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.

Meet an author at ConVolution this weekend: ME!!!

con-volution-2016Meet the great Valerie Frankel, a few other local authors, and me at Valerie’s table. I have four paperback copies of Super Holly Hansson in Super Bad Hair Day to sell: two short stories and Chapter Zero of The Comic Book Code, plus a CD with the stories in ebook and audio format (yeah, hear me PERFORM!). Saturday, I plan to be there in the morning, but in the afternoon I will be on an outing with my cousin and his two little demons, I mean boys. Sunday, I plan to be at the table most of the day.

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.

Empowered: The Symbolism, Feminism, & Superheroism of Wonder Woman

WWI first met Valerie Frankel (check out her author page) through the South Bay Writers Club. Or maybe at BayCon. Anyhow, she has churned out many books, from spoofs of Harry Potter to scholarly studies such as From Girl to Goddess, a study of the heroine’s journey done by literary heroines. Since I am writing a superheroine, I bought it. A good read, well researched. But I wanted something else. Something more SUPER!
Valerie goes super in her new book, Empowered: The Symbolism, Feminism, & Superheroism of Wonder Woman. She gave me a beta copy. I sent back a few comments. Now you can read it too.
I did not realize that Valerie had comic book geek girl cred. She does not shy away from how Wonder Woman’s costume often gets skimpier, and what parts of Wonder Woman often get thrust toward the camera. She discusses in depth Wonder Woman being reinvented over the decades, like WW’s feminist start, and WW staying behind to type up the meeting notes and wishing the Justice League boys good luck as they run out to fight, and that long stretch where WW was depowered and wore totally mod bell bottoms, and Josh Whedon’s lost WW movie, right up to the latest animated Justice League movies, you know, where WW has a sword and is not afraid to use it a lot.
Do you want to learn about Wonder Woman? Do you want to laugh with lines like, “an extended fight scene that lets Wonder Woman twirl upside down and stretch into unlikely poses to show off all her skin. This is the entire plot.”
P.S. My beta comments? I agreed with SO MUCH, but I thought Valerie was a little tough on the Justice League animated series Flash, the team cut-up. Also, I did not find the violence in that series “off-putting.” But The New 52? Yeah, I too was off-putted, so much grittiness I had to floss my teeth!