Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Not available at NY Comic Con, but I love the ad:

Via Laura, of course.

NYCC Day 1

The day didn't start off very well, as Robin has caught whatever illness I had last weekend and didn't even feel like getting out of bed, much less going to a convention. But by the time I came back from the local grocery with provisions he was up and dressed, hair cut and body showered, and we were on the 9:30 AM express bus into Manhattan, with the World's Slowest Driver. We didn't get to Times Square until 11:30, but once there it was a simple matter to take the new "7" train expansion one stop to the station a block (well, more like four blocks) away from our table at the Javits Center, and we were situated around noontime.

Robin at his table

Rob was a real trouper, smiling and pleasant throughout the afternoon. It couldn't have been easy, I remember what a wreck I was last Saturday with that illness. Don't worry, we had plenty of Purell, I don't think we're contagious at this point. And we have absolutely no regrets about attending. We happened to be at the right place during the right time, a rare occurrence in this business, and we actually made our table money back (and then some) within two hours, thanks to a couple of swell guys with an interest in buying original art pages. A great feeling, as it's freed us up to relax for the rest of the weekend. Oh, by the way, don't attempt to get wifi at the con, it keeps cutting in and out like a crazy monkey.

Phyllis Novin

It wouldn't be a proper NYCC without seeing lots of old friends, like Jamal Igle and Bob Ingersoll and Robin Stelly and a few people that Robin knew better than me. :) Here's Phyllis Novin, from my old Friends of Lulu days, wearing the earrings that had belonged to me until a few minutes earlier when I gave up on them, decide I didn't have the neck and shoulders to pull them off despite how pretty I think they are (I love me some tricolor gold), and realized they'd suit Phyllis much better. At last, an excuse for me to buy a new pair!

Cosplaying princesses

I don't tend to take a lot of photos of cosplayers, and of course this is such a huge part of any comicon now and you just can't snap photos of everyone. So I decided to take only one shot today of these lovely princess costumes, because if I had the talent and the poise I like to think this is the sort of cosplay I'd have done.

We didn't stay very long, as Robin had pretty much faded by 5 PM. This time decided to take the "7" to Grand Central, as we didn't relish another two-hour bus ride. Coincidentally since it was rush hour, we happened to get the driver I almost always get on my evening commute, so that was weird and nice. We're sticking to the East Side bus for the rest of the weekend, much easier. Home by my usual time, a bit of sushi to celebrate our success, some baseball and now to bed to gear up for tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

I left my workspace and workload in great shape, but I must confess I'm not nearly ready for NY Comic Con. I hope I see some cosplayers go Super Flemish (via Robot 6).

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Two days to NYCC! Here is Sad and Useless' list of the Top 20 Useless Superpowers.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Counting down to the New York Comic Con (three day's hence!), here are some heiroglyphic illustrations featuring superheroes, as seen on BoingBoing.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Still feeling crappy, I really thought this illness would run its course by now. I don't have a fever but I'm still having fever-naps, like the one where I suddenly had 137 emails in my work in-box. Why my subconscious chose the number 137 is beyond me. I like to think that's the age at which I finally kick. I need to check my QuitBit:

Via Brand Flakes for Breakfast.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

I was dreading walking around the Javits Center for the upcoming New York Comic Con, but now I'm just fine because I have the C.A.R.D.BOARD!

Didn't Mike Jittlov have one of these back in the '80s? Via Laughing Squid.

Everything Old Is New Again

Every year as New York Comic Con approaches, I get a bit anxious because I've been out of the social aspect of comics for so long, at least since I wrote for ComicMix. I still buy and read lots of books enthusiastically, I'm still married to an extremely talented artist, but I'm a bit too out of the loop, and a bit too comfortable up here in Bronkers, to hang out regularly with any comics cognoscenti still left in the NYC area. The DC folks are all in Burbank now, I don't really know the Marvel folks, my freelance friends are scattered - NYCC has now become the only time when I can catch up with all of them, as they know where to find us (Artist Alley table B6 once again, next to Peter and Kath). My job precludes me from being as active in online comics-related venues as I once was back in the days of Usenet and message boards, and my years of doing weekly comics reviews are long past. Plus, you know, a whole new generation is now into the stuff, as many women as men pack the conventions (and the bathrooms!), and being childless and not exposed to so much current pop culture I feel as if I've crossed the generation divide into the realm of "what are those crazy kids talking about?" territory. Which is as things should be; for hobbies to thrive there needs to be new blood every x-number of years.

So I try to look at NYCC (now the only con Robin and I attend, as he doesn't enjoy them as much as I do) as an opportunity to learn what's new, in addition to catching up with my peeps. And it saddens me that, in the year of our lord Jesus Jones two thousand and fifteen (as Melissa often puts it), some things still haven't changed. I follow politics and the 'net enough that online and in-person sexual harassment doesn't surprise me. The initial reaction of many straight white males to the eventuality of sharing their once-exclusive societal privilege is fear and lashing out at the folks who would benefit from that sharing, implying to their target audience of other straight white males still holding the most privilege (as well as implicitly warning those still on the outside and the margins) that Those People are different, less than, undeserving, not "true fans" - Other. This has been going on at least as far back as I remember, and I was pretty immersed in second-wave feminism in high school, college and my young adult years. Heck, feminism was my college minor. I've seen it happen over and over again, whether in politics (why don't we have the Equal Rights Amendment yet?) or pop culture (how on earth is being a "social justice warrior" a bad thing?).

Back in my 30's and 40's, as a fan and writer and feminist, I tried to be part of the solution to this problem in my chosen hobby. And I think Friends of Lulu's aim of getting more women and girls reading comics and participating in comics-related activities certainly came to pass. Even "our" goal of seeing more women involved in creating the stuff has borne amazing fruit, as female-created graphic novels top the NY Times best-seller list and are made into hit Broadway shows. But damn if some things never change. I urge you to read Heidi MacDonald's comprehensive essay on the stubborn persistence of sexual harassment in the comics industry. I'm really horrified how this stuff is still swept under the rug; I'm very fortunate to be employed at a company which takes this very seriously and encourages women at every stage of their careers, from admins like me all the way to the boardroom (our current US chair and president is a woman, and we have tons of female partners, one of whom I support). But my employer lives in 2015, and I fear the comics industry, as is its wont, still clings in many ways to a past which wasn't so great if you didn't happen to be a societally-privileged straight white male.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

From yesterday's high to today's low. I should have known things would go very wrong when that nice elderly lady with her cane and cough and distinct body odor decided to occupy the seat next to me on the crowded commuter bus yesterday afternoon. Did I mention there was inescapable bodily contact as well? So I'm really sick today. The good news is, it's a horrible rainy day and I finished up all my immediate work yesterday so I could afford to take the day off. The bad news is, of course, that I feel like crap. So I could use a little Simon's Cat to cheer me up.

Also, a hurricane. Or no hurricane. Nobody knows. My weekend plans are scuttled in any case. Back to bed? Wish I could think...

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

White Rabbits, and happy October! For me, it's not only the beginning of my favorite time of year but it was also Promotion Day. I've never had a job in my entire career where secretaries or admin assistants were offered different levels to aspire to. Have I mentioned I love my job? So I'm now what the company calls a Senior Administrative Assistant. I think it's time for a little dance party. Make it so!

Via The Mary Sue.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Today was a bit of a struggle to get through, but I wound up only needing 15 or so minutes of overtime (and working through lunch). The fiscal year is over! And I now know how to plan for next September a little better. That is, if I don't follow Sad and Useless' procrastination horoscope.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Silly Site o' the Day

Another good day at work; the not-so-good days are much fewer and farther between than they used to be. Loving my job! And wow, water on Mars! In honor of that discovery, here's a list of all the times science fiction became science fact, via io9.