Geeks OUT Hosts Panel @ NYCC “It Gets Better (With Comics!)”
Geeks OUT Hosts Panel @ ComicCon
“It Gets Better (With Comics!)”
Friday, October 14 @ 11am
The goal of Geeks OUT is to get queer nerds out from behind the keyboard to mix it up in the real world. To that end, our first major goal was securing a booth at the 2011 New York Comic Con, an annual event that gathers more than 79,000 fans of comics, sci-fi & gaming. In addition to creating an LGBT-positive space on the convention floor, showcasing the work of queer creators & queer-friendly comics, Geeks OUT will be hosting the discussion panel “It Gets Better (With Comics!)” Friday, October 14, at 11am, in room 1B03. The panel will focus on creating queer-positive comics for younger readers & using comics as a tool for reaching out to LGBT teens in need of a hero. In addition to the panel, Geeks OUT will be hosting signings with artists & creators from the comic book & gaming industries.
Geeks OUT was founded in recognition of the ever-growing LGBT presence within the comic book/pop-culture community. The creation of five gay fan boys (Jono Jarrett, Matthew Levine, Keith Marran, Josh Siegel & Joey Stern), Geeks OUT seeks to raise queer visibility within the worlds of comics & gaming & to provide LGBT-friendly spaces (both virtual & real) where geeks & gamers can feel creative, empowered & safe. Our website, www.geeksout.org, features various articles & a blog focusing on LGBT views on pop culture & the comic book industry. The site hosts valuable information on our events, fundraisers & outreach projects. You can follow Geeks OUT on Facebook & on Twitter @GeeksOUT.