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What: 2019 Queer Comics Expo, QCE

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach Street, SF, CA

Dates: Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28, 2019

Time: 11am to 5pm each day

The Queer Comics Expo (QCE) is an event to celebrate queer culture and promote diverse queer representation in comics, animation and other great ways to tell stories.

QCE is also a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving, documenting, and exhibiting the unique and accessible art form of cartooning in all its forms for over 30 years.

The Cartoon Art Museum partnered with the Queer Cultural Center to incubate the Queer Comics Expo as part of the annual National Queer Arts Festival.


Advance Price tickets close on Friday, April 26th at 5pm!

Price at the Door:

Adult = $10/day

SF Resident = $7/day

Teen/Student/Educator/Senior/Military* = $6/day

Kids 6-12 = $4/day

Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge

Members free with your membership card.

Price with advance online discount:

Adult = $8.50/day, $16/weekend

Teen/Student/Educator/Senior/Military* = $5/day, $9/weekend

For Kids and Children 12 and under see door price.

Members free, present your membership card at the door.

*Teens, college Students, Educators, Seniors, and active and retired Military may purchase Discount advance tickets with valid ID.

Email for help with ticketing issues, if you are unable to afford tickets but would like to attend or would like to request a press pass.

To find out updates about special guests, exhibitors and programming see below and visit us on Facebook & Twitter!

Programming Schedule:

All programming takes place in the Drawing Room at the Cartoon Art Museum


2:30pm: Recognition Matters

Maia Kobabe, Nina Taylor Kester and Ted Abenhiem will talk about co-founding of the Prism Awards and the need for awards, grants and other recognition and resources for underrepresented authors and creators. 2019 Prism Awards Nominees will be announced during the panel.

3:30pm: Yes, An MFA in Comics is a Real Thing

Matt Silady (CCA MFA in Comics Chair & Associate Professor) and students talk about the low-residency Graduate Comics Program at the California College of the Arts right here in San Francisco.


Maia Kobabe photographed by Tristan Crane.

2:30pm: QCE Special Guest Spotlight: Maia Kobabe

QCE Special Guest Maia Kobabe (author and illustrator of Gender Queer: A Memoir) and Eli Erlick (co-founder of Trans Student Educational Resources, activist, and writer) talk about growing up as rural queers, inventing their own notions of transness as youth, gender nonconformity in adulthood, and the importance of trans literature.

3:30pm: Collective Power

A collective is an opportunity to encourage each other and lift each other up in a structured way! By creating, publishing, and exhibiting work together resources are shared and support structures exist to help each other make better art and reach more people. Combining personal narratives and perspectives can create a richer, more nuanced snapshot of the lives of queer people in the Bay Area. Hear the enthusiasm and experiences of the collective Neighborhood Comix (Hans, Ramona, and Deni), three queer neighboring cartoonists in San Francisco.



California College of the Arts MFA in Comics

Latino Comics Expo

Prism Comics

Stacked Deck Press

Neighborhood Comics


Knave Murdok

Meggie Ramm

diego Gomez

Asher Powell

Akratic Behavior

Tyler Cohen


Ajuan Mance

William O. Tyler

Dave Davenport

Lawrence Lindell

Breena Nuñez

Trinidad Escobar



QCE is a welcoming place for people of all ages and walks of life. Please keep in mind:

Programming will include creators and academics, screenings and interactive workshops related to LGBTQ+ themes and the cartoon arts. Programs only suitable for adults and are marked as 18+. All programming may include discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other common queer community themes.

Similarly, Exhibitors may feature content that covers sexual orientation and gender identity, among other common queer community themes. As at any comic convention, 18+ adult material may be present. Such content will be displayed either in a portfolio or with a covering so that adult imagery is not visible until age verification is possible.

There will be no daycare facilities at this year's QCE so please plan accordingly. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Cancellation Policy: Tickets are fully refundable at the ticket price with email notice until Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5pm. Please email with your order information by Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5pm in order to receive a refund. No partial refunds will be given. No refunds will be given for notice after Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5pm. If you purchase a ticket and do not ask for a refund by Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5pm, but will not be able to attend you can have your ticket converted to a donation of free admission for someone in need through our partnered non-profit organizations. If you are asked to leave the event due to inappropriate or unreasonable conduct by Cartoon Art Museum Staff you are not entitled to a refund. If your conduct is kind, appropriate and reasonable you are entitled to our appreciation on a cosmic level.

Later Event: May 4