ConFABulous offers a single high quality track of programming of interest to LGBTQ+ fans of fantasy and science fiction, comics, horror, and gaming.

Take a look below at our schedule of panels for 2023! If you are interested in being on a panel, please reach out to

Friday, October 20, 2023

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Welcome to ConFAB!

Panelists: John Till

Whether you are a first time attendee or a veteran ConFABulous attendee, please stop by and we'll do some quick introductions to each other and the convention.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Queering of Good Omens

Panelists: Don Kaiser, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse

The second season of Good Omens had an explosion of canonically queer characters and couples. There were lesbians, nonbinary demons, and queer side characters galore. Yet our mains, Crowley and Aziraphale, couldn't seem to get it together, despite "the kiss." As we prepare for the Second Coming, let's talk about the good and the bad of the second season.

7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Joe and Jason Talk About TV

Panelists: Joe Agee, Jason Tucker

A variation on a ConFABulous tradition, Joe Agee and Jason Tucker talk about recent shows.

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Liberty's Daughter

Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Meet author Naomi Kritzer and learn about her new SF novel.

9:45 PM - 10:45 PM

Lesbian Space Opera: A Reading and Q&A by Lyda Morehouse

Panelists: Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse has signed a deal for a new lesbian space opera trilogy. Come and join her for a reading and discussion about the forthcoming first novel in the trilogy.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

What Have You Been Reading in 2023?

Panelists: NC Gaylaxian Members, including Don Kaiser

Did you know that the Twin Cities hosts a very active monthly book club reading and discussing fantasy, SF, horror, and comics by LGBTQ+ authors and/or with LGBTQ+ themes? We’ll start by sharing the high and low notes about what the North Country Gaylaxians Book Club has been reading together in 2023, and then expand to see what others have been reading!

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Ask a DM

Panelists: Lauren Crabtree, Don Kaiser, Burl Zorn

A ConFABulous favorite returns! You can ask our GMs anything, but the focus is on running good games. An AME with our panel of experts on running RPGs.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Yaoi and Yuri, the 2023 Edition

Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Jason Tucker

This panel is becoming a staple of ConFABulous, so it's time to move beyond 101 definitions of this manga genre. What's new (or new to you) and fun this year? There may be some discussion of manhwa and manhua (as well as anime and dongha,) but we're sticking with 2-D for this conversation.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Danmei Novels

Panelists: Lisa Freitag, David Paschall-Zimbel, John Till

Discussion of gay male romances from China, which often have martial arts or fantastic or supernatural elements. Which ones are good?

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Barbie: The Phenomenon

Panelists: Jason Tucker

Come and talk about the biggest movie of the year.

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Queer Stuff Streaming

Panelists: Jason Tucker

Manga/comics-based streaming series like Heartstopper and movies like Nimona with LGBTQ+ Themes.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Queerness in Board and Video Games

Panelists: Leander Lacy, David Paschall-Zimbel

A look at the rise in popularity of storytelling games that incorporate romantic and, at times, sexual relationships as a major or minor theme.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Local Politics with Naomi Kritzer

Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

SF&F author Naomi Kritzer publishes a blog on local politics and political candidates. Come hear her take on local politics.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Social Media? Where Is Everybody?

Panelists: Larry Sanderson

Come and talk about what social media platforms you use these days: FB, X, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Tumbler, and more.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Writing for RPGs

Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, James Satter, John Everett Till

What are some best practices when designing adventures or sourcebooks for tabletop RPGs, either for publication or for your own gaming group? Discussion topics may include sources of inspiration, research and preparation, game balance, and having fun!

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Why Do Queer Women Write So Much M/M?

Panelists: Lauren Crabtree, Naomi Kritzer David Lenander, Lyda Morehouse

This phenomenon has been true since the first Spock/Kirk slash was penned in the late 1960s. But this fan fiction trend has been mainstreamed lately with books like Everina Maxwell's Winter's Orbit, T. Kingfisher's Paladin's Hope, and an entire romance m/m genre. Why aren't these queer and straight ladies writing F/F? Where are the male, gay authors? What are some concerns about this trend--are we being mainstreamed right into heteronormativity?