Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hourlies 2017

As I prepare for Boskone and balance it with activism and art, like last year and the year before, I did a set of hourly comics on February 1st! Enjoy!
Cat-mornings and pre-work anxiety. Also, enjoy "Rubric" by Philip Glass.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Boskone 54 Schedule

I'm going to be a part of Boksone 54! I'm really looking forward to it and I hope you can join me.


Here's my panel schedule:

How Buffy the Vampire Slayer Changed Television

Friday 19:00 - 20:00, Harbor II (Westin)

Buffy was just a teen TV drama about a bunch of vampire-hunting kids ... or was it? Let's consider the friendships, the dialogue, the rule-breaking, and the characters. How did these aspects of this 1997-2003 show, individually and combined, help to change viewer expectations — and the very ways we think about episodic storytelling today?

Reading by Gillian Daniels

Saturday 09:30 - 10:00, Independence (Westin)

The Magic of Magical Realism in Literature

Saturday 12:00 - 13:00, Harbor III (Westin)

The genre of magical realism is often defined by contradiction: bringing an acceptance of magic into the rational world — into our world. Does this really make it different than fantasy? What is it about the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Alice Hoffman that makes their stories stand out? Our panelists share the stories they love, why they love them, and what else we should be reading.

Great Ghost Stories

Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, Harbor III (Westin)

We'll look for and at the best stories that take place on the fringe: stories in which the living and the dead intersect, bringing out the drama, tension, and atmosphere that are the hallmarks of a well-told ghost story. (One darkly shining exemplar: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.) Join us for an unsettling discussion of what makes a good ghost story great, and why some tales become enduring classics while others ... don't.

Science Fiction on the Stage

Sunday 12:00 - 13:00, Marina 3 (Westin)

You can't do that on the stage! ... Can you? How do you create a space ship going Warp 5 on the stage? Can you really produce a true SF feel without the flashy special effects that people have come to expect? What kind of opportunities are possible when it comes to writing and producing speculative fiction on the stage rather then in film or in print? Moreover, how do you get started writing for the stage?

The Sense8 Sensation

Sunday 13:00 - 14:00, Marina 4 (Westin)

It's shot on locations worldwide and produced by the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5, yet this Netflix TV original has largely flown under the radar. (Still, season 2 starts in March.) Panelists examine the intricate storytelling and dizzyingly diverse connections of this sens8tionally groundbreaking SF show. From gender, race, and religion to the struggle of coming to terms with one’s identity, Sense8 treats its subjects in ways network television would never touch. SPOILERS ABOUND for nonviewers, but why not sneak a peek anyway?


Yesterday, I participated in something huge, potentially generation-defining. 

Well, "generation-defining" if we keep up the momentum.

As I write this, participation at the Women's March across continents has been estimated as high as 2.5 million. People are angry, disheartened, and unsure of the future.

But the outpouring on Saturday was so warm and hopeful. People really want to make a difference. It was a moment of solidarity and warm fuzzies.

It was great to hear Elizabeth Warren speak, even though there were too many people to properly see her. Ed Markey was enthusiastic and Maura Healey 

There's work to do. 

Despite having speakers and organizers of racially diverse and indigenous backgrounds, this march and others seemed to center on white women. As a white lady, yeah, I admit we're the majority, but we also have to make sure we're not dominating the narrative of who stands to lose the most the next few years.

My hope is renewed and so is my commitment to change and a better, safer future.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Arisia Schedule 2017

Yay! Arisia is THIS WEEKEND and I'm on four panels, three of which I'm moderating. Looking forward to seeing friends and absorbing energy for a new year!

Come and say hi!

In Praise of Unlikeable Characters Marina 1 Literature Sat 1:00 PM 01:15
Gillian Daniels (m), Maya Garcia, Lorrie Kim, Ken Schneyer, Sonya Taaffe
Description Bring us your curmudgeons, your cantankerous jerks, your deliberately unlikeable characters of all genders without which the plot might not move so smoothly. Someone's got to do the dirty work, after all. Let's talk about our favorite unlikeable characters in genre fiction, and the purposes they serve.

Queering Up Canon Marina 3 Fan Interest Sun 1:00 PM 1:15
Gillian Daniels (m), Lee C. Hillman (Gwendolyn Grace), Konner Jebb, Cassandra Lease
Description Much fanfic has a large interest in QUILTBAG themes. Maybe your fic involves making characters of the same gender fall in love with each other, having a character established as cis turn out to be trans, or asking if Sherlock has never shown any interest in a "proper" Victorian marriage because he's asexual. Can fanfic writing and QUILTBAG activism potentially intersect? What does it mean that fans of works with cis, straight characters are looking for more variety in the fiction they consume?

Sexuality and the Superheroine Adams Comics Sun 7:00 PM 01:15 
Juliet Kahn (m), Gillian Daniels, Ed Fuqua, Alisa Kwitney Sheckley, Maddy Myers
Description A lot of the debate around female characters in comics centers around their sexuality—case in point, Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. It’s a contentious issue: can these characters truly have agency? What does it mean for a female character created and written by men to “own” her sexuality? Is there a difference between “empowered” fishnets and “degrading” ones, in the context of superhero comics? Can a fictional character be slut-shamed? Let's tackle these questions and more!

Short Sharp Shocks
Hale Literature Mon 1:00 PM 01:15 
Gillian Daniels (m), Andrea Corbin, Morgan Crooks, MJ Cunniff, Keffy R.M. Kehril
Description Simply put, you can do things in short fiction that you can't do anywhere else. Experiments that only hold up for a few thousand words, twists that would fall flat at greater length, intense playfulness with form and function, unrelenting emotional intensity, and more. Let's talk about the best short fiction of today and what makes it great.


Today, I attended the Day of Denial hosted by 350 Massachusetts. It was a short demonstration asking the governor to take further action on climate change. 

I made up a list of resolutions that I expect to stick to with varying degrees of success this year, but the one I take the most seriously right now is continuing to protest.