Photos: Best Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2019Photos: Best Cosplay From Anime NYC 2018 Stay on target This past weekend was the third annual Flame Con, an LGBT focused comics and pop culture convention in Brooklyn, NY. The con is run by Geeks OUT, a national LGBT geek organization.The past two years the convention has been held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge which is by quite a few trains making it easy to get to. There’s also a Panera Bread and a food truck right outside for all your coffee needs! Some great food options too like Rocco’s Tacos and Hill Country Chicken. While I am a fan of Hill Country Chicken, they ran out of biscuits the first day then breasts and thighs the second. What gives!?Okay, back to talking about the actual convention. It starts off at noon each day, which is later than most conventions, but it works here. The convention highlights some of the biggest LGBT names in comics like James Tynion IV, Kate Leth, Steve Orlando, Phil Jimenez, and Mags Visaggio. The rest is filled with some lesser known names, allies, small publishers like Margins Publishing, and some vendors with novelties and knick-knacks. Their big media guest this year was Robin Lord Taylor who’s a great get and looked like he was having a ball all weekend. You won’t find much regarding back issue vendors with deals to be had, CGC staff, or old school comics collectors with their short boxes are carts trying to dump a hundred or so issues of comics for one creator to sign. What you will find are lots of eager artists with gorgeous prints and personal projects that you’d find at MoCCA Fest and the quality cosplay you’d find at NYCC. For many, it’s the best of both worlds in the New York Con scene. If you’re a vendor, you really do need to know your audience for this. The crowd skews young and queer. The nineties flare comic stuff doesn’t go over as well as Steven Universe, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon. This is not your standard comics show and needs extra attention.The best thing about Flame Con is how welcoming it is. They provide attendees with preferred pronoun stickers, gender neutral restrooms, and everyone is very friendly. It’s easily the most pleasant con experience overall during the year. If you haven’t checked out Flame Con yet, please mark it on your calendar for next year, presumably the third weekend in August of 2018. Attendance keeps going up though so they may need a bigger venue next year!Photos by Betty FelonView as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.