Special Guests

Check out the Schedule of events. ASL interpretation provided for all events in HUB 355.

Click here for a Guide to geekOUTucr (*pdf)

Tee Franklin on Bingo Love

Tee Franklin is a Queer disabled Black woman who writes comics: The Outfit (Nailbiter #27), A Blazin' (in the Ignatz award winning Elements Anthology), Tears (in the Eisner-winning and New York Times Best Selling Love is Love), and the Queer romance graphic novella, Bingo Love.

Franklin won the 2017 Queer Press Grant for Bingo Love and raised almost $60k for this graphic novella via Kickstarter. Franklin created her own publishing company, Inclusive Press, in order to publish her own comics, as well as comics by other marginalized creators. Franklin fights for inclusion in comics, no matter the risks, as she hopes that the next generation of marginalized comic creators won't have to put up with what's been happening for the past 75+ years.

Roxane Gay on Black Panther: World of Wakanda

"Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story - its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs... What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other?" - Marvel.com
Roxane Gay's talk at geekOUTucr will focus on Black Panther: World of Wakanda. She will also speak later in the evening at 7pm @ the UCR University Theatre.

Rae D. Magdon and Brianna Dym on "Enterprising Fans: How Femslash fans fill in the gaps mainstream media leaves behind" + Rae D. Magdon on Fanfic Writing Tips

Rae D. Magdon is an author of queer and lesbian fiction. Her stories and transformative works celebrate lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans women falling in love. In addition to ten original novels, she has an extensive fanfiction archive with over two hundred works. She is active in The 100, Mass Effect, Legend of Korra, and Wynonna Earp fandoms. Visit raedmagdon.tumblr.com

Brianna Dym (Information Science PhD Student) has a background in English and sociolinguistics, with a masters degree from the University of Alaska. She got her start in researching online communities and their digital literacy practices, and is now looking to norms in online communities and ways in which different minority groups carve out spaces for themselves online. She is currently researching gaming communities and Archive of Our Own, and is also interested in different ways in which users push back against hegemonic structures in technology. [Current IRL projects: queer identity in videogames, fandom online community migration]

Gabby Rivera on America Chavez

Gabby Rivera is a young, charming speaker dedicated to empowering women and improving our marginalized communities. She’s currently making major waves for her Marvel series starring America Chavez: a queer, Latinx superhero who’s been written and designed, crucially, by a queer Latinx. And while the series is “definitely going to tackle America’s ancestry and ethnicity,” Rivera tells The Washington Post, it’s also a comic book aimed at wide appeal: committed to snappy one-liners, blowing stuff up, and beating up the bad guys, naturally. Visit gabbyrivera.com or @QuirkyRican.

Josh Trujillo & Mister Loki on the History of Queer Comic

Josh Trujillo is the writer and creator of LOVE MACHINES, DEATH SAVES, and DECLARATION. He writes about history, humor, romance, and gaming. Trujillo's work is featured in the 2017 Eisner-winning LOVE IS LOVE. By day he writes for Telltale Games, on titles like MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Visit joshtrujillo.com and @LostHisKeysMan

Mister Loki is an API queer comics artist who works part time as a pediatric bone marrow transplant nurse. His work focuses on increasing queer and racial representation in fantasy. He is the creator of IF THERE BE MAGIC and THOSE SPACES BETWEEN. He is currently working on UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, a queer 1920s comic about werewolf dog fighting and the lengths that one is willing to go for family. Visit misterloki.com and @MisterLokiDoki

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