Comic-Con weekend musts: "Gays in Comics" and "Glee" panels

SAN DIEGO – Comic-Con International 2010 is still going strong this weekend at the Convention Center.

Two particular events are of keen interest to the LGBT community.

Gays in Comics panel

Saturday, 5:45 p.m. – Room 6A: The Gays in Comics: Year 23 panel and mixer is where you can find other gay geeks who share a passion for pop culture. This all-star panel examines the rising diversity in the comics world as mainstream companies DC and Marvel continue to frontline gay characters such as Batwoman and Northstar and hire top-level gay or gay-friendly creators. Independent publishers and creators are also publishing unequivocal content spotlighting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered characters, to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet.

Joining founding moderator Andy Mangels, the USA Today best-selling author of “Star Trek” novels and “Iron Man: Beneath The Armor,” are Howard Cruse, creator of “Stuck Rubber Baby” and “Barefootz,” founder of Gay Comix, and godfather of the gay comic movement; Geoff Johns, writer of “Green Lantern,” “Flash,” “Brightest Day,” and DC Entertainment's chief creative officer; Marjorie M. Liu, the New York Times bestselling author and writer of “Black Widow,” “X-23,” and co-author of “Dark Wolverine;” Daniel Way, writer of “Wolverine” and “Deadpool” and co-writer of “Dark Wolverine;” Jim McCann, writer of “Hawkeye & Mockingbird,” “Dazzler” and “Return of the Dapper Men;” Charles "Zan" Christensen, co-creator of “Mark of Aeacus,” founding member of Prism Comics, and new publisher of gay-themed Northwest Press; Dan Parent, writer and artist for “Archie” and “Betty & Veronica” and creator of Archie's new gay character, Kevin Keller; and Tim Fish, creator of “Cavalcade of Boys” and writer/artist for :X-Men: Nation X” and “Iron Man: Designed Intelligence.”

Immediately following the panel Prism Comics will host a mixer that includes a "Comics Gift Basket" and a silent auction of hot comics items at 7:15 p.m.

”Glee” gonna getcha

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. – Ballroom 20: “Glee” might be the greatest thing that ever happened to show choir and is definitely the most gay-friendly show on television. The panel will feature the show’s creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, along with cast members Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Heather Morris and Naya Rivera.

For more information, visit www.comic-con.org. Warning: Most events are sold out, so please check ahead of time about ticket availability.

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