San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Queering the Schedule

San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Queering the Schedule

The 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) starts today, and I’m headed down the coast to give you a front-line reporting of the queerest things from Comic-Con. This is the first time I’ve been at Comic-Con since the late ’80s/early ’90s, and I’m a mix of super excited and super nervous about how much things since my dad and I used to skip down and enjoy the comics.

Over the last 50 years, SDCC has gone from a bunch of geeks having a comic party to a full blown, five day, media convention. Back when I used to go, it was mostly comics with a dash of SciFi and fantasy TV thrown in. It was pre-Internet, so it was also the only place you could get some of the harder to find toys and comics from outside the US.

Now, of course, we’ve made friends and communities internationally. Technology has brought us closer. I can read translated manga on my iPad and buy comics while I’m on the train. Being able to bring my entire comic collection with me means I can read some of the more esoteric works wherever I am.

But there’s more to comics than just reading them. Nerds and geeks may be “in” now, yet there’s a joy to be had when spending a week with thousands of people who love the same weird stuff that you do. And with that in mind, I bring to you the queerest stuff on the Comic-Con schedule.

Wednesday June 17th

Preview Night is the unofficial start of SDCC. Tonight, there aren’t as many things going on that are super queer except for the biggest thing for me about all of SDCC, except this.

6:00pm – 10:00pmBallroom 20World Premiere Screenings of Batwoman and Pilot Screening of New Series Pennyworth Plus Special Sneak Peek Screening of The 100 and Rooster Teeth

Thursday June 18th

The first full day of programming delivers with a variety of topics. You’ll notice I’ve listed a few things that aren’t overtly queer. I listed Nancy Drew because everything on The CW has some queer, and the source material for Sumptown has the lead as bisexual. Fingers crossed.

11:00 AMRoom 7ABSuperheroIRL: Avengers of Bullying and Injustice
12:00 PMRoom 28DEEntertainment Is LGBTQ
1:00 PMRoom 11Comics Censorship in 2019
2:00 PMBallroom 20Nancy Drew Exclusive Screening and Panel
Room 26ABComics Arts Conference Session #4: What Women Want: Agency, Desire, and Community in Comics
4:15 PMIndigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego BayfrontSumptown Panel
5:00 PMRoom 28DEPrism Awards: Diversity and Recognition in Comics
6:00 PMRoom 28DECrush: First Love, New Comics Talent
8:00 PMRoom 25ABCPsychology of Cult TV Shows

Friday June 19th

There start to be some tough choices to be made on Friday. If you value media (TV) over comics, then you’ll be at Veronica Mars. If you like comics more, go to Mutant Metaphors. Also if you don’t know Terry Moore, he and Greg Rucka are two of the only straight men I trust when it comes to writing queer female characters.

10:15 AMRoom 6BCFDreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a Netflix Original Series
11:30 AMBallroom 20World Premiere: Hulu’s Veronica Mars Revival
11:30 AMRoom 26ABComics Arts Conference Session #6: Mutant Metaphors
12:00 PMRoom 11CBLDF: Take PRIDE in Comics
1:00 PMShiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central LibraryLGBTQ+ YA Graphic Novels
2:30 PMRoom 26ABComics Arts Conference Session #8: Queer Latin American Identity and Comics: A Conversation with LGBTQ Comic Creators from Latin America
3:30 PMRoom 26ABChecking in with Terry Moore
5:30 PMRoom 8A Life Illustrated: Memoirs in Comics
6:00 PMRoom 9Creator Origins: A Candid Conversation on LBGTQ Comics Creation
6:00 PMGrand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaGay Geeks and Where to Find Them
7:00 PMRoom 28DEQueer Fear
7:15 PMRoom 6AUnboxing Pandora: The New Sci-Fi TV Series on The CW
8:00 PMRoom 32AB10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Creatures

Saturday June 20th

I would like to have some words with whomever made this schedule. Because someone put Wynonna Earp up against Black Lightning, and this is a devil’s choice for me! The Women Rocking Hollywood 2019 panel will have Gloria Calderón Kellet.

10:30 AMBallroom 20Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A
11:00 AMRoom 9Expanding the Black Comics Canon
1:15 PMHall HWestworld III
2:00 PMRoom 7ABWomen Rocking Hollywood 2019: Women-Powered Projects and the Push Towards Parity
4:00 PMHall HEntertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
4:15 PMBallroom 20Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A
5:00 PMBallroom 20Black Lightning Special Presentation and Q&A
5:00 PMIndigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego BayfrontSYFY and IDW Entertainment: Wynonna Earp
6:00 PMIndigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego BayfrontSYFY’s The Magicians
6:00 PMRoom 29ABBlack and Queer in Popular Media
7:00 PMRoom 29ABOut in Comics Year 32: Tearing Down a Stonewall
7:45 PMRoom 6BCFBrooklyn Nine-Nine

Sunday June 21st

The last day of the con is a partial day. We’ll all be exhausted and drained, but there’s still more to do!

11:00 AMGrand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaHow to Be a Nerd for a Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture
11:45 AMHall HRiverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
12:30 PMRoom 2LGBTQ, Mental Health, and Comics
2:00 PMRoom 4Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion Matters
3:00 PMRoom 4Super-Abled: Disability Representation in Comics, Movies, Games, and More

What Will You Look For?

Besides the Funko Pop of Wynonna Earp, what are you looking for from SDCC? Maybe I’ll get the breaking news for you.

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say 'Trekkie.' With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.

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