A Con Affair, a gay adult romance set at comic cons, is out now, the first novel from GLAAD Award winning writer and comic creator Joe Glass, the cover designed by Camila Abdanur.
A Con Affair centres on a writer and a cosplayer who fall in love and try and make it work in the face of the twisty, frustrating world of the comics industry.
Romance, sex and spandex all collide in this romantic drama that considers if love and career can co-exist, or are they always just a crisis waiting to happen.
Arran Wilson is an aspiring comic book writer. Cameron Perkins is an avid cosplayer. When they meet at a London comic con, the pair hit it off immediately, in every sense. As they start hooking up at comic cons all over the country, what at first seemed like a bit of fun starts turning into something more.
Then Arran gets his first major publishing contract. Suddenly, his noisy mind is filled with new concerns. As he gets swamped by all these questions and fears, Arran has to learn if he can have it all: the dream career, the hot lover and romance too. Or is that just as colourful a fiction as the superheroes he writes about…
The book is available now on Amazon, and Kindle Unlimited readers can read it for free.
Cardiff-based Joe Glass is a GLAAD Award winning writer from the deepest, darkest South Wales Valleys in the UK. He is mostly known for his ComiXology Originals, LGBTQ+ superhero series, The Pride (now published in print by Dark Horse Comics as The Pride Omnibus).
He’s also the writer behind various self-published and crowdfunded comics work such as Acceptable Losses, Glitter Vipers and The Miracles. He won his GLAAD Award for the m/m romance anthology he co-edited, Young Men in Love, published by Blue Wave World.
Joe, a a staunch advocate of LGBTQ+ representation in the media, has worked in the past as a comics news reporter and critic and has previously worked with Bleeding Cool, Gay Times, WhatCulture and more.
“A Con Affair started life as me setting a challenge for myself as a writing exercise: could I write erotica?” Says Joe of the new novel. “But not only did I discover that I sure could, the characters and world I built around it took on a life of its own. Obviously I know a great deal about comic cons and the heady and often frustrating turns of the comics industry, and suddenly in Arran and Cameron I had a story that could explore that world as well as ideas of romance, sex, career, and even self-discovery.”
“This is just the first novel from me, and even though I may be straying from the colourful world of comics creating somewhat, I certainly won’t be leaving fandom, comics and superheroes behind, with future books from me still playing in these fertile grounds.
“It would really mean the world to me if you checked it out. If you like comics, conventions, cosplay and horny nerds, you’ll love this.”
A Con Affair is self-published via Amazon KDP, and is available in print and digital editions now.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.