Friday, March 25, 2016

Hourlies 2016 and Other Sketches

Back on February 1st, I did some hourly comics. They seemed pretty boring compared to last year's. Now I think they look like a nice snapshot of my life in 2016. Also, falling in love with a podcast.

The last comic is about coffee.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Boskone 53 Schedule

Arisia was lovely.

Now the Boskone 53 schedule is out! It's February 19-21, 2016 and you can get more information at The Boskone BlogTwitter, and Facebook

Come and see me on the following panels!

Outlander: Something for Everyone
Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Harbor II (Westin)
If your heart's in the Scottish Highlands, come discuss Diana Gabaldon's Outlander in this, its 25th year. This series of novels and shorter works features elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure, and science fiction/fantasy. It has spawned a Starz TV series, a graphic novel, and a 14-part song cycle. If you loved the books, how do you think the series is faring? Maybe your introduction to Outlander was through the TV series. How do these two perspectives differ?
Heather Albano (M), C.S.E. Cooney, Flourish Klink, Darlene Marshall, Gillian Daniels

Why Are Fairy Tales Still Hot Topics?
Saturday 10:00 - 10:50, Harbor II (Westin)
Aesop, Charles Perrault, and the Brothers Grimm have much to answer for. Their fairy tales are integral to the European cultural heritage, and they've spawned novels, films, and TV shows in vast numbers. Why are their stories so compelling? Why do we keep going back to these old collections?
Theodora Goss (M), C.S.E. Cooney, Mary Crowell, Gillian Daniels, Lauren Schiller

Marvel Films vs. Marvel Comics
Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor II (Westin)
Marvel’s film and comics divisions are now under separate management. But differences have been apparent from the first as they expanded the mix of characters and story arcs. From Blade to Iron Man and X-Men to The Avengers — from Pepper Potts to Peter Parker, and Ben Grimm to the galaxy’s most motley "Guardians" — how have your favorites made the transition from panel to pixel, or back again? What elements of the comics should be retained, mixed in, or discarded? How true are they staying to the original source material? And most importantly, for you, which genre is the most pure fun?
Gillian Daniels (M), James Bacon, Robert Howard, Errick Nunnally, Lauren Roy

Steven Universe and the Cartoon Renaissance
Saturday 20:00 - 20:50, Marina 4 (Westin)
“Believe in Steven!” Cartoons are back with a bang, and the incredible Steven (a half-human, half-Gem hero) is helping save the world. Steven Universe is just one of several adult speculative cartoons that have been praised for their complex characters and rich worldbuilding. From Space Ghost to Futurama to Robot Chicken, these shows have captured our imaginations. Why do we love them so much, and what else should we be watching?
Teddy Harvia (M), Susan Jane Bigelow, Gillian Daniels, Max Gladstone, Julia Rios

Blending Media: Blurring the Lines
Sunday 10:00 - 10:50, Marina 3 (Westin)
Art! Poetry! Fiction! Oh my! Some of the most evocative pieces of art and fiction are created in those lovely spaces between the lines. Our panelists share what compels them to create work that lives "off the grid" in many ways. And how do new media fit into or help us burst beyond traditional artforms?
Gillian Daniels (M), Carlos Hernandez, Flourish Klink, Gary K. Wolf, Heather Albano

The Changing Landscape of Comics

Sunday 14:00 - 14:50, Marina 3 (Westin)
Comic books have seen many changes since the first big boom of the 1930s. From the superheroes of the Golden Age to the romance comics of the 1950s and 1960s to today's darker, more complex characters and stories, the landscape always alters and shifts. We've moved away from the Comics Code; indie and web comic publishers flourish. What roles have TV and film played in putting comics on the map worldwide? What's coming next? Can comics maintain the momentum?
Brenda Noiseux (M), Gillian Daniels, Grady Hendrix, Robert Howard, Errick Nunnally

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year Fortunes and Arisia Schedule 2016

For New Years Eve, I watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens and enjoyed reading Tarot cards with friends. I'm hoping to start things off right.

Also, the Arisia schedule is up for 2016! Hurray!

Here are the panels I'm on. Hope to see you there!

Supergods: Superheroes as Modern Pantheon Alcott (Comics) Fri 8:30 PM
Description Superheroes come from the sky, with impossible powers and indelible promises. They show us the light in our darkest moments, and remind us of how we would prefer to be treated. Is it so wrong to imagine them as Gods? In this panel, we'll explore the idea of the Superhero as a modern interpretation of deities.
Mehitbel Glenhaber, Ed Fuqua, Joey Peters, Alex Jarvis (m)

Steven Universe: We'll Always Find a Way Burroughs (Media) Sun 11:30 AM
Description Rebecca Sugar's STEVEN UNIVERSE has been a breakout hit for Cartoon Network. The first series on the network created by a woman, it tells powerful, funny, and moving stories in tiny doses, and has dealt uncompromisingly with issues around gender, childhood, and family in ways both unexpected and delightful. It's also telling a great long-form adventure story. We'll talk about all elements of this show in a panel that, like the show itself, will appeal to fans of all ages.
Max Gladstone, Cody Mattes, Juliet Kahn, Cassandra Lease (m)

Marvel Cinematic and TV Universe, 2016 Edition Marina 3 (Media) Sun 1:00 PM
Description The last year has seen two movies (AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN), and seasons of four TV series (AGENTS OF SHIELD, AGENT CARTER, DAREDEVIL, and JESSICA JONES). What's the current state of the MCU? How is progressing creatively? Is it still cohesive? Do all of the shows and movies still work well together, or are there cracks starting to show where things are being forced? We'll have our annual review of all that's good and in need of improvement, as well as looking ahead to 2016's movies.
Sarah Weintraub, Gordon Linzner, Ed Fuqua, Bob Chipman (m)

Speculative Poetry is Awesome Marina 2 (Literature) Mon 11:30 AM
Description Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic, personal, and powerful in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, and Liminality showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. Come discuss what's new and wonderful in the world of speculative poetry!
Shira Lipkin, A.J. Odasso, Julia Rios (m), MJ Cunniff

Gravity Falls Marina 4 (Media) Mon 1:00 PM
Description Over the last two years, *Gravity Falls* has moved beyond its initial goof setup and developed an incredibly layered mythology, all while still providing some emotional character development and a pair of genuinely loving siblings whose differences help the plot. Now that the mysteries and threats have increased, how is the show holding up? We'll discuss our favorite fan theories, the end-of-episode codes, and more.
James Hailer (m), David G. Shaw, A.J. Odasso, Trisha Wooldridge