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Help Geeks OUT heat up NYC with a super-queer comic con!
Help Geeks OUT heat up NYC with a super-queer comic con!
Help Geeks OUT heat up NYC with a super-queer comic con!
396 backers pledged $19,616 to help bring this project to life.

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FUNDED!! THANK YOU to all who have helped us take this huge step toward realizing such an ambitious goal.

New Stretch Goals!

  • 17,000 - We will designate a VIP space for backers who have given over $100. This includes artists who have reserved tables! We’ll try to arrange a special meet & greet there with some of our honored guests.
  • 19,000 - We will document the con with high-quality video, for those who can't be there in person.
  • 20,000 - We will offer a special on-site discount on the POWER anthology: All copies sold at Flame Con will be $5 off the cover price!

Please keep fueling our Kickstarter, and spread the word! Flame Con is going to be a blast!

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Since 2010, Geeks OUT has organized events throughout the country so queer geeks can meet, mingle, and geek out (it's our name for a reason). Now, we need your help for our biggest event ever.

In 2015, we're going to change the geek community in NYC and the greater Northeast by hosting a new comic convention - one made especially for queer fans! 

What's Flame Con About? 
Community 

The LGBTQ community is separated into different groups that all too often don’t mix or learn from each other’s experiences: gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, cisgender and trans people, aces and bears… But comic cons are all about mixing! People of every size, gender identity and expression, age, color and type come to comic conventions to get geeky, expressing what makes each of us different, special, and awesome. A queer comic con is a great way to bring us all together under one roof. We'll learn about ourselves as a community, and explore topics that haven't already been paneled to death at other cons. We want to end the con having brought queer people from different parts of the rainbow closer. 

Geeking Out

Cons are about meeting people face to face. You get to revel in each others' creativity and open spirit. you connect. You realize that you're not alone in what you love. Or who you love - really, there are a lot of similarities between being a geek and being queer. Weird, niche interests don't have to be isolating, and meeting others who are into what you're into makes your passions that much more fun! Come out! You'll find that you're part of something that doesn't just begin and end with the con! 

Showcasing Cool Queer Stuff

We love pop culture, and there's a lot happening now in comics, TV and movies that seems to be catering to non-straight tastes. From Orphan Black to Dragon Age to Arrow to Gone Home, there are queer characters and call-outs...subplots and inclusive themes. Sweaty workouts. Girls kissing. Gay gaming options. The entire world of fanfic... Still, enjoyable stories and ideas that are explicitly queer are rare, and often controversial. We've been enjoying queer winks and nods since the dawn of literature. We want to enjoy stories that don't rely on subtext and innuendo to create believable, honest portrayals of LGBTQ experiences. So, let's have a con that just puts it out there! You won't have to scan the floor for a rainbow flag just to find a queer-friendly artist. You won't have to sift through tables and tables of comics just to find a story with two boys or two girls kissing. Think of it: All the amazing queer art you always hope you can find at a big con, ALL IN ONE PLACE!

Geeks OUT president Joey Stern with Cthulhu and Lewd Alfred Douglas at NYCC 2011
Geeks OUT president Joey Stern with Cthulhu and Lewd Alfred Douglas at NYCC 2011
 
Here are some of the awesome things we’re planning to feature at Flame Con!

Creators! 
We hope to feature dozens of artists and vendors, catering to all kinds of queer tastes and interests.  Come see creators you've always wanted to meet, and meet creators you may have never heard of, but will remember forever! 
Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and Allison Kolarik (Comic Book Afterlife) at our 2014 NYCC signing table.
Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and Allison Kolarik (Comic Book Afterlife) at our 2014 NYCC signing table.

If you or someone you know is a creator who might be interested in exhibiting at Flame Con, check out our “Artist Table” incentive. You can reserve a table at Flame Con right now, at a low early-bird price!


Big Names!
Flame Con is more about building community than big (and usually expensive) names, but we hope to give you a chance to shake hands with a couple of our favorite celebs. Feel free to let us know if there's anyone in particular you'd like to see, and stay tuned for more updates!

Panels!
We want to have discussions you won't hear at a mainstream con, between thoughtful, creative, and hilarious people. What would you like to hear about? What do you want us to explore? Bi erasure? Homophobia and transphobia? Body image issues? Creative processes? Let us know! Flame Con will be a place to engage fans in new conversations, and put forth ideas that will influence pop culture and the LGBT community long after the con wraps up.

An Art Show!
For the past three years, Geeks OUT has held celebrity-themed art shows, each featuring dozens of artists paying tribute to geeky icons important to the LGBTQ community:
Geeks OUT's last three art shows!
Geeks OUT's last three art shows!

This year, we'd like to include a tribute show WITHIN Flame Con! Artists exhibiting at Flame Con will be encouraged to participate, and creators unable to make it to Flame Con can still be a part of the event by contributing to the art show!  

Anthology!
Geeks OUT is just getting started on our first ever comics anthology, featuring work from queer and queer-friendly creators around the world. The theme is POWER, and we're super excited to show it to you. We'll be releasing the anthology at Flame Con! Fans at the con will get first dibs on it, and can line right up to get it signed by the creators it features -  several of whom will probably be tabling at Flame Con! 
The Geeks OUT Anthology Comic is in the works!
The Geeks OUT Anthology Comic is in the works!
Cosplay Parade
At the end of the day, we'll host an after-party at a bar within walking distance of the con! Cosplayers can take to the streets and lead the way! This will be a great opportunity to meet more fans and continue mingling with the cool people you met at the con.
Rowr! Start working on your costumes NOW!
Rowr! Start working on your costumes NOW!
Incentives!
$50 - The Blue Flame limited-edition tee shirt, only available for our $50 Kickstarter backers!
$50 - The Blue Flame limited-edition tee shirt, only available for our $50 Kickstarter backers!
$30/$100 - Pick 1 of 4 amazing mashup prints by Rey Arzeno of Rage Gear Studios! Get all 4 for $100!
$30/$100 - Pick 1 of 4 amazing mashup prints by Rey Arzeno of Rage Gear Studios! Get all 4 for $100!
$250 - Custom Rage Gear Character Mashup by Rey Arzeno! Want to see two of your favorite characters combined into one? Rey Arzeno of Rage Gear Studios will make that happen for you! One custom digital illustration and an 11x17 print.
$250 - Custom Rage Gear Character Mashup by Rey Arzeno! Want to see two of your favorite characters combined into one? Rey Arzeno of Rage Gear Studios will make that happen for you! One custom digital illustration and an 11x17 print.
$30/$100 - Pick one of four limited-edition Comic Book Afterlife prints, by Allison Kolarik! Get all 4 for $100!
$30/$100 - Pick one of four limited-edition Comic Book Afterlife prints, by Allison Kolarik! Get all 4 for $100!
$250 - Comic Book Afterlife Custom Zombie! Turn yourself or someone you love into a pop-art zombie! One custom digital piece and an 11x17 printed copy by Allison Kolarik.
$250 - Comic Book Afterlife Custom Zombie! Turn yourself or someone you love into a pop-art zombie! One custom digital piece and an 11x17 printed copy by Allison Kolarik.
$30/$100 -Pick one of four limited-edition modHero prints by Rogan Josh or get all 4 for $100! Approximately 11x14.
$30/$100 -Pick one of four limited-edition modHero prints by Rogan Josh or get all 4 for $100! Approximately 11x14.
$250 - Imagine yourself, a friend, or your favorite character as a piece of minimalist pop art! One custom digital piece and a 11x14 print.
$250 - Imagine yourself, a friend, or your favorite character as a piece of minimalist pop art! One custom digital piece and a 11x14 print.
Custom Chad Sell (Drag Race) Portrait - Time to get fierce! Imagine yourself, a friend, or anyone else you can think of as a fabulous drag queen! Includes a print, approximately 11x14.
Custom Chad Sell (Drag Race) Portrait - Time to get fierce! Imagine yourself, a friend, or anyone else you can think of as a fabulous drag queen! Includes a print, approximately 11x14.
$200 - Have brunch with Flame Con! He's totally real and wants to have eggs bennie with you!
$200 - Have brunch with Flame Con! He's totally real and wants to have eggs bennie with you!
$200 - Happy Hour with comics superstar Phil Jimenez! Talk shop, hear insider tales, or just enjoy an evening getting to know this LGBT comics trailblazer. (Price includes three drinks and snacks for you and Phil at a Manhattan establishment, TBA).
$200 - Happy Hour with comics superstar Phil Jimenez! Talk shop, hear insider tales, or just enjoy an evening getting to know this LGBT comics trailblazer. (Price includes three drinks and snacks for you and Phil at a Manhattan establishment, TBA).

Risks and challenges

Starting and running a comic convention is expensive and complicated, even more so in NYC, where space is very hard to come by.

Although this is new territory, Geeks OUT has years of experience putting together successful events (http://geeksout.org/events/past) and we feel that with our experienced managing board and dedicated army of volunteers, we are up to the challenge.

We expect to use the 15,000 we raise on Kickstarter roughly as follows:
$1500 - Kickstarter and financial service fees
$2000 - Incentive fulfillment
$5000 - Venue Rental
$3500 - Promotion and advertising
$3000 - Guests and con incidentals (security, insurance, etc.)

It is our hope that Flame Con will inspire corporate sponsorship. Geeks OUT is a small non-profit, and the steep costs of the con, many of which may arise unexpectedly, will probably be our biggest challenge. Financial sponsors will allow us to focus more energy and creativity on the big ideas that we think will make Flame Con spectacular!

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