Friday, August 31, 2007

Greek & Chinese

Here's a look at some of the finished pencils for Kid Olympus, which touches on Dionysus Tan's dual heritage:

From left to right: Artemis, Apollo, Athena, Hera, Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, Aphrodite, and Hades


Clockwise from bottom left: The Monkey King, Zao Shen, Kwan Yin, Jade Emperor, Guan Yu, Matsu, and Feng Po-po. Framed by the phoenix and dragon.


KO and his maternal grandparents


Robert is also working on Issue 7, the last one for the first trade paperback. Looking at his work on Kid Olympus, I can't wait for Pride High 7: Spring Forward!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Art Institute

There was a slight change of plans for the talk at the Art Institute. A small fire closed off the Main Gallery minutes before I arrived. I met up with Brian the organizer, who was able to round up eleven of the students who planned on attending. We decided to just hold it on the green next to the Civic Center Farmer's Market. Sorry to any members of the public (and students Brian didn't know) who came but weren't sure of where to go :(.

Despite the hustle and bustle of the Farmer's Market on one side and firemen filing in and out on the other, the discussion went well. As expected, most of the questions dealt with the technical nitty gritty of just getting a comic from page to press. Distribution and marketing were also major concerns.

Several of the students had tried in the past to get a comic book off the ground. But with local printing prices hovering around over $6 for a 32-pager, they were pretty discouraged. None of them had heard of Ka-Blam and all were shocked when I told them that there was no minimum run for a per-unit cost half of the expected rate.

It turns out that the Art Institute's comic book club are all working on a joint project, Oh My Gods. It's the story of the Greek Gods of old who are struggling to survive in the present day, where no one really believes in them anymore. It was great to see the "yay" looks from the students when they realized self-publishing, with the right resources, wasn't as hard as they thought.

Lynx Link

Lynx Delirium, the super-talented colorist for Issue 5 of Pride High just had a great interview posted on Associated Content. Check out the article!

Here's a look at two pages he colored for Pride High #5 (text spoilers removed):



Tuesday, August 28, 2007

She-Dubya

Here are some words of wisdom from Miss Teen South Carolina:



She could be President of the US one day!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Joe Phillips & Pride High


Joe Phillips, one of my favorite artists, has agreed to do the cover for the Pride High trade paperback! I've been a huge fan of his artwork for years. For his art to grace the cover of Pride High is a dream come true!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Chuck

I spent the day working out the character concept of Chuck from Applesauce with Paul and Brandon. I'm so excited! I've always wanted to be the voice of an animated character, and in 2008 it's going to be reality! Check out Paul's blog for details.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

From the press release:

The Art Institute of California - San Francisco has invited Tommy Roddy, the creator and writer of Pride High, to speak on self-publishing independent comics. Roddy will detail both the creative and technical processes involved in the production of Pride High, from early design issues to choosing a printing press.

"As an avid reader of comics, few things have been as satisfying as creating my own. I'm excited to speak with art students who are looking to make that leap from comic book fan to creator," says Roddy.

Organized by Oculama, the Art Institute's comic book club, the talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, from 12-1pm at the Main Gallery, 1170 Market Street in San Francisco. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pride High follows the adventures of a gay-straight alliance at a school for super-powered youth. Please visit
http://pridecomics.com for more details.

The Art Institute of California - San Francisco is a leader in career-oriented education in the fields of Design, Media Arts, and Fashion. For more information visit
http://www.artinstitutes.edu/sanfrancisco.

For more information on Oculama, please contact Brian Patterson at bpatterson@aii.edu.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Issue 6

Issue 5 is *almost* done :). As a little treat, here's a look at a page from Issue 6, by Pat Pungpee:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Troy

As I sat down to write this entry with my HUGE bowl of spaghetti, I was reminded of the biggest difference between San Francisco gay men and their West Hollywood counterparts: carbs. I'm exaggerating (somewhat), but here in SF, it's a bit of a pastime to accentuate the differences between eco-conscious NorCal and body-conscious SoCal.

One of the more popular films at the 2005 SF Underground Short Film Festival was the animated tale of a pretty sedate guy from San Francisco who moves to West Hollywood and becomes a coke-snorting, creatine-popping, circuit party queen. It was funny as hell, though everyone in the audience was well aware that men like that also exist in San Francisco . Just not as many!

All kidding aside, once you get past the superficial differences between SF and WeHo gay men, you can see the big similarities: the surrogate families we form due to complications with our birth families, our struggles reconciling organized religion with our sexuality, our common search for love… oh, and drama. Plenty of drama ;). "Troy: From 1 to 100," the collection of comic strips by Michael Derry, presents all of the above through the eyes of a guy from the Midwest and his coterie of close friends in West Hollywood.



This collection was one of my favorite finds from Comic Con. It was also great to meet Michael at the Prism Booth. I was aware of Troy prior to Comic Con, but I had only read a few strips, and out of sequence at that. So it was a real pleasure to read several years of work, all in one sitting. Here's the main cast, in Michael's own words:

Troy
...the quintessential "Mr. Nice Guy", is obviously the main character of the stories. An aspiring actor, Troy is actually quite shy and self-conscious and prone to neurotic outbursts. He hopes to one day meet the man of his dreams and run off and raise matching Jack Russell terriers. In the meantime, Troy will have to make due with the parade of less than perfect matches that walk into his life, and all over his heart.

Rigo
...is a stud. Dark, muscular, and gorgeous, Rigo can, and frequently does, have anyone he wants. Working as a bartender in one of WeHo's hottest clubs, "Le Club", allows him easy access to the hottest pretty boys LA has to offer. Despite their obvious differences, Troy and Rigo are best of friends. Truth be told, Rigo considers Troy to his only "real" family. A fact that his pride would never let him admit to a skinny, clueless, little boy from the Midwest.

Ray
...a bit of a smartass, is Troy's oldest friend. He is the associate editor of LA's biggest and most popular gay newsmagazine/bar rag, "LA Boi." Ray is partnered with Derrick, aka Ms. Fatale. Upon hearing "Dubya's" plan to add an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage, Ray becomes a bit of a political activist.

Derrick
...is also West Hollywood's most famous, fierce, flawless, and fabulous drag personality, the one, the only, the icomparable Ms. Fatale. Fatale is so over the top, only the most impaired among the out crowd would mistake him for an actual woman. He believes he, as well as his breasts, should have a heightened sense of reality and he often wears enormous, cotton candy colored beehives.

Jorge
...is the on-again, off-again, on-again love of Rigo's life. Initially put off by the fact that Jorge is a "box boy" ("Trust me Mija, they're all a bunch of hookers!"), Rigo and Jorge both fell hard and fast. Of all the men in Rigo's life, Jorge is the only one Rigo likes looking at more than himself.

Nick
...is Troy's incredibly hunky, yet dumb-as-a-stump, straight (or is he?) boyfriend. The two met during their show, "Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing!", and after a bumpy start, Nick's girlfriend wanted to shoot an XXX video of the two of them, Troy set out to make it work. But can he be happy with a guy who, "God love him, really is dumb"?

The tagline of the strip reads, "Love, Sex, Politics, Religion, and Killer Abs." Yes, the cast all have above-average bodies (welcome to WeHo!), but don't make the mistake of assuming the series is shallow. It explores some pretty serious issues, just with a humorous, optimistic spin.

For example, take the issue of "Ex-gays," which one story arc of Troy is devoted to. As a former Southern Baptist born-again Christian, the topic hits close to home. I wasn't expecting the arc at all, but Michael did a great job with it. The antics of Troy and his friends had me laughing out loud at moments, wincing at others, and left me with the biggest smile since Comic Con at the conclusion. Derrick, dressed as an angel in drag almost stole the show in just two panels!

What I love most about Michael Derry's comic is that all of the characters are constantly growing. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But I've grown pretty attached to all of them, none more than Rigo (surprisingly). I won't spoil anything here, but Rigo's current subplot is the one I'm eagerly anticipating the most!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Boy Culture

Last night I had dinner with my parents before they flew back to South Carolina. They've never had Indian food before, so we went to Bombay on Market & Sanchez. They really weren't sure what to order, so they left it up to me. My father had fish masala, while we all shared aloo gobi, chana saag, aloo paratha, veggie pakoras, and rice pulao. Everything was pretty mild, but it still pretty hot for my parents. I was surprised that my mother thought it was spicy, until she told me that she really didn't eat much kimchi anymore.

As I was walking home after dinner, I happened to pass by the local video store. I haven't rented a movie in a long time, but I was in the mood and stopped inside. I saw a poster of Boy Culture and picked it up immediately. It usually takes me MUCH longer to decide on a movie. I'm the friend that will gather five or more titles in his hands while everyone else in the group will growl "PICK ONE!" I wasn't sure why I was so quick to pick "Boy Culture," as the only reference I had was a single article I read a while back. But as soon as I put the DVD in the player, I knew why.

The song "Do U Damage" started to play during the menu selection screen. That also happens to be the song that Allan Brocka, the creator of my new favorite TV show, Rick and Steve, has on his myspace page. I didn't consciously remember that Boy Culture was his movie, as I only skimmed his page (Firefox has a problem displaying some of the code he uses), but I must have seen a glimpse of it, because I've *never* zeroed in on a movie like that. Of course, after Rick and Steve, I definitely wanted to see more of Allan's work.

Boy Culture did not disappoint. I don't want to spoil too much (I know, whenever Mark and Johnny hear the word "spoiler" I come to mind), so I'll just give the basic premise and what really stood out for me.

The film follows a few weeks in the life of "X," a "hustler with a heart of gold." Yes, sounds cliché, but in this film, the character really works. X's moments of vulnerability really won me over. Part of that vulnerability stems from his attraction to his roommate, Andrew, a stable, charming, recently out gay guy who works at the local video store. He's everything that X isn't, and though X can pretty much have anyone he wants, the one guy he does want, Andrew, he can't have. And just as much as he wants Andrew, his other roommate, Joey, wants him. I'll be honest. I think love triangles are tired as hell. But despite the initial roll of my eyes due to the premise, this film pulled me in and totally exceeded my expectations.

For one, as the tweaker twink of the trio, Joey easily could've been a third wheel played only for laughs. But while the film certainly pokes fun at twinks, Joey still manages to be really endearing.

Then there's a beautiful moment when X catches Andrew taking a shower, and begins to muse on what he loves about his roommate.

"I love his presence, the fact that he reads bestsellers, that he wears clothes from a hamper, the way he can make anyone feel at ease..."

The most surprising thing about this whole monologue is that it's the first time in film that I've seen a white guy talking about his attraction to a black guy without referring to any stereotypes about black male sexual prowess. And though Andrew's ethnicity is referenced, his ensuing courtship (not a spoiler, really!) with X hits snags that have nothing to do with interracial relationships and everything to do with two people who are in very different points in their lives.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rick and Steve

For a couple of weeks I've seen commercials for "Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in all the World." Featuring animated lego characters, I was definitely interested, but I was in a crunch with Pride High at the time. A few nights ago I finally had a chance to watch this show. I'm hooked. I haven't been this instantly fond of a TV Comedy since "Strangers with Candy."

The show is set in the fictional West Lahunga Beach, which is the uber-queer, super colorful counterpart to the drab, B&W heterosexual city of Lahunga Beach (always referred to in tones of dread as REGULAR Lahunga Beach). As the name of the series suggests, the show's focus is on Rick and Steve and their close friends.

The humor of the show is *very* risqué and takes no prisoners, just like my old favorite, Strangers with Candy. One of the main characters is Chuck, an HIV positive, wheelchair-bound senior citizen. Some of the insults that the other characters throw his way have made my mouth drop, but he dishes it right back. He's no victim.

Though this changes from episode to episode, I think my current favorite character is Evan, Chuck's 19yo houseboy.  When told to give up on a hunkie blonde who is a 100% rice queen, Evan is undaunted.  "It's a known fact that Latinos can pass for Asians if we have to! (Switches to a ridiculous Asian accent as he zeroes in on the rice queen) Hey! You want numba one lovie, lovie!"

Speaking of rice, I think it's awesome that one half of the happiest gay couple in the world is Filipino. Allan Brocka, the creator of the series, manages to touch on Rick's ethnic heritage every now and then with some biting social commentary, while still presenting him as an "everyman" that viewers regardless of ethnicity can identify with. Definitely check this show out!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Volunteer Writer Positions Available

Along with the Dutch, French, Spanish, and Japanese translations of Pride High, I've always wanted a braille adaptation of the comic. I'm looking for experienced writers to take the comics and convert them to short story format. I'll then have the short stories bound and printed in braille for visually-impaired fans. However, this would entail more than just strictly converting from scripts, as they're usually significantly different from the finished version of the comic due to artist input. I originally planned on doing this myself, but I'm swamped.

One bonus is that you'll get a sneak peek at upcoming scripts, sometimes several months in advance of the comic release. If you've got the skill and the will to make Pride High more available to Suravi's community, let me know!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hate Mail

It was bound to happen eventually. A reader's mother found a copy of Pride High, went nuts, and sent me a scathing letter. Here's a snippet that sums the letter up:

I am utterly disgusted by the lack of shame in which you conduct yourself. Not only do you live your perverted lifestyle, but you force yourself on other youths, twisting their morals and good sense.

Awwww! My very first piece of hate mail. It's a landmark worth celebrating! But on a more serious note, I'm glad that the reader was a straight girl who is into slash fiction. A young girl who thinks "gay boys are SO totally cute" will probably face less parental wrath than a boy who thinks the same.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Kid Olympus Mini-Comic

Here's a look at the rough pencils for the full color KO mini-comic coming this Fall from Robert Rivera and Brian G. (Powerlad)! It's set during the "crazy summer" that KO mentions in Issue 2.

Page 2


Page 3

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Weekend with the Parents

My parents were in for the weekend. It's been decades since the last time they've been on the West Coast (we lived in Monterey when I was a baby), so they've been looking forward to this trip for quite some time. They planned it to coincide with my mother's birthday. Along with a jewel box, she also got the latest issue of Pride High.

On Saturday, our first stop was the Castro so that I could introduce them to Rich at Whatever. Rich's store was the first store to carry Pride High, and he's been such a huge help since then. My friend Brian Andersen happened to be in the store, so my parents got to see his comic book, So Super Duper, as well.

After we spent some time walking around the Castro, we headed over to Japantown. I knew my mother had gotten over her prejudice toward Japanese people years ago (stemming from the occupation of Korea in WWII). But I was still mildly surprised that she wanted to spend so much time in Japantown. We had sushi for lunch, then took in the sights of the Nihonmachi Street Fair.

Golden Gate Park was the next stop, specifically the Botanical Gardens. I was a little worried at first about my parents doing so much walking, but they did fine. One thing both of them missed from their days in northern California was the mild climate. Columbia, SC recently hit a record high of 107!

The biggest surprise of the day was bumping into an old friend randomly on the street. As I was showing my parents my old neighborhood of the Inner Sunset, I saw my friend from my frosh year at Harvard, Devi Sengupta, walking down the street. She was as surprised as I was to bump into me. The last time I had seen her was ten years ago!

Sunday, we spent the morning at my apartment, where I took my parents through the process of creating Pride High. They were pretty amazed at how everything is done online. And to be honest, sometimes I am, as well. I'm so glad I live in the internet age where desktop publishing with colleagues in other states (and countries) is possible.

The bulk of Sunday afternoon was spent in Chinatown. My dad and I pretty much stood back as my mother shopped to her heart's content. I've never been comfortable haggling with retailers. But my mother is a pro at it. She saw a coral necklace that matched earrings she purchased a few months ago in Italy (my parents were in Europe for three weeks in the Spring). It was listed for $369, but my mother got it down to $250, tax included. For her it's all part of the fun of shopping.

From Chinatown, we went to Fisherman's Wharf. I'm not a biggest fan of the tourist trap, but my parents wanted to see the sea lions. F.W. is also where they'll be meeting their tour groups for the week. Since I already used up my vacation time from Comic Con in San Diego, my parents filled up the week days with various tours throughout Northern California, including Monterey and Yosemite. They're heading back to SC on Friday, so I'll be meeting up with them on Thursday night. I just found out that neither of them have had Indian food, so I know exactly what we're having for their final dinner here in SF!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Sambar

I love working on Pride High, but the one drawback is that I sometimes let other passions fall by the wayside. There was a time when I cooked a full Indian meal 3-4 times a week, but I just don't have the time these days. But here and there, I do manage to squeeze in a moment for some home-cooked comfort food like sambar.

Sambar is a quintessential South Indian dish that is now popular all over the subcontinent. A few of the things that distinguish it from North Indian dal dishes are the use of coconut oil (rather than ghee), roasted legumes as spices, curry leaves, and a broth base of tamarind extract.



A
1 cup toor dal
1 tsp turmeric
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4-8 cups of water (will vary a lot depending on how long the dal has been in the pantry, as well as personal preference regarding thickness of the sambar)
1 tsp coconut oil (helps to control foaming)

B
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp hing

C
1 medium onion, chopped
1 handful of curry leaves

D
1 cup of tamarind juice (I use 1 cup water + 1 tsp tamarind extract)
2 cups of veggies of your choice (I chose broccoli and carrots for this batch)

E
3 Tbsp sambar powder
3 Tbsp water

Bring A to a light boil and cook for 45-60 minutes.



Meanwhile, in a separate pan, fry B until the mustard seeds just begin to pop. Add C to B and sauté until onions are translucent.



Add D to B & C, stir, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.



Mix E together well, then add to A. Mixing the powder with water before adding it to hto liquid prevents lumping. Storebought sambar powder is fine, but I use a homemade recipe that has more roasted copra and less fenugreek seeds. Mix everything together, add salt and cayenne to taste, and serve with rice.

Broccoli & Carrot Sambar

Monday, August 06, 2007

So Super Duper

My friend, Brian Andersen, just got a great review of his comic, So Super Duper, at The Gay Comics List. I first met Brian at the San Francisco Alternative Press Expo after Lynx Delirium's partner, David, introduced me to the comic. I was an instant fan and spent much of Sunday at APE sitting over at the So Super Duper table. François Peneaud's review of it is right on the mark!

Issue 4 in Print

The kids of Pride High prepare for their first I.S.C. match against Poseidon Prep's cyberpunk squad, Teh H4xx0rz (The Hackers).  With the tragic events of Issue 3 still fresh on their minds, will they be able to pull it together in time?  Find out in Pride High 4, Hacked!, now available in print at Prism Comics

Also included in this 48-page edition* is the mini-comic, "Western Horizons" by Desmond Miller, and a preview of Issue 5 in collaboration with Shaun "Spanky" Piela and Lynx Delirium!

Thanks again to Dex Craig & Paul Jack for making this possible!  Great job, guys!

* Limited 1st edition.  2nd edition will be in the standard 36-page Pride High format.


Saturday, August 04, 2007

Comic Con Wrap-up

I arrived in San Diego at 2:30pm on Wednesday. It's been so long since I've experienced that intense temperature differential you get in hot cities when stepping in and out of air conditioning. It felt like I was back in Miami. My friend Desmond swung by with his Comic Con crew, which included his partner, Paul, and friends Joe, Rose, and Randy.

Ka-Blam has been *awesome* when it comes to shipping orders. UPS not so much. With the delays to Issue 4, there was a high chance that Pride High would arrive in San Francisco after my flight to San Diego. Talk about a nightmare! However, my friend Josh, who used to work for Zephyr, lives in San Diego and kindly offered his work address as a shipping point. As luck would have it, the Coldwell Banker branch where he worked was only a block away from the hotel where I was staying. The comics arrived on Tuesday, but it was still great to avoid hauling those to the airport and checking them in!

Though I was really excited to get Issue 4 in, I was also seriously hungry. My appetite won out. I left the boxes in the room and we all went out to the City Deli in Hillcrest, the Castro equivalent of San Diego.

The menu was pretty hefty, with plenty of veggie options. I ordered chili fries and was surprised when the food for our whole table was delivered in what seemed like only 5 minutes. And it wasn't just a fluke. City Deli was the place we went to the most for our SDCC stay, and each time they really churned out the food!

Instead of heading back to the hotel, we went to the San Diego Convention Center for preview night. I was amazed at how large the convention center was. It was almost twice as large as Moscone Center South, where WonderCon was held. Once we actually reached the convention hall, we still had a long walk to the pre-registration/professional entrance which was all the way on the opposite end.

At 6pm, the doors to the floor opened. This was my first time at the convention, and I heard that preview night wasn't that big of a deal in years past. This year however, there were tons of people chomping at the bit to get inside. In mere minutes, the floor was thrumming with activity.

Prism's booth was 2148, located near the Marvel and DC sections. There was a large rainbow flag above our booth, which served as a beacon for gay geeks throughout the convention.

Last year, when Pride High was still just a concept, I kept daydreaming about what it would be like to be at Comic Con with my own comic. Actually being there, a year later, with four issues of Pride High, a spot on one of the panel discussions, interviews with LOGO, Time Warner Cable, and Pink Mafia Radio... it felt like one of those movie cut-scenes with a big "ONE YEAR LATER" on the screen.

The two biggest moments for me actually happened during the LGBT panel I wasn't on. Moderated by Andy Mangels (Star Trek author, comic book writer, 80's documentarian), it had Alison Bechdel (writer of Fun Home), Zan Christensen (founder of Prism Comics), Megan Gedris (YU+ME, I was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outerspace), Chuck Kim (writer for Heroes), Alonso Duralde (101 Must-see Movies for Gay Men) and Paul Levitz (President of DC Comics).

During the question and answer session, an audience member asked if there were any comics out there with queer heroes of color front and center. Zan Christensen answered with, "we have a writer in the audience, Tommy Roddy, who has a comic book by the name of Pride High. Tommy, please stand up." I was blushing as Zan went on to give a quick summary of Pride High and it's multi-ethnic, multicultural cast.

Another audience member, Misha D. Clive, went to the mic and said the following (paraphrasing): "It's awesome to have you all here on the panel, to have Prism Comics, and to know that there are great books and comics out there, like Fun Home, Pride High..." Omg! To be named in the same sentence as Fun Home!

I could go into more detail about the convention itself, but there's a great, day-by-day diary by Zan Christensen of Prism that's got it all.

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Spanky and I going over the pencils of Pride High 5


Lynx and Spanky showing off their work on Pride High 5 (preview cover by Greg Narvasa)


Katherine Keller of Sequential Tart


Katie, Trina Robbins (of Go Girl!), Erica, and Pearl from Girl-wonder.org


Joe and pal (I'm bad with names!)


Bill, who gave me really extensive feedback on Issues 1-4.


Zach and Ed


Justice and Leawyn from www.LuckyLegendary.com as Wonder Woman and Supergirl


Local San Diego high schooler, Chau, was the most awesome volunteer ever! We got her randomly through the Comic Con volunteer program. During all the hustle and bustle, she managed to keep the Prism Booth orderly. Once, while talking to a visitor, someone misplaced one of our pamphlets. Without even looking or breaking the conversation, she reached to the side, picked up the errant flyer and put it in the right place. I hope we see her again next year!


Zan (left) and his fiancé, Steve, who proposed to Zan in the back cover of Finder 30. Best. Proposal. Ever.


Katherine, volunteer Randy, and Joe Palmer from The Gay League of America


Joe Phillips, the artist responsible for my adoration of flannel-wearing lumberjacks! I got to see an incredible preview of his animated feature "Witch Kids," produced in collaboration with Pride High fan Paul Timm (creator of Epsilon).


Jenny Breeden and Megan Gedris at the first of two LGBT panels


Hmmm... now what was that question? Steve MacIsaac (adult profile, NSFW), Sean McGrath, Lynx Delirium, and Terrance Griep


So space age


Ted, Prism's point man for Comic Con. A common refrain for questions from volunteers and visitors was "Ted would know about that!"


Marcel and Andrew from LOGO's Alien Bootcamp


Michael Troy


Lining up to see Alison Bechdel, author of Time Magazine's Book of the Year, "Fun Home"


She was so awesome in person!


Jeff, Sean-Z (adult profile, NSFW), David (Lynx's partner and Prism Treasurer), and Justice


Randy, Spanky, Ted, and Tauren from www.LuckyLegendary.com


Captain Lucky from www.LuckyLegendary.com and Tony Lawrence. Holy package, Batman! Stay tuned for the big Pride High / Lucky Legendary crossover event coming Spring 2008, entitled "Lucky Break!"


Dave Davenport (adult profile, NSFW)


Chau, David, fellow yaoi fan Ludick, Steve, and I breaking everything down. *Sniffle*

Friday, August 03, 2007

Go Girl!

While I was down at Comic Con, I had a chance to hang out with other Girl-Wonder.org members for the first time. The raison d'être of the site is the loss of Stephanie Brown, Batman's first female Robin, and the subsequent lack of a memorial in the Batcave, despite previous Robins receiving one. The site's mission has since expanded to critiquing misogyny in comics, as well as racism and homophobia. At Girl-wonder.org, feminism isn't a dirty word!

At the Girl-wonder breakfast at The Field with Katie, Trina, Erica, Erica's pal, and Matt



Trina Robbins is the author of Go Girl!which has been a really fun read. I missed Trina's signing at Comic Con, but as luck would have it, she lives only a few blocks away from me in San Francisco. I swung by her place, picked up a signed copy, and chatted about cats, comics, and WisCon.



Go Girl! stars Lindsay Goldman, the high-flying daughter of Go-Go Girl, and her best friend Haseena Ross, girl detective. It's an all ages story that I highly recommend. It's great to see fiction about young women who spend more time kicking butt and solving crime than clamoring for the attention of boys!