Online Registration for First Texas LGBTQA Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Gaming Convention Ends March 1st

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Austin-based HavenCon announces gaming tournaments, cosplay events, local and national sponsors, special gaming company guests, pop culture panels and popular voice actors for its April 4th and 5th convention.


With HavenCon, we’re creating a safe, entertaining and diversity-welcoming environment for people that enjoy comic books, video games, science fiction and more.

The first Texas lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) comic book and gaming convention, HavenCon, is proud to announce its slate of guests, sponsors, and events for its inaugural convention. Online registration for the event ends March 1, through which time tickets will be 25% off for anyone purchasing an autograph package for special guests Janet Varney and Dante Brasco.

“We’re beyond thrilled to have Janet and Dante join us for the event,” said Shane Brown, founder of HavenCon. “Dante is known for several roles, but his performance as Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender was amazing. And Janet starred as the powerful Korra in The Legend of Korra, which is the beloved sequel to The Last Airbender. For me, their appearance alone is worth the price of admission!”

In addition to a Q & A with Varney and Brasco, developers from the Plano, Texas-based Gearbox Software will be in attendance to discuss, among other things, their wildly popular gaming series, Borderlands. Other panels include LGBTA authors, LGBTA artists, Gaming through the ages, Coming out cosplay, Demo by Finji game creators, E-sports for everyone, Doc “Pop Culture Professor” Housel, and more.

There will be much more to do at HavenCon than just attend panels. Saturday features a “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” gaming tournament, a 1K Super IQ “Magic: The Gathering” tournament, and a cosplay contest. Sunday features a “Super Smash Bros.” Wii U gaming tournament, a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier “Magic: The Gathering” tournament, and the Big Gay Cosplay Wedding event.

Brown added, “With HavenCon, we’re creating a safe, entertaining and diversity-welcoming environment for people that enjoy comic books, video games, science fiction and more. We want people to come in their favorite geek costumes, join us for games and tournaments, shop for a sci-fi or fantasy accessory, learn from industry and local talents, and meet people who share a common bond—all of it while celebrating what makes us both different and special.”

Haven Con will be held at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2015. HavenCon is an all-ages event. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 10 and under can attend for free. To purchase tickets for the event, click here.

Current sponsors include Finji Co., Gamers Beard, Austin Books and Comics, Weird Girls, Nakatomi Inc., Geek Fuel, Mages Sanctum and Funimation. Additionally, there will be dozens of artists and vendors with something for everyone. For information on becoming a sponsor, panelist or vendor, visit or email Shane(at)HavenConTx(dot)Com.

Proceeds of HavenCon will go to OutYouth, which is a non-profit organization providing services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth ages 12 to 19 in Austin and central Texas.

About HavenCon:

HavenCon is the first LGBTQA geek and gaming convention of Texas. It was created to be a fun, safe haven for geeks and gamers of the LGBTQA community to come together and show support for each other and the industries we have all grown to love. HavenCon is a weekend of gaming and activities with industry professionals and local talents, which will include a cosplay competition, an all-gen gaming tournament, and other contests. For more information about HavenCon, visit

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