San Diego Comic Con continues but today I am back at my day job. Missing lots of good stuff, but happy I had yesterday.
Several posts will be forthcoming (oh yes) but I need to distill it first quickly (making good use of my day job, yes I am).
The Oh You Sexy Geek panel was... interesting. And disturbing. Supposed to be a critical discussion of the sexualization of fangirls, instead I think some folks just read the title and came thinking they would see sexy chicks. Case in point: While I was waiting for the panel to start a guy came up, sat *right* next to me, pulled out his Jabba the Hut action figure and told me he was hoping he could get a Slave Leia to "do the dirty" with it. Um...?
Anyhow. Moderated by Katrina Hill, with discussion between Bonnie Burton, Adrianne Curry, Jill Pantozzi, Jennifer K. Stuller, Kiala Kazebee, Clare Grant (so of course Seth Green showed up) and Clare Kramer. Oh.. and Chris Gore finally showed up towards the end (I think he was hung over).
I have a lot more to say about this panel. but that will come later.
Jo Chen is just awesome.
Joyce Farmer, Trina Robbins, and Mary Fleaner discussed underground comix, and using the Graphic Novel as a medium for high art and literary storytelling. (Awesome, but with a disheartening overall dismissal of genre writing & comics that I wished could have been addressed with a bit more nuance.) (More on this later.)
I finally meet Geardrops irl!!!
The No Damsels in Distress Here panel offered another critical look at sexism in spec fic. Authors Marie Lu, Kathy Reichs, Chloe Neill, Jeanne Stein, Merrie deStefano, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maryelizabeth Hart discussed gender and the characters they write about, and all agreed that they very much look forward to when a panel like this will just be called "Writing Great Characters."
I'll have more to say about all of this, I'm sure. This was just for me to do some initial processing (I'm still spinning a bit from the rush of the trip).
Meanwhile, here are two sketchbook pages I started while waiting in lines (there was a lot of that) and sitting in panels: