Coming after the great success of the first ever LGBT gaming convention, GaymerConnect has announced its second annual gathering will take place July 11-13, 2014 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel in San Francisco, California.
According to co-founder and Creative Director Matt Conn, GaymerX was created to provide both a safe space for LGBT gamers, but also to start a dialog with game developers (and each other) around LGBT representations in games.
“For games to be taken seriously as the pieces of art that they are,” said Matt Conn, “they can’t live in a culture that is afraid to tackle and discuss issues like gender, sexuality, race, and identity. The amount of support that we’ve gotten for GaymerX shows that the gaming community is coming around to the idea of having serious debates on how to improve the medium.”
GaymerX2 will feature more celebrities, guest speakers, panels, concerts, mixers and games. Notably on the list of guests are David Gaider, Mattie Brice, Alexis Ohanian, Gordon Bellamy, Jaime Woo, and John Scalzi, musicians like 2 Mello and Virt, as well as returning faces like Ellen McLain, John Patrick Lowrie and Zach Weinersmith.
So get ready and grab your joysticks boys! Its gonna be a wild time!
You can register and get more information about GaymerX2 at the GaymerConnect website.
Following the fallout from the eleven issue comic book story arc Trinity War and “Forever Evil,” The D.C. comic Justice League America which was introduced in 1960 as The Justice League and featured such notable comic book heroes as Superman, Batman,Wonder Woman, Flash , Green Lantern, and Aquaman will be leaving American and moving North to Canada.
“In the spring, the current Justice League of America team goes through a dramatic change and some of the pieces that are left behind will evolve into this new Justice League Canada team.” said writer Jeff Lemire.
In the official announcement which will be made today at the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto Lemire, a Canadian native wouldn’t reveal the roster of Justice League Canada, but promises it will be a “dream team” comprised of A-list heroes and a few obscure characters. He’ll also introduce a new Canadian hero. “I’m trying to make a character that reflects a real part of our cultural identity, who could be a real Canadian teenager,That’s what I’m really after with that.” Plus, he’s reintroducing Adam Strange, who in the New 52 is Canadian.
“This is still very much set in the regular Justice League universe and the team will still have some of the bigger named superheroes, but they will actually be located in Canada now, and there will be a couple of new members who are Canadian. So obviously as a Canadian, and as a Canadian storyteller, it’s something I’m very proud of.” added Lemire.
My question is: Exactly how bad has America become when Superheros move to Canada, eh?
Geeks OUT — a group dedicated to LGBT visibility in the gaming and comics community will host its first-ever local event: The 2012 Dallas WiiLYMPICS at the retro bar Barcadia this weekend starting Sunday at 6pm.
With Dallas Comic Con : Fan Days ending at 5pm on Sunday October 21st gaymers can compete at the WiiLYMPICS for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in events like the like Mario Kart 4 X 100cc Challange and the Wii Sport Doubles Tennis event.
DR Hanson of Geek Out says that “Just because Fan Days ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday doesn’t mean Fans have to go home,” Hanson is hoping the event entertains gay geek visitors attending Dallas’ Comic Con as well any local gaymers looking to get out and meet and compete.
Sign up goes from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday October 21st with competitions beginning soon after. Barcadia will also offer all attendees $4 you-call-its.
Barcadia is at 1917 N. Henderson Ave. For more information, visit the Dallas WiiLYMPICS Facebook event page.