My time at BENT-CON 2011!

So I’ve been home from BENT-CON for almost two weeks now, and I don’t mind telling you that I am STILL BUZZED from my INCREDIBLE experience.

Both Fraser and I were on a natural high the entire weekend. The opportunity to meet some of our fans in person and talk with them – with YOU – about our comics and characters was so amazing to us. You really showed us just how appreciated our work is, and for that I cannot thank you enough.

Robert Fraser and Patrick Fillion of Class Comics at BENT-CON 2011.

We really felt that we don’t leave our studio often enough, and that we do in fact NEED to step out and partake in more events like BENT-CON so that we can meet more of our fans. Talking to the real people who love Class Comics has really helped us to identify the things we are doing correctly, the things we need to do more of, as well as some of the things we’ve done that haven’t worked quite as well. These revelations are invaluable as really help to give us a sense of direction for the future.

So again, thank you to all the fans that were able to come and see us in person, and to all the fans who supported us from afar. You know that you guys and gals make this the VERY BEST JOB ON THE PLANET for Fraser and I, and we just love creating our comics for you. You’re the BEST!

Robert Fraser, the writer of the hit comic series "The Initiation" was at BENT-CON 2011, signing comics for fans.

Another aspect of BENT-CON that both Fraser and I completely loved was getting to meet other queer creators. There were so many amazingly talented folks present at BENT-CON – people which I’ve spoken to via email for years – and we finally got to meet in person for the first time.

There are too many to name  here, but I can’t tell you how completely OVERJOYED I was to get the chance to meet folks like Sean Z, Jezza Smilez, Sean Platter, Belasco, JJ Kirby, William Tyler, Jon Macy, Joe Phillips, Brad Rader, Justin Hall, Jeff Jacklin, Michael Kirwan, Alex Woolfson,Wendi Pini, Steven H. Garica– and this impressive list goes on, and on, and on. (Apologies for not listing everyone here — a complete list of all creators and exhibitors is available on the BENT-CON website.) So many creative and inspirational people were present, and I LOVED that artists such as the fabulous Vishis and the wonderful Iceman Blue, who despite not being part of the exhibiting artists, took time out of their weekend to come and say hello to Fraser and I! SO VERY COOL!

Robert Fraser chatting with Class Comics fans at BENT-CON 2011.

After years of email communication and of mutual artistic appreciation, I FINALLY got to meet the incredible JOTTO!  What a pleasure it was getting to see some of his original artwork in the flesh, and to chat with him about his creative process and inspirations.  The man is as sweet as he is talented, and I don’t mind telling you that he treated me to a pile of prints of his gorgeous artwork. Again — BLISS!!!  LOL!

The weekend was like Christmas morning come early! LOL! I got to sample the wares of several creators, and it was so great exchanging comics and art. I do wish I’d had even more time to peruse everyone’s work… but time flew by so fast. However, I HAD to show you this AWESOME sketch that the incomparable BRAD RADER drew for me in my copy of his Vertigo book, “FOGTOWN”.  What a sweetheart! He signed the book for me and drew me this super hung, super sexy Black Hunk as a special treat!  LOL!  I love this!  It’s just one of the many wonderful moments that made BENT-CON so much fun for me.

The awesome BRAD RADER drew me a gorgeous black hunk with the BIGGEST WANG EVER!

The weekend’s panels were also terrific.  Fraser and I were invited as guest speakers on several of them, and we had a fantastic time speaking about our work and on our impression of Gay Erotic art, comics and queer publishing in general.

The Fanboys of the Universe costume contest was a BLAST!  Fans really put a lot of effort into their costumes, and speaking as one of the official judges, I can tell you that picking the winners was NO EASY TASK! Everyone who participated was TOP NOTCH and incredibly creative!

On a personal note, I was so THRILLED to finally get to meet my pal, the fabulous JOHNNY M in person for the very first time. Johnny was as amazing in person as I expected him to be, and more.  The opportunity to solidify such friendships, and renew existing ones was literally PRICELESS and so greatly appreciated.

Johnny M and Patrick Fillion in Amoeba Music, Los Angeles, the weekend of BENT-CON 2011.

I also truly enjoyed meeting emerging artists for the first time.  I got to see some wonderful new artwork and discover the talents of creators whose work I will enjoy watching grow and flourish. Choklit Daddy was one such artist.  Check out his blog for a look at his sexy toons!

So yeah – a great time to be sure! So many wonderful blessings in one all-too short weekend. Connecting with everyone was completely amazing, and being in beautiful Los Angeles was glorious.

As well as BENT-CON, our weekend in LA also brought Fraser and I another very special gift… but I’m reserving that news for down the road. Heh! Heh! Heh!  ;)

So again, thank you all so much – from the fans, to the fellow creators, to the wonderful folks – you all made BENT-CON 2011 such a HUGE success, and such an incredible experience for Fraser and I! :D  Now we’re looking forward to BENT-CON 2012! LOL!

What a treat to finally meet fellow queer comic book creators in person. Fraser and Patrick pose with the hunky Jezza Smilez!

If you’d like to see some more photos from our BENT-CON weekend, check out the official Class Comics BENT-CON report!  And for more info on BENT-CON and official recaps from the event, check out the official BENT-CON website.

And to my beloved readers, thank you as well for your kind words of support and encouragement. My Christmas issue is coming up, and I have a little something special planned for you all.

Much love and smooches all around!  Patrick! XOXOX

See you at BENT-CON!

Patrick Fillion and Robert Fraser of Class Comics to attend BENT-CON 2011!

If you’ve been to the Class Comics website lately, you’ll have noticed that Fraser and I are going to be in attendance at this year’s fabulous BENT-CON convention, and we’re really looking forward to meeting all the fans that can come see us. It runs December 3-4th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California, the heart of the media, gaming, comic and pop-culture world!

BENT-CON is the convention for encouraging, celebrating and appreciating LGBT and LGBT-friendly comic-book artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors and producers, creating media targeted directly to LGBT audiences or as part of the larger realm of mainstream pop-culture as a whole.

Fraser and I will be there to meet and chat with fans, sell and sign comics, hand out Class Comics promo freebies and other fun stuff. We’re also gonna take part in some awesome panels and discussions, and I’ll even be one of the official judges for the Fanboys of the Universe sponsored Costume Catwalk contest.

Other amazing Class Comics creators such as Zan Christensen and Mark Brill, the creative team of the award-winning the Mark of Aeacus, will also be in attendance and you won’t want to miss them either.

BENT-CON is the perfect convention environment for Class Comics. For the first time since it’s creation, Class will be on site in all it’s glory and with no holds barred, ready to connect with its fans.  We’ll even debut 2 brand new comic books, WAY AHEAD of their intended 2012 release dates! How cool is that? Supplies are limited, so come early!

The weekend event will be filled with tons of exhibitors, guests, panels, film-viewings and parties and attended by names you’ll recognize from various creative industries.

For more information on BENT-CON, check out the official BENT-CON website, and if you live in the Los Angeles area, or are gonna be there on the weekend of December 3rd and 4th, be sure to attend and drop by and see us.

For a detailed list of the panels we’re gonna be on, as well as other events we’ll be involved in at BENT-CON, check out the Class Comics website.

See you there!  Patrick XOXOX

Patrick Fillion and Robert Fraser of Class Comics to attend BENT-CON 2011!

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