QTCON PRIDE! Art Bends Reality to Create Possibility
It's about to be...
Black, Brown, and queer as f*ck, the only comic-con like it on the West Coast. When the world is increasingly aligned against us as queer & trans people of color, we will center our joy as Color Bloq always has. We deserve the escape, the comfort, and the joy that the possibilities of storytelling can bring. Come through and celebrate our joy through comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, video games, gaming, and more.
Saturday, June 18, 11am - 5pm
at SOMArts 934 Brannan St, San Francisco
Online ticket sale has ended. Tickets available in person only.
We are grateful to Blue Shield of California for sponsoring the year's QTCON Pride!
Music and entertainment produced in collaboration with our friends at Good VBZ. Good VBZ is a movement that was created to uplift and create positivity within the QPOC community. No Labels, just Good VBZ.
Ricardo Padilla, cofounder and Executive Director of Latino Comics Expo and Baruch Porras Hernandez, comedian and lead artist of “¡Espectacular!” by MACLA lead the discussion in “How They See Us: The challenges and beauty of creating a safe positive space for BIPOC Queer creators.”
Ajuan Mance, Artist, Writer, and Professor of African American literature at Mills College in Oakland, CA, gives a talk exploring the unique role that Black queer and trans comic creators in disrupting the social, political, and economic structures that have silenced and marginalized all people of African descent, in a presentation that contextualizes Mance’s own past, current, and upcoming projects within the larger landscape of Black comics, animation, and illustration.
How I went from transforming drag queens into comic book superheroes as fan art to turning Netflix and LogoTV’s biggest queer stars into superqueeroes! Discussing how an indie artist can bring authenticity to corporations. A talk by illustrator Cheyne Gallarde.
Fuel up in the outdoor space with one of our pop-up food vendors, Soul Skillet of Mission Bowling Club!
QTCON PRIDE! is coming to SOMArts in San Francisco. The space has room for over 300 ticket holders inside the main hall, over 20 artist and exhibitor tables, stage for panels & performances, sound and projectors throughout, and will feature 2 popup food vendors in the outdoor space that holds another 150 attendees.
We want to make sure disabled, immunocompromised, and caregiving members of our community are properly served. The all-day virtual experience is FREE, on the same day and time as the in-person event; June 18th at 11am to 5pm PST.
Maximum 350 slots in the virtual space—no need to be in the Bay Area.
Watch the Gather.town sizzle reel to get a glimpse of how the virtual space will work. Rather than ask for public signups through our online channels, we are reaching out directly to those in our community, hoping to connect with others and ensure we are reaching folks who can help create a space for storytelling, possibility, and joy.
With your contributions, QTCON PRIDE! will showcase the brilliance of our community in a space dedicated to joy. If you can, please support by making a contribution
We take the safety of our community seriously. While our risk is varied and our needs and responsibilities differ, we want to do what we can to protect the health and wellbeing of all QTCON PRIDE! attendees.
Below you will find a few basic points that guide our COVID protocol for this event:
Proof of vaccine-plus is required for all attendees age 12 and over. For those who received 2 doses (Pfizer, Moderna), we will ask for proof of a 3rd shot booster at minimum (some are receiving a 4th dose). For those with a 1 dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) we will ask for proof of your 2nd shot which functions as your booster. Attendees age 5-11 will be required to show proof of a full vaccine course.
For California residents, we will be scanning your QR Code and matching that to your ID / Driver’s License. Be sure to download the most recent version of your QR Code—it changes with each dose you receive. Get your code here: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov
All attendees will be required to wear N95 or KN95 masks inside the venue. Cloth masks, masks with respirators, exercise masks, and surgical masks are prohibited. Performers, panelists (while on stage), and artists while at their tables will be able to modify their mask-use as needed. Our staff will ensure you are wearing a high quality mask at all times, and you may be asked to leave for pulling down your mask while inside the venue.
Outdoor areas for eating, drinking, or just taking a break are not subject to the mask requirement. That said, please respect the safety of others who are disabled, immunocompromised, over 50, who are caregivers with small children and families at home—if they ask for distance, we will respect that space and boundary.
Thank you for helping us keep each other safe, and comfortable. We deserve joy, community, and the trust of those around us.