Silicon Valley Comic Con was fun!

First things first. Christie Shinn of Hora Tora Studios drew how Super Holly feels about writer’s block.

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!


I will be on a panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con Saturday April 22

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!


Self-Promo Stories from local authors!

self-promo-book-valerie-estelleLocal to me, anyway. In Valerie Frankel’s just-published book, “Self Promo Stories: Authors’ Boldest, Cleverest & Wackiest Strategies to Sell their Books,” I wrote a short chapter about meeting artists at comic cons and having them draw Super Holly Hansson art. Pick up the book for free at Smashwords! From the book’s Smashwords page:

Looking for wonderful advice on self-promotion? This book has it all: silly hats, theme candy, sandwich board costumes. There’s also plenty of up-to-date social media advice — Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogging, KDP days, and more.

I’ll be on Superheroine panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con

SVCC-2016-Sponsorship-and-exhibit-pakcages-page-001-600x464At the Silicon Valley Comic Con, Friday March 18 at 6 P.M., I will be on the Superheroines! panel with Valerie Frankel and others. Valerie asked me because she knows me, and I read superheroine comic books, and I am writing Super Holly Hansson. From the website:

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.

P.S. I will not be wearing spandex.

I am schooled by Trina Robbins!

trina-wizard-sac-2015At Wizard Con in Sacramento, I met writer and HERstorian Trina Robbins again. I told her she ought to meet Valerie Estelle Frankel, who wrote that Empowered Wonder Woman book that I reviewed. I told Trina about Valerie mentioning in that book the fight where Wonder Woman and Cheetah rip each other’s clothes.

And Trina said that Wonder Woman’s costume is super tough, and Cheetah is covereed in fur! She firmly asked me if I could think of any superheroines whose super-costumes get ripped. I said, um, maybe Supergirl in Crisis on Infinite Earths? And Trina met Valerie later, and said that Valeries said “Huh?” when she told Valerie about the ripping thing.

I reread that part of Valerie’s book. Valerie said that Wonder Woman bends and twists to reveal as much skin as possible. No clothes being ripped off. I consider myself SCHOOLED!

However, this could be a story idea for Super Holly Hansson, along the lines of the story that would-be writers send to Marvel again and again and again: Sabertooth and Wolverine meet in a forest, they fight, Wolverine wins. Holly would not do the bendy thing during a fight, she fights like a heavyweight boxer (and hits like one, too). Maybe Holly is in a forest in her street clothes, and then she meets a very annoying villain named The Ripper? I’ll think about it. Trina, thanks for a nice goofy idea. Another way to get short-fuse Holly mad.

I bought a couple books from Trina. One was the Miss Fury book she is holding up, she edited it. Miss Fury beat Wonder Woman to the costumed heroine thing by six months. The art is fun, a panel of a big cross-dresser with lots of perfume-smelly lines sold me on it.