WonderCon Is Here!

By: Jase Peeples

The largest convention in northern California dedicated to comic books, entertainment, and pop culture, WonderCon, kicks off today in San Francisco at the Moscone Center South and continues all weekend long through Sunday, April 3.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, programming for the 2011 WonderCon convention is impressive and will include an exclusive appearance by super sexy Ryan Reynolds and other cast members of the highly anticipated film Green Lantern on Friday, April 1st. The ring-slinging superhero will also be spotlighted with the World Premiere of the new DC Universe/WB Animation movie, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

Superboy-1 In addition to mainstream coverage, there will also be plenty of LGBT programming as well. Prisim Comics, the nonprofit organization supporting LGBT comics, creators and readers, will be present at booth space #319. Historically, the Prism Comics booth acts as the central hub for all things homo at the show and this year will feature signings and meet-and-greet events with today’s hottest LGBT creators including Brian Andersen (So Super Duper) and Justin Hall (Glamazonia).

Other LGBT programming will include the following panels:

San Francisco Underground Indie Comic Spotlight

Friday, April 1 from 3:30-4:30pm in Room 250/262

Join Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix, The Brinkley Girls), Lee Marrs (Pudge, Girl Blimp), Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Good Neighbors), Jon Macy (Fearful Hunter, Teleny and Camille), Rich Boutell (InterSections) and moderator Brian Andersen (So Super Duper, Friend of Dorothy) as they discuss the past, present and future of the San Francisco underground indie comic book scene.

Cyclops_Reese_Rideout Writing Queer: Creating and Writing LGBT Characters

Saturday, April 2 from 6-7pm in Room 254/256

Creating genuine and well-rounded LGBT characters is a profound challenge for writers, as they must give voice to a population whose stories have been kept hidden for so long. How do writers, both queer and straight, mainstream and independent, create narratives that reflect the diversity and humanity of LGBT individuals, as well as the obstacles that face them? Moderator Justin Hall leads a spirited conversation with some of the most dynamic writers working in comics including Paige Braddock, Steve MacIsaac, Jon Macy, James Robinson (DC Comics’ Justice League of America), and Marc Andreyko.

Aquaman Queer Youth and Comics Sunday

April 3rd from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 254/256

A new awareness of queer teen suicides started the “It Gets Better Project” to let LGBT youth know that they can survive the abuse inflicted bullies, authority figures, and family and thrive into adulthood. It really does get better. Join a panel of LGBT cartoonists who are also reaching out to queer youth with stories that educate and inspire, featuring Brian Andersen, Celina Hernandez (Reignbow and Dee-Va), David Kelly, Christine Smith, and moderator and Prism Comics’ president Charles “Zan” Christensen (Northwest Press).

Also, in the spirit of the weekend, Truck Bar located at 1900 Folsom Street in San Francisco will be hosting a Heroes N Hunks party on Saturday, April 2 from 6pm-2am with prizes being awarded for the hottest costumes.

So grab your capes and spandex—it’s time to get your sexy geek on.