5 things about Heroes & Villains

Gay-inclusive fan fest hits Atlanta with popular celebrities including queer hunkJohn Barrowman, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Mader and Stephen Amell.

By Mike Fleming

Get ready, gay geeks and fey fanboys! Dragon Con won’t be back until next year, but Heroes & Villains Fan Fest is coming to Atlanta, and it’s going to be awesome.

Stephen Amell of ‘Arrow’

The event set for this Saturday and Sunday is billed as an opportunity to meet celebrities in a more intimate environment with photo opps and learn behind-the-scenes intel on your favorite shows on exclusive panels, but there’s more. It’s also a chance to immerse yourself in the world of superheroes and their arch nemeses by participating in obstacles, games of skill and what it feels like to gain certain superpowers.

One of the highlights of this year’s event is the inclusion of gay TV favorite John Barrowman, who infamously played the bisexual Captain Jack Harkness on the legendary Dr. Who series and the BBC’s sexy adult spinoff Torchwood.

The hunky Barrowman is the one and same actor who famously dressed in drag at ComicCon, and kissed straight Who co-star David Tenant on the lips at a more recent fan convention. Basically, we can only hope for more queer shenanigans at Heroes & Villains.

But Barrowman is far from the only attraction this year. In fact, the roster of special guests almost looks like organizers had gay fans in mind when they set the schedule.

The event also features actors in roles that gay fans just can’t seem to get enough of. First up is Stephen Amell, the chiseled sexy star of Arrow. While you’re thinking about his hooded countenance swinging his trusty bow in your direction, save a little room for Jason Momoa.

Momoa is also set to appear at the festival, and he may the biggest star on the roster who checks off boxes for both of the event’s Heroes and Villians. Some will never stop fantasizing about the 37-year-old stud as the shirtless wonder that was Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, while he’s about to permanently brand himself on a whole new set of fans as the new, some say quintessential Aquaman.

But that’s not all. More than hot hunks and gay-specific fare, the festival also brings Rebecca Mader. Gay fans will instantly recognize and coo over her as much as the guys, because she’s the British beauty who played Charlotte on Lost and even more famously embodies Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch of the West on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Whoever you’re there to see – and admit it, they all tickle a different place in you – this year’s event is a don’t-miss opportunity.

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest takes place Nov. 19-20 at Georgia World Congress Center. Visit their website for tickets and details.

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