasn’t just a video game—it was a comic book too! So, while I was a very late bloomer (I didn’t come out until I was 19), Teen-Me would’ve been just as thrilled as 32-Year-Old-Me about Flame Con.
And it was everything I could’ve hoped for. I got to hangout with the very awesome Cecil Baldwin and Dylan Marron from Welcome to Night Vale. I got to be part of a panel discussing all things LGBTQ and the internet. I got to interview the wonderful authors Sara Farizan and Adam Silvera. I got to drink with the delightful Phil Jimenez, James Tynion, and Steve Orlando. It was Queer Geek Heaven and I couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of it.
And wonderful places like The Mary Sue, Next Magazine, Logo, and many other places covered Flame Con and wrote some really nice things about the event. I run our Geeks Out Twitter and looking through our Twitter on Sunday and seeing so many people thanking us for creating such a safe space for Queer geeks really made me tear up. The internet can sometimes be a really negative place—so, it’s nice to see so many people responding positively to Flame Con.
Sorry, I’m just forever the girl at the end of Mean Girls who has a LOT of feelings. So, here’s to next year and to seeing Flame Con get even bigger (and, hopefully, a little less sweaty for my sake)!
Check out more of my photos below! You can see the rest of them over at Ian Carlos Photography.
our friends at Gay Geeks of NY
The wonderful folks at Cockyboys
The absolutely stellar Cecil Baldwin and Dylan Marron reading a scene from The X-Files
Everyone's favorite Finn cosplayer
Phil Jimenez as a candelabra
me with angels/authors Sara Farizan and Adam Silvera
me with fellow board member Jason and our bud Sergio
Some ridiculously attractive cosplayers
My fellow panelist
"This is probably sexist but I have no idea what it means - let's take a picture in front of it."
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