About this project
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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