X-Perts Jay Edidin and Miles Stokes have spent the last five years detangling the text and subtext of comics’ greatest superhero soap opera–and they’re still going strong. Now one of the largest independent podcasts in circulation, Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men is a walking tour through the X-Men’s convoluted retcons, clones, and time-traveling clones–along with critical perspectives, cultural context, and creator interviews.
“Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men isn’t just a romp for obsessive nerds… it’s become a community for those who identify with the mutant metaphor – and who enjoy dissecting what it is and isn’t – and stand against the backlash politics that stretch from comics fandom to the White House.” -The Daily Beast
Luciano Vecchio is an Argentinian queer comic book artist, currently working on Marvel Comics’ IRONHEART. Previous works include Batman & Harley Queen, Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comics, while locally writing and drawing queer-lead creator owned series Sereno and coordinating Secuencia Disidente, a digital anthology of Argentinian LGBT+ comic creators.
Ed Luce is the San Francisco-based creator of Wuvable Oaf, a two-time Ignatz nominated series of comics and winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Graphic Novel. The first seven years of Oaf comics have been collected into two volumes by Fantagraphics Books. Ed has also created covers, comics and illustrations for VICE, Image Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, Slate, Oni Press, IDW, Dark Horse, Decibel Magazine, the Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines anthology and the Eisner-winning Love Is Love anthology.
Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She’s published comics with First Second (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me), Shortbox (What Is Left), Boom! Studios (Lumberjanes, Steven Universe), and DC Comics (Gotham Academy). She’s worked with clients like CAPY Games, Kazoo Magazine, The City Pages, Mondo Prints and Tees, and Crunchyroll, and had her work recognized by the Society of Illustrators NY, as well as on platforms such as VICE and The A.V. Club. Her illustrations have been shown in galleries both locally and internationally.
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in Oakland, California. She is the co-creator of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and This One Summer, which received Eisner and Ignatz awards as well as Caldecott and Printz Honors, with Jillian Tamaki. Her growing slate of comics writing credits includes Tomb Raider, Adventure Time, She-Hulk, X-23, and Supergirl: Being Super.
Abel Rey made his magic burlesque debut last summer for White Elephant Burlesque, since then he has perform in assorted venues from Black Rock City to Spain. He performs regularly at the Stonewall Inn for Homorectus and Rockbar for WEBurlesque. He recently joined the touring cast of ‘Philly Bearlesque’.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s…that pale-skinned perpetual host of the official Flame Con parties, Ginger Rodger! Come see Ginger, who has been described by many, as “on stage”, “holding a microphone”, and “not wearing clothes”. If you are one of the lucky few who doesn’t suffer the grave misfortune of being blinded by Ginger’s reflectively luminescent skin, you will gag on their ability to be almost-but-not-completely naked AND host a queer party AT THE SAME TIME. We realize that you may not have thought that was previously possible but Ginger is here to defy expectations with a smile and a shimmy!
Lewd Alfred Douglas is an illustrator and international burlesque performer, the Fairy Prince of NYC, and currently working on a very blasphemous dating simulator. He is inspired by queer history, opera, and the dreams of queer mythology and hero worship.
Tony Breed is a Chicago-based DJ and cartoonist—he’s a founding member of CHIRP Radio, Chicago’s independent community radio station, and he’s the creator of the queer web comics Muddlers Beat and Finn and Charlie Are Hitched. He can be found dancing on instagram every Friday.