Queers In Comic Con!

Thousand upon thousands of nerd-a-licious ladies and gents are currently swarming around San Diego, cross-pollinating their endlessly useful knowledge of movies, comics and all things fantastic. Considering we gays make up about ten percent of the population, you can be sure there’s plenty of queers on the scene. One of the biggest gay presences comes from Prism Comics, the justice loving advocates of queer comics.

Oh, and Superman showed up, too.

Prism stayed true to its truth seeking – and spreading – word with Thursday’s panel, Gays in Comics Panel and Mixer: The 20th Anniversary! Quite the rousing title. Dykes To Watch Out For creator Alyson Bechdel sat along side Heroes‘ writer Chuck Kim and Megan Gedris of Yu+Me celebrated past two decades of gay action. It’s Ms. Bechdel who really celebrated when her lesbianic serial strip won the Eisner Award for best reality-based graphic novel. We’re sure the anti-gay activists could have a field day with that one.

Speaking of Prism Comics, co-founder Charles “Zan” Christensen has been keeping a detailed blog of all the out of the world happenings, including a special appearance by the legends we’ve never heard of, Lucky Legendary. Another more beastly group caught our eye on Christensen’s site. We don’t know what they’re called, but Christensen offers a somewhat alluring description:

There were these guys with lizard abs and breasts bigger than most women at the Con, and they were dressed in animal skins and saying things like, “We will make your our slaves!” and “We will eat you!”

Hmm, we were with you until the whole eating thing. Cannibalism really ain’t our thing.

Comics weren’t the only media getting the Comic Con work over. About 4,000 fans clogged an auditorium to hear Heroes’ stars (including Hayden Panettiere) and staff wax poetic on the hit NBC super hero series. And, from what Hollywood Reporter reports, the crowd went wild when the crew announced Kevin Smith will direct the first episode of the serial’s spin-off, Heroes: Origins.

The big screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen also drew considerable press when director announced the flick’s cast and unveiled a teaser poster. Here are the deets and some more information on the legendary graphic novel, which we’ve read and love:

Playing the film’s core group of “masks,” the masked adventurers at the center of the story, are Malin Akerman (THE HEARTBREAK KID) as Laurie Juspeczyk, aka Silk Spectre; Billy Crudup (THE GOOD SHEPHERD) as Jon Osterman, aka Dr. Manhattan; Matthew Goode (MATCH POINT) as Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias; Jackie Earle Haley (LITTLE CHILDREN) as Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach; Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s GREY’S ANATOMY) as Edward Blake, aka the Comedian; and Patrick Wilson (LITTLE CHILDREN) as Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the R-rated WATCHMEN is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” –which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union — is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?


As you can see from these pictures, Comic Con raised some other questions. For example, is Wonder Woman black or white? Also, were the Ghostbusters busting more than spooks? And, finally, why is Clive Owen, who popped in to promote his new movie, Shoot ‘Em Up, so attractive?

[Additional AP Images]