Media Coverage: 2018

Several con-goers interacting with a Flame Con vendor at their table.

Flame Con moves to Times Square for 2018

Flame Con, billed as “the world’s largest queer comic con,” marks its fourth year with a move to Times Square. For the past three years, Flame Con has lived in two locations in Brooklyn. Year one took over the infamous Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, a venue known to New Yorkers mainly for its commercial, a staple of 80’s and 90’s Tri-State area television. Flame Con even reenacted part of this promo with their Flame mascot.

A collage of comic book characters

The Rundown: January 26, 2018

Flame Con, the world’s largest queer comic con, has announced its fourth annual expo on August 18–19. Due to increased turnout last year, Flame Con has moved venues to the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. The Geeks OUT-created expo is designed to give the entire LGBTQ community the chance to experience meaningful and provocative art that reflects themselves.

Two flamie mascots surrounding the Flame Con logo

Flame Con 2018 Moves to Times Square Venue

Flame Con, created by the LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, is announcing its fourth annual expo on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19. After a record year of 6,000 attendees in 2017, Flame Con will be relocating to a new venue at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel to accommodate a larger exhibitor floor, panel rooms, special hotel stay rates and more. Tickets for the con and registration for exhibitors and vendors are now open.

The crowd on the Flame Con show floor, seen from above.

Dungeons & Dragons & Drag Queens
Flame Con is a Utopia for Queer Nerds

The world’s largest queer comic convention, Flame Con, is only continuing to get bigger. Returning for its fourth year in New York City, the LGBTQ+ oriented show moved from its home in Brooklyn to the halls of the Times Square Sheraton for the first time this year. Organized by the non-profit Geeks Out, the weekend-long convention bills itself as an inclusive space queer fans and creators alike to come together and celebrate in their geekdom.

Destructoid's Chris Compendio posing next to a Flamie pull-up sign.

The Flame Con Adventures of Flixist Chris

During my weekend at Flame Con, everyone around me was creative and intelligent—not to mention, queer. Organized by Geeks OUT, the “largest queer comic con” gathered artists, writers, creatives, fans, and gamers to network, share their art, and discuss queer-related issues in the media that we love to watch and read.

Cosplayers dressed as Loki, Thor, and Hela.

The Flame Con Adventures of Flixist Chris

We spent the weekend at Flame Con, a place of total joy, awesome panels, incredible merch, and super-creative cosplayers. I’ve been covering Flame Con since their inception four years ago, and while the Con has always been a well-run and delightful affair, it’s exciting to see how much it has grown. Somehow, the geniuses at Geeks Out manage to step this thing up every year and expand its scale, without losing the sense of a safe, warm, welcoming community where you can be yourself amongst like-minded people.