Most of you know that I book up super fast.
Between a professional Psychic Practice, and a side position of employment that is more full-time than part-time, especially since September, 2014, advance notice is truly a great friend of mine.
When someone tells me about something taking place within a week of the notice, the chances of me attending are slim to none, but when I find out about something happening at least two months from the time I find out about it, the chances of me attending are much greater.
Indeed, it was approximately two months ago that I found out about FlameCon, NYC’s very first Queer Comic Convention, and I was so happy to learn about it.
I must confess, that when it comes to comic books, the only one that I ever read faithfully was Darkwing, which I enjoyed very much, especially since the lead character discovered an Ancient Egyptian artifact that imbued him with super powers.
Nonetheless, I was overjoyed to have had the opportunity to attend FlameCon.
Interestingly enough, I had the opportunity to go to the Prospect Avenue in Brooklyn this past Thursday, June 11, for a different event and reason, which certainly helped me to find Grand Prospect Hall so I could attend this event.
I love that a nationally registered historic place (yes, Grand Prospect Hall is a historic monument, another reason why Brooklyn is badass!), was the site of the very first FlameCon.
Even before I arrived, I could see people who either were going to or coming from Grand Prospect Hall. The various super hero logo t-shirts, not to mention various people beautifully and wonderfully engaged in cosplay.
The volunteers were super nice and helpful, and they did a great job of taking care of everyone, including me.
Now, to the juicy stuff!
When I entered the Sun Room, I soon encountered the lovely Tere Michaels, author of, among many others novels, The Vigilante: Book One: Who Knows the Storm. Now, when I first encountered her, I was about to ask her how much a book entitled Dreams of Fire and Gods: Gods, by James Erich was.
However, she totally surprised me by informing me that, if I sign up for their Email list, I can have any book on that side of the table, FREE! Truly, arm-twisting was wholly unnecessary!!
Yes, I signed up (after placing that book in my bag), and then I met Jeff, the wonderful husband of the wonderful author known as Damon Suede.
First of all, Jeff is not only beyond badass, but super sweet. At one point, he asked me if I simply wanted to browse, of if I wanted to hear the pitch. Frankly, I wanted to hear the pitch, because I really did feel like a tourist all over again (there must be something about that section of Brooklyn that turns me into a tourist!).
I loved his pitch, and wound up purchasing the aforementioned The Vigilante: Book One: Who knows the Storm, by Tere Michaels, then purchased Hot Head, by Damon Suede (which, Jeff, verbally applauded; I mean, really, between the delicious-looking, half-naked studs depicted on the cover of the book, the title (REALLY!), and, after Jeff told me the story behind Mr. Suede’s Bad Idea, how could I not buy it, too?
So, I purchased the three books, which of course, I had autographed, and what wondrous autographs, indeed!
Then, Jeff gave me a pair of purple sunglasses with the Dreamspinner Press logo on one of the arms, then a “bad idea” stick pin.
Of course, Jeff flustered me because he took one out of the box, leaned forward and said, “How would you like a bad idea?” Oh, my Gods! I was a-flutter the way he said it!
So much so, that my usual dominant nature was temporarily suspended and I told him to stick it wherever he wanted!
Really, he said it so seductively, that I was quite flustered. It felt good to be Re-Minded of manly wiles!
After that, I walked around to the other side of the Sun Deck and saw THE Tom Cardamone. I first met him back in 2013 (you can read about that experience by visiting https://thetarotman.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/tom-and-trebor-rimming-a-horse-and-a-faun/ ), and saw his book, The Lavender Menace, which he not only edited but also features one of his stories. You know I cannot wait to read all of them!
I also had the lovely pleasure of meeting Jezza Smilez, who created Nathan and the Adonai. The artist is even more gorgeous than the men he draws.
All I can say is: HOT DAMN!
Then, I walked into The Salon, and saw Greg Fox, the super cool creator of THE Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast. I first discovered this series, several years ago, during one of my first visits to Giovanni’s Room, and I love the series. No overt nudity, which I can enjoy, and a culturally diverse cast of sexy men, which proves that men come in many different beautiful shapes, sizes, and colors!
I must confess, although I have owned the first Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast book for years, I had no plans to buy anything, but between some great chats, and some star-strucked behavior on my part (which, if Mr. Fox is reading this, I hope and pray I did make you feel uncomfortable), I decided to purchase Kyle’s B & B Presents: The Pin-Ups.
Again, all I can say is: HOT DAMN!!
Alas, by the time I saw C. Edwards, author of both Abel Boddy and 12′ Roommate (which has been designated as NSFW!! [Not Safe For Work] and I have no doubt that designation is quite correct!), I was running low on funds. Good thing I had made sure to set aside the bulk of my monies and leave those at home, otherwise, well, I might have been carrying a sandwhich board sign that reads “WILL GIVE READINGS FOR FOOD.”
And I almost forgot: I purchased a copy of Cretian Cow, by THE Gengoroh Tagame. I had the honor and pleasure of reconnecting with two people who work with THE Jiraiya. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting both of them a few months ago, when I met THE Jiraiya. Alas, no, I did not write a blog post about it.
If I allowed other men to spank me, I think there would be a line of men wanting to spank me, and hard!
I wanted to take a short break, so I took the Otis French birdcage elevator to the Balcony and sat to do some people watching. Which I enjoyed very much. Half-naked men, especially fellow hairy men who were in full force today!
If you have the opportunity to go to FlameCon, next year, I highly recommend it.
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Thank you, one and all, for honoring who you are and what you do. And good night!