The organizers of Bent-Con 2012 just released the list of guests attending the convention November 30, December 1 and 2 in Burbank, California. Headliners include Christopher Rice, Jane Espenson, David Gerrold, Phil Jimenez and Wendy Pini, as well as a stellar lineup of special guests and speakers. Now in its third year, Bent-Con promotes and celebrates LGBT and LGBT-friendly contributions to the fields of comics, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and horror, as well as LGBT fans of pop culture and genre entertainment.
Already the author of four NYT best-selling novels, Christopher Rice has been an openly queer author since the publication of his first novel, A Density of Souls. Christopher will be reflecting on his already impressive career, as well as previewing his new novel, his first supernatural horror work. Christopher is the son of best-selling novelist Anne Rice and the late poet and painter, Stan Rice.
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Caprica, Jane Espenson has brought hundreds of hours of excellent genre television to fans everywhere. Her webseries, Husbands (co-created with Brad Bell), about an alternative, humorous world where gay marriage is just as legal as straight ones, just premiered its second season on the web. Jane will be discussing her work on Husbands, her hit TV series Once Upon A Time and the first gay male Slayer joining Buffy: Season 9!
Best known for his work on Wonder Woman, artist and writer Phil Jimenez has also worked on Tempest, Infinite Crisis, New X-Men, The Invisibles and the much celebrated The Amazing Spider-Man cover featuring President Obama. Phil will be talking about his career as an openly gay comics artist, as well as previewing his latest work, Fairest, a spin-off of from Vertigo’s popular Fables series.
Raconteur, rabble-rouser and famed author, all in one package, David Gerrold has over 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes to his credit. His greatest achievement is the adoption of his son, considered “unplaceable” by the foster care service. He chronicled his experiences as a single, gay father in his Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning novel The Martian Child. He’ll be talking about his life, his work and whatever else he damn well wants to.
Elf Quest creator and long-time fan-favorite Wendy Pini brings her creative effervescence and charm to Bent-Con! Her Masque of the Red Death—a graphic tale loosely inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story—recently caused censorship and controversy on Facebook. Her latest event, the eagerly anticipated Elf Quest: The Final Quest, recently made its web-comic debut on the popular BoingBoing website.
Others special guests include:
Marc Andreyko, (writer, Manhunter, DC Universe Presents)
Brad “Cheeks” Bell (actor and co-creator of Husbands)
Amber Benson (Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actress, author and filmmaker)
Andrew Chambliss (writer, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Once Upon A Time
Mars Homeworld (Lovecraftian writer and composer behind Dead House Music)
Patrick Fillion (artist and publisher of Class Comics)
Drew Greenberg (writer of Warehouse 13 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Tom Lenk (actor and playwright)
Joe Phillips (artist, illustrator and sculptor)
Jeffrey Riddick (producer and screenwriter, Final Destination and Day of the Dead)
Kerry O’Quinn (legendary creator of Starlog and Fangoria magazines)
Quentin Lee (producer and director of Ethan Mao and the upcoming slasher flick Chink)
Travis Richey (Inspector Spacetime and creator of Untitled Webseries about a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel in Time
More information about these and other guests is also available at bent-con.org. Bent-Con is November 30, December 1 and 2, 2012, at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center in Burbank, California. Tickets, room reservations and updated information is available at bent-con.org.