Welcome to Paradise! Miami geek convention sure to be a gay old time

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Comic books, anime, video games, cosplay. No matter what gets your geek side going, chances are you’ll find it at Paradise City Comic Con this weekend.

Like most large-scale fan conventions, Paradise will be filled with events, vendors, artists and more. And plenty of them come with an LGBT twist.

LGBT and Allied Guests

Special guests include Andy Dick of "The Andy Dick Show" and "Dancing with the Stars." Dick came out as bisexual in 2009 — jokingly self-proclaiming himself as a “try-sexual.”

Dick will be at the event all three days, though autograph and photograph information has not yet been provided. He will be in various panels and events throughout the weekend, including an open bar karaoke V.I.P. party at the Doubletree Hotel.

Also making an appearance will be openly gay actor Wilson Cruz, known for his role in television series “Star Trek: Discovery,” as well as portraying a gay high school student in “My So-Called Life." He is also known for his long-standing advocacy of gay youth of color.

Attendees can find Cruz on Saturday and Sunday at his booth signing autographs and taking selfies. He will also have his own professional photo op session. He will join in on a “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on Saturday with co-star Shazad Latif.

Cecil Baldwin of the “Welcome to Night Vale” audiobook is openly gay, as is his character in the show. Attendees can find him during Saturday and Sunday at his booth doing autographs and photo ops. He will also attend various panels throughout the weekend.

Actress Virginia Gardner, who plays lesbian superhero Karolina Dead on Marvel’s “Runaways,” will also be at the event on Saturday and Sunday to take photos and sign autographs for fans. She will also be in three “Runaways” panels throughout the weekend.

Events and Panels

For fans interested in LGBT-themed panels and events, Friday has “sassy cosplay drag queens on stage with a pitcher of mojitos.” Drag queens Matty, Tommy and Magda hit the stage for an 18+ drag queen event titled “Okamas in Pajamas.” This panel runs from 10:15 through 11:15 p.m.

Saturday features “Let’s Make it Gay,” an 18-and-up panel where the audience takes clips from their favorite shows and dub over the voices with their own gay twists. The panel runs between 1 and 2 a.m..

The convention will be held at the Miami Airport Convention Center for a three-day weekend event, starting on Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14.

Tickets start at $30 but vary depending on the day (or amount of days) attendees wish to participate. The Miami Airport Convention Center is at 711 NW 72nd Ave in Miami. For more information on tickets, event scheduling and more, visit ParadiseCityComicCon.com.

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