Anthony Oliveira

Anthony Oliveira
Anthony Oliveira

Anthony Oliveira is a writer, film programmer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto.

His graphic novel work includes The Queer Guide to Comic Con for Dark Horse’s Pros and Cons anthology; “Sunlight” for the Shout Out Anthology of Queer YA anthology; “When the Light Breaks”, the story of Steven’s first Pride Parade for Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe; and  “My Drag Brunch with Loki” featuring Wiccan and Hulkling for Marvel Comics.

He is contributing a volume on a forgotten queer icon to the Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers anthology series for Boom! Studios and a yet-to-be-announced title for Marvel Comics. In addition to several upcoming comics projects, he is also at work on his first novel, Dayspring.He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.

Flame Con Returns to Times Square August 15-16 Announces Chuck Tingle and Tanya DePass as Special Guests

World’s Largest Queer Comic Con Reveals New Flamies, Special Guests and Ticket Sales

New York, New York – January 24, 2020Flame Con, created by LGBTQ non-profit Geeks OUT, is announcing its sixth annual comic con on Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, with tickets available today through Eventbrite. Flame Con will also bring back its Youth Day on Sunday, August 16, allowing free entry for all youths 21 years of age and under.

Featuring hundreds of creators exhibiting queer-positive comics, arts, crafts, clothes and entertainment, Flame Con is excited for another year under newly appointed Flame Con Chair, Maya Bishop, who formerly served as the head of programming.

“I cannot express how thrilled I am to be the Flame Con chair this year,” said Bishop. “Now in our 6th year, we are looking at several new ways to improve upon this already amazing event. Providing new professional opportunities to queer creators, expanding on our unique and diverse programming lineups, and continuing efforts to make Flame Con not just accessible and inclusive, but welcoming to queer geeks everywhere.”

This year, Flame Con and Geeks OUT are proud to present two new Flamies created by Terry Blas (Dead Weight, You Say Latino), Cosplay Flamie and Tech Flamie featuring a rainbow sporting drone. Flame Con is also excited to announce two of its special guests, two-time Hugo Award finalist, Chuck Tingle and Tanya DePass, founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games. 

“I am so thankful to be invited to Flame Con to prove love is real and make hearts kiss this sky,” said Tingle. “The moments we create in the city of apples will make this timeline a better place and you are an important part of that. I can’t wait to trot together with our heads held high and prove love is real for each and every unique way, this is what makes our timeline special buckaroo.”

Tickets for Flame Con are on sale today via Eventbrite with options for a Full Weekend or Single Day ticket. New this year will be scheduled block releases for exhibitors, allowing three opportunities to register for tables. In addition, exhibitors will also be able to select their table space instead of a random assignment. More information on this year’s registration process can be found on our Exhibitors page.

For more information on Flame Con, please visit and for more information on Geeks OUT, please visit


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

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Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives. Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s part of the Rivals of Waterdeep live play stream on, a partnered Twitch variety broadcaster; and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions.

She’s also contributed to publications at Green Ronin, Paizo and Monte Cook Games and is the co-developer for the Fifth Season RPG based on N.K. Jemisin’s three time Hugo award winning Broken Earth trilogy. Additionally, she is a 2019-2020 Annenberg labs Civic Media Fellow at USC.

Tanya is the programming & diversity coordinator for OrcaCon and GaymerX. She often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications. She’s the editor of Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins (2018, CRC Press) and contributed to The Advanced Game Narrative Toolbox. (2019, CRC Press)

Chuck Tingle

Chuck Tingle is here to prove love is real.

Two time Hugo Award finalist Dr. Chuck Tingle is an erotic author and Tae Kwon Do grandmaster (almost black belt) from Billings, Montana. After receiving his PhD at DeVry University in holistic massage, Chuck found himself fascinated by all things sensual, leading to his creation of the “tingler”, a story so blissfully erotic that it cannot be experienced without eliciting a sharp tingle down the spine. Titles include “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt” and “Space Raptor Butt Invasion.”

Dr. Tingle’s work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The LA Times and many others. Chuck has two podcasts, one with Nightvale Presents titled Pounded In The Butt By My Own Podcast and a conversational podcast called My Friend Chuck.

Geeks OUT

Geeks OUT

Geeks OUT

Here to rally, empower, and promote the queer geek community. Ours is a diverse and growing culture made up of enthusiastic fans of all ages, colors, genders, sizes, and nationalities. Through regular events, our yearly LGBTQ comic con: Flame Con, and a dynamic social media and online presence, Geeks OUT seeks to facilitate interaction locally, globally, and virtually, both to celebrate our shared geekiness and to focus and promote our own unique LGBTQ voice within that community.