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- Saturday 21 Aug 2021
- Sunday 22 Aug 2021
Saturday 21 Aug 2021
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday, August 21st
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Welcome & Announcements
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Activists, Assemble! Organizing, Agitating, and Getting Results
Social media has made companies and creators accessible and brought a new wave of calls for change and accountability. Organizers Elana Levin, Porshea Patterson, and Jay Edidin unpack tools and strategies at the intersections of fandom and activism: assessing options, setting realistic goals, evaluating and using digital platforms, direct communication vs. public campaigns, publicity and outreach, and more.
Elana Levin she/they, Porshea Patterson she/her, Jay Edidin he/him
Oni Press Presents: Quick And Easy Guides
Join the creative minds behind the bestselling queer, sex positive education guides A Quick & Easy series from Oni Press as they explore their process, how they came to crafting their graphic guides, and where they see the future of sex positive education in comics going. Isabella Rotman (A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent), A. Andrews (A Quick & Easy Guide to Sex & Disability), Archie Bongiovanni (A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns), and Mady G (A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities) with Amanda Meadows, Oni Press senior editor, as moderator.
Isabella Rotman (A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent),
A. Andrews (A Quick & Easy Guide to Sex & Disability),
Archie Bongiovanni (A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns),
and Mady G (A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities),
Amanda Meadows, Oni Press senior editor, moderator
Out of the Deck: A Conversation on Aro-Ace Identity and Representation
Deemed the Invisible Orientations, Aromantic and Asexual (Aspec) identities have long been left out of mainstream conversation However, with the rise of Aspec representation in pop culture, literature, and social media our voices are finally gaining visibility. Join a panel of authors, activists, and artists as they discuss what asexual/aromantic representation means, how cultural norms are shifting, the expanding definition of queerness.
Marshall John Blunt ( he/ him)
David Jay (he/him)
the creators of Sounds Fake But OK,
Sarah Costello (she/her)
Kayla Kaszyca (she/ her)
Maia Kobabe (e, em and eir)
Shari B. Ellis ( she/her)
Queer Nerd Poetics
The hottest (and only?) queer nerd poetry showcase returns to once again light the stage on fire through spoken word. This is the place to hear poems about gay elf wizards, comic books, and what it means to cosplay the characters we love—and that's just in a single poem! Tune in to hear poetry like you've never heard it before.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bitches on Comics Live at FlameCon
BoC is an advice and interview podcast about comic books and pop culture. We’re making comics more welcoming and friendly, particularly for LGBTQ folks and women readers and we’re recording a special live episode at FlameCon. The episode will consist of having two of our favorite recurring guests on: Stephanie Williams (writer at Marvel, DC, creator of Living Heroes) and Monika Estrella Negra (EIC of CineSpeak, creator of Audre’s Revenge Film). We will discuss the intersections of queerness, transness, speculative fiction, and comics and will then answer participant questions. This humorous podcast guarantees big laughs and hardcore nerding out. We will provide a reading list of queer and trans comics, graphic novels, and webcomics for people who want to do more reading afterward.
Sara Century, S.E. Fleenor, Monika Estrella Negra, Stephanie Williams
From Vision to Comic: Crafting the Perfect Fantasy World
Join us as we deconstruct how we approach world-building in comics and graphic novels! Artists and writers who set their stories in sci-fi/fantasy worlds have the chance to shape a setting that can be crueler or kinder than our present-day reality. For some, queer identity plays a huge part in worldbuilding and narrative. For others, it may exert a more subtle influence as other themes take center stage. We’ve got a great line-up of awesome creators, each with their own stories to tell!
Alakotila (“Fell Swoop”, “Spidersilk”), Cait May (“Another Kind”), Trevor Bream (""Another Kind”), Nika (“SIGNALS”), RAD (“DIE HIBI DIE”)
Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas
Tell No Tales is a graphic novel adventure starring Anne Bonny, a real life female pirate and queer icon.
Anne is a famed pirate captain with a loyal crew—but an enemy is on her tail. The night before a heist, Anne has a disturbing dream. In the morning, her plan is thwarted by an anti-piracy zealot. Full of sass, solidarity, and swordplay, Tell No Tales is a graphic novel about belonging, belief, and what we’re willing to do to protect our found family.
Join the creators for a talk about bringing queer history to graphic novels for kids.
Sam Maggs she/her, Kendra Wells they/them, Moderated by Tea Berry-Blue she/they
Wellness for Geeks Who Sit
Are you a gamer, writer, cosplayer, artist, or simply a person who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk? This workshop is designed to help you with those aches and pains that we develop from being hunched over the latest armor build or beating the final boss. You will leave with new skills in your health arsenal including mobility stretches, strength movements, & nutritional tips. Note: This is a seated movement workshop tailored with various body types in mind.
Robyn Warren, M.S. Ed., Aylin Aquino (moderator)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Editing LGBTQIA+ Comics
Meet comics and graphic novel editors Liz Frances (Street Noise), Tracy Hurren (D&Q), Whitney Leopard (Random House Graphic), and Carolina Ortiz (Harper Collins Children’s)! They work behind the scenes in publishing to make sure there are LGBTQIA+ books on your bookshelves. In this panel, they’ll talk about the editorial process, and the LGBTQIA+ graphic novels they work on. Moderated by Crystal Chen (NYPL).
Gender, Representation, and Character Customization
This panel is a discussion on the merits and limits of gender expression in video games; what types of femininity and masculinity are allowed to be expressed? How does gender expression interact with limitations on racial and body diversity and visible disabilities? How is the binary enforced through the limits of character creation, and how can trans and genderqueer people make space to see themselves represented in the characters they make?
Ari Rose, they/them, moderator, Tanya DePass, she/her, Brian Gray, He/him, Rachel Greeman, she/her, Eugenio Vargas (he/him)
Brooklyn's beloved LGBTQ+ comedy showcase Kweendom is back, boasting a superpowered lineup of NYC's geekiest queer comedians.
Alex Kim, Jourdain Searles, Dash Kwiatkowski, Bailey Pope, Calvin Cato, Veronica Garza, Jaye McBride, Gabe Gonzalez, David Odyssey
Poly Sword Adventures: Gaming Culture & Polyamory
Gamers across identities of Race, Gender, and Sexuality share their lived experiences in gaming culture, through the lens of polyamory, non-monogamy, and open relationships.
Booribap (moderator), Raffy Regulus, Mel Cone, Ben Thwaite, Robert Lopez, Arya Melendez
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Celebrating Queer Stories with Surely Books!
Join bestselling author Mariko Tamaki in celebrating the debut list from Surely Books, a new line of graphic novels from Abrams ComicArts dedicated to expanding the presence of LGBTQIA creators and content in the comics world. Tamaki will discuss the process of bringing Surely Books to life, and offer sneak previews of the exciting, queer stories readers can look forward to.
Mariko Tamaki, Terry Blas, Claudia Aguirre, Grace Ellis, Hannah Templer
Dressed to X - The Krakoan ColleXion, 2021
Flame Con’s mutant fashion panel returns! See a squad of queer creators reimagine their favorite X-Men in amazing new outfits and discuss the dizzying state of Krakoan style! Now that the dust has settled from the first Hellfire Gala, there’s a lot to say about the X-Men’s year in LQQKS! What worked? What didn’t? And what amazing outfits might our merry mutants wear next?
Aaron Reese, Calvin Lin, Josh Siegel, Luciano Vecchio, Michi, Tea Berry-Blue, Aimee Fleck
Prism Comics Presents: The History of Black Queer Characters in Horror
Black queer characters have played prominent roles in the Horror genre. We want to explore the complex, influential, and at times, frustrating history of Black queer characters, by highlighting their appearances in films, novels, and comics. We will examine the hidden messages and problematic themes besetting these characters, but celebrate their impact to the fans of the Horror genre.
Mark O. Estes - writer, podcaster, Ryan W Kinney - writer and podcaster, Bobby Torre z - YouTuber, Viktor Kerney - Prism Comics
TransGeek: The Intersection of Gender Identity and Geek Culture
The stories of queer geeks have begun to take root and flourished in the fertile ground of fandom and gaming. Yet, all too often enthusiasm is met with gatekeeping, hostility, and harassment. Over the last decade, we have seen the struggle to tell authentic stories and the risks that often come with visibility. We have seen the search for safe spaces within fandom and the work that has gone into building more expansive and welcoming communities. TranGeek is about making a place for trans gamers, writers, cosplayers, and geeks of all types to tell these stories in their own voices.
Join us—and some of the folx we met making the film—for a screening of a short excerpt from TransGeek, followed by a discussion about the film, how being a trans geek has changed, how it hasn't, and what lies ahead.
Kevin McCarthy, director, and producer he/him/his
Mallory Wood, co-producer she/her/hers
Sayer Johnson, assistant director, and co-producer he/him/his
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wrap Up & Announcements
Sunday 22 Aug 2021
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday, August 22nd
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Welcome & Announcements
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
And You Say "Stay...s" - Making Period Costuming Work for You
Whether you're a recent convert to the cult of Period Drama Costuming or you've been here through the centuries (get it? Because it happened in the past? It's a... it's a time joke), if you're looking to learn more about historical corseting and how to make your own pieces, this is the workshop for you! Follow along with us as we discuss the history of stays, bustles, hoop skirts, and more! Stay (that's another pun) for the demonstration of how to create your own stays, including a tutorial on how to re-size pre-made patterns. Let's time travel together! Also: feathers? We will discuss.
Rachel Greeman, Ari Ravaioli
Hope We Survive the Experience: The Mutant Metaphor and Youth Advocacy
What does it mean to become a leader within a marginalized community? How do you guide and prepare the next generation for a fight that you yourself are still in the middle of? Writer/editor Jay Edidin and critic/advocate Dani Kinney dive into the depths of X-books to see what answers, complications, and new questions the mutant metaphor holds for the generation of trans activists fighting today’s battles while mentoring & guiding the activists of tomorrow.
Dani Kinney she/they, Jay Edidin he/him
Making Stories Out of History
Listen to five visual storytellers as they discuss the challenges and joys of creating graphic novels and illustration in the historical genre, and the craft involved in producing thoughtfully-researched, mature stories inspired by history and culture. Subjects are as diverse as ancient Greek erotica, WWI poems, Kabyle fashion, 18th century vampires and 2000 year old literary traditions.
Reimena Yee (moderator)
Zooming Through Space: A Starfleet Serenade with Redshirts
Intrepid improvisers who traverse the indie galaxy, creating new life forms, new civilizations, and boldly singing what no team has sung before.
Catherine Wing, Heather Jewels Booth, Julia Lunetta, Melissa Parker Caron, Nicole Edine, Sloane Miller, and Susan O'Doherty
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Cosplay Fitness 101
Welcome to Cosplay Fitness 101! Have you ever dreamed of cosplaying your stan in an epic photoshoot, stealing the scene with your vibrant energy and mastery of dynamic, cover-worthy movements that feel as good as they look on camera?
Cosplay Fitness 101 will get you started on it— without having to scroll through all the hashtags on Instagram. There is a metric boatload of conflicting and confusing information out there on social media, which is why I’m creating this safe space to discuss what works, what doesn't, and how to make it work for your individual body according to what you’re genuinely looking for. This 1-hour Zoom workshop is designed to help you approach cosplay fitness in a healthy, sane manner by focusing on physical comfort and sustainable lifestyle habits to keep you feeling as STRONG, FABULOUS, and STRESS-LESS as your favorite character!
So tune in, stretch out, and get comfy as this workshop takes the time to allow folks to try out low-impact, user-friendly movements right in the comfort of their own homes, while they learn how to gather super cool data on their own personal bodies that can help with important cosplay-related activities like LARP stamina (because that's serious business!), marathon sewing adventures (keep your back from getting sore while bent over a sewing machine!), or finding the perfect angle to show off your cosplay prowess.
Decoding Queerness in Kid's Cartoons
The representation of of queer characters changed through the years, I'd like to point out the temporal documentation and the stereotypes involved in the dichotomy of good –bad or hero –villain observing the differences along the time studied. Historically queer characters have been represented in negative stereotypes with the purpose of ridiculize, minimize them, or show their behavior as undesirables for society, nevertheless, along the 2010s these characters had been protrayed with new and positive stereotypes which let them take the main and protagonic roles in animations.
Demonhuntr is a queer action horror comedy that answers the question, “What if Buffy was just, like, a whole lot gayer?”
Daniel Barnes and Jeremy Irvine are best friends, martial artists, and mediums—meaning they can sense the presence of and communicate with supernatural entities. Hurting for cash, they figure they should capitalize on their very specific talents. They create an app (Called DEMONHUNTR) through which people can hire them to kill any demons, ghosts, or forces of darkness that may be haunting them.
Over time, their team roster expands to include Natalia, a bisexual aspiring witch; Harold, a gay telepath and Daniel’s on-again-off-again boyfriend; Quinn, a sardonic stoner private eye who happens to be Natalia’s ex; and Quinn’s new girlfriend Yara, a genie-turned-human with a blunt personality.
Throughout the first season, the Demon Hunters contend with sirens, ghosts, and even a horny go-go boy who turns out to be an incubus. But all of that is a warm-up, as a cadre of old gods have taken notice of the motley crew, and by season’s end are devising plans to destroy them.
Fans Fight Back
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already rising tide of fear-based, ultra conservative leaders grounded in white supremacy and oppression. It’s an onslaught that has led much of the world to high levels of division and trauma. We desperately need a revitalization of civic imagination, and fandom is perfectly positioned to rise to the challenge. Learn from a panel of fan organizers why fans' creativity, passion, and expert community organizing can lead the way to a better story for our world.
Janae Phillips, Fandom Forward
Katie Bowers, Fandom Forward
Alexis Sanchez, Latinx Geeks
Shawn Taylor, Nerds of Color
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Creating an Audio Drama on a Shoestring Budget
Audio drama and fiction podcasts are a medium full to the brim of queer representation - primarily because it has a low barrier to publishing. Anyone who wants to make a fiction podcast absolutely can do so if they're interested. I've been podcasting for about four years now, and I want to to help queer people tell their (audio) stories by breaking down the tips and tricks I've learned about making audio fiction. This presentation would be focused towards beginners - those who have just started creating an audio fiction show, or those thinking about making an audio fiction show. I'd provide resources for free hosting and sound effects, a breakdown of how to record remotely and get the best audio quality without buying expensive mics, and tips on how to write for audio and market an independent show. I'd also love to touch on how to create representation when you don't have visuals as part of your story. I think this would be a good fit for Flame Con because indie audio drama is a thriving area of queer representation and diverse stories, and I think attendees might be interesting in learning a way to tell their stories.
Caroline Mincks, they/them, director/producer - their work can be found in Seen and Not Heard (fully released)!
Chijoke Willimans, she/her, voice actor - her work can be found in Between Heartbeats (currently in pre-production)!
Roshan Singh, he/him, audio editor/composer - his work can be found in Temujin (fully released)!
Jade Scott, she/her, writer - her work can be found in Retribution (currently airing)!
Queer Animation: From A to Z
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered People, Queers, Asexuals, Intersex, Questioning, even Demisexuals... they all make animations too! A virtual film screening of animated short films from around the world, highlighting diverse voices. Join us for a Q&A with animators from the U.K., Hawaii, and more. Presented by ASIFA-East, the New York chapter of an international association of animators (asifaeast.com). Moderated by Tristian Goik, with guest speakers Cole Dupzyk (Homo Sapiens), Dean Hammer (Kapaemahu), Kate Jessop (Queerer Than Thou), and Samuel Player (The Queen’s Heart). Learn how the animators came up with their queer stories, and overcame any challenges in their path.
Tristian Goik (moderator)
The Art of You: Making Your Own Content for Social Media!
In this panel you will learn how to create engaging and fun content that will help you reach your social media goals. Whether it’s for growing your business or fun, Allison will talk about her personal tips and experiences about social media and growing in a fast-paced world. You will be introduced to the art of storytelling, creating a cohesive feed, planning ahead so it’s not overwhelming, gear, and how to reach out to companies! Allison will also show some examples of how she takes an ordinary picture and adds some magic to it, showing the basics of Photoshop and Lightroom.
Allison Olivia Moon
Twilight Positivity: Uplifting HIV-Affected Communities & Gaming Culture
Panelists meet at the intersections of Gaming culture and Sexual Health, and have conversations about living HIV-affected, and how gaming has been a part of navigating their health and wellness.
HIV-Affected: People who are either living with HIV, having a loved one living with HIV or we’ve lost due to HIV-related complications, or community members and their shared experiences impacted by the stigma of HIV.
Participants will celebrate their shared experiences, and celebrate the ways in which we can highlight and uplift one another as a community throughout gaming and gamer culture.
Robert Lopez (moderator)
Michael Anthony Fontazes
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Convention-al Queer 101
With the return of some in-person geek gatherings, the thought of spending hours in a crowded convention center might feel daunting. Fear not! Flame-Con is here with some esteemed conventioneers to talk about navigating the uncharted waters ahead, tips and tricks for adapting to new norms of conduct, and the future of queer fandom spaces.
Moderators: Sara Munson, Josh Siegel
Panelists: Britt Orcutt, Kyle-Steven Porter, Raffy Regulus, Tiffo Carmichael
Kevin on Earth: A Conversation with Dan Parent about Kevin Keller
Join Louie Pearlman (XOXO Riverdale Podcast) in a pre-recorded talk with Dan Parent about 11 years of Archie Comics' first queer character Kevin Keller, Die Kitty Die, and queer icons The B-52's.
Queering the Tarot
Come explore the world of queerified divination with some magical tarot deck creators and readers. This panel will explore queer reframing in tarot card meanings, astrology beyond the binary, and why we are so drawn to these divination tools. We will be taking a look at Court cards and ruling planets from a gender expansive approach, and offer help on those tough Major Arcana cards and how they fit into our lives. For tarot enthusiasts and readers of all experience levels!
E. Lubanko, Cybele Brandow, Trung Le Nguyen, and Britt Orcutt
Moderator: Dr. Cyrano Patton
Representing Everyone In Middle Earth
The goofiest Lord of the Rings creators on TikTok are getting together to nerd out over the announcement of the new LoTR TV show and animated movie! They'll take a deep dive into what it means to be a Tolkien fan in the 21st century, and discuss queer representation in Middle Earth. Be ready for bisexual-panic inducing elves, polyamorous hobbits, and much, much more.
Don Marshall - https://www.tiktok.com/@donmarshall72
Briar May (Briar) - https://firstname.lastname@example.org
Hana_Bob (Hannah) - https://www.tiktok.com/@hana_bob
WizardWayKris (Kris) - https://www.tiktok.com/@wizardwaykris
Ezeekat (Jason) - https://www.tiktok.com/@ezeekat?
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wrap Up & Announcements