Over the weekend, my team and I had the privilege of attending ACE Comic Con in Seattle, and it had exceeded my personal expectations. Fans and artists were able to geek out and feel safe to do so.
It was uplifting to see a major community of artists, guest speakers, and creators welcome fellow fans of all ages, shapes, identifications, and sizes with open arms. It truly felt like a team effort to make sure that attendees could be comfortable being their true, authentic selves, but also to be able to see themselves as superheroes as well.
And being that the last day of the convention was held on the same day as Pride, there was an astonishing amount of love and acceptance throughout the duration of the convention. It was refreshing to step into such a considerate and inclusive community of fans.
Meet the artists that inspired me as well as the ACE Comic Con community this last weekend:
Christa D (@christadoodles)
“Illustrator. Sculptor. Fangirl. I really am a huge fangirl, and I love it.” Christa was the first person I approached during the weekend, (and if you ask her, our team stopped and shopped quite a bit throughout the weekend). This woman is talented as HECK, and her work showcases body types of all sizes. Seeing a curvy Poison Ivy and Megara from Hercules is something I can get behind.
Christa’s designs are to die for. She puts so much love into her work and emphasizes size inclusivity. And rumor has it: she has a body positivity line coming out soon! We’re excited where she takes it!
You can find her at @christadoodles on Twitter, Instagram, and Twitch!!!! (and YES, she’s currently open for client work!)
Tatiana Gill & Craig Hurd-McKenney
“I’ve been drawing since I was young. Drawing every kind of women in this position of power has always been intriguing to me.” Tatiana Gill’s work was one of my favorite of the convention. She writes and illustrates books about body positivity, size and ability inclusivity and focuses her work on women of all shapes and sizes.
Along with her friend and fellow writer, Craig Hurd-McKenney, the two create powerful stories that shine the light on people of all sorts and make everyone feel like they too are heroes of their own kind.
You can find her work at http://www.tatinagill.com and http://www.comixxen.com!
Jordandené X The Sartorial Geek
“We love catering to all sizes, fandoms, and promoting anything that can connect everyone we can in our work.” Approaching the Jordandené X the Sartorial Geek booth, we were greeted by Mallory Cohen, whose smile and purple eyebrows captured my soul and filled it with sunshine.
Jordandené promotes an array of fandoms and is size inclusive! Their models are all different artists and creators of all backgrounds, races, and sizes.
The Sartorial Geek is a publication dedicated to every kind of fangirl and aspiring creator. Spotlighting independent artists from all over and showing readers how to cosplay as their favorite characters, The Sartorial Geek is a well-written print publication that caters to the fangirl inside us all.
You can find them at: sartorial geek.com
It’s refreshing to see such acceptance and love being spread in such an open way at major conventions like ACE Comic Con!