This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the last day of Bent-Con. The slogan I heard bandied about was “Like Comic-Con . . . Only Gayer”, although, on the Bent-Con site, it says, “A Comic Convention . . . Only Gayer”. Either way, very inspired sloganeering. I could only make it for one day because, even though I would have liked to see more of the movies and at least catch Michael Manning‘s panel on Saturday, but oddly enough, I was taking a math class and needed to study for the final. Perhaps even more oddly, I heard about the convention from a classmate. Go figure.
The show is only in its second year and this was apparently the first year they did a full-featured event with panels, dealers room, mini film festival, and the whole shebang. Bent-Con drew a reported 2,000 people, which is mighty good for a second time, err, out. Blue Blood first came out of the mid-Atlantic fandom con circuit and DC punk scene, which were very integrated with one another at the time. Much to some people’s chagrin. So it is always refreshing to see a convention unabashedly include sexuality in the mix.
The highlight of Sunday for me was Kerry O’Quinn‘s panel. The founder of Starlog, Fangoria, Comics Scene, etc. gave a really inspiring one man talk on his personal feelings about some of his adventures from dropping out of college to go hang out with interesting people including Ayn Rand, to pitching a science fiction magazine to stodgy distributors, to doing a landmark interview with George Lucas.
Here is a bit of a Bent-Con gallery, courtesy of Bent-Con, to give you a peek at what the show was like. Their site has links to Twitter and Facebook, etc. so you can find out their plans for next year.