Last weekend, I was at the San Francisco Comic Con. I bought a graphic novel called This Yeti For Hire! or The Yeti with the Lace Kerchief. The story of a Yeti police detective. I had Sean Morgan draw Super Holly turned into a yeti (abominable snow-woman), with my barber Lash sizing up the situation and using one of my favorite lines from the old Johnny Quest cartoon.
I also bought another issue of Afterburner: Tales of the Cool and the Wicked. On Friday, I talked to Robert Stewart about his art and writing, and I showed him some Super Holly artwork I had with me. On Saturday, he pointed to his portfolio of artwork, and said I should check it out. I saw this on top.
Wow. Super Holly as film noir, as Heavy Metal. Cool and Wicked. I bought it. That was very nice of him to draw for me before I even asked. Or maybe when he looked at me, he saw a dollar sign. I gave him a little more than his asking price.
I was on pop-culture writer (and my friend) Valerie Frankel’s Superheroines panel, and I was quite honored to sit next to the great cartoonist and wonderful HERstorian Trina Robbins! When I said that I was writing a female superhero (hey, gotta plug my stuff), and said that I listened to the ladies on my writing critique groups, Trina said that was very good advice for guys writing female characters. That was nice of her.
And I saw a kid flash conquer the evil reverse Flash!
At at Valerie’s table, I sold four (count ’em: 4) of my little Super Holly books. You know, the ones I print through Createspace, and when I sell them at comic cons, I include a CD with some Super Holly art and my audio short stories with a royalty free music background. Such a deal for five bucks!
At 3:30, room 114, I will be with the great Valerie Frankel and a few others on the SUPERHEROINES! panel. And I will be doing the authorly/writerly thing at Valerie’s table, selling some of my little books with CDs including digital stories, artwork, and a few of my awesome audio stories!
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.
Agent Carter, Black Canary, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Daisy Johnson are taking over film and TV, with more heroines coming. In comics, Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, Lady Thor, Spider-Gwen, and Ms. Marvel have revolutionized superhero storytelling. Why are these new stories so compelling (or not)? What’s the best of the best and what should we be reading and watching?
My first panel! Yay! If you go, please see me there. I will be there Saturday and likely Sunday.
Remember Valerie? Her Wonder Woman book I beta-read? She is smart and she is a writing machine and I really appreciate her asking me to be on this panel. If you are close by, come see us.
I have attended a couple of comic/sci-fi con panels about superheroines. The ladies on the panels point out how so many superheroines are defined in their relationship to superheroes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp. They both shrink. She stings, he grows. Her powers come from his technology.
Superman and Supergirl. She used to be his secret weapon. Her powers come from his planet’s DNA.
Batman and Batgirl. Same bat-costume, same bat-utility belt, lots less bat-grittiness.
Hulk and She-Hulk. Her powers came from his blood. Except she is also a lawyer, a superpower if there ever was one.
My characters Super Holly and Cal the Intellectual? He is largely defined by her. (In fact, I seem to use Cal to show Holly’s flaws and quirks.) She’s Superman with anger issues, he is Batman with Mr. Spock’s mind. In my early drafts, Cal was always by Holly’s side, always guiding and teaching. It took my putting some Roger Ebert into Cal for him to become more independent. Cal really needed a day job. In my latest story, I loved putting movie references into his internal dialog.
P.S. My sexist spellchecker wants to turn “superheroine” into “super heroine.” But it leaves “superhero” alone.
P.P.S. I went to APE comic con in San Jose this weekend. Enjoyed it. Bought stuff. Met people I know and like again. Met some new people. Should give me more to blog about.
At Baycon this year, one of the panelists, Sarah Kuhn, mentioned she had written a book about a fangirl at a comic con. I love comic book conventions. So I bought One Con Glory. I read it. I liked it a lot.
Sarah knows comic book nerds. I am one of those. I learned from her. This book has plenty of trekkie and Buffy and Battlestar and other nerdy references; it has a strong and smart and sarcastic and flawed and lovable heroine; and it has the sights, sounds, and smells of the San Diego Comic Con. Sigh, I miss that.
You will laugh with the cutting remarks, choke up at the roller-coaster romance, and you will want that geek girl to lower her shields and get the cool yet geeky guy. A touch of The Hangover, a touch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (no real superpowers though), and a lot of wonderful witty dialogue.