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Exclusive: Virtuous Con Returns With Kickstarter Sponsored Juneteenth Event And Announces Special Guests Wilson Cruz, Marc Bernardin, L. L. McKinney & More

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – May 7, 2021, Virtuous Con, the online sci-fi, comic book, and fantasy convention that in February produced the successful Virtuous Con: Black History Month convention, announced today the virtual venue would return June 19-20 for Virtuous Con: Juneteenth with crowdfunding platform Kickstarter as an official sponsor

Several Virtuous Con: Juneteenth Special Guests were also announced today, including actor and activist Wilson Cruz, currently starring in Paramount+ show STAR TREK: DISCOVERY as ‘Dr. Hugh Culber’. Cruz also appears in Netflix’s THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization. 

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Virtuous Con: Juneteenth Guests – L.L. McKinney, Wilson Cruz and Marc Bernardin

Joining Cruz as special guests are WGA Award-Winning television writer-producer and comic creator Marc Bernardin (Star Trek: Picard, Carnival Row, Castle Rock), Award-Winning fantasy and comic book author L. L. McKinney (Nubia: Real One, Nightmareverse Series) as well as professional voiceover artist Gabe Kunda (My Hero Academia, Black Clover). 

Virtuous Con: Juneteenth will again feature Indie artists and exhibitors dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, comic books, anime, and more in a live interactive virtual space. Complete with virtual “booths” for vendors to interact live with attendees about their products and interactive panels, and live programming. The audience can interact in real-time with panel discussions, as opposed to pre-recorded Youtube or Zoom links. 

As a Black woman-owned convention, Virtuous Con: Juneteenth has a special meaning for founder and Award-Winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy (The Order of the Seers, The Wolf Queen), “Woven within the spirit of Juneteenth, as an event and a celebration, is the notion of possibility and progress,” Murphy says. “We’re about leveraging creative freedom to expand the narratives and mediums where BIPOC people can thrive. Each of our special guests is a shining example of that!” 

Virtuous Con: Juneteenth will take place Saturday, June 19th, and Sunday, June 20th from 11amET-6pmET and is entirely virtual and free to the public. 

For details about vending, programming, special guests, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

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Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects—everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Its mission is to help bring creative projects to life, and they are a Public Benefit Corporation based in Brooklyn, New York. 


Cerece Rennie Murphy is a Washington D.C. native and Award-Winning science fiction author. Known for creating The Order of the Seers and The Wolf Queen series, she is also the founder of the Narazu website and newsletter and Virtuous Con. 

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