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Saturday, August 18
 

12:00pm

Welcome to Flame Con
Flame Con's opening ceremony presented by Cecil Baldwin!

Saturday August 18, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Stage

12:30pm

The Polygon Show
The Polygon Show is an irreverent weekly podcast about video games. Allegra Frank, Chelsea Stark, Ashley Oh, and Simone de Rochefort chat about games, and answer your burning questions about carbonated beverages.

Saturday August 18, 2018 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Stage

1:00pm

Lesbians/Sapphic People Meetup
Talking to cute queer women and femmes is hard enough when you're in public, let alone at a queer convention. This meetup will hopefully make that easier, as we talk about all the unspoken rules that make sapphic relationships so frustrating and amazing all at the same time. Expect lots of yelling.

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Workshop 2

1:00pm

Square Enix and Beyond: A Study of Social Justice Issues in Final Fantasy and other RPGs
Examining the repertoire of RPGs released in the past 30 years by Squaresoft (Square Enix) and other publishers, highlighting social issues presented in those fantastical settings, and comparing those stories to real life world history, in order to help fans better understand the struggles of marginalized communities within marginalized communities.


Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Panel A

1:00pm

QueerNewCopia
Flame Con is full of amazing talent, and we all know it! Come see creators pitch their new comics in lightning-fast presentations and talk process with Geeks OUT co-founder Josh Siegel, former X-Men editor Daniel Ketchum, and award-winning writer/artist Amy Reeder. 

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Siegel

Joshua Siegel

Artist, Organizer, Geeks OUT, modHERO
Josh Siegel is an artist, writer and musician known for drawing pensive portraits of superheroes under the name modHERO. He helped create Geeks OUT as a way to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in fan culture, making fandoms more fun, inclusive and safe for queer geeks of all types... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Workshop 1

1:00pm

Coup Demo
Set in a not-so-distant dystopian future, the world of Coup is governed by corporate intrigue! This 15-minute battle of wits is the perfect party game: easy to learn, difficult to master, and quick to play. Can you strategically lie your way to victory as the only oligarch left running society?

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

1:00pm

Town of Salem
Based on the hit computer game, the card game version of Town of Salem includes all of the zaniness of the video game, but now requires you to have enough friends in one room to get a game going! Will you be part of the town, a member of the mafia, or out for your own nefarious purposes?

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

1:00pm

Dax ExclamationPoint
Come have a kiki with Dax ExclamationPoint, illustrator, graphic designer, costume designer, make-up artist, wig stylist, and cosplay drag performer from season 8 of Rupaul's Drag Race.

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signing Table

1:00pm

Starfinder RPG
Starfinder is science fantasy role-playing game in which you investigate the dangerous mysteries of a magical galaxy. In The Asteroidal Tower, you’ll play as a pirate starship crew, whose easy delivery job is foiled when the destination turns out to be a necromancer’s tower… In SPAAACE!

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

1:15pm

Finding Joy and Community in Cosplay
A diverse panel of cosplayers to discuss how they found joy and community within the cosplay scene, how to create a genderbent costume, how to create costumes that are comfortable for those of us living with chronic pain, and how to create a cosplay group that will banish negativity.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jay Justice

Jay Justice

Co-Director, LGBT-HQ
Jay Justice is a costumer, actress, consultant and advocate who has designed and constructed more than 80 handmade costumes, including She Hulk as seen on the cosplay variant cover for Marvel's A-Force #1. She is an outspoken LGBTQ and disability advocate dedicated to making fandom... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Panel C

1:15pm

The Subversive Simplicity of Queer Joy
Let's talk about the importance of telling stories about queer joy in a media environment that seems to only like us when we're bitter and sad, suffering horribly, or dead. We'll be talking about drama for the sake of telling a good story versus drama for the sake of subconscious moral punishment; the quiet subversiveness of a simple story well told; of every day happiness; and the effects media has on a queer person's sense of self in larger society.


Saturday August 18, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Panel B

1:30pm

Gotham Cheer
Gotham Cheer will perform a set of dances and cheers that celebrate diversity and the spirit of charity in the LGBTQ community.

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Stage

2:00pm

QTPOC Meetup
It shouldn't be a struggle to find space for queer and trans people of color in queer spaces, but here we are. Rallying both QTPOC professionals and fans is so important, and this will be space for you to connect with a geek community who don't often have a chance to get together.

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Workshop 2

2:00pm

Fan Activists—Assemble! Using our Fabulous Powers to Win the Fight for Justice
From Gays Against Guns rallying in Princess Leia drag to #WakandaTheVote doing voter registration drives for fans waiting in line for Black Panther, fan activists are finding creative ways to use the fantastical worlds we love to change the one we live in. Fandom skills like cosplay, writing, drawing, and meme-making have real applications for activism. In this workshop, two veteran fans and organizers will walk you through the process of developing your own activism plan, teaming up with nonprofits that can use your skills, and finding like-minded fans to join your Justice League. We'll help fans grow their skills with proven techniques used in the LGBTQ and racial justice movements that centered in art, expression, and storytelling. Because a revolution without geeking is not a revolution worth having!

Speakers
avatar for Elana Levin

Elana Levin

Co-Host, Graphic Policy
By day, Elana Levin teaches super heroing skills to activists and nonprofit organizations. By night, @Elana_Brooklyn writes and podcasts about comics for GraphicPolicy.com.


Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Panel A

2:00pm

The 23 Hottest Queer Creator Career Secrets and the Cats Who Told Us
Join four of the top creators at BuzzFeed for a discussion on navigating a career as a queer person in a media industry. With perspectives from Creative Directors, Illustration Heads, and Video Producers. Learn how they got where they are, and get advice on breaking into the industry, as well as a chance to ask questions to help you on your own path.


Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Workshop 1

2:00pm

The Ultimate Clap Back Demo
The Ultimate Clap Back is a fast-paced game of wordplay. With just the right amount of sarcasm, snark, and shade, this card game is bound to shock and keep you laughing for hours! Learn to play this party hit with developer MaryMartha Ford-Dieng. Be ready to throw shade with the best of them!

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

2:00pm

Kaitlyn Alexander
Come meet Kaitlyn Alexander, the queer non-binary Canadian actor, writer, web series creator, and YouTube personality, best known as LaFontaine on the web series Carmilla.

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Table

2:00pm

Pokémon Meetup
Meet your fellow trainers for trades and battles! Bring your 3DS or cell phone to get in on the action! Help each other be the very best, like no one ever was!

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

2:15pm

Black, Queer, and Nerdy Womxn
Living at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation is its own unique barrier in fandom culture. The lack of representation, the myriad of ways some folks are asked to ignore a part of their identity, and the sometimes subtle, sometimes overt violence Black queer womxn face (both online and in real life) is often a deterrent for us to engage. Isake Smith, cosplayer and co-host of the Cheers & Queers podcast moderates a discussion with Reign (editor and co-founder of Latinx Geeks) and Valerie Complex (Black Girl Nerds, Nerds of Color) about their experiences as content creators, cultural influencers, and Black queer womxn who are also fans.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Panel B

2:15pm

Reclaiming my OoT: How Gaming Saved Me from Compassion Fatigue
What is compassion fatigue? How can we perform self-care through video games and gaming communities? We explore trauma-informed self-care while navigating social justice movements and current events. Our focus isn’t the sociopolitical events that influence and effect us, but rather our proximity to them, and how video gaming can be used as a form of self-care while enduring these traumatic events. We'll also discuss how our intersecting identities might challenge the way we interact with video games. Join us in a healing, transformative space, in aspiring allyship with underserved communities.

Moderators
avatar for Raffy Regulus

Raffy Regulus

Client Advocacy Specialist, NYC Anti-Violence Project
Raffy Regulus (They/Them/Theirs) is an Afro-Latinx Non-Binary/Queer who has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-Affected communities for about 10 years. Currently, Raffy works as a Client Advocacy Specialist with the New York City Anti-Violence... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Panel C

2:30pm

Cosplay Contest
See Flame Con's hottest cosplay looks set fire to the runway as our guest judges deliberate and award prizes for the best cosplay looks!

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Stage

3:00pm

Trans/GNC Meetup
Whether you're just coming to find community or looking to speak to other trans nerdy professionals, this is a trans space to feel welcome. From dreams to memes, we're here to have a good time.

Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Workshop 2

3:00pm

Fangirl… But Then Make It Fashion
Six comics professionals and fashionistas (each of us fangirls in our own right) present a runway of looks from our favorite fandoms—from Josie and the Pussycats to Star Wars, from Black Panther to Neon Genesis Evangelion—then judge them based on traditional criteria like color, texture, silhouette, and general wearability, and more nuanced criteria like cultural influences, the line between inspiration and appropriation, and body positivity.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Reese

Aaron Reese

Aaron Reese is a pop culture journalist based in New York whose first article was published by Details magazine, and who has since written for Barnes and Noble, Comics Alliance, Geeks OUT, Nylon, and Penguin Random House. He is also the co-host of the podcast Mutant and Magical Boy... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Panel A

3:00pm

Creating an Animation Pitch that Sells
Are you ready to go pro with your passion project? Are you also dying to know how to get (and keep) your foot in the door at the right animation studio? Hear from animation veteran and Emmy Award-winner Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Danger & Eggs) on the ins and outs—or should we say in-betweens—of crafting the perfect pitch.

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Workshop 1

3:00pm

Learn to Play: Final Fantasy TCG
From the people who took literally forever to make the next Kingdom Hearts game, learn to play the next big children's card game (or at least children at heart)! Summon your favorite characters to do battle in scenarios that’ll make you wonder why Squall and Sephiroth make such a good team. Join us as you battle through the tabletop worlds of Final Fantasy TCG-kupo!

Saturday August 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

3:00pm

Phil Jimenez
Come meet Phil Jimenez, comic book artist, comic book writer, character designer, instructor, lecturer, and Wonder Woman's kid brother!

Saturday August 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signing Table

3:15pm

Queerness and Muslims in Science Fiction
A brief history of tropes surrounding Muslims and sexuality in science fiction, followed by a deep dive into contemporary examples of queer Muslims in series like American Gods, Punisher, and The Bold Type, that will identify the way tropes are being perpetuated in pop culture, in the hope that we can improve our depictions of queer Muslim characters across genres.

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Panel B

3:15pm

Robots and Ro-Butts: How We Learned to Love Robots
Robots have long been a huge part of comics and queer stories. They’ve also long been a huge part of writer and journalist Mey Rude’s nightmares—until recently! Join us as we discuss robots from Star Wars, O Human Star, Blade Runner, Transformers, Lost in Space and other sci-fi media, and how we learned to love them, and dare we say, find them sexy.


Saturday August 18, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Panel C

3:30pm

Storytime with Cecil
Join Cecil Baldwin, voice of the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, for a post-punk interactive choose-your-own-adventure full of twists, twerks, and terrors!

Saturday August 18, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Stage

4:00pm

Squad Goals: The Here and Now and Future of Diversity in Comics
Join Angélique Roché (host of Marvel’s Voices and SyFy Wire’s Geeksplain podcasts) and friends as they talk queer pop culture icons (Tessa Thompson + Janelle Monáe, anyone?), Exiles (Saldin), and what diversity can look like in comics—at Marvel and beyond.


Saturday August 18, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Panel A

4:00pm

Scripted Content on YouTube
Join Michele Rose Micor of netTVnow in a discussion of LGBTQ representation in YouTube web series and short films, how to make connections, how to get your project out there, and how to fight back against censorship.


Saturday August 18, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Workshop 1

4:00pm

Learn to Play: Betrayal at Baldur's Gate
Based on Betrayal at the House on the Hill, Betrayal at the Baldur’s Gate is a game where up to six intrepid explorers seek out adventure in the famous Dungeons and Dragons city of Baldur’s Gate. No game ever plays the same as the layout of the house and the powerful artifacts you discover determine one of up to 50 endings in which one or more of you may have been a traitor all along! Join us for an abbreviated version of this fantastical, cheesy game designed to help you learn the game.

Saturday August 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

4:00pm

Serving Pride: A Queer History Dinner Party Handbook
Serving Pride is a meticulously researched, thoughtfully written, beautifully illustrated handbook that guides you through a queer history dinner party, offering readers (and diners) a new understanding of queer history in the United States while enjoying a festive meal with friends and family. Come meet co-creators Joey Stern and Josh Siegel, writer Jay Gundacker, and a whole spectrum of illustrators who contributed to this book! Bring your own copy or purchase one directly from the signing table.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Siegel

Joshua Siegel

Artist, Organizer, Geeks OUT, modHERO
Josh Siegel is an artist, writer and musician known for drawing pensive portraits of superheroes under the name modHERO. He helped create Geeks OUT as a way to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in fan culture, making fandoms more fun, inclusive and safe for queer geeks of all types... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signing Table

4:00pm

Magic: The Gathering Draft
Free to play, join us for a draft tournament of Magic’s set. Create a 40 card deck and vie for supremacy against your competitors! Inquire at the Gaymers Lounge for details on card set and rules and to sign up. May the best planeswalker win!

Saturday August 18, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

4:15pm

3D Printing and Cosplay
From Buster Swords to chainmail, TheLaserGirls have been 3D printing cosplay wearables and prop weapons across all genres and genders in hopes to challenge technology and inspire others to not only get involved with 3D Printing, but to express their imagination and their inner strength through making. Join Sarah and Dhemerae as they geek out over 3D printing, its influence on cosplay, and how you can get involved printing your own pieces!


Saturday August 18, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Panel B

4:15pm

Dungeons & Dragons & Queers & Comics
A group of queer, comics-making, Dungeons & Dragons-playing professionals discuss the ways in which the game intersects with, influences, and enhances their work.


Saturday August 18, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Panel C

4:30pm

Unicorn Afterlife
The Unicorn, that beast of pure goodness, wakes in a black void and discovers, horrified, that it's dead.
See an exclusive preview of this new work of puppet theater created with the support of the Jim Henson Foundation. Unicorn Afterlife is a grimy synthesizer dream ballet about fantasy, greed, gender, glitter and the power of belief.

Saturday August 18, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Stage

5:00pm

The Big Gay Sensational Animational Hour
Cartoons gave us our first jolt of geek culture when we were kids. We've been lucky to have series that have grown with us and others that have come back to us. We're even luckier that queer creators are now part of the process like never before. Join Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Danger & Eggs) and Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, She Ra and the Princesses of Power) as they chat about their influences, the gripes and delights of showrunning, and the current cartoon landscape.

Moderators
avatar for Nicole Gitau

Nicole Gitau

President, Geeks OUT
Nicole Gitau is the President of Geeks OUT, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to rally, promote, and empower the queer geek community. She also serves as the Special Guests Lead for Flame Con, the world's largest LGBTQ comics and pop culture convention. During the day she masquerades... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Panel A

5:00pm

Cosplay: Beat For The Gods
You’ve got the perfect costume, now learn how to reconstruct features with the power of drag makeup to complete your look!  Dax ExclamationPoint is here to give us all tips and tricks on how to top off your cosplay creations with the perfect make-up!

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Workshop 2

5:00pm

Learn to Play: Tokaido
Few games are as zen as Tokaido. Set on a historical roadway, players try to have the most fulfilling journey by visiting springs, shopping for souvenirs, meeting fellow travelers, visiting shrines, and painting beautiful vistas. But Tokaido also turns standard gaming on its head with atypical mechanics that will require you unlearn everything you know. There isn't enough time to do everything, so competition is fierce as you block each other from various locations in this surprisingly zen but ultimately cutthroat game!

Saturday August 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

5:00pm

"Below the Keep" D&D 5e
Answer the call to action in the newest iteration of the most iconic tabletop game of all time! As an adventurer, you’re used to doing the murder, not solving them. But when a local merchant goes missing, and his shop is trashed, the guards turn to you for help. Players will pick from premade character sheets, and character backgrounds will be brainstormed as a group. Dice will be provided if needed. Players of all skill levels welcome.

Saturday August 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

5:00pm

Mario Kart 8 Tournament
Watch out for the banana peel! Prove that you’re the fastest racer at Flame Con in Nintendo’s massively successful “racing” game! Please sign up at the Gaymers Lounge. Rules will be announced immediately before the tournament, as they may change based on the number of competitors.

Saturday August 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

5:15pm

Redshirts Musical Improv
Join the Redshirts—the only musical improvisational comedy team based on Star Trek: The Next Generation! Redshirts members are intrepid improvisers who traverse the indie galaxy, creating new life forms, new civilizations, and boldly singing what no team has sung before.

Saturday August 18, 2018 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Stage

5:15pm

Asexuality in Media
The Mary Sue hosts a discussion of asexuality in media, what it means in the current sociopolitical climate, and how there might be more of a presence, exploring characters such as Todd from Bojack Horseman to Jughead from Archie Comics and his asexual erasure Riverdale. We'll also discuss the presence of asexuality on the queer spectrum and how love can be expressed without sex.


Saturday August 18, 2018 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Panel B

5:15pm

Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men
Confounded by clones? Terrified by time travel? X-Perts Jay Edidin and Miles Stokes and guests Sina Grace and Magdalene Visaggio are here to walk you through the ins, outs, retcons, and subtext of the greatest superhero soap opera in comics, in a live episode!


Saturday August 18, 2018 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Panel C

6:00pm

Steven Universe: Gay Space Rocks
Steven Universe is a cartoon that means a lot of things to a lot of people, and it holds an extra special place in the hearts of its LGBTQ+ fans. Even on the surface, it's easy to see why - but the connection runs much deeper. We're going to examine in detail how Steven Universe relates to the queer experience on every level: from characters, to relationships, to themes. Join our discussion and get an even broader perspective on why our community believes in Steven!


Saturday August 18, 2018 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Panel A

6:00pm

Cosplay: Safe Binding and Corset Wearing
Cosplayers don’t just transform their clothing— many cosplayers use a variety of techniques to change the appearance of their bodies.  Whether it’s to portray a character of a different gender or to present yourself in a way that is more authentic to your own identity, binding, corsetry, and other body-shaping methods take care and skill to do safely.  Join Mikayla Lupo for a workshop on how you can take advantage of these techniques for cosplay, performance, or just feeling more comfortable in your body every day.

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Workshop 2

6:00pm

How Indie Comics Creators Build an Audience
Spotlighting queer creators helps increase representation and inclusion, but with content saturation at an all-time high, how do those who are just starting out build visibility for themselves? How do they authentically connect with fans while promoting their work? And how do they navigate the ups and downs of forging a creative career? Comics creators from all levels of experience and influence will share their best tips on building a following for your creative work, wherever you are in your career.


Saturday August 18, 2018 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Workshop 1

6:00pm

Kweendom Comedy Hour
KWEENDOM (a New York Times and TimeOut NY critics’ pick) is a long-running comedy and storytelling showcase featuring some of New York Citys most beloved LGBTQ comedians and performers. This special FlameCon edition features sets from self-professed geeks:
 
- Bowen Yang & Matt Rogers (Las Culturistas)
- Sarah Kennedy (The Advocate)
- Calvin Cato (Oxygen)
- Jay Jurden (The New Yorker)
- Hattie Hayes (Sonoma Laughfest)
 
Hosted by Bobby Hankinson (Towleroad)

Saturday August 18, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Stage

6:00pm

Werewolves of Millers Hollow
Welcome to your new home in the lovely town of Miller's Hollow. Don't worry; it's safe. There are rumors of werewolves living among you, but that's just a rumor, right? ... What was that noise?

Saturday August 18, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

6:15pm

#SWRepMatters: Queer Edition
In the lead-up to The Last Jedi, fans took to social media to declare that representation matters in the Star Wars universe. The ongoing #SWRepMatters campaign aims to highlight what Star Wars has done well in terms of diversity and inclusivity, as well as the marginalized people whose voices are still missing from the saga. Since the campaign's launch in October 2017, its founders have brought the campaign back each month to focus on a different underrepresented group, from people of color to queer people to people living with disabilities. Star Wars fans of every identity just want the franchise we love to love us back!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sa'Mada Lawler

Sa'Mada Lawler

Coordinator, Geeks OUT
Sa'Mada Lawler is an Afro-Latinx nonbinary poet and pop culture critic currently based in Brooklyn who works as the Volunteer Coordinator for Flame Con and a contributor to the Geeks OUT blog.


Saturday August 18, 2018 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Panel C

6:15pm

Cosplay, Drag and Nerdlesque: Where Geekdom Meets Performance
Drag culture has taken the world by storm, cosplay dominates the convention and party scene, and burlesque finds innovative and new ways to cross character play with the classic art form. Guests talk about their own live art form, how it fits into queer geek culture, and what the future might looks like.


Saturday August 18, 2018 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Panel B

7:00pm

Thank You For Coming Out
Thank You For Coming Out celebrates LGBTQ improvisers and storytellers of all experience levels from all over NYC. In a safe space, based on the details of a vulnerable and heartfelt coming out story, our improvisers make up a hilariously insightful and creative show on the spot. For this special performance, we will be joined by a LGBTQ Monologist from the Geek Community!

Saturday August 18, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Stage

7:00pm

Memoir Comics: Picturing a Queer Self
How do comics handle memoir, by creating both narrative and visual depictions of the self? The complexities of sexuality and gender offer a unique terrain for comic artists; how do LGBTQ cartoonists in particular use memoir to make sense of the world and their place in it? How does the practice of memoir in turn affect the creation of work in other genres? Join moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Hard to Swallow) as he leads a lively discussion with comics luminaries Dylan Edwards (Transposes, Nothing Wrong with Me), Tana Ford (Duck, Silk), Sina Grace (Nothing Lasts Forever, Iceman), and Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies, 1001 Black Men).


Saturday August 18, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Panel A

7:00pm

Cosplay: Wings for All Occassions
Ever wanted to top off your cosplay with something that really sparkles? Maybe you're looking to add the finishing touch to your Tinkerbell- Maybe you just like wings! It's all valid. Whatever your mighty need may be, there's nothing that can't be made better by a sleek and shiny set of wings. Join Cosplay Co-Chair Rachel Greeman as she teaches how to craft the wings you've been dreaming of! Trip to Neverland TBD.

Moderators
Saturday August 18, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Workshop 2

7:00pm

How to Write a Bangin’ Sex Scene
Have you ever wanted to create an intimate and stirring bedroom scene but couldn't put the first word down? Have you found yourself fumbling in the dark after your story "fades to black?" Whether you’re an accomplished pervert looking for a few tips or a blushing newbie looking for a start, let us turn on the light! Sex scenes are a glorious staple of romance and fanfiction and alike, and we’re here to set the score straight—but mostly queer and pan and GNC—on the basics of writing erotica for yourself and others so that you don’t die of embarrassment in the process. Trust us, it’ll be fun!

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Workshop 1

7:15pm

Comics Abroad
Join as Icelandic author and editor Atla Hrafney and English animator and author Hamish Steele discuss the themes pertinent to creators working outside the United States, the differences between American and European publishing, and how the comics community abroad comes together.

Moderators
avatar for Nicole Gitau

Nicole Gitau

President, Geeks OUT
Nicole Gitau is the President of Geeks OUT, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to rally, promote, and empower the queer geek community. She also serves as the Special Guests Lead for Flame Con, the world's largest LGBTQ comics and pop culture convention. During the day she masquerades... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Panel C

7:15pm

See You Upon Rivers and Lakes: A Conversation About Wuxia
A conversation about Wuxia, a Chinese genre involving high-flying martial arts, wandering pugilists, outlaw codes of honor, secret scrolls of powerful skills, settings inspired by Ancient China, and themes contemplating fate. Think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Dragon Inn, and more! Cartoonists Jade Feng Lee and Wendy Xu explore how Wuxia literature and film have impacted Asian American fantasy fiction at large, and within their own creative work.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Panel B

7:30pm

The Exhibition Expedition Raffle
All successful adventurers who completed their quest have a chance to claim the reward! Join this prize raffle if you completed and returned your Exhibition Expedition game board!

Saturday August 18, 2018 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Gaymer Lounge
 
Sunday, August 19
 

12:00pm

Queer Nerd Poetics
A group of queer nerd poets from all over NYC will share their experiences through explosive spoken word poetry.

Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Stage

12:00pm

Webcomics in Twenty-gayteen
The personal has always been political, but it's never been more true than today. Join webcomics creators as they talk about their inspirations and motivations, writing personal and political content for the (sometimes scary, usually overly-opinionated) internet, and their path from web to print.

Moderators
avatar for Nicole Gitau

Nicole Gitau

President, Geeks OUT
Nicole Gitau is the President of Geeks OUT, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to rally, promote, and empower the queer geek community. She also serves as the Special Guests Lead for Flame Con, the world's largest LGBTQ comics and pop culture convention. During the day she masquerades... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Panel A

12:00pm

Cosplay: Variants
How do you translate a classic character’s tried-and-true costume into something new?  Whether you’re designing a crossover costume or taking your favorite character back in time to another historical era, cosplay variants let anyone put a new spin on an oldie-but-goodie.  Join Flame Con Cosplay Co-Chair Rachel to learn her tips and tricks to make fun, recognizable costume variants!

Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Workshop 2

12:00pm

Queer Fans Deserve Data
How can data help with the current state of queer representation in the media? LezWatch.TV, an online database and queer entertainment news site, was started by two TV-obsessed lesbian web developers with the intention of cataloging and documenting queer female, transgender, and nonbinary characters, and their corresponding shows from TV, web, and streaming media. With that data, statistics are calculated on the state of international queer story representation, with the goal of providing free and easy access to information on the best shows with queer characters and stories in the genres fans want to see. LezWatch.TV is a story of fandom, passion, code, and the desire to see fair, equal, and positive representation for people like us on television.  

Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Workshop 1

12:00pm

"Below the Keep" D&D 5e
Answer the call to action in the newest iteration of the most iconic tabletop game of all time! As an adventurer, you’re used to doing the murder, not solving them. But when a local merchant goes missing, and his shop is trashed, the guards turn to you for help. Players will pick from premade character sheets, and character backgrounds will be brainstormed as a group. Dice will be provided if needed. Players of all skill levels welcome.

Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

12:00pm

Trading Card Games Meetup
Did you remember your deck? Bring your favorite Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, Final Fantasy, or Pokemon TCG deck, or just meet other players! Come for duels, trades, or just to talk strategy!

Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

12:00pm

Starfinder RPG
Starfinder is science fantasy role-playing game in which you investigate the dangerous mysteries of a magical galaxy. In The Asteroidal Tower, you’ll play as a pirate starship crew, whose easy delivery job is foiled when the destination turns out to be a necromancer’s tower… In SPAAACE!

Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

12:15pm

Precure Rainbow Burst: Diversity in the Magical Girl Genre
Do you ever just love a genre or a piece of media but struggle to find yourself in it? As a huge fan of the Magical Girl genre—both east and west—I've been in that space. I was tired of seeing thin, light skinned, able bodied, neurotypical girls in a genre that was supposed to be about friendship and unity for everyone. I've combed through over 200 series (animated and printed comics) to help others have a cheat sheet of where to start. We'll talk about the importance and impact of the genre from a sociological standpoint, the evolution of diversity in the genre, and good and bad representation hidden within.

Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Panel B

12:15pm

Too Gay for this Shit: YA/Comic Crushes and Our Mental Health
Whether it's finding gentle models of masculinity (T'challa, anyone?) or fanboying over trans Peter Parker head canons and Storm's obvious need for her own movie, our queer comic and YA literature crushes sustain our mental health, even when the rest of the world feels like it's caving in. In this panel, we'll discuss (and invite the audience to share) the intersections of our queer joy and queer pain. We'll explore the ways that fictional representation (and lack thereof) can both hold our mental health together and tear it apart as we navigate queer mental health communities through representations of comic and YA fiction queerness.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday August 19, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Panel C

1:00pm

Queer, And… Presents: Best Side Story - A Musical
Queer, And… presents a dynamic mashup of your favorite fandoms and Broadway’s best as Marvel goes to war with DC on the streets of NYC in Best Side Story. We'll also host a rousing group singalong of various Saturday morning cartoons and fandoms favorite theme songs.

Sunday August 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Stage

1:00pm

Let’s Talk About Scouts, Baby: How Sailor Moon Made Me Queer
The 90s were a magical time full of magical girls, but few shaped a generation like Sailor Moon. We’ll be discussing fashion, villain crushes, Subs vs Dubs, Sailor Moon’s influence on modern cartoons, and everyone’s favourite “cousins.”


Sunday August 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Panel A

1:00pm

Cosplay: Patterning
Ever wanted to build a costume that seemed impossible? It’s easier than you’d think! Learn how to create a pattern for a costume in small scale on a sculpt or toy, and enlarge the pattern to human scale. This Workshop is brought to you by three time Emmy award winner Marc Borders. His work spans costumes built for everything from The Jim Henson Company to Bushwig!


Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Workshop 2

1:00pm

Getting Interactive: How to Rock at Events and Create a Perfect Pitch
There's a million ways to market, but there's no ignoring the rise of interdisciplinary and interactive events. From breakout rooms to STEM/STEAM tie-ins, the literary world is looking at graphic novels and other fiction like it never has before. Join us in this hands-on presentation and open floor conversation where we explore how makers can pull more from their fiction than ever before., be it through the cons, independent bookstores, or school visits. Our books allow us to not only talk about our identities and how we've evolved as writers, but also the subjects and passions that are closest to our hearts.

Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Workshop 1

1:15pm

Telling All-Ages Queer Stories
What does an all-ages queer story look like? How do we make our mark in a genre that usuaully shys away from including queer characters? In what ways can queer kids hope to see themselves represented on the page? These are some of the questions that creators Barbara Perez Marquez (The Cardboard Kingdom, The Order of Belfry), Molly Knox Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), Lilah Sturges (Jack of Fables, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), and James Tynion IV (The Backstagers) have had to navigate when creating comics for the younger readers in our community. Paste Magazine’s Comics Editor Steve Foxe moderates a discussion about creating a new wave of all-ages queer stories and the challenges and opportunities that come with telling them.


Sunday August 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Panel C

1:15pm

The LGBTQ History of Fanfiction
Fanfiction has always been a part of fandom and slash fanfiction has especially been a way for queer people to express their identities in their favorite shows. Now fanfiction has made it into the mainstream so much that we are writing fiction about fanfiction experiences. In this panel presented by The Mary Sue, we'll be talking about the history of fanfiction from Spock/Kirk to Fangirl and Ship It, with a side of "which of your favorite literary characters are OC's?"


Sunday August 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Panel B

2:00pm

Playable Characters Podcast
Join comedians Brian McGuinness, Aalap Patel, and Calvin Cato as they interview characters from the world of video games.

Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Stage

2:00pm

Designing X-Women IV: Age of X-cessories!
Designing X-Women: Flame Con's panel of design stars reunite to give stunning makeovers to mutants in need! Come see X-Men dressed in the finest mutant couture—from other universes! This year, the walls between worlds are breaking down, and the X-Men will take to the runway dressed for action as guest-stars in different fandoms! Also, everybody tries to rescue Jean Grey from the White Hot Mess Room.

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Siegel

Joshua Siegel

Artist, Organizer, Geeks OUT, modHERO
Josh Siegel is an artist, writer and musician known for drawing pensive portraits of superheroes under the name modHERO. He helped create Geeks OUT as a way to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in fan culture, making fandoms more fun, inclusive and safe for queer geeks of all types... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Panel A

2:00pm

Cosplay: 3D Printing
Come get up close and personal with The Laser Girls to learn more about how you can use 3D printing technology to take your cosplay to the next level! You’ll learn about the different steps in the 3D printing process, from concept to completion, in this workshop that blends the best in tech geekery with the best in costume geekery!;

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Workshop 1

2:00pm

Learn to Play: Love Letter
Love Letter has a simple goal: eliminate all your enemies or hold the high card at the end of the round. This intro course will introduce you to the game, including various strategies for making the most educated guesses possible as you vie for the love of Princess Annette. This event will cover the original 4-player version of Love Letter and the 8-player Expanded Edition. Can you earn the princess’s favor?

Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

2:00pm

Mine! a comics collection to benefit Planned Parenthood
Flame Con is proud to welcome the ComicMix anthology Mine!, a comics collection to benefit Planned Parenthood. Come meet editors Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson, and contributors including Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet, The Wilds), Aria Baci (Dismantlers), Sina Grace (Iceman, Nothing Lasts Forever), Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time, Dodge City), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl), Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat!, Goldie Vance), and lots of others! Bring your own copy or purchase a copy directly from the signing table and have it signed. This signing is going to be lit!

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Siegel

Joshua Siegel

Artist, Organizer, Geeks OUT, modHERO
Josh Siegel is an artist, writer and musician known for drawing pensive portraits of superheroes under the name modHERO. He helped create Geeks OUT as a way to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in fan culture, making fandoms more fun, inclusive and safe for queer geeks of all types... Read More →
JT

Josh Trujillo

Josh Trujillo is a writer, editor, and comic book creator based in San Rafael, California. He has worked with clients including Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Shanken Creative Group, Oni Press, Telltale Games, and DC Comics, among others.


Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Table

2:00pm

Nintendo Switch Meetup
Time to collect those friend codes! Meet up with other Switch owners to talk about your favorite games and maybe even throw down a little! Gush about your favorite games and learn about new games you'd love!

Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

2:00pm

Super Smash Bros Tournament
Are you the best Smash player at Flame Con? Prove it in Super Smash Bros for Wii U! Please sign up at the Gaymers Lounge. Guests are encouraged to bring their own controllers if they prefer a specific style. Rules will be announced immediately before the tournament, as they may change based on the number of competitors.

Sunday August 19, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

2:15pm

(Doctor) Who Queered
Jodie Whittaker’s imminent takeover of the title role in Doctor Who makes this the perfect time for a look back at the queerer aspects of the Time Lord and her adventures. Join your fellow Whovians for a fan discussion of all thing Who and queer, from the subtle hints and blatant camp of the classic series to the overt representation of the current series and its spin-offs. Was Jack really the first queer companion? Did Bill and Heather get a happily ever after? Were there any queer characters in the original show at all?


Sunday August 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Panel C

2:15pm

The Sapphic Comics Confab
Finding good lesbian representation in comics is difficult. Finding good work as a lesbian who creates comics is even more difficult. Join panelists Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Saving Montgomery Sole, She-Hulk), Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!, Goldie Vance), and Tana Ford (Silk, Black Panther: Long Live the King) in a discussion led by Kickstarter's Margot Atwell about these issues and others as well as what can be improved in the future of lesbian comics. Expect a lot of talk about our favorite swords.


Sunday August 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Panel B

3:00pm

Cosplay Contest
See Flame Con's hottest cosplay looks set fire to the runway as our guest judges deliberate and award prizes for the best cosplay looks!

Sunday August 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Stage

3:00pm

The (Queer) D&D Kids Are All Right
Being a sixth grader is tough, especially when the fate of the world is in your hands every Monday at lunchtime. Join GM Sugoi Sensei for a panel about how to foster creativity and create a safe space for LGBTQ students through Dungeons and Dragons. We'll discuss topics like collaborative storytelling, character design, and exactly what to say when your student wants to roll to kiss your NPC. If you're a fan of tabletop gaming, aiding queer youth, and education, you won't want to miss this panel!

Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Panel A

3:00pm

Crafting Memorable Villains
Join authors Taylor Brooke (Fortitude Smashed), Chris Bedell (In the Name of Magic, on-sale August 2018), and Hannah Carmack (Seven-Sided Spy) for a discussion on writing antagonists and villains that are impossible to forget.


Sunday August 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Workshop 1

3:00pm

The Ultimate Clap Back Demo
The Ultimate Clap Back is a fast-paced game of wordplay. With just the right amount of sarcasm, snark, and shade, this card game is bound to shock and keep you laughing for hours! Learn to play this party hit with developer MaryMartha Ford-Dieng. Be ready to throw shade with the best of them!

Sunday August 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

3:00pm

Werewolves of Millers Hollow
Welcome to your new home in the lovely town of Miller's Hollow. Don't worry; it's safe. There are rumors of werewolves living among you, but that's just a rumor, right? ... What was that noise?

Sunday August 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

3:00pm

We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology
Come meet contributors of We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology comics anthology and get your copy signed!


Sunday August 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signing Table

3:15pm

I Have Tons of Friends on the Internet: Finding Queer and Trans Community Online
As dangerous as the internet can be for marginalized people, many of us have found out a lot about who we are and who we like by finding communities online. Join our queer and trans panelists as we discuss the fandoms and in-groups that kept us going and all the good spots to find more gay friends online. Expect a lot of talk about magical girls, online personas, and which X-Men character you wanted to be (or date).


Sunday August 19, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Panel B

3:15pm

Invisible Latinx: Flame Con Remix
Latinx representation is growing in mainstream media with increased popularity of shows like One Day at a Time, and comic book characters like America Chavez. Television, comics, and film have begun expanding their number of Latinx characters, however there is a lack of diversity in those characters. There is no one way to be Latinx, yet Latinx characters tend to fall into well worn tropes with many Latinx people feeling misrepresented, under represented, or left out completely. Exploring Latinx representation through a queer lens, this panel will discuss what we currently see, and what we hope to see in the expanding landscape of Latinx representation across all media.


Sunday August 19, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Panel C

4:00pm

Browncoats: the Musical
That's Right! The "Firefly" musical is here! Eight months after the events of Miranda, the Crew of the Serenity is staring into the void of a changing 'verse, wondering how to go forward, and knowing there's no going back. Whispers of rebellion rising up are tempting Mal to throw himself recklessly back into the thick of things, and with the impending birth of Zoe's baby, she is forced to make the impossible choice between her loyalty to Serenity and protecting the last thing she has of Wash. And that's provided they can keep the ship running!
Tea Time for Mad Girls is proud to bring you this concert version of the original musical, a "shiny" example of fandom media from queer creators!

Sunday August 19, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Stage

4:00pm

Queer Animation from A to Z
A showcase of international animated short films by queer filmmakers, followed by a Q&A with animators, and presented by ASIFA-East. 


Sunday August 19, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Panel A

4:00pm

Cosplay: Makeup With HeirOfGlee
Cosplaying a cartoon or comic character often requires getting a skin tone that doesn’t exist in nature! From pink to blue to shades of gray, learn how to create a great rainbow skin tone that will make your cosplay that much more authentic as cosmetics expert HeirOfGlee shows us how she brings Adventure Time’s Marceline the Vampire Queen to life!

Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Workshop 2

4:00pm

Negotiating and Prices: How to manage the business end of being an artist
Do you ever have trouble pricing your work? Are you often unsure of what to ask in a contract? Do you have problems finding people to commission? In this workshop, comics creator and editor, Atla Hrafney will walk you through the ins and outs of managing your career


Moderators
Sunday August 19, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Workshop 1

4:00pm

Dixit Demo
Dixit is a party game featuring beautiful, avant garde artwork, and it’s your job to name each portrait. Your opponents will guess which was yours, and you score points only if some, but not all of them are successful. Can you navigate this whimsical wonderland and beat your opponents, or will you get distracted by the beauty of the landscape?

Sunday August 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

4:00pm

Learn to Play: Above and Beyond
You were chased out of your village by marauders, and now you need to find a new place to live! After a long journey, you’ve found your way to a new village with plentiful farmland and an expansive cavern to explore. It will take a bit of luck and careful use of your resources to build the best village. Join us for this abbreviated version of Above and Below to learn how to play this charming game!

Sunday August 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaymer Lounge

4:15pm

Correcting People Correctly
We live in a world that regularly attacks womxn, people of color, queer folks, trans folks, and differently abled people. People who live at the intersections of those identities are the ones most often doing the emotional labor of correcting the legions of fan bros, while trying to remain calm and stay safe. How do we identify harm and violence in fandom spaces? Whose job is it to correct someone who has said or done something wrong, and what happens after that? Join this panel of Black and queer cosplayers as we explore the art of correction at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jay Justice

Jay Justice

Co-Director, LGBT-HQ
Jay Justice is a costumer, actress, consultant and advocate who has designed and constructed more than 80 handmade costumes, including She Hulk as seen on the cosplay variant cover for Marvel's A-Force #1. She is an outspoken LGBTQ and disability advocate dedicated to making fandom... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Panel C

4:15pm

Queer Folks Write About Comics
Believe it or not, queer folks don't just write, draw, and color comics; we also write about comics! Join us for a discussion with some of the most attending-FlameCon-est of queer comics journalists and critics, as they talk about their writing process, the state of the comics press, how queerness affects their writing (and their coverage), how they'd love to see the industry change, and where to get the best drinks after the convention closes for the day 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for CP Hoffman

CP Hoffman

Writer/Critic
Non-binary freelance writer (and They/Them pronoun-user) with focuses in comics/pop culture criticism, law/social justice, and gender. Bylines include: Nerdist, Comic Book Resources, Women Write About Comics, Book Riot/Panels, Fusion/Splinter, Into, HelloGiggles, etc.My article, "No... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Panel B

5:30pm

The Exhibition Expedition Raffle
All successful adventurers who completed their quest have a chance to claim the reward! Join this prize raffle if you completed and returned your Exhibition Expedition game board!

Sunday August 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Gaymer Lounge