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The population of self-proclaimed female geeks is on the rise, as is the need for acknowledgement of women’s contributions to the art form of comics. With popular television shows like The Big Bang Theory pointing out that it is difficult to find “a comic book without a woman whose bosom could be used as a flotation device,” it’s clearly still a male-dominated medium. Even a Women in Comics panel at the 2015 Denver ComicCon was composed of all male panelists. So, where are all the female voices?

Turns out, they are in metro Detroit this weekend.

ComiqueCon 2018 will take place on October 13 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI.

ComiqueCon, a one-day event celebrating women’s influence in comics that began in 2015, is back after a year-long hiatus. This much-needed event is similar to other conventions in that it will have panels, vendors, workshops and cosplaying, but unique in its goal to highlight only female and non-binary artists and authors of the comic world.

The schedule lists special appearances by women whose credits include Star Wars, Scarlet Witch, Gwenpool, Legend of Korra, Adventure Time, and many more, with several of the talented group producing their own comics and zines as well. Other activities include the chance to make your own comic (where Cadettes in the Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn a badge), searching the Exhibitors Hall for merchandise from your fandom, and, of course, a cosplay competition for the creative attendees.

The day kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a 21 and over Geek Girl Brunch, and the rest of the all-ages activities begin at 10 a.m., so come early and ready to connect with others who share your passions.

Children under 5 get free admission, and everyone else can purchase their tickets in advance or at the door. Advanced ticket sales end on October 11.

No matter your gender, ComiqueCon 2018 is sure to be a day of fun and feminism that you won’t forget!

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