Online registration for Haven Con, the first LGBT geek and gaming convention of Texas, has opened and runs through March 1. Tickets will be 25 percent off for anyone purchasing an autograph package for special guests Janet Varney and Dante Brasco.
“We’re beyond thrilled to have Janet and Dante join us for the event,” said Shane Brown, founder of HavenCon. “Dante is known for several roles, but his performance as Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender was amazing. And Janet starred as the powerful Korra in The Legend of Korra, which is the beloved sequel to The Last Airbender. Their appearance alone is worth the price of admission!”
Included among the numerous panels and discussions are developers with Plano-based Gearbox Software. Other panels include LGBTA authors, LGBTA artists, “Gaming through the ages,” “Coming out cosplay” and a conversation with Doc “Pop Culture Professor” Housel, and more.
Attendees will have the opportunities to participate in a “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” gaming tournament, a 1K Super IQ “Magic: The Gathering” tournament, a “Super Smash Bros.,” and the Big Gay Cosplay Wedding event.
“With HavenCon, we’re creating a safe, entertaining and diversity-welcoming environment for people that enjoy comic books, video games, science fiction and more,” Brown added. “We want people to come in their favorite geek costumes, join us for games and tournaments, shop for a sci-fi or fantasy accessory, learn from industry and local talents, and meet people who share a common bond—all of it while celebrating what makes us both different and special.”
Haven Con will be held at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2015. HavenCon is an all-ages event. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 10 and under can attend for free. To purchase tickets for the event, click here.
Proceeds of Haven Con will go to OutYouth, which is a non-profit organization providing services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth ages 12 to 19 in Austin and central Texas.
Voice contributing writer Chaka Cumberbatch has written about LGBT geeks and gamers extensively, most recently for our Sept. 19 issue.