Okay, people. ClexaCon. This convention is dedicated to the positive representation of LGBTQ+ women in film, TV, books, comics, and other forms of media. I just got back from ClexaCon 2019 in Las Vegas, and oh my.
If you’re curious about this event and wondering if you should go, the short answer is yes. Here’s a recap of what went down this weekend, and what you can expect at ClexaCon 2020 and onward.
Step 1: Fangirl over celebrities
Wayhaught Q&A panel, live podcast recordings, workshops hosted by Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman… The schedule for this event is crazy cool.
At its heart is a series of panels, photo ops, signings, and many other opportunities to meet top female LGBTQ+ actors/characters from film and TV. ClexaCon 2019 guests included actresses from Wynonna Earp, Carmilla, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Runaways, Glee, One Day At A Time, and loads more. There was no shortage of opportunities to interact with them. I saw them wandering about (Dominique Provost-Chalkley legit strolled past me as I was getting coffee), and there were always several celebs at a time at the meet-and-greet tables.
Step 2: Discover books, comics, art, and more
I spent the weekend among the exhibitor booths with the other vendors, artists, and authors. It was incredible how many creators were there! As a fan, this is an amazing opportunity to meet your favorite creators of LGBTQ+ content and discover new ones.
Step 3: Make friends and network
It’s impossible not to make friends at this event. It happens while walking around, but they also facilitate it with events like Speed Friending. We’re a bunch of fans all here for the same reasons.
If you’re a creator, there are lots of opportunities to chat with other people in the business and exchange info. Reps from Tello Films were present and offered opportunities for pitching and asking questions. I was so excited to chat with other authors in my genre, and I finally got to meet fellow “warrior girl x mermaid” author Julia Ember in person.
Step 4: Party on, because it’s Vegas
Every night had an event going on, and whether you prefer partying or Netflixing, there was something for everyone.
For creators and consumers of stories about queer women, ClexaCon is an unparalleled opportunity
As a queer female author and webcomic creator, I was thrilled with the opportunities this convention offered. By getting a booth in the exhibitor hall, I was able to bring my books and the Ice Massacre webcomic to their intended audience. Definitely a win-win situation.
My favorite part by a landslide was getting to meet readers. It was also exciting to meet people who had heard of Ice Massacre and had been wanting to read it! Honestly, I was blown away to discover people had actually heard of me. This was such an exciting and rewarding experience.
Scroll @ClexaCon on Twitter and check out the hashtag to see tweets from attendees.
Here are the signings and conventions I have coming up. This list will be updated as new events arise, and I’ll share new bookings on my Twitter and Facebook pages. Hope to see you there! I have loads of swag and fun stuff to give away!
Ice Massacre: The Graphic Novel launches today! Two ways to experience the comic:
Read for free on icemassacre.com or on your favourite webcomic platform like Tapas (new page every Monday).
Join our Patreon community to get bonus and behind-the-scenes content plus new pages at an accelerated rate of 2 pages per week (Tues/Thurs). This option is the most fun (yes, I am writing bonus scenes!) and our first wave of Patreon supporters will be entered into a raffle for free swag. We sincerely hope you choose this option, as this will provide the funding we need to keep creating the comic.
Head over to one of the links above to read the first 2 pages (first 4 pages on Patreon) and character bios.
Ice Massacre on Social Media
After we’ve posted all the pages that make up an issue, we’ll bundle them up into ebooks and physical copies (free/discounted to our Patreon community) and make those available online and at conventions.
Thank you for all of your support so far! We’re so excited to be embarking on this journey with you.
Tiana Warner here, author of the upcoming Aries 181. In this book, an aerospace intern discovers her boss is a supervillain who is stealing technology to build his company. The proof copy just arrived in the mail. It launches March 26th, and today I thought I would talk about what inspired the story.
First, science. If you are fascinated by books like The Martian, the technology in this story has a similar feel. The company ‘Aries’ is based on real aerospace companies, like NASA, who create earth imaging satellites. I’ve worked with some of this technology over the last few years, and was geeking out so hard over it that it sparked an idea for a novel. I thought, what if I stumbled on something I wasn’t supposed to see while working with these satellite images?
Second is being a nerd. If you enjoy books like Ready Player One, the geekery will be up your alley. And plus you can dive into what it’s like to work at a tech company.
Third, a huge part of this novel was inspired by partners in crime. So Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Joker and Harley. But this supervillain duo is robbing science labs instead of banks.
The book takes place in Vancouver.
And features badass, LGBTQ+ female leads.
And I think that’s all I’ve got to say about it. So that’s what you can expect from Aries 181. Thanks for listening, and get ready for a Chapter 1 preview in a few weeks!
We’re looking to launch the full comic this winter on Patreon. With this platform, we plan to release the comic one page at a time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Patreon is a website where artists can share content as a subscription service. There, you can subscribe to comics, stories, art, podcasts, and more.
After a lot of discussion and pondering, we think this platform could be the best way to launch the comic.
Timeline. With a publishing house, this comic wouldn’t be released for at least a couple of years. With Patreon, you can experience the story as we create it!
Affordability. Above all, we want this story to be read and enjoyed by everyone. With Patreon, you pay what you want for the comic.
Bonus content. We’ll be able to offer rewards to subscribers, like sketch requests and videos.
This means the initial launch will be web-based, but once we’ve released all the pages and the story is complete, we’ll compile them into a print version.
Tell us what Patreon Rewards you want!
Would you subscribe to get advance updates? Would you request a custom sketch of Meela and Lysi? Do you want a video stream, bonus sketches, or something else? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!
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