Live From Hall B: Bi Representation Thrives at Comic-Con
If it seemed like every time you logged in this weekend you were hearing about more breaking bi-related news out of the San Diego Convention Center, you’re not wrong! It was a stellar weekend for bi visibility at the 2016 Comic-Con. Clarkes and Constantines descended upon CA, and we’ve got your bi+ round up right here.
Rebecca Sugar, Creator of Steven Universe Comes Out As Bisexual
The animated Cartoon Network show ‘Steven Universe’ has been known for it’s rare portrayal of queer animated characters. As reported by Kate Kulzick of The Televerse, when asked “What inspired you to center Steven Universe on woman empowerment and LGBT issues?” the animator, composer, and director responded “They’re based on my experiences as a bisexual woman.” If you get the chance, check out video of the moment. Not only did Sugar come out as bisexual, but is reportedly the first name in animation history to publicly do so.
Counting Down to The 100
Our bisexual space princess Clarke Griffin was back in action at Comic-Con. Hypable correspondent Selina Wilken reported that Clarke’s bisexuality was a present topic over the weekend. Both the showrunner as well as the actor behind the role “stress that Clarke is bi, which means she can fall in love with both genders,” Wilken reports, “they’re very committed to that.” The continued dedication to the consistent portrayal of Clarke’s bisexuality is welcome news. (Now will word just get to them that gender isn’t binary!)
The SyFy show recently completed its first season with a bang–and multiple queer women characters. Dominique Provost-Chalkley, the actor behind bisexual character Waverly Earp, spoke about her experience portraying a bi character’s journey and the overwhelmingly positive fan support. Check out Hypeable’s coverage of Wynonna Earp’s queer women characters, including Selina Wilken’s interview with Provost-Chalkley. And if you want to skip the spoilery bits, she speaks directly about fan responses at the 1:45m mark, calling it “really special, very very special.”
Bisexuality, Bisexuality, Everywhere!
Over the weekend, bisexuality kept popping up on panels. Outer Places reported Tatiana Maslany confirmed one of the Orphan Black clones as bisexual. There was chatter about a passing reference to a “grumpy bisexual” from the Sherlock panel.
Bisexuality and Beyond Panel
The weekend culminated in a panel with the sole focus of bisexuality! Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture was presented by Prism Comics and BiNet USA. Panelists R. J. Aguiar (YouTube’s “TheNotAdam,” NotAdamAndSteve), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), Marissa Lee (Racebending), Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), Sarah Strumpf (Bisexual Books), and Michelle Soto joined moderator and BiNet USA president Faith Cheltenham. The conversation centered on emerging bi+ characters and the meaningfulness of representation in media both on the screen and behind the scenes. Bleeding Cool correspondent Joe Glass was in the audience and reported the panel was informative, engaging, and affirming.
There’s nothing quite like the world you want to be in and the world you are in coalescing. If you’re like me and always on the lookout for #BiSciFi (and #BiFantasy and #BiComics and #BiEverything) I’ve got good news. This doesn’t have to end when the last table is folded and the creators have all headed home! Mark your calendar for the next #BiSciFi twitter chat, fast approaching on August 2. See you there!