You guys, I am so overwhelmed. Please forgive the many, many typos that are likely to occur in this post. My plan was to post about Comic-Con today, tomorrow, and Wednesday. It is now obvious that I will be writing about things from Comic-Con all year. Here’s just a few of the things I want to write about:
- The hunger for representation.
- Many, many thoughts from the Women Who Kick Ass panel and the super heroines panel. So much to think about and share. Common thread – women are complex, women don’t have to be either all perfect or all evil, women can have their own stories, and women can take up space in the world and in their own lives.
- The difference between Hall H, which made me an excited but passive consumer, and the smaller panels which made me feel inspired and excited about moving forward in my own life.
- The complicated relationships between fans and stars.
- How we crave face to face connection despite the availability of social media. Everyone knows that the panels from Hall H will be on YouTube a day later and yet thousands of us camp overnight so that we can be there in person. On a smaller scale, I was thrilled to get to meet a couple of people who I knew from Twitter in person.
- On a related note, I have so many people who I’d love to do interviews with, so watch for those in the next few weeks and months.
I was totally unprepared for how overwhelming five days at Comic-Con would be. There are so many huge websites that post Comic-Con news the instant it breaks, so I’m going to use this blog to talk about what the experience of Comic-Con is like, how it is different yet similar to other conventions, and highlight some things that I know are of special interest to my readers. Yes, I did make it into the Orphan Black Panel, you guys! I waited for five hours and I did it for you! And it was great!
Right now it’s late so I’m going to leave these pics here for you to enjoy and will blog more extensively (including posting more pics) over the next few weeks.
By the way, I got to see the pilot for The Flash. It’s rough, like most pilots are. I got the sense that most of the actors haven’t figured out their characters yet. Barry Allen is adorable, ethical, and gifted with an abundance of common sense. I adore him unreservedly. I’d grade the pilot as a B- with lots and lots of promise to be a fantastic show. Back to pics:
These people told me that they didn’t feel heroic – they just felt tired (it was Sunday afternoon). But they are actually saving lives, as are the thousands of people who donate blood at the annual blood drive every year. They don’t just consume superhero stories – they live them. Whether you donate blood, donate money, or donate time, find a way to make the world a better place. Go to a protest, write a letter, volunteer someplace, mentor someone, hug a friend. You don’t have to be Batman. Do what works for you – but do something.