This weekend, over 100,000 people attended New York Comic Con, mostly to get free stuff. But some of those people attended panels where free stuff wasn’t the draw and of those panels, I was privileged and honored to participate on two.
Kris Dresden – Creator of these things matter, hush and other comics
and, erm, me. (I love the picture above, because I was leaning back as I listened, so I’m not visible. ^_^;; I’m behind Abby.)
To say that I was feeling a bit like a pretender is an understatement. I was *the* only non-artist on the panel.
Anyway, the room was full, the panel was funny, the crowd was great and we had a teriffic time. I loved hearing the other panelists’ stories about how they got started doing comics and what motivated them now.
JD’s questions covered how everyone got started (short version: no one else was doing it and it seemed the right or only thing to do,) what keeps them going (short version: same as last answer and it’s who we are) and what positive changes we’ve seen (short version: more queer characters in all levels of comics, creators, editorial, staff, characters, etc.) This last led to the best line of the panel, IMHO.
I began talking about how, when I started, Yuri was just porn for creepy guys and Camper leans forward and says, “And now it’s porn for creepy dykes.” I’m still laughing at that.
Everyone was witty and grounded and real and I do not believe I have ever been so honored in my life as I was to sit up there with such amazing women.
The grand takeaway from this panel was: What are you waiting for? Do it – draw/write/publish – do it already and do it yourself.
Thanks JD for the chance to be on that panel – and thanks to everyone who came and asked such great questions!
PS – I gave out prizes to people who asked questions, so they got free stuff anyway. ^_^