While Denver Comic Con has a diversity panel track, AnomalyCon is a diversity track. It is the first convention I’ve been to with a stringently upheld non-discrimination and non-harrassment policy. Most cons have them in place, but AC was the first place I actually heard it talked about in the opening ceremonies, and saw it posted around the convention. This year, the organizer even talked the hosting hotel into having at least one gender neutral bathroom during the event! (Words cannot express how thrilled I am with this development.) Plus the organizer(s) go out of their way to find and invite diverse panelists, presenters, and performers--people of color, GLBTQ folks, women creators, and other marginalized groups are not only welcome, but often celebrated. Because, let’s be honest, we’re pretty awesome, and we’re just as nerdy as the straight, cisgender white guys who want to tell us we’re not.
It’s a convention that is extremely welcoming for cosplayers and costumers of any skill level--even us casual/closet cosplayers--and actually feels like a safe space for us female-presenting folks to wear a costume, regardless of body type or how much skin we’re showing (if you’ve ever tried to wear a revealing costume to most cons, you know how many comments you can get about “only cosplaying for the attention” or other similar bull).
This year, I’m thrilled to be on four panels at AnomalyCon, plus some interviews on the main stage:
Tropes 101 (with Beyond the Trope)
The Legend of Korra fan panel
Pirates! And the Rouges Who Love Them
Queer Identities After the Apocalypse
Basically, I’m going to be busy all weekend. And I’m really looking forward to it! If you’re coming, drop by the Beyond the Trope table or swing by one of the panels above and say hello, or talk to me about gay pirates. I will always be excited to talk about the historical accuracy of gay pirates.
(And don’t forget that Kitsune Tales is now available for the Kindle! Help me afford to bring home some lovely Dryad Tea from con!)