ClexaCon Round Up and Excitement for Dal Maclean

Hey there BEB faithful!

We saw a bunch of your smiling faces two weeks ago in Las Vegas and LOVED IT! Not only were we there, but other publishers of LGBTQ+ fiction were there, along with a bunch of talented artists, cosplayers, and other professionals.

As many of you will know, we shared a table with Queen of Swords Press while we were there. Our head editor also did a panel with her peers from Queen of Swords Press and Sapphire Books about labels and queer representation in books that I live tweeted for the world and can still be experienced through this Twitter thread! All the presses urged attendies to submit as well, so if you're looking for a home for your queer novel, check out our submission guidelines, QoSP's, or Sapphire's!

We also took a bunch of cool pictures of stuff from the con while we were there. Check out our instagram if you haven't already. If you're interested in seeing some of the art we ended up taking home with us, we loved this artist's tea mermaids and original comics, this artist's Steven Universe and Dragon Ball Z crossover, and this artist's take on a punk Black Lady and Sailor Saturn from Sailor Moon. We tagged the artists in our Instagram posts, so if you like their work, go follow them! I also ended up cosplaying. Nicole couldn't believe my transformation, so she had to take photographic evidence. (For those of you wondering, I'm Ryuji from Persona 5)

If you're still on the fence about coming next year, let me tell you about the panels. We had everything from Xena and Korrasami fan panels to panels about bisexual representation to how to have safe and fulfilling sex with people of all bodies and sexual preferences (including those who prefer not to engage). All in all, ClexaCon was a safe and empowering environment that had all sorts of fun and educational ways to spend your time. I made a bunch of new friends, and should you choose to come next year, you will too!

Or, if you're so excited by the round up that you don't want to wait a year, you can still get tickets for ClexaCon London happening in November of this year!

And as if that wasn't enough to carry us through April with a goofy smile on our faces, people are starting to rave about Dal Maclean's newest book, Object of Desire! Check out what people are saying on Goodreads and what Renee is saying over on Gay Book Reviews.

That's it for now, but we'll be back with more excitement next month. Until then, faithful!