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Sunday, August 20 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Telling Our Stories
Even as mainstream literature, comics, television, and film increasingly embrace diversity, writers continue to struggle with creating nuanced portraits of LGBTQ characters, especially those with intersectional identities. We still need positive, thoughtful representation. We still need to tell our own stories. In this discussion led by Margot Atwell, Director of Publishing at Kickstarter, creators will discuss some of the stories they’ve told, how they’ve told them, and the pleasures and pitfalls they encountered along the way.

Moderators
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Margot Atwell

Director of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Director of Publishing at Kickstarter. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby, Color Jam! Roller Derby Coloring Book, and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Su... Read More →

Speakers
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Tee Franklin

Tee Franklin is a queer disabled Black woman who writes comics: The Outfit (Nailbiter #27), A Blazin' (in the Elements Anthology), Tears (in the Eisner-winning and New York Times Best Selling Love is Love), and the queer Black graphic novella, Bingo Love. Franklin fights for incl... Read More →
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Nicole J. Georges

Artist and Illustrator
Nicole J. Georges is a writer and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. She has been publishing her own zines and comics for 20 years, and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea's Sister Spit tour. Nicole's diary comic zine Invincible Summer has been collected into two anthology books. Her graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura won a Lambda Literary Award, and its French translation... Read More →
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Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo is a former goth teen and current co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer. She is also a writer, speaker, educator and consultant with a focus on LGBTQ issues. Based in Los Angeles, CA, she is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Everyone Is Gay & My Kid Is Gay, and autho... Read More →
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Bishakh Som

Bishakh Som's work investigates the intersection between image and text, figure and architecture, architecture and landscape. Inspired by the grammar of comics and graphic novels, they seek to expand the vocabulary of the narratives traditionally presented in this medium by explo... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room B