big cheer and tiny jeer: Sinister Sugar Rush and Supergirl 4 finale

First, I won first prize in the San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts audio story division with my story, “The Sinister Sugar Rush!” Another Kittygirl story involving evil cupcakes, and two of my favorite villains, the cafeteria lunch ladies (who first appeared in “The Malevolent Mystery Meat”). I will post the audio story online soon. It was fun.

And now, a little jeer. Just a little. I will start by saying I like the Supergirl show. (SPOILER ALERT, sorta,) Season 4 had a great Lex Luthor, the achy-breaky-heartbreak of Supergirl losing her sister, a Russian Supergirl with that kewl accent, Braniac 5 becoming a total badass, and chunks of the public being stomach-churningly Trumpy. It was a fun ride with plenty of rollercoaster up and down. But the finale episode wrapped everything up way too optimistically (optimism is great, I like happy endings, but not so darn FAST! Racists won’t give up their hate just because Kara Danvers published one itty-bitty little article. In my future civil war story, the Stumper characters will be shown irrefutable truth that my villain Stumpfinger is a stupid criminal and a pathological liar (gee, where did I get that idea?) and maybe I will steal from Family Guy and make him “cash poor,” and they will still cling to their racism. Bring on the storm troopers, round up those awful aliens, leopards will never eat my face said the guy who voted for the leopards eating people’s faces party. And Congress invoking the 25th amendment? Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t invoke a parking ticket. She won’t fight the Rethuglican Congress unless she thinks she will win, and that is why she and the old Democrat leaders fail to do the right thing, every frakin’ time. As Snagglepuss told Huckleberry Hound, you don’t fight battles because you think you can win…

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Tim Conway: storyteller!

Tim Conway passed away today. Since he played a superhero (Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob Squarepants), and since I believe Tim was one of the funniest performers on this planet, I wanted to mention him on my blog. I loved his characters on the Carol Burnett Show: my faves were the dentist, the old man, and Mr. Tudball (I still think Mr. Tudball was Swedish!). But did you know Tim Conway was a storyteller? Tim did plenty of comedy writing in his long career.  As a writer (mostly self-pubbed, but that counts), I’d give a couple of internal organs to be able to create a story about Siamese elephants that fast.

Super Holly would have loved Tim: she’d have laughed loud at his crazy comedy, and then kissed him hard.

Cal “The Intellectual” Critbert: first artwork! And more Kittygirl!

It was Free Comic Book Day yesterday. At Comics Conspiracy in Sunnyvale, I got two new pieces of artwork!

I asked Dave Law, artist on The Space Odditorium, to draw Super Holly’s boyfriend and soulmate, Cal Critbert. Cal has never been drawn before. I gave Dave a description from my stories: black body armor (built-in six-pack abs), cowl and black cape, the letter I for the chest logo, and Cal’s main power is super intelligence (yes, that is rather vague). I asked Dave to use his artistic sense. Especially with the cowl, I was unsure how to show super intelligence without turning Cal’s head into a goofy balloon (like the Wizard of the early Frightful Four). That circle on the cowl is intriguing! (A manifestation of super-intelligence? A mental antenna?) And that grim glare and spooky posture, Super Holly would LIKE-like that.

Leann Hill drew Kittygirl sassing Thanos. If Thanos had ever hurt Super Holly, Kittygirl would have gone mommy-cat-crazy and would have had Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet with the hand still inside it. MRRRROWL, HISSSS!!! (I asked for the fangs as well as the claws.)