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April 22nd, 2008

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08:53 am - NYCC: Panels, Photos ...Phatigued
Note: No new No In-Between yesterday. I'm sorry. I'm beat. I don't even have a photo to post instead. I feel the shame, believe me.

New York Comic-Con!

It started with John and I using John's parents' van. We load our stuff from the apartment, picked up tables and chairs from a good friend, and had a relatively easy time dropping those items off at the Convention Center. This was Wednesday. On the way home, we get sideswiped by another vehicle and it takes off our drivers side mirror. We then spend the next 24 hours on phones (trying to figure out what to do next) on the BQE (to get the car to the repair shop) and back on the BQE (to get from rental car place back on the load-in schedule) and then the following 24 hours doing the same thing- only this time taking the rental car back and picking up the repaired van. It effectively made me miss all of my MoCCA, Friends of Lulu, AND Comics Bakery commitments for NYCC set-up. But, once we had the van back and all our materials at the con, everything felt smoother. I've got to say that driving without a mirror on my left side is scary.

Starting off our great weekend was the Friends of Lulu Women in Comics panel, which I put together with lots of assistance from Gina Gagliano and Valerie D'Orazio.

On the panel, from left to right, Jennifer Grünwald, Shelly Bond, Becky Cloonan, Gail Simone, Heidi MacDonald, Karen Green, and moderator Abby Denson.

I can't believe I organized something quite so awesome. Most of the awesome had nothing to do with me, of course. It was the jaw-dropping lineup of panelists and their enthusiasm plus Abby's great questions and presence! I love her first question, straight off the bat: Do you consider your work feminist? I think that so many female creators' work gets spoken about obliquely in respect to this question- it is so nice to actually give them a moment with a microphone so they can answer it head on with their own views of what feminism is, what it means, and how their work exists both within and without it. Thank you, Abby! :D

Valerie has access to some audio for the panel, so I'll let Friends of Lulu have most of the scoop on this one. A few more pictures however:

Packed the house!

One panel, four different takes on hair color. I love it! :)

There were some really delightful moments during this panel.


Dinner Friday was a trek for noodles that left us with the choice of waiting two hours or going for Japanese across the street. We went across the street and found some evil lighting that was fun to stand under.

Saturday I bounced back and forth between the MoCCA/Friends of Lulu booth and the Comics Bakery booth feeling only slightly effective at either. I did get to the Avatar panel that was about the final season, which was enticing- I LOVE the animation in that show! And then a panel on comic storytelling with Klaus Janson and Marc Guggenheim, which was a candid reminder of how I have failed over the past five years to live up to the dreams I had while taking Klaus' class. Thanks, Klaus, for reminding me deep down that I really am a bonehead. (Incidentally, it was him pointing out that with the plethora of reference available online that there is No! Excuse! To! Draw! A! Bad! Window! Ever! [emphasis mine] that did it.) John and I then went for German food (Ethiopian was packed) and discussed how comics rule our lives in a good way.

Sunday Raina and I had a workshop panel to do entitled, "Turn Your Life into a Comic!" which was about autobiographical comics. It was great fun! Like we had done in an earlier school library event, we started people off with listing the ingredients of your favorite day. Picture your favorite day! What does it start with? Who's in it? What do you do? Et cetera. We then pick the things off the list we want to draw, make a practice drawing the characters in the story, then rough out the story with a panel per activity. Then we inked them- most of the kids redrew the pages so they got lots of drawing in. We drew our work up on the wall so all could see.

In order to conserve panel space, I decided against the French toast for breakfast and combined horsebackriding and drinking coffee. Note: I do not recommend drinking coffee while riding horseback in real life.

Raina did her roughs, then her pencils.

We had a lot of people by the end! This girl drew an impressive lightsaber battle as her perfect day.

Lots of fun! :)

Directly afterwards we ran to the Friends of Lulu Comics for Girls panel that Valerie D'Orazio and I organized, which had so many participants I only hope they all felt as though they had their say!

Left to right: Christine Norrie, Raina Telgemeier, Buzz Dixon, Allison Barrows, Jimmy Gownley, Barbara Slate, and Mike Pellerito. Christine ran a wonderful panel. Everyone got a chance to talk about their own work, work in existence that they loved and would recommend to parents, and what they thought about comics meant for girls in general. Best of all, an inclusive Q & A session gave all the parents in the audience a chance to ask questions about the industry and content that had clearly been on their minds for a while. This panel was so useful and fun- and best of all it was clear how friendly everyone in this industry can be! I regret only having a few photos, it seemed like I couldn't get a good angle.

After this last panel, we had barely two hours left of the con! We packed up, got the van & got everything loaded in a hurry thanks to Kean, Naseem, Johane, Kazu, Amy, Phil and Ryan. Got Udon for dinner (at last!) and then crashed at home. Next day, my shirts arrived. Of course!

They look pretty cool, and will be on sale at MoCCA Artfest.
Current Mood: boredbarely awake

(6 comments | Leave a comment)


[User Picture]
Date:April 22nd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
That looks like fun! and that is a great shirt!

Sorry to hear you and John won't be at Stumptown. :(
I won't be attending MoCCA this year...
[User Picture]
Date:April 22nd, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, We're just not in a good position to get tickets right now. I'm bummed you won't be at MoCCA artfest! I'm sure Ireland will more than make up for it though. :D
[User Picture]
Date:April 22nd, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, so that's what my hair looks like from the back!

You put together some great panels, Marion.
[User Picture]
Date:April 22nd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks! :) I had lots o'help from Gina and Valerie. In fact, Valerie did most of the Comics for Girls panel, so I need to give credit to the proper place!

Heh heh, I do the same thing when I see myself in photos-"I look like that?!" Except usually I'm noticing that I need to stop slouching. ;)
[User Picture]
Date:April 24th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
I think that last photo is my favorite! :-D

[User Picture]
Date:April 24th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Hi five! I hope you get that olive number in a custom 15" cut! :D

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