Tenth Anniversary Expo to Take Place in New York City at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel on August 17-18, 2024
New York, New York – February 5, 2024 –
Flame Con, created and produced by the LGBTQ+ non-profit Geeks OUT, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year! The tenth annual Flame Con expo will take place on August 17 – 18 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City. Featuring a comics, arts and entertainment expo and showcasing creators and special guests from all corners of the LGBTQ+ community of fans, the two-day venture will include thoughtful discussions, exclusive performances, cosplay and more. Tickets for the con and registration for exhibitors and vendors are now available HERE.
“For years, the constant refrain we’d hear attending other conventions was ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if..?’, says Nic Gitau, President of Geeks OUT. ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if… there was a safe space for LGBTQ fans to connect?’ or, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if… there was a show that proved audiences were hungry for unapologetically queer storytelling?’. Over the last ten years Flame Con has become a home for queer fans, championed queer stories, and celebrated queer creators as their careers have sparked and exploded. We’re grateful for a community that’s grown exponentially each year and we’re excited to gather the best of LGBTQ comics and pop culture once more, in what will be a standout 10th anniversary show.”
To celebrate the expo and its special anniversary, Fireball: The Official Flame Con After Party will be held on Saturday, August 17 at Hell’s Kitchen’s Industry bar.
Register and get tickets for the tenth annual Flame Con HERE.
Get tickets for the Fireball After Party HERE.
Last year’s con featured many queer-oriented vendors, creators, and special guests including Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), Terry Blas (Rick and Morty, Steven Universe), Alyssa Wong (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Batman: Urban Legends), and Stephanie Williams (Nubia and the Amazons). Among the panels and presentations held last year were “Demystifying Game Design,” “How to Make Your Independent Queer Comic,” and “What A DRAG!: A Panel on Drag and Cosplay.” The expo also featured a live edition of host Connor Goldsmith’s CEREBRO podcast and a special LGBTQ+ comedy showcase with a lineup that included Calvin Cato (Netflix) and Veronica Garza (MTV, NPR).
Stay tuned as Flame Con is excited to soon announce the first of its special guests for this year’s expo!
“Flame Con is always my favorite convention of the year!,” says Josh Trujillo (Blue Beetle, Hulkling & Wiccan), Flame Con guest and comics writer and designer. “It’s a unique opportunity to meet with friends, peers, and fans in a more intimate setting. The stories we share as queer people can be so personal, and it means the world to know that readers connect with it.”
GLAAD Award-winning author and film programmer Anthony Oliveira (Steven Universe) shares, “Flame Con is easily my favorite comic convention. Nowhere else feels so much like home. It feels like someone took all the best parts of a con and just kept those, like if you made a whole con out of the weird queer section of every other expo’s Artist Alley!”
Tickets to Flame Con are available through Eventbrite and will feature daily, weekend and weekend VIP passes (which include access to the official 2024 Flame Con party). Tickets can be purchased at flamecon2024.eventbrite.com.
Registration for vendors and exhibitors are also open and can register at http://flamecon2024.eventbrite.com/.
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About Flame Con
Flame Con is the world’s largest and longest-running queer comic con created by LGBTQ+ non-profit organization Geeks OUT. Each year, the convention hosts special guests from across the comics, gayming, and pop culture spectrums. Flame Con highlights the brightest voices in LGBTQ+ fandom by giving voice through panels and interactively on the exhibitor floor and features the best of queer cosplay, artists, and more.
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 2012, the organization has hosted geek-themed events in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, & Los Angeles and has partnered with Awesome Con, New York Comic Con, PAX & others to bring a positive queer presence to comic conventions across the nation. Geeks OUT now produces the world’s largest LGBTQ+ comic convention – Flame Con. Geeks OUT is the publisher of Power!: Queer Comic Creators Sharing Tales of Strength and Power and Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook.
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