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9 to 5 Gay Pins

 9 to 5 Gay Pins crafts fandom-inspired enamel pins, while Master Pins celebrates kink culture and mental health with quality designs.

A.C. Esguerra

A.C. Esguerra is an award-winning cartoonist whose work blends fantasy and history in traditional ink and watercolor. Their debut original graphic novel Eighty Days was on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards in 2022. Recent work includes illustrating Who Was Amelia Earhart? with Melanie Gillman and creating The City of Poets public arts comics series for the San Francisco Arts Commission. They live in Los Angeles.

Website: blueludebar.com
Instagram: @blueludebar
Twitter: @blueludebar

Adam Guerino

Adam Guerino is a writer, producer, and standup comedian based in Los Angeles. He has been called a “comedian-producer-genius” by Chicago Reader and has written everything from the award winning short movie Boyfriends, to the indie comic book series Jooni Fringe, the twice staged multimedia play Mattress Matters, and the comic strip Braces. He is the creator of Outloud Chicago which installed queer entertainment in mainstream and historic Chicago venues for over five years including Zanies Comedy Club, Metro Chicago, and The Hideout. With each story, whether told from the stage or on the page, Guerino strives to create compelling, original works that are authentic, inclusive, and transformative.

Anthony Dortch (Rolling Wave Comics | 3:05 AM Collaborations)

Rolling Wave Comics
The goal of our mobile-first structure is to meet consumers where they frequent and getting books into the hands of audiences who love pop culture entertainment but do not frequent (or have never step foot in) a comic book store by instead connecting to them through the modern pop-up event approach.
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3:05 AM Collaborations
Released in May 2024, Kinky Devil is about a struggling artist who has a medical emergency whose soul is sent to Purgatory. With every corrupt desire at his soul’s fingertips will it be able to complete its journey or will it succumb to the chaos?

Bradley Rader

Brad Rader’s homoerotic artwork has appeared since 1984, in Drummer, First Hand, and Chiron Rising, etc. In 2003 he started Flaming Artist Press, so far producing 2 issues of the homoerotic magazine/art folio, “True Adult Fantasy”, as well as his graphic novel, “Harry and Dickless Tom,”.



Website: bradrader.net
Instagram: @artisticrader

Bre Indigo

 

Bree Williams

 

Comadres y Comics Podcast

Comadres y Comics is a podcast that highlights the Latinx representation in the comic book industry as creators, characters and fans.

Comic Arts Professional Society (CAPS)

CAPS is an organization of current and former comics professionals — artists, writers, colorists, letterers, and other creators in the non-animated cartoon arts. Without regard to style, genre, publication format, the nature of their publisher or the manner of their funding — CAPS seeks to provide camaraderie, education, information, and skill and career advancement for careers in the comics industry via gatherings and other mutual efforts.

Website: capscentral.org
Instagram: @comicartpros
Twitter: @comicartpros

Comic Asylum

 

Dave Davenport

Dave Davenport is the co-creator of the gay erotic comics series Hard to Swallow. His comic Feral and the Ghost Skater won the 2015 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. He’s also contributed to anthologies such as Alphabet, Yellow is the Warmest Color, and Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers.



Website: tanniscomix.com
Instagram: @tanniscomix

David M. Booher

David M. Booker is a multiple Eisner­ and GLAAD nominated writer of comics, television, and film. His comics includes Eisner- and GLADD-nominated KILLER QUEENS (Dark Horse), Eisner-nominated RAIN (Image/Syzygy), and the all-ages fantasy series CANTO (Dark Horse). He has also written stories for Firefly, Dungeons & Dragons, and most recently, Ghostbusters. His LGBTQ-led KILLER QUEENS was featured in the New York Times as a must read in honor of Pride Month. A lawyer by training, he lives in Los Angeles with his husband and the true brains behind their operation—their adopted greyhounds.

Website: davidbooher.com
Instagram: @davidmbooher
Twitter: @davidmbooher

David Reddish

Author David Reddish continues to earn a loyal readership around the world. His novels include Sex, Drugs & Superheroes and its sequels Conquest of the Planet of the Geeks and The Wrath of Comic-Con, as well as the Lambda Literary Award-nominated The Passion of Sergius & Bacchus. As a journalist, he has penned articles for such publications as Wealth of Geeks, MovieWeb, Queerty, ScreenRant and Playboy.

Instagram: @thegaymagneto

Ed Luce

Ed Luce is the creator of Wuvable Oaf, a two-time Ignatz nominated comic series about a big hairy dude’s search for love… and cats. Two volumes of Oaf stories have been collected by Fantagraphics, with the second winning the Lambda Literary Award for Graphic Novel/Comics. Ed has drawn for Image/Skybound, Dark Horse, Oni Press, IDW, Heavy Metal, Vault, Bear, the Eisner nominated No Straight Lines and the Eisner winning Love Is Love.

Website: wuvableoaf.com
Instagram: @wuvable_oaf
Twitter: @wuvableoaf

Fuego Unlimited

Embrace your inner flame! LA based small business invites all to flaunt their spice. With vibrant tees and dazzling accessories, we champion passion, diversity, and being your authentic self. Let’s ignite the world together—because love is hot. 

 

Gregory Earl Sanchez (Rainbow Arc of Fire)

Greg Sanchez, creator of Rainbow Arc of Fire, says “I was born in Florida in 1949; raised in California in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s; and have lived in Colorado since 1978, when, as a captain, I was stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and taught freshman English for three semesters. More than a decade before “Don’t ask; Don’t tell,” I was then outed and discharged in 1979, for being gay.

I currently live in Indio, CA, with my incredible husband (we were married May 4th, 2019), Mark Gallegos, as well as with our two delightful cats, Tabby and Pudge, who allow us to feed and care for them on a daily basis. I have written and edited the RAINBOW ARC OF FIRE series since March of 1994, publishing the first volume, A MILE-HIGH SAGA, in the fall of 1996. All ten published paperback volumes are available through amazon.com as inexpensive print-on-demand copies. In addition, all ten volumes are available as amazon Kindle editions.



Gui Agustini

The voice of Sunspot (X-Men ’97)

Instagram: @guiagustini1

Holly Chou

The voice of Jubilee (X-Men ’97)

Website: hollychou.com
Instagram: @holycowhollychou

Huck And Puck Books

Your neighborhood LGBTQIA+ bookstore. We have books of all genres that are Traditional, Indie, and Self-Published. We also feature many titles from local authors. As well as fandom themed cookbooks and tarot decks. Tell us your vibe and we will match you to a book.

Jack Foster

Jack Foster is a gay writer and artist and creator of the comic book GUN, hand-painted in glorious, time-consuming watercolor.

Website: guncomic.com
Instagram: @recklesseyeballs
Twitter: @thevillainist

Jeff Asato-Schuetz

Jeff Asato-Schuetze is a director, storyboard artist, and writer, born and raised in beautiful Burbank, CA which makes him a rare unicorn amongst his friends and colleagues.

He was a Storyboard Artist for BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie, Q-Force, and Captain Fall before directing on Praise Petey, an animated comedy series for Hulu which aired in 2023.

Jeff is also the writer and artist of the long-running webcomic, JEFbot, which has nearly 600 comic strips online and two volumes in print. His short fiction has been published in anthologies and online, and he holds a BA in English and a minor in Art.

He also dabbled in acting, with his claim-to-fame being a Japanese commercial in which he rode an ostrich in a three-piece suit, with a headband, playing a bugle.

Jeff Krell

Jeff Krell created the long-running gay-themed humor strip “Jayson,” which debuted in the Philadelphia Gay News in 1983 and enjoyed long runs in Gay Comix and Meatmen. Since 2005 Krell has been publishing original “Jayson” graphic novels including “Jayson Goes to Hollywood” and “Jayson Gets a Job!” In 2023, in collaboration with Sue Bielenberg, Krell debuted the all-ages Jayson spinoff “Arena Takes Manhattan,” a career girl humor comic starring Jayson’s sidekick Arena Stage. Krell also translates comics for famed German cartoonist Ralf König.

Website: ignite-ent.com
Instagram: @jeff.krell
Twitter: @jeffkrelljayson

Jose Pimienta

Jose Pimienta is a CAPS member and a comics artist. They wrote and illustrated Suncatcher, Twin Cities, and the upcoming Halfway To Somewhere. Throughout their career they have also collaborated with other writers for graphic novels The Leg, Soupy Leaves Home, Stars Hide Your Fire and Luminous Beings. Currently Jose resides in Burbank and goes on long walks as often as possible. You can see some of their work on the website joseapimienta.com

Josh Trujillo

Josh Trujillo is a writer, editor, and narrative designer based in Los Angeles. He has worked with clients including Marvel, HBO, Google, Telltale Games, Netflix, and DC Comics, among others. Trujillo is the creator of the colorful children’s book Lost Beast, Found Friend, the sports comedy Dodge City, the historical romance Declaration, and the romance anthology Love Machines. His work spans different genre and audiences, including children’s fiction, history, gaming, and queer issues.

JP Karliak

The voice of Morph (X-Men ’97)

Website: jpkarliak.com
Instagram: @jpkarliak

Kayden Phoenix

Kayden Phoenix is a lesbian Chicana writer and creator of A La Brava, the first Latina superhero team in comicbook history and Princess Academia, Native and Latina Princess series.

Kendra Wells (Kendrawcandraw)

Kendra Wells is a comic artist, writer, and game dev currently living in Los Angeles. They have previously worked with Critical Role, Dimension 20, The Nib, and many others.

Kraven Comics

Fernando Vélez is the founder of Kraven Comics; an LGBTQ community that celebrates representation in the comic book world. Fernando is a Puerto Rican creator and the author of The Queen’s Heroes, a 650-page graphic novel about queer superheroes that’s been 10 years in the making.



Website: kraven.us
Instagram: @kraven.us
Twitter: @kravencomics

Knave Murdok

Knave Murdok is a Bay Area cartoonist who writes and illustrates TransCat Comics.

Lee Dawn (We Are Frogs)

Leslie Ewing

Leslie has been drawing LGBTQ-centered cartoons since 1982. Her work has appeared in Wimmen’s Comix, Gay Comix and as a strip, Mid-Dyke Crisis, which ran in community newspapers for over 20 years. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies including Strip AIDS, and The Menopause Project.

Her work is representative of the life of an activist chronicling her ACT-Up affinity group, Queer and Present Danger, being on the national organizing committee for the 1993 March on Washington and leading several community non-profits. She retired as the Executive Director of Pacific Center for Human Growth in 2019, and currently is on the board of the National AIDS Memorial.
All of her cartoons are available on her website (LESLIEEWING.COM) and can be downloaded at no charge.

LOSCON

LOSCON is Los Angeles’ longest running Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention (celebrating 50 LOSCONs!), held Thanksgiving weekend by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).

Like all organized SF fandom conventions, Loscon is run by volunteers. Amateurs and professionals join as panelists (and a number of rooms host competing panels). There’s open discussion plus snacks in the con suite, a dealers room, an art show, nighttime parties in hotel rooms, dances, singing, gaming, and other activities.

Think of a fan-run convention as a family reunion, except that the attendees are related by common interests instead of by genetic ties.

Each year’s Loscon has its own name and theme, selected by the con chair, who is one of a number of candidates approved by the LASFS Board of Directors and then chosen by the vote of attendees at a Club meeting.

Website: loscon.org

Llynx Rufus

Mallory

Mallory is a writer and cartoonist from Los Angeles who has self-published the novels “The President’s Head Is Missing!” and “But It’s for Charity,” and the graphic novel “Egg Behavior.” They regularly publish illustrated short stories through Ahoy Comics.

Maximus Spragovsky

Creator/Writer and Artist for W.O.O.F. Galaxy Comic Book, who turns people into Superheroes. DM on Instagram or Twitter for Commission info.

Instagram: @woofgalaxyofficial
Twitter: @jetmaxxx14

Megan Praz

Megan Praz is an animator, storyboard artist, and director for some of your favorite cartoons such as BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie, and Praise Petey. She is from Pittsburgh PA but can often be found throwing frisbees on the beaches of Southern California.
As “Contested Strip,” Megan makes comics with Vancouver-based writer Meghan Kemp-Gee. In 2023, Megan & Meghan released their history-making sports-comedy graphic novel One More Year, a classic underdog story that Bill “The Science Guy” Nye describes as “all that” and “spectacular”!

Mei

Hai!! I’m Mei a (MtF) transwoman and the main writer of Qi-Shift. A year or so ago my best friend and I got it in our heads that we should make a comic that our younger selves would be excited to see. The result is Qi-Shift Vol 1. The first of many graphic novels we plan to make. Made by an entirely BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ group of likeminded people we hope your as excited about it as we are.

Websites: plus2charismaproductions.com , and purchase our creative works at otakubrands.com.
Instagram: @plus_2_charisma

Mike Pingel

Pingel has written 3 books on Charlie’s Angels, “Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels” & “Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels” & “Angelic Heaven: 25 years of Charlie’s Angels News”. Other titles include “Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman”, “The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years”; “Works of Pingel”, “Channel Surfing: Betty White.” Pingel’s first photography book FLOWERS: of West Hollywood is out now.

Website: mikepingel.com
Instagram: @mikepingel
Twitter: @mikepingel

Mike Rossi

Mike Rossi is a cartoonist, illustrator and lover of cheese. Most of his comics work is memoir and slice-of-life. He is currently seeking a home for his first graphic memoir, Branches. He resides in SF with his partner, and their formerly pregnant cat. (His second book will be about that.)

Mimsy Fair

Mimsy Fair is the work of solo interdisciplinary artist, zinester, ttrpg enthusiast, and dice goblin, Theresa Knopf. She creates handmade dice and books for tabletop adventures from her workshop in Los Angeles. Everything is handmade with special care and intention, inspired by games, media, literature, mythology, and folklore.

Website: mimsyfair.com

Pansy Pins

“Hi my name is Danny! I’m a queer digital artist that specializes in kawaii, BL, and video game-inspired art, such as pins, stickers, enamel pins, and more! My work is always body-positive and sex-inclusive with a touch of humor added into the mix. 🌸”

Prism Comics

Prism Comics is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization championing LGBTQ+ diversity, visibility and inclusion in comic books, graphic novels and popular media. Founded in 2003, Prism is celebrating its 20th Anniversary supporting comics creators, professionals, readers, librarians and educators as a resource and community for LGBTQ+ comics. Prism Comics is producing Q Con with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division as part of the 2023 WeHo Pride Arts Festival.

Website: prismcomics.org
Instagram: @prismcomics
Twitter: @prismcomics

Qweerty Gamers

Qweerty’s background has always been the empowerment of marginalized communities. In 2015, Qweerty began as a Facebook Group for LGBTQ Minecraft players. As it became more and more clear in divisive times, more advocacy was needed. Qweerty began raising money for nonprofits like the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The TransLatin@ Coalition. Qweerty Gamers was founded as a 501c3 LGBTQ Gamer Nonprofit in late 2018 with the generous services of Paul Hastings, a renowned international law firm, with the goal to champion the inclusion and visibility of LGBTQ Gamers into the broader gaming world.



Rachel Dukes

Rachel Dukes is a cartoonist and the creator of the cat-centric webcomic Frankie Comics. Dukes is also the co-creator of the comic Wizerd with Michael Sweater. Dukes has been published by Oni Press, Boom Studios, Silver Sprocket, and The Nib, among others.

Rachel lives with several invisible illnesses and makes the best of things in Southern California with their cats, Frankie and Willow. They are thankful for fresh air, tea, and readers like you.



Rex Ogle

Rex Ogle is an award-winning author and the writer of nearly a hundred children’s books, comics, graphic novels, and memoirs—most notably Free Lunch, which won the ALA/YALSA award for Excellence in Non-Fiction.

He has written under several pseudonyms, including Trey King and Honest Lee, but is currently focused on reimagining classic literature as modern or fantastical graphic novels as REY TERCIERO, under which he penned bestselling Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy, as well as Northranger, nominated for both a Harvey and GLAAD Media Award.

Website: rexogle.com
Instagram: @thirdrex

Rod O’Riley

Shannon Watters

Shannon Watters is the co-creator and co-writer of the award-winning hit comic book series LUMBERJANES. Her new graphic novel HOLLOW with Branden Boyer-White and Berenice Nelle is out now! She is also a former senior editor and the founder/head of BOOM! Box line at BOOM! Studios. She lives in Los Angeles.

Website: shannonwatters.com
Instagram: @shanito
Twitter: @shanito

Shrug Club

Shrug Club is named for people who answer “What are you into?” by shrugging ̄_(ツ)_/ ̄
“I make art & accessories of my various interests, with an emphasis on gaming and memes with a lot of early 2000’s nostalgia.”

Sian Marshall

“Hi, I’m Sian Marshall (pronounced like ‘Shahn’; they/them)! I’m a (very) small independent artist with a passion for storytelling, who is also, technically speaking, award winning (my work was awarded Honorable Mention by Graphis New Talent 2024). Fantasy narratives are my first love, alongside bright colours and daydreaming about my latest hyperfixation. I have a few original zines and comics for sale as well as risograph prints, postcard prints, and some fun stickers and button pins. Stop by and say hi!”

Sina Grace

Sina Grace is a GLAAD media award-winning writer and artist living in Los Angeles, best known for a prolific library of work that balances slice-of-life, blockbuster action, and everything in-between. His groundbreaking Iceman series at Marvel Comics paved the way for Grace to work on all of his favorites: Jughead’s Time Police, Wonder Woman, Go Go Power Rangers, and more. He is currently promoting Superman: The Harvests of Youth, graphic novel he wrote and illustrated at DC.

Website: sinagrace.com
Instagram: @sinagrace
Twitter: @sinagrace

Sippy Crumbs

Sippy Crumbs is a small batch artisanal coffee roasting company that aims to create a space for human interaction and artistic expression. Founded by the talented duo James and Joel, Sippy Crumbs offers a delightful array of tabletop experiences, including inspirational cards, conversation starters, and a captivating card game. Each creation is meticulously crafted to foster meaningful connections and spark moments of laughter, reflection, and joy.
Sippy Crumbs has also expanded into the digital realm with Sippy Disco, a cozy puzzle game where players guide the adorable mascot, Sippy, as he spreads light to the dance floor, munching on our coffee-infused cookies as he goes.
Sippy Crumbs is more than just a business; it’s a labor of love and a testament to the power of collaboration and the human spirit. It’s a place where coffee, creativity, and connection dance together in perfect harmony.

Sonya Saturday

Sonya Saturday is an internationally published cartoonist, writer and photographer. Her books include two volumes of Presidential Candidates Coloring and Activity Books, Why Do You Cry When I’m On Top?, and A Ninja Dinosaur Christmas!!!. She has contributed comics to several award-winning anthologies, including Anything That Loves and We’re Still Here. Sonya is currently producing an autobiographical online comic strip called The Greatest Thing You’ve Ever Seen in Your Life. sonyasaturday.com

Steve MacIsaac

Steve MacIsaac’s series SHIRTLIFTER explores contemporary gay culture, identity, and sexuality. He has appeared in many anthologies, including BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2010 (Houghton Mifflin), and A PILL FOR PROMISCUITY (Routledge).His graphic novel UNPACKING was published by Northwest Press in 2018, and he is working on a new book called CT SIN ATAJOS.

Surge of Power Enterprises

Surge of Power Enterprises, started by Vincent J. Roth in 2004, produces indie superhero movies featuring cinema’s first out gay superhero, Surge, who is joined by many celebrities from the sci-fi/superhero genre in each movie. We celebrate our 20th anniversary with our 5th movie showing at Q Con!

SurrealArts & Diwata Komiks

Diwata Komiks is a diversity-focused indie comics company feat. new myths for all of us just looking to belong. We are a part of SurrealArts Studios – a transmedia group with a creative development team focused on telling diverse & inclusive stories that reflect our world today.

Website: diwatakomiks.com
Instagram: @diwatakomiks

Tara Madison Avery (Stacked Deck Press)

“I am Tara Madison Avery, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and publisher. I make comics in many genres but I specialize in humor and romance comics of LGBTQAIU interest. With my publishing imprint Stacked Deck Press, I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to publish fine work such as the Ignatz and Lambda Literary Award-nominated comics anthology ALPHABET, the first all-transgender comics anthology We’re Still Here, and Tyler Cohen’s Bi Book Award-winning Primahood: Magenta. I am currently working on Merrier, a romantic comedy set in the intersecting bisexual, transgender, and polyamorous communities of Los Angeles, Agents of A.S.C.E.N.D., a superhero story about a paranormal government operatives, and a variety of coloring book and short story projects!”

Tilly Bridges

Tilly Bridges and her wife Susan are a writing and producing team, writing for Monster High, Star Trek Adventures, Fallout, comics, podcasts, and were the head writers of the 2023 Nebula Awards and 2021 Hugo Awards ceremonies. Tilly’s book Begin Transmission: The Trans Allegories of The Matrix released in 2023.

Website: birdguest.com
Instagram: @heckyeahtillybridges
Twitter: @tillybridges

Tini Howard

Tini Howard writes comic books, and has spent the past several years at Marvel and DC, working on X-Men, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and more.

Washi Station

The Washi Station collaborates with diverse independent artists to curate seasonal collections of beautiful and unique washi tapes and other stationery goods.

Yaoi Revolution

Yaoi-Revolution has been bringing the works of Yaoi artists from all over the world to the USA for over a decade! Novels, artbooks, comics and more!

COSPLAYERS

Jimmy Sherfy

 

Instagram: @jimmysherfy

Julian Jetson

 

Julian Jetson, a pop culture aficionado from Palm Springs, has made his mark as a panel producer for “Gay Geeks And Where To Find Them” and producer of Comic Con Palm Springs. Known for his unique cosplay that blends vintage and modern styles, Julian’s expertise shines through in his production work, including Q-Con’s costume contest. Julian also hosts and co-produces Q Con the Podcast featuring queer comics news and interviews with comics creators, cosplayers and pop media creatives. His deep engagement in the geek culture space highlights his commitment to fostering diversity and creativity.

 

Instagram: @dragpool
Twitter: @theonlydragpool

Kelsey F


My name is Kelsey. You can call me Kal, for short! I’m a thirty-something butch cosplayer hailing from sunny Southern California. I’ve cosplayed for almost half my life and when I’m not wearing spandex or body armor, I’m working in Hollywood!

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