I’ll be floating around late Saturday afternoon (with Miles) and all day Sunday (solo). No official home base, but if you’re hankering for knuckletats, I will have my sharpies, and if you find me and ask, I will draw words on your hands for moneydollars or barter.
I’m also on two panels, both on Sunday.
At 2:00 PM, in Panel Room 6:
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Role of the Fan in Geek Culture Every fan has an opinion, and we all know what opinions are like (and why they stink). The fact of the matter is that the fans can help shape the course of whatever it is they love. They have all the power. In this panel hosted by writer David Walker (Number 13, The Army of Dr. Moreau), with guests Adam Rosko (Trek in the Park), Rachel Edidin (Wired and Comics Alliance), Mike Russell (culturepulp.com), and Kenna Conklin (Geek Portland) talk about the responsibility that comes with that power.
At 3:00 PM, in Panel Room 5 (I’m moderating this one):
All-Ages Isn’t Limiting: How to Craft Truly All-Ages Comics
Tired of dark and gritty? Looking to expand your market share? Want to make something your kids can enjoy? Just plain curious about why you should take all ages comics seriously? Join us for a discussion of what creates an exceptional all ages comic!
(Kinda bummed I missed the boat for Feminism and Fandom. Hey, people who organized that panel: can I crash?)
Really, really proud to have been part of the group who developed NYCC’s new anti-harassment policy. I’ve had my (very public) differences with NYCC, but I’m really happy with this policy, and optimistic about their commitment to developing the infrastructure to support it.
You can find the policy at the link above (along with more info on the team who helped create it; AFAIK, all of us are available for independent consulting on things like this); or on the NYCC website. It sounds like they’re planning to use it for ReedPop shows across the board, which, again, is great to hear.
Harassment policies are only as effective as they are visible, so please share the links and help spread the word.
In which Rachel and Miles celebrate an anniversary with a retrospective of one of the great romances of the Marvel universe; the Summers/Grey family tree is more of a transdimensional strawberry patch; the X-Men play some football; Professor Xavier is not a jerk; and Scott Summers and Jean Grey are the power couple of existentialism.
Scott and Jean
The worst date ever
Uncanny X-Men #308
That one panel that gets us every time
X-Men vol. 2 #30
Some really excellent wedding vows
The best kiss in X-Men
Why “One” is actually a pretty decent first dance
Existential ramifications of fictional romance
Next week: Rachel and Miles take a much-needed vacation.
Week after next: The New Mutants!
You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.
In which special guest Kurt Busiek is the J. Robert Oppenheimer of X-Men, Rachel and Miles learn to love the Silver Age, Cyclops gets a job, Bernard the Poet falls from grace, we really wish X-Men: The Secret Years was a real book, everyone recites poetry, and we still don’t get around to Marvels.
METOXO, the Lava Man
The true, secret purpose of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
The Phoenix retcon
Archival pocket dimensions
Enid Blyton’s X-Men
Early-to-mid-20th Century American Jewish Socialism
Why the X-Men are terrible mutant P.R.
Band names of the Silver Age
An X-Men series that might have been.
Why Cyclops should be the Rachel Maddow of Marvel
Quicksilver’s childhood dreams
Bernard the Poet
The Barefoot Beats
Next week: The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey!
HEY, INTERNET! WE MADE YOU A PODCAST! THIS WEEK IT IS FULL OF KURT BUSIEK AND ALSO SOME POEMS.
was rachel born with sunglasses, a jacket, and a care free attitude?
Rachel wasn’t born. She sprang into being full-grown, a quantum byproduct of the same unfortunate laboratory accident that created the Memory Eels; and was found and socialized by a pack of feral Modernists.