Terry Blas

Terry Blas
Terry Blas

Terry Blas is an illustrator and writer based in Portland Oregon. His auto bio comics Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino were featured on NPR, OPB, Vox.com and New Now Next. Some of his writing credits include the comics: The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe. His first graphic novel, a murder mystery set at a weight loss camp, is titled: Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom. Hotel Dare is his second book and a love letter to his childhood memories of Mexico.

Magdalene Visaggio

Magdalene Visaggio
Magdalene Visaggio

Magdalene Visaggio is the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer behind Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl, Vagrant Queen, Dazzler: X Song, and Morning in America. A lifelong comics reader, she studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University and did graduate work in Ethics & Moral Theology at Seton Hall before dropping out to focus on writing comics where people hit each other with guitars. When not writing, she’s probably passed out on her couch at three in the morning with a cat on top of her while Netflix asks if she wants to continue watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. She lives in Manhattan.

Vita Ayala

Vita Ayala

Vita AyalaVita Ayala is a queer Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. They have written for Black Mask Studios, DC, Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Marvel, Valiant Comics, and Vault Comics. They’re non-stop, like Hamilton!

Street Noise Books

Street Noise Books is a new independent press, publishing nonfiction graphic novel memoir and illustrated nonfiction for young adults. We are looking to effect change and build a better world through a radical, intersectional feminist, queer and inclusive vision, and seek to provide a platform for the voices of marginalized people. Street Noise Books is based in Brooklyn, NY.

We believe in:

  • Truth and authenticity.
  • The power of human creativity.
  • The awesome power of love.
  • Giving a damn and taking a stand.
  • Fighting the powers of racism and oppression.
  • Our duty to protect the earth.
  • Freedom from gender norms and stereotypes.
  • Respecting each other and appreciating our differences.

Steve Orlando

Steve Orlando

Steve Orlando writes and produces comics, including VIRGIL (IGN’s best Graphic Novel of 2015), Undertow and stories in the Eisner Award Nominated Outlaw Territory at Image Comics. As well, he launched 2015’s Midnighter and 2016’s Midnighter and Apollo, both nominated for GLAAD awards, and took part in Justice League: Gods and Men, Batman and Robin Eternal and most recently Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batman / The Shadow, Justice League of America and The Unexpected for DC Entertainment, as well as The Shadow/Batman for Dynamite Entertainment, CRUDE for Skybound Entertainment, and Dead Kings for Aftershock Entertainment. His 2018 sold-out launch Martian Manhunter was one of Tor’s Best Single Issues of 2018.

Tana Ford

Tana Ford

Tana Ford

Tana Ford is a comic book artist and writer. She won the Queer Press Grant, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for her lesbian comic book series Duck! and Duck! Second Chances.

Tana is best known for her work on Marvel’s Silk, though she has also drawn for Black Panther, The Amazing Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, Jem & the Holograms, and Gwenpool.

Most recently Tana teamed up with sci-fi writing superstar Nnedi Okorafor to create LaGuardia at DarkHorse, a series that examines literal alien immigration set against the backdrop of times as dark and trying as our present timeline.

You can find out more at tanaford.com or follow her on twitter @tanaford and instagram @tanaford.designs”

Jen Bartel Launches Artist Mentorship at Flame Con

Jen Bartel

Co-creator and Artist of BLACKBIRD Announces Artist Collaboration

Brooklyn, New York – March 1, 2019 – Flame Con, created by the LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, is announcing the debut of an artist mentorship program, created and led by illustrator and comic artist, Jen Bartel. The program will launch at Flame Con where Bartel will mentor and guide two artists through the process of preparing to table at a comic convention.

“When I was invited to Flame Con as a guest this year, I began to think about ways that I could give back to help other artists succeed, and I decided that a community driven show like Flame Con was the perfect convention to launch a mentorship program,” said Bartel, “I’d like to share the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained over the past few years with newcomers—my hope is that it will help foster a culture of sharing information and that the artists I work with will pass on what they learn to others.”

The artists will be selected through an application process, of which only accepted half table lottery submissions will be eligible. Two artists will be selected by Bartel with the help of experienced convention organizer Andrea Demonakos, with the goal of financially supporting and preparing the artists to table at Flame Con. Upon selection, Bartel will work with each artist and guide them in the process of selecting vendors, product development, creating promotional materials, and more.

“We were so excited when Jen approached us with the idea of launching an artist mentorship at Flame Con”, said Nicole Gitau, Geeks OUT President & Special Guests Lead for Flame Con. “Flame Con has always been an event by our community and for our community. Seeing creators come together to celebrate each other’s work and support each other’s careers has been absolutely inspiring over the last four years. Artistic and economic solidarity is vital in this cultural climate and we couldn’t be happier to see relationships like these bloom at the convention. We cannot wait to see the final product of Jen’s mentorship and hope it lives on beyond Flame Con.”

Eligibility is limited to vendors who have been selected for a half table at Flame Con and have an active portfolio to share. Applications for the mentorship are open from March 1, 2019 through March 20, 2019. Acceptances will go out on March 25, 2019 with the mentorship beginning in April. To apply, please visit: www.jenbartel.com/mentorship.

Tickets for Flame Con are available now via Eventbrite, with full weekend and individual day tickets for sale. For more information on Flame Con, please visit www.flamecon.org and for more information on Geeks OUT, please visit www.geeksout.org.

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About Geeks OUT
Geeks OUT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering and promoting the queer geek community. Founded in 2010 with the goal of bringing a positive queer presence to local comic conventions, Geeks OUT now hosts events in five major cities, attends conventions across the nation and produces the world’s largest LGBTQ comic convention – Flame Con. Geeks OUT is also the publisher behind Power and the forthcoming Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook. For more information please visit www.geeksout.org.

Media Contact: Michelle Rose Micor, (312) 618-4792, michelle@geeksout.org

Webtoon

Webtoon

Line Webtoon

Webtoon is the #1 digital comics app, averaging more than 50 million monthly active users, with north of 10 million daily readers – more people read webtoons in one day than watch most television shows. Founded by NAVER Webtoon in 2004, Webtoon became a cultural phenomenon and pioneered the distribution and consumption of web-based comics – webtoons. Launched stateside in 2014, Webtoon has thousands of creator-owned titles with episodes updating daily. Webtoon features a broad and diverse catalog of content – including fantasy, romance, sci-fi, LGBTQ, and more. The Webtoon app is free to download on Android and iOS devices. The content is free and downloadable, for reading when offline. Webtoons take advantage of smartphone user scroll behavior as a benefit to the method of storytelling. Webtoon is always working to enhance the user experience with technology – including enhanced FX Toons, which allow creators to include music or animation in their Webtoon to benefit user immersion. Webtoon boasts partnerships with Legendary, Lucasfilm, POW!, Top Cow/Image, and more. Webtoon takes the comic experience to the next level by providing readers with daily curated content and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original comics. Webtoon creators have been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards, as well as winning a multitude of Ringo Awards – including seven in 2018. Webtoon is available on iOS, Android, and desktop.

Jen Bartel

Jen Bartel

Jen Bartel

Jen Bartel is an illustrator and comic artist who specializes in drawing strong ladies. Her candy colored work is heavily influenced by media from the ‘90s and early 2000s that she consumed during her childhood. She is best known for her ongoing cover work for Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Dark Horse and IDW. Jen’s biggest creative goal is to breathe life into characters that inspire and empower girls from all backgrounds.