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Drawn To Diversity: Queer Sexuality, Identity, and Humanity in Comics
March 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Calamus Auditorium at Gay City
March 20th, 7PM
If you haven’t been to a comics shop since you were a kid (or ever), you might not be aware that comics long ago burst out of their kiddie-friendly confines, and now often attempt to speak to the complexity and diversity present in the adult world. One sign of that maturing of the comics industry is the vibrant queer comics community, which is representing the diversity of the LGBTQ community with more fierce honesty and eloquence every year.
Join Northwest Press publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen, editor of the recent anthology Anything That Loves, and a panel of comics and writers as they discuss how they use the medium to speak about their lives and their community, and what the future holds for comics. Presented in partnership with Queer Geek and Gay Romance NW Meetup.
Drawn to Diversity Panel
Charles “Zan” Christensen is a guy who writes and publishes comics. He was the founding President of the nonprofit organization Prism Comics, which supports LGBT comics, creators and readers. He currently heads up Northwest Press. He lives in Seattle.
David Kelly is the creator of Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics. His work has appeared in numerous zines and anthologies including QU33R, Juicy Mother, Gay Comics, and Boy Trouble. David is currently working on a new graphic novel and seeking a MFA in Comics at California College of the Arts. Get acquainted with David’s work at rainydayrecess.com.
Ashley “Nerdtastic” Cook lives in the wonderfully geeky city of Seattle where she writes about comics, tabletop RPGs, story games, and video games. She is active in the local gaming community and plans events for Queer Geek!, including a monthly Ladies Gaming Night. She speaks on panels at various conventions on topics related to comics and gaming. She also recently had her first comics work published in the Northwest Press anthology Anything That Loves. Catch up with Ashley at nerdtastic.org.
Christopher “Stu” Lange is the creator of the local queer comic Capitol Hillbillies that’s been going strong for over 5 years. He strives to put his passions and hobbies into his art, including video games, lasting friendships, sexual awareness and education, and butts. Lots of butts. Chris graduated from the Evergreen State College and continues to call Capitol Hill his home. You can see his comic work at capitolhillbilli.es and other work at stereotype-studio.com.