The Queers & Comics Conference is a biennial LGBTQ cartoonists conference that alternates between New York City and San Francisco, California.
The conference offers LGBTQ cartoonists the opportunity to:
* Document the history and significance of queer comics.
* Discuss the craft of cartooning.
* Promote queer cartoonists in the comics industry.
This forum provides queer cartoonists a unique environment to learn from each other and to inspire exciting future work. Queer comics offer readers a unique visual literature that reflects and critiques queer culture.
The conferences brings together US and international LGBTQ cartoonists and comics writers and artists, as well as scholars, publishers, editors, journalists, and readers of queer comics.
Conference panels are videotaped and archived for future viewing.
Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women and subGURLZ, and she edited two Juicy Mother comics anthologies. Her work appears in numerous publications, comic books, and anthologies, and has been exhibited internationally.
Justin Hall is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award and received an Eisner Award nomination. He is the creator of the comics series True Travel Tales, Glamazonia, and Hard to Swallow, with his work also appearing in the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, and the San Francisco Weekly. He is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar.
The Queers & Comics Conference was created because Jennifer Camper wanted to throw a party for queer cartoonists. She had been reminiscing with other cartoonists about how they’d get together at OutWrite, the LGBTQ writer’s conferences held in the 1990’s sponsored by Boston’s Gay Community News. Jen thought they needed a conference like that for queer cartoonists – providing the opportunity to create community, document history, and celebrate queer comics.
What is Queers & Comics?
The Queers & Comics Conference is a comics conference, similar to a writers’ conference but for LGBTQ comics creators, academics, publishers, fans, etc. Q&C features two full days of lively panel discussions with digital slide presentations, two Keynote Presentations, a Comics Reading by attending cartoonists, and other events. Panels are video recorded and archived for future viewing. This biennial conference alternates between New York City and San Francisco.
Can I reserve a table to sell my product?
No. Q&C is NOT a comics convention and we do not have tables for sales or exhibition. We do have a bookstore during the conference where we sell books and products created by the panelists.
Are panelists paid?
Panelists are not paid and they are responsible for their own transportation and housing in NYC. There will be some assistance available for transportation and housing.
I’m not a LGBTQ cartoonist, can I be on a panel?
Yes. We welcome anyone who creates comics with LGBTQ content, or who has expertise or insights regarding queer comics, including scholars, publishers, editors, agents, archivists, historians, etc.
I’m a scholar, can I read my paper about queer comics?
Our panels do not have scholars presenting papers. We do have panels where scholars discuss their ideas, often including the content of their papers.