Dedicated to the Impossible Girl (And The Doctor Who World Tour)

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Although I met Alison only briefly at The Doctor Who World Tour, it’s a moment that I will remember forever… The thing is, I wasn’t even supposed to be at the #DWWorldTour in NYC. I was one of many who couldn’t get tickets. Then the day before the event, my friend Yissel asked if I wanted to go in her place. Her friend Christina had an extra ticket and Yissel couldn’t make it. I mean, why would I not want to go? Doctor Who is my favorite thing in all of time and space. I was lucky enough to meet Matt Smith and the crew not once but twice a few years ago. Now I get to see Peter Capaldi in the flesh! 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo Thursday afternoon I put on a bunch of TARDISes and set off to see the Doctor and the companion and the Moff hosted by Chris Hardwick of the Nerdist. I met the golden ticket holder,Christina, in line at around 2pm and we instantly hit it off. The event wasn’t until 7PM but Whovains were in line since 1AM the night before. As usual with line cons (line con: (noun) the very long lines geeks wait in at geeky events and conventions) we made friends with the Whovians around us. (Shout out to Monica and Tatiana!) There were constant bursts of cheers going on during the line con, mostly because BBC America kept asking us to cheer for footage. They even interviewed me and my new Who friends, but only time will tell if I’ll make the final cut. We passed the time by talking about favorite Doctors and companions, crazy DW theories and other geeky things. Time seemed to fly by up until the last hour, or should I say the Eleventh hour, which seemed the longest. Legs were hurting and caffeine was needed. (Let’s see how many Doctor Who puns I can fit in this post.)

AnyWHO at about 7:30PM they finally let us in and me and my Who crew got pretty close to the front. They played the U.S. premier of season eight and it was awesome. I laughed a lot. I almost cried. Typical Doctor Who feels. I can’t tell you any more because of *River Song voice* spoilers.

Peter Capaldi was all I really cared about though. Here in my face was this new 12th Doctor face. But oh man, he was amazing in the first episode. He really really was. You’re gonna love him I’m sure of it. Then Q&A happened which was also very cool but I don’t remember a lot of it because I kept staring at Capaldi. And his eyebrows. Oh and Neil Gaiman was there! How could I forget?!… Oh yeah because I didn’t see him. He tweeted he was there which spread like wildfire on the line con but I didn’t see him. But I felt his presence (jk not really). 

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Chris Hardwick, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat

So now on to the best and most important part of the whole entire day. As I was being ushered out of the theater a lady whovian named Alison came up to me, (bet you were wondering when I’d bring her up again) and said something like, “Hi Jamila, I am a fan of your blog.” And I’m like omgwut? First off, I don’t usually meet people in person who are fans of my blog. So when I do meet GGG readers I usually think they are mistaking me with someone else. Some other blog with “girl”and “geek” in the title, which is probably quite a few. So then Alison continued to tell me all of these kind things about my blog and myself and what a great job she thinks I am doing and I was hit with wave after wave of emotions. Shock. Happiness. Confusion. ME? All of this is about me? What?! Then of course in true Jamila fashion, those tears that almost came out during the Doctor Who episode came back.

The thing is, I was having a pretty shitty week personally. Then that shittiness was multiplied by Ferguson and Robin Williams. I had cried a few times earlier that week about sad stuff, so to cry about something happy when I needed it the most is something I’ll never forget. I just blog into the void not knowing who is reading my blog, let alone cares about it. So to meet someone like Alison is something I still can’t even comprehend. I still get emotional thinking about it. I’m forever grateful for that. 

Let’s end on a quote from the Doctor,

“What’s the point of being happy now if they’re going to be sad later? The answer is of course- because they are going to be sad later.”

Geek Girl Brunch Judges the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest

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Ma’at, Techno Babble & Bella Blackheart [Photo by Hyuk E Kim]

The Geek Girl Brunch co-founders we’re asked to judge the Wasabassco Burlesque SUPER! Heroes vs Villains costume contest back in May. After we were done freaking out about how excited we were, we started freaking out about what we were going to wear. 

To enter the contest the contestants had to create original characters. So you know what that meant, as judges we just HAD to create our own original characters. We had a very long email thread going between the three of us full of Etsy links and partial back stories. In the end, Bella Blackheart, Techno Babble and Ma’at, The Scribe were born… and cosplayed. 

Bella Blackheart 

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Origin Story: Bella is the daughter of a human woman and Shango, the African god of fire, lightning and thunder. Her mother died giving birth to her and she was raised by her father in the realm of the gods. Her father’s three wives, the goddesses Oshun, Oya and Oba, loathed Bella. She was a living reminder that their husband fell in love with a human woman.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThroughout her childhood, the wives tried to have dangerous “accidents” befall Bella, but her father, Shango, always protected her. After 16 years of living with Bella, the wives could not stand it anymore. One night they tried to kill Bella in her sleep. But, as they discovered, killing the daughter of a god isn’t easy. So instead of losing her life, she lost an eye. 

Bella escaped to the mortal world and took up residence in a small ghost town in the American West called Blackheart. Bella lived alone in the town for years, only venturing out to neighboring towns to get supplies and food. One day, a roaming group of assassins came to Blackheart and attempted to take over the town for themselves, but Bella wouldn’t have that. After a fierce battle Bella came out victorious. Impressed with her skills, the surviving assassins asked her to join them. Bella, being tired of the solitary life, accepted their offer. Over time, she became their leader and they became known as The Blackhearts, the most infamous band of assassins in the Americas.

Character Design: It all started with the eyepatch. I knew, whoever my character would eventually become, she would have an eyepatch. Because just like bow ties, eye patches are cool. I wanted her to look badass, mysterious and someone you wouldn’t want to fuck with. 

Bella’s overall costume design was inspired by Elle from Kill Bill, Ginny from Pretty Deadly and Death from East of West. I’ve never really been a fan of Westerns, but the comics Pretty Deadly and East of West sparked a love for the genre and the aesthetic.

Rachel as Techno Babble

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She’s a doomsprite that works for the super villain The Viral Menace. She travels via viral thought, loves meme culture and has the ability to screw with your tech just enough that it doesn’t work but not enough to look like it is broken.

Yissel as Ma’at, The Scribe

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Formerly Egypt’s personification of truth and justice, with scribes of her own. She’s been living among us for centuries in search of her stolen wings. All that she has of them is a single plume with which she writes events into existence, prepared to suffer the cost of her powers.

Introducing Geek Girl Brunch

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I’m excited to announce the launch of Geek Girl Brunch! GGB is a meetup group for geek girls who hang out over brunch. I’ve been working on this project for a while with my friends and co-founders, Yissel and Rachel.

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Geek Girl Brunch- Game of Thrones Edition

Origin Story 

In a galaxy far far away… some geek girls had brunch. A few actually, and since we had so much fun geeking out and sipping on mimosas we wanted it to become a bigger thing. After a few brunches we tossed around the idea that we wanted to start making Geek Girl Brunch a “bigger thing” and open it up to more geek girls. We didn’t want to keep all of this fun to just our group! 

A talking cat with a crescent moon on her head told Rachel, Yissel and I that we were the chosen founders of Geek Girl Brunch. We’ve watched enough anime to know that talking cats are completely normal and immediately accepted the mission. Geek girl extraordinaire and design magician Leslie did some moon prism power stuff to our blog and made it pretty and we are forever grateful! 

Themes

Screen shot 2014-06-02 at 5.27.03 PMWhen you get a group of geek girls who like to shop and cosplay it was inevitable that we’d find excuses to dress up to these events. That’s when the concept of themes was born. So far we’ve had themes of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lolita, Reverse Harem Anime and Game of Thrones. Next month our brunch theme will be ‘Magical Girls’ in celebration of the relaunch of Sailor Moon in July.

For our themed brunches we tend to cosplay or dress up based on the theme, it isn’t required at all, but it’s fun! Whenever possible, we have field trips related to our theme. For our Lolita brunch, we attended the Sakura Matsuri festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

On our blog, we dedicate each month to a different GGB theme. This gives us time to learn more about each theme and share our love about it with others. 

We are more than just geek girls drinking mimosas 

GGB is more than just a group of geek girls who eat bacon, drink mimosas and talk about anime boyfriends (although there’s nothing wrong with that). As women that live in the geek subculture online and IRL, we know how it isn’t always welcoming. With Geek Girl Brunch, we want to create an environment where identifying lady geeks can be themselves without fear of sexism, bigotry or ridicule. We hope to provide a safe space to give voice, create friendships and hang out! 

No Power in the ‘Verse Can Stop Us

The founders of GGB are NYC based, but we have dreams of expanding around the world and to alternate dimensions (when the technology becomes available). We plan to recruit officers in other cities to spread GGB around the globe.

If you’re interested in becoming an officer or have any questions about GGB email us at geekgirlbrunch@gmail.com. If you live in the NYC area and want to attend one of our brunches or meetups you can sign up here! Follow us to stay up to date on GGB news and meetups! 

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The very first Geek Girl Brunch

The very first Geek Girl Brunch

GGB judging the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest cosplaying as original characters

GGB judging the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest cosplaying as original characters

Sakura Matsuri @ Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Sakura Matsuri @ Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Lolita Selfie :3

Lolita Selfie :3

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Star Wars Brunch

Star Wars Brunch

Reverse Harem Anime Brunch (We are pretty much a J-pop boy band lol)

Reverse Harem Anime Brunch (We are pretty much a J-pop boy band lol)

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Reverse Harem Anime Brunch

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Doctor Who Brunch

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Game of Thrones Brunch

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Doctor Who Brunch

 

Chew Takes a Bite Out of NYCC 2013

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I’ve been a big fan of the comic book series, Chew, for a while now. John Layman’s writing and Rob Guillory’s style are a perfect match. It’s one of the few comics that actually make me literally LOL. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, pick up the first volume. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Being a fan, I was excited to see the Chew crew for the first time. During the panel, we learned that Chew started off dark. I mean really dark. Which isn’t surprising considering the main character eats human flesh on a frequent basis (he gets telepathic readings from meat). But thanks to Rob’s artistic style, Chew turned out to be more light and goofy.

Chew1The art style John wanted Rob to use in Chew was actually Rob just screwing around on the internet because he confessed that no one actually liked that style. No one except for John Layman. The first three issues of Chew weren’t written for Rob’s style, so as the series went on, it got funnier because John would write to Rob’s strengths. They both thought Chew’s concept was so crazy no one would buy it. But a few years and one Eisner Award later, they were proven wrong.

It comes to no surprise that Rob channels Broadway’s dramatic over-actors when illustrating the characters. He likes that you can tell what’s going in the story, even if there was no dialogue. Speaking of exaggerated, the two talked about fan-favorite Poyo, the cyborg rooster that’s kicking ass for the USDA.  John descried Poyo as, “Chew without the rules.” Fans should be happy to know that the next arc will feature Poyo, followed by The Vampire, then Mason Savoy and ending with Tony Chu.

You may remember hearing about Chew being pitched to Showtime for as a show. John updated the fans that it’s no longer on the table. It seems that the Showtime people weren’t interested in a cartoon, which is the direction John and Rob wanted to go in in order to keep the story genuine. Thankfully, they have a new “Hollywood guy” that’s focused on animation and they want to keep it to as close as the story as possible.

If nothing else, learned that John Layman is a pretty big gamer an really just wants to play Warcraft and GTA all day.

[Photo via Bleeding Cool]

New York Comic Con 2013: Adventure Time Panel

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Pendleton Ward, John DiMaggio, Rebecca Sugar, Jeremy Shada, and Kent Osborne

The Adventure Time panel held this past Sunday was moderated by New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff featuring creator and head animator Pendleton Ward (Lump Space Princess), John MiMaggio (Jake), Jeremy Shada (Finn), Rebecca Sugar (writer, storyboard artist, ukulele player) and Kent Osborne (head of story).

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Pendleton Ward (creator)

When asked what he was like as a child, Pen responded by saying he was an idiot that ate a lot of pizza and played Diablo. “As a small chubby nerd, that was my life. Geek life”, Pen added. Although he never imagined he’d be responsible for such a hit, he always knew he wanted to be an animator as a kid. He used to make flip books with post-it notes. Even Jake and Finn started off as doodles in his sketch book. He would just plug-in the personalities of his friends for the characters. When it came time to actually pitch Adventure Time he picked Jake and Finn from his doodles and used the personalities of his two weirdest friends.

During the panel it became clear that D&D plays a major role in Pen’s creativity and the show itself. The cast often plays D&D and uses elements from D&D to help write. When writing for the different characters, Pen compared it to playing D&D. They become the characters, much like D&D, which makes the stories flow naturally. He even cited D&D as the reason for Adventure Time’s continuity. Something not always found in animated shows.

Pen wanted to create a show that he would be inspired by. He used Leonardo as an example of what he didn’t want. In TMNT “Leonardo was such a bummer,” always worried about something. He didn’t want Finn to be a “winey baby” he wanted him to be more like the other turtles.

Part of the magic of Adventure Time is its ability to appeal to fans from the age of 8 to 80. When asked whether they write for a specific demographic, Pen answered that they just write to make themselves laugh, they don’t have a specific demo in mind. John DiMaggio, the voice of Jake, said, “I haven’t’ encountered a show with a more diverse audience.” It was easily the most mathematical panel I attended during the con.

Kent Osborne, Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Pendleton Ward, Rebecca Sugar

Kent Osborne, Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Pendleton Ward, Rebecca Sugar

Jeremy Shada (Finn)

Jeremy Shada (Finn)

 

John DiMaggio (Jake)

John DiMaggio (Jake)

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[Photos courtesy of Cartoon Network]

10 Tips For Surviving New York Comic Con

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I’ve been going to New York Comic Con (NYCC) for a couple of years now and I’ve discovered some tips that’ll help you make the most of your wonderfully geeky weekend. If you’re going to NYCC and wanna say hi IRL, hit me up on Twitter or email me at jamila[at]girlgonegeekblog.com! nyccc-mobile-promo

1. NYCC App

The NYCC App has everything you need to know about the con including panels, guests, rules, exhibitors, map and a bunch more. My favorite feature is that you can add panels to your schedule and they’ll remind you when it’s coming up.

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2. Comphy Shoes & Clothes (Cosplay Willing)

If you plan to be there all 3 or 4 days you will be exhausted. The convention space is huge and you’ll be on your feet for a good portion of that time. Do your feet a favor and wear comfortable shoes. Of course, if your cosplay requires heels pack some emergency flats!

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3. Nomz

If you’re like me, you plan to go to as many panels as time and space permit. Which means you’ll be waiting in line and camping out in rooms for hours. Don’t lose your spot in line, or that front row seat to a panel because you were hungry or thirsty. Pack some food and drinks! Drink extra OJ and take your vitamins that weekend, you don’t want to suffer from con-flu on Monday!

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4. Chargers

Even if you have great battery life, bring your charger. You’ll be taking more photos and on your social media pages much more because it’s NYCC. There are some charging stations and random sockets around the convention center. If you have a portable charger bring that fo sho!

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5. Camera(s)

As I mentioned above, the chances of your phone dying are higher than you seeing a Homestuck cosplayer. I know real cameras are becoming pretty rare, but if you have one bring it! The quality of your photos will be better and it’ll still be around when your phone isn’t. Worst case scenario is using your iPad. I know it’s pretty embarrassing and you look like a tourist, but I’m sure you can suffer 5 seconds of side eyes if it means taking a picture of an amazing cosplayer.

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6. Sharpie

Yup, that’s it. A sharpie. Don’t be the one who runs into Stan Lee at the con with no Sharpie at hand for an autograph.

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7. BYOC

Bring your own comics. This goes hand-in-hand with the sharpie tip. Go through the list of guests and artists that will be at NYCC and bring some of their comics with you. I’ve been lucky enough to have Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, Brian K. Vaughan, Sean Murphy, Greg Capullo, Robert Kirkman (to name a few) sign my comics!

Pro tip: At the end of the panels, rush (in an orderly fashion) to the front of the stage. Most panelist stay and sign stuff and take pictures before they leave. No pushing!

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8. Read/Watch/Play

If you plan to go to panels, you’ll be in a line. A lot. And you’ll be camping out in rooms (IGN theater, I’m looking at you kid). Although the con is my favorite place to people watch and make new friends, I suggesting bringing a book, comic, 3DS, PSP and/or an iPad to entertain you while you wait to be entertained some more. Plus, think of all the Street Passes you’ll get on your 3DS!

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9. Buy (Almost) Everything Sunday

If you’ll be there for the whole weekend, wait until Sunday to buy most of your goodies. By then, you would have gotten to see the whole floor multiple times and compare prices on all the swag you want. Also, Sunday is shorter so you won’t have to carry your loot for that long. There are less attendees as well so you’ll have the space to get a good look at everything and shift through comics without bumping into a fellow con-goer or getting accidentally hit in the face by their cosplay. Doh!

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10. Don’t Be a Jerk

Seriously, dude. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t cut in line. Be respectful of cosplayers. Revealing cosplay isn’t an invitation to be a creeper. No one likes a creeper. Help make NYCC a happy place.

AnimeNEXT Con 2013

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I attended the AnimeNEXT convention in Somerset, NJ over the weekend with my friends over at Otakus and Geeks and had a blast.

AnimeNEXT 2013 Girl Gone Geek badgeI had never attended this con before, so I had no idea what to expect. What I immediately noticed was there were more people in cosplay than people not wearing any cosplay. The crowd was different from what I had experience before, but not in a bad way! A category specific convention like AnimeNEXT weeded out the casual fans and observers you would see at the larger and more general cons and left only very dedicated anime fans and it was such a lovely experience. Everyone was buzzing with excitement!

Although the floor was small, it had a variety of different booths. Artist Alley was my favorite, which I probably walked around at least 10 times. They had a little bit of everything from art and accessories to crafts and commissions. I got two commissions done, too! The first was a chibi San/Princess Mononoke by the talented Lily Cernak and she gave me the Fionna Adventure Time print for free, sweet!

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The commission below that Eden Benton drew for me is absolutely amazing! I’m completely blown away. The colors and paper used really made this stand out.

Anime NEXT 2013 commission art by Eden Benton

Of course I wanted to buy all of the things, but I clung on to what little self-control I still had. But that doesn’t mean I left empty-handed! I got these adorable Finn and Jake Adventure Time earrings and a Totoro ring from Kelly’s Keychains. I couldn’t resist getting this BMO “Dat Ass” keychain from another booth.

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One of my personal highlights was meeting the delightful Melissa of Cool Geek Madness. She follows my blog and remembered that I had a blogiversary! Etsy is my kryptonite, but I really needed some self-control at her booth because it was Etsy IRL! She has the cutest accessories and after much deliberation, I narrowed it down to the three headbands below.

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Now for my favorite part of AnimeNEXT, the cosplay! 

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Some of my Vines of AnimeNEXT!
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I was con’ed out!

 

Recap of New York Comic Book Marketplace or The Day I Bought A Lot of Comics

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My massive haul from NYCBM!

My massive haul from NYCBM!

I don’t know if you live in the NYC area, but every year there’s a glorious event called New York Comic Book Marketplace (NYCBM). It’s a place where you can buy comics for really really cheap. This year it was on Saturday, April 13th.

I’ve been about two or three times now and every time I leave with a backache and beautiful comics. This year proved to be no different. I made sure I was fully caffeinated, equipped a couple empty bags and cash. But probably the most important part was that I did not get a manicure because I knew I was going to be doing a lot a digging and my nails would get messed up. These are things us fangirls have to consider.

Old time greats like George Perez and Chris Claremont were in attendance. I ended up buying 17 trades (hardcover and paperback) 1 collected story and 4 single issues. They were either 1/2 off or $5! I made the mistake of not bringing a suitcase to carry them all, or at least a rolly backpack!

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NYCC- Writers Room: Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan & Jonathan Hickman

“Writers block is another word for video games.” – BVK

Panelists: Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan, Jonathan Hickman and moderated  Ron Richards

  • –  On the topic of scripts, Brian K. Vaughan said that for him they are a love letter from him to his artist.
  • –  A fan asked if the writers have the entire story outlined or predetermined before beginning a new series. BKV felt that writers are the pilot of an airplane, either you know what you’re doing from the beginning, or you don’t let anyone know that you have no idea what you’re talking about.
  • –  The writers had very different styles of how they approach the art of the comic. BVK told us that Fiona Staples (artist for Saga) doesn’t like to know what’s going to happen in the series, she likes to be surprised every time she gets a new script.
  • –  Ever wonder what happens when the art doesn’t quite match what the writer had in mind? Grant Morrison said he never asks artists to redraw anything, you work around it. His fellow panelists agreed.

    Ran into BVK on the show floor and he signed my TPB of Saga. He was very nice!

  • –  An audience member wanted to know how the writers decide on how many panels to put on each page. BVK feels that 5 panels and about 12 balloons work for him. It’s like a haiku, it feels right.
  • –  Jonathan Hickman said that 5 panels a page also gives the artist a chance to have a stellar panel in the middle of the page.
  • – BVK’s writing style starts off with long drafts and then he edits and cuts and hopes the good stuff is left. After years of writing he likes to let the art do the talking when possible.
  • –  On the subject of voice, Morrison stated that he hears the voices of the characters in his head. He knows them, he knows what they like and what they don’t like, so it’s easier to write in their voice. Vaughan stated he is the complete opposite.
  • –  A fan asked how they deal with reader feedback and all panelists agreed that they don’t care. BVK explained further, “It’s the writer versus him or herself, I don’t care about feedback.” Morrison admitted that, “We don’t even know how to deal with feedback,” Hickman rounded out the answer, “No one hates me like me. I’m way rougher on myself than anyone else.”
  •  – When it comes to starting and leaving an ongoing series, BVK compared it to a relationship. You love them and then you leave them and you want them to be happy, you just don’t want to see it.

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  • –  On the importance of  adding autobiographical elements to their work, Morrison likes to write about situations that he’s experienced. BVK agreed that it’s the surest way to make something unique.
  • –  When asked what they do about writer’s block, the panelists stated they don’t experience writers block. When it comes down to it, writing is supposed to be hard. If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut, you have to push through it.  Vaughan said, “Writers block is another word for video games.”

NYCC 2012: Batman- Death Comes to Gotham Panel

Hell hath no fury like the Joker scorned.

This is a combination of the the Batman: Death Comes to Gotham panel and a bit of the DC New 52 panel, focusing on Batman the highly anticipated Joker story arc that affects all the Bat-family.

Scott Snyder gave the New York Comic Con audience a peak inside the twisted mind of the Joker and a glimpse into this dark arc. In short, Joker is the jester and Batman is the king. The Joker went away for a year and he’s upset with Batman because he thinks he has been weakened by his new Bat-family (Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, etc.) They have made him lazy and fat and he’s back in Gotham to make things right again.

The Joker serves Batman to make him stronger. In order to make Batman stronger, he plans to kick his ass, turn his world upside down and kill his family… but it’s all out of love. Joker believes Batman will be a better king if he survives what’s coming his way.

The point of a jester is to bring the worst news to the king and make him laugh about it. It just so happens that the Joker is not only the bearer of bad news, but also the reason for it. The villains serve Batman, not his Bat-family. The Joker wants to show Batman that the villains are the ones that truly love him. To prove this to Batman, Joker plans to kill his family.

The Joker attacks members of the Bat-family by targeting their greatest weaknesses. He’s been watching them all and he knows what they are most afraid of. He’s going to take their deepest fears and make them very real for everyone. Each attack is personalized. Despite the connected arc, each book in the Bat-family stands on its own. Both Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo warned the audience that this storyline isn’t for the faint of heart, and if you’ve read Batman issue 13, you’re already well aware of that.

Panelists: Scott Snyder (Batman), Grant Morrison (Batman, Incorporated), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Mike Marts (Batman Group Editor), Gregg Hurwitz (Batman: The Dark Knight), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Marcus To (Batwing), Peter Tomasi (Batman & Robin), James Tynion IV (Talon) & more

Ran into Scott Snyder on the floor. A genuinely nice guy!

Scott Snyder signing comics in artist alley