I was at Colossus Con in Pleasanton today. I got a couple of Super Holly art commissions and met an author and a nice actress. Scroll to see it all.
From artist Robin Holstein, here is what Super Holly does when her e-bracelet can’t get a signal, and thus her Google Maps fails, and thus she can’t find the Colossus Con where she was gonna be at a table signing her graphic novel.
Here is actress Cathy Garver (my big fat head hides a little of her name). She was Cissy on the TV show Family Affair, and the voice of Firestar on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and a bunch of other acting and voice-over roles (I should have talked to her about doing voices, darn it). I bought her autobiography, which she will mail to me (she ran out of copies at the con). I respect actors. That is a tough way to make a living; the work is usually not steady.
And Kathy had at her table the SCARIEST DOLLY FACE OF ALL TIME, MRS. BEASLY! AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
I talked to a couple other artists about doing a couple little commissions later. It will take a while, but I will post when I get them.
That got me thinking. This fighting against one’s peers would not work with most writers: when one author wins, other authors do not lose. With writing, a rising tide really does raise all boats. That envy would fit right into Bunni Bubblez, Holly’s mortal super-enemy. But Holly would never envy other writers who did better than her in her genre, because she knows that it means people are reading, and someone succeeding in her genre means that readers would be more likely to find (and BUY) her work.
This might be something I add to a female character. But not Holly, her writer mentality is strong. Oh, and guess why I want other prose action-adventure-comedy superhero and superheroine stories to succeed?
At WonderCon many years ago, when it was still in San Francisco (WHERE IT BELONGS!!!), I stopped at a table where Yvonne Craig was selling her memoir. The first question I asked was if she could still kick up that high. She said not in what she was currently wearing (I think it was a modest dress).
We talked a little, me making sure I was not blocking any traffic or potential customers. I do not remember the contents of our talk, but she was sweet, smart, and gracious.
I bought her book. It was a great read. Funny and candid. She was not afraid to tell a few of her shortcomings in her tryouts. Nor some of the trials and tribulations that actresses go through. But she had happiness in her acting career, she rated James Coburn as the best kisser. From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond is a fun insider view of acting. She obviously loved life, she wrote with such joy. I always wanted to meet her again and tell her how much I loved her book. That never happened.
I loved her Batgirl performance, what young red-blooded geek guy wouldn’t? I still remember when Batman asked how she found him and Robin at this week’s fiendish trap. “With something you won’t find in that utility belt, Batman.” (Adam West Batman searched his utility belt for a moment.) And she finished: “A woman’s intuition.”
P.S. I do not know where to buy this book now. Amazon sells it in the $200 range, and her website’s book page is down for maintenance. Another reason why I want my stories in ebooks.