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My Rad Adventure At Flame Con 2019: A Photo Recap!

Superman Loves Batman
Let The Homoeroticism Begin! Art By J Caress Studio (All Photos By Gail)

By Gail Worley

Life in Manhattan is like living at Disneyland, with endless opportunities to immerse yourself in an experience that’s unique to this City. I’m always down for a new adventure, so when my convention-buddy Ken suggested that I try for Press credentials to attend Flame Con — which I had never heard of, but which he described to me as being “the LGBTQ Comic Con” —  obviously, there was no way in Hell I was to going to miss it. Happily, Flame Con organizers approved my badge, and Ken and I made plans to meet up at the Times Square Sheraton on a beautiful Saturday morning, where the convention floor would open to the press one hour before they started letting other attendees in. I am way more of a music geek than a comics geek, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but after about 30 minutes of absorbing the vibe, I arrived at this conclusion: Flame Con fucking rules!

Flame Con Signage

Organized by Geeks OUT, a non-profit that produces LGBTQ events at comic conventions, Flame Con is an annual two-day, multi-genre entertainment and comic convention focused on fans and creators of pop culture who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. That said, Flame Con is the most inclusive event I’ve ever attended — everyone is welcome — and you would have to be dead from the neck up to not have a fantastic time.

Tote Bag With Buttons

Beyond hundreds of artists, authors and assorted exhibitors, Flame Con also features panel discussions and workshops, but this post will focus on the rad exhibitor-floor action, because that’s where we spent most of our time. Now, as Frank N Furter once said, ‘Let me show you around!’

Flame Con Exhibitor Floor

Flame Con is a BFD! Launched in 2015, Flame Con is the first LGBTQ comic convention in New York City, and the largest LGBTQ comic convention in the world. No matter what pop culture passion you favor, you’ll find an insanely diverse selection of exhibitors showcasing LGBTQ-inclusive Comics, Graphic Novel, Anime, Manga, video games, movies, television and more! Most importantly, everyone is at Flame Con to have fun and let their freak flag fly!

Flame Con Fan

Look How Much Fun This Fan is Having?!

Art By Sam Schechter

The exhibitor floor is great place to chat up and expose yourself to the works of amazingly talented pop-culture artists. Since there were so many tables to visit (and we hit each one) the photos I chose for this post depict art that really spoke to me and my personal aesthetics. The above artwork of a teen devil and his cat, which is just fantastic, is by Sam Schechter.

Art By Joseph Giampietro

Wonder Woman is such a bad ass. She totally gets it: Dump sucks! Art by Joseph Giampietro.

Queer as Fuck

Here and Queer, Bitches! GoGetARoomie is a web-comic by French artist Chlove.

Art By Lauren Moran

Kylo Ren; he does that little thing to me, you know? Art by Lauren Moran.

Hedwig

Do you like Hedwig? I sure do. She’s a fucking icon! I wish I had paid closer attention to who made this fantastic portrait of Hedwig as portrayed by actor / playwright John Cameron Mitchell. If you know, please clue me in in the comments!

Hedwig By Kate Brezzy

Here she is again! This Hedwig is by Kate Brezzy.

Steven Universe By Pixel Wayve

Best. Quote. Ever. Drawing of Pearl from Steven Universe by Pixel Wayve Digital Art.

BTS Post Cards By Julia Reck

Gay, Straight, Bi, whatever; everyone loves Androgynous Pretty Boys! These amazing Post Cards of the members of South Korean Boy Band BTS, by Seattle-based artist Julia Reck, were a huge hit.

Marceline Poster

I love this Marceline (The Vampire Queen) Poster that you can find at the Gay Breakfast online store for just $10! What a bargain!

Gay Breakfast

We Are Here Forever

Flame Con is the best place on Earth to get turned-on to new and fun queer fiction in the form of comics, zines, novels and graphic novels. Artist and author Michelle Gish was on the scene, selling and signing copies of her graphic novel We Are Here Forever. Michelle writes a blog of the same name, where she sells her art. I love her illustrative style!

Hot Dog Girl Novel

Being a young adult is hard. Thank god for YA authors like Jennifer Dugan, whose latest novel is Hot Dog Girl. It looks both hilarious and totally relatable. I am old, and yet I want to read it.

Uneaten By Sharks

Uneaten By Sharks by Masha Zhdanaova is a graphic travelogue chronicling the author’s adventures from December 2018 to January 2019. If you’ve ever traveled to an exotic foreign land to stay with relatives that you barely know, this book will speak to you.

Things Ive learned Not to say On Dates

Do you need dating advice? Check out Things I’ve Learned Not to Say On Dates by Liam Donnelly (Sad Gay Boy Comics).

Call Me By Your Name

Don’t Ever Say This.

My Future Murder

Is dark humor your thing? My Future Murder by Stevie Wilson looks like a fun read!

The Cloud By Chad Sell

If you are looking to be uplifted and inspired, you might enjoy The Cloud by Chad Sell, which is a short, all-ages comic about a cute cloud who becomes a super hero. The Cloud was inspired by an afternoon’s walk that Chad took during the summer of 2017. Oh, the cuteness.

If Dinosaurs Were Sexy They Wouldnt be Extinct

Consider this hypothesis: If Dinosaurs Were Sexy They Wouldn’t be Extinct. I’m not sure if this Coloring Book by John Curtis Jennison Jr. is all-age appropriate, but with a title like that who gives a shit?

Diary of a Pink Wig

As a pink-haired lady myself, I am curious to know what Diary of a Pink Wig, by Bianca Xunise, is all about.

Why I Love Nick Cage

Actor Nicolas Cage is one of the most polarizing celebrities on the planet. Just being serious. But whether you love him passionately him or hate him, the Why I Love Nic Cage Activity & Fun Book (by K. Sheldon & Kendra K.) will keep you entertained. This activity book includes coloring, drawing, a maze, a word search and more! Rated not-safe-for-kids due to a hilariously raunchy centerfold! Nic Cage!

Exhibitor Floor

Spider Woman Goes To Japan

This is ‘burlesque goddess’ Agent Wednesday. I wish I had taken her up on her offer to draw me as a naked baby.

Bondage Dolls

Five dollars in exchange for this service, offered by Orcamode, seems like a reasonable price!

Furry Couple

Just a couple of Furries in love!

David Bowie Glam Breakfast Mug

Do you like to shop? I sure do. Flame Con has a ton of insanely cool stuff for sale that make great gifts for friends (or for yourself)! I shopped for three friends’ birthday gifts at one vendor alone! This David Bowie As Ziggy Stardust Coffee Mug is certainly irresistible. Want!

Night Owl Designs Switch Plate

Night Owl Designs sells Switch Plates featuring the likeness of characters and celebrities like Frank N Furter (which is now on the wall in my bathroom), David Bowie, Prince, Freddie Mercury and Divine!

He Man Zip Bag

A rainbow-hued  He Man Zip Bag could hold school supplies, or make up, or whatever you want!

Pink Dog Earrings

You can find all sorts of cool, hand-crafted jewelry like these fun Pink Animal Earrings by Prince Peacock.

Stickers

Stickers by RVSSIA (@rvvssia).

T Shirt Patabot

Nothing allows you to express your individuality quite like a fun T-Shirt, and Flame Con hosted tons of expressive T-Shirt vendors. I love this Punk Salior Moon shirt by Patabot.

Ask Me About My Ship

One of the most unique T-Shirt concepts I’ve seen is Ask Me About My Ship, by Fox Estacado (aka Art By Fox), which allows you to realize your fantasy relationship (aka ‘Ship) between two fictional characters. The phrase “Ask Me About My Ship” will be visible while the shirt is being worn but, once you are asked, you can lift up the bottom of the shirt slightly, revealing your dream couple.

Stucky Shirt

For example, the Stucky is for fans who ship Steve Rogers’ Captain America and Bucky Barnes’ Winter Soldier (Steve + Bucky = Stucky). So Hot!

Kawaii Cosplayer

At last, we arrive at the Cosplayers, who do so much to make Flame Con extra fun and exciting with their finely-detailed costumes of popular characters, and also their own mash-ups and DIY outfits.

Drag Ghoul

This lady was well over six feet tall, and hard to miss, though I don’t know if she is dressed as a character or just her own Ghoulish Goddess. Update: someone just told me that she is dressed as Sarah Sanderson.

Aladdin

Hot Aladdin.

Freddie Mercury

1976-era Freddie Mercury! Amazing!

Pokemon Jiggly Puff

Pokemon Jiggly Puff takes a time-out to check his social media! It’s necessary!

Princess Bubblegum

Princess Bubblegum! My favorite!

Fox and Lobster Woman

Who are these characters? They look great! Thank you for posing for me!

Transformers

A couple of Transformers Autobots.

Anime Guys

Unknown Anime Characters.

Bat Woman

Bat Woman!

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn — what a cutie!

Mars Attacks

Martian from Mars Attacks!

At the end of the day, we had all kinds of crazy fun, made new friends, and learned a lot at Flame Con! A shout out is owed to Ken for showing me the ropes! Please check out this rad blog at Piercing Metal Dot Com! Special thanks to Michelle at Geeks OUT for the Press Badge action! I can’t wait for next year’s event!

Flame Con 2019 Program

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Frieze 2019: A Photo Recap of The Fair’s Best Art!

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden
Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden Sculpture/Installation Paired With Chris Ofili’s Painting To Take and To Give (All Photo By Gail)

On a very rainy Sunday in NYC, the ideal indoor activity turned out  be a ferry ride over to Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Fair! Because what’s a little mud on your shoes compared to the joy of browsing for hours through thousands of prohibitively expensive artworks?

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden
It Isn’t an Art Fair Without Yayoi Kusama!

Looking back through the digital archives, it appears that my previously most recent Frieze recap dates all the way back to 2015 — wow — for reasons that take too long to talk about. One thing that is abundantly clear though is that my skills as a photographer have improved greatly in the last four years! Let’s take look around this year’s Frieze Art Fair and check out a selection of my favorite art!

Carlotta

Carlotta (2017) is monumental 3D-effect stiles steel sculpture by Juame Pensa, found at Richard Grey Gallery. That’s an Alex Katz abstract painting at the left.

Colored Mirrored Circles

It didn’t take me long get distract by shiny things, because I neglected to note the artist of this installation of Colored Spherical Shaped Mirrors, which is just fantastic.

Metal Weed

It might look like a weed has sprouted up though a crack in the wall at the booth for the Marlborough Gallery, but that weed is actually a metal sculpture. Clever!

Quartz Eroded Newspaper Machine

Quartz Eroded Newspaper Machine (2019) by Daniel Arsham.

Quartz Eroded Newspaper Machine

Here’s the view of another side: Coffee Cup included! Spotted at Perrotin Gallery.

You Drive Me Crazy.

Two colorful, feathered bears wrestle playfully in this sculpture by Paola Pivi entitled You Drive Me Crazy, also at Perrotin Gallery.

Numbers

You know how it is when you have to wait so long for all of the people to clear out of the shot that your forget to make note of what you were photographing? This is one of those times.

Untitled After John Singleton Copley
Untitled (After John Singleton Copley) By Ewa Juszkiewicz

Mermaid Sculptures By Olivia Erlanger

Mermaid Sculptures by Olivia Erlanger at And Now Gallery sell for $8,000 each!

Back and Forth May Marilyn Lerner
Back and Forth (2016) By Marilyn Lerner at Kate Werble Gallery

Alyson Shotz at Derek Eller Gallery

Alyson Shotz created this iridescent suspended soft sculpture made from interlinked, dichroic-dyed aluminum discs, found at Derek Eller Gallery. Check out two detail views of this work, below.

Alyson Shotz at Derek Eller Gallery

Surface of Discs. Exterior.

Alyson Shotz at Derek Eller Gallery

Surface of Discs, Interior.

Gabriele Beveridge True Bone

Here’s a unique blown-glass work by Gabriele Beveridge called True Bone. It’s so lovely I am compelled to offer a side view from which you can see how the glass ‘weeps’ over the chromed Steele frame, or bone.

Gabriele Beveridge True Bone

Men Who Cannot Cry

Men Who Cannot Cry (2018) Neon Sculpture by Alfredo Jaar.

Mark Thomas Gibson The Snowman

Mark Thomas Gibson, The Snowman (2018) at Fredericks and Freiser.

Seung-Taek Lee
Stainless Steel and Urethane Vinyl Sculptures and Drawings by Seung-Taek Lee at Gallery Hyundai.

Alex Da Corte Orb Weaver Weft
Alex Da Corte, Orb Weaver Weft (2019) at Karma Gallery.

Indigo Illusions
Indigo Illusions (1991) By Betye Saar at Roberts Projects.

Empowered Women
Empowered Women (2019) By Andrea Bowers at Andrew Kreps Gallery

This neon sign switched up its timely message by having the “ed” in “Empowered” flicker off and on. Nice.

Metaphysical Leg Pull By Duggie Fields
Metaphysical Leg Pull (1976) By Duggie Fields, at The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd.

You Should Be Dancing (2018)
You Should Be Dancing (2018) By Jim Lambie

This reflective wall sculpture made from the lenses of sunglasses was also spotted at the both for at The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd.

Mirror Balloons By Jeppe Hein
Mirror Balloons By Jeppe Hein (2019) at 303 Gallery of New York.

Sculptures By Marta Chilindron

Colorful Acrylic Sculptures By Marta Chilindron (Above and Below).

Sculpture By Marta Chilindron

My Life As A Tree
My Life As A Tree By Edouard Duval-Carrie (2019) at Lyle OReitzel Gallery.

Shiatsu
Shiatsu (2019) By Max Hooper Schneider

Now here’s a modern sculpture that has everything! Max Hooper Schneider’s Shiatsu takes a custom acyclic vitrine  — that an observer might easily mistake for an ordinary household aquarium — and creates a surreal habitat filled with hand tools scattered among the lush terrarium plant life and accented with a vintage neon sign! Let’s take a closer look.

Shiatsu Detail

Spectacular! Hooper Schneider’s work is represented by Maureen Paley Gallery of London.

Gate By Tony Cragg

Avid readers of The ‘Gig might recognize this freeform abstract sculpture as the work of sculptor Tony Cragg from This Post, though the one above, entitled Gate (2017) is of a much, much smaller scale!

Sound Suit By Nick Cave

Look Up: It’s one of Nick Cave’s Sound Suits!

Raked Leaves (Apparition)

Raked Leaves (Apparition) (2019) by Patrick Jacobs is a tiny diorama that was embedded into the wall of the booth for Pierogi Gallery of New York.

February (2018) by Devan Shimoyama

Check out this fabulous silk flower and bead-embellished hoodie sculpture, February (2018) by Devan Shimoyama. I would wear it.

Well that about wraps up this year’s Frieze coverage. If you dig the photos in this post please share the love and share the link on your social media! Art!