On a trip with its definite ups & downs, I was in Los Angeles over the weekend to attend Bent-Con. The organizers describe it as "like a Comic-Con, only gayer." It turned out to be a modest-sized comic book & media convention aimed toward gay audiences. It was 1st held last year in a space behind a leather bar, & now, in its 2nd year, it ambitiously upgraded to the Westin Bonaventure. Exhibitors ranged from David Kelly, the creator of the guileless Steven's Comics, to Patrick Fillion, whose rather extreme sci-fi erotica stories are totally at odds with his somewhat milquetoast personality. Besides the exhibition hall, there were discussion panels, a film program & an animation/fantasy costume contest. There was definitely enough to keep me entertained for a long afternoon. If nothing else, I was exposed to a lot of overstated representations of the male body. My con-companion & I enjoyed how super-friendly all the exhibitors & the attendees were.
December 3-4, 2011
Los Angeles, CA