Tuesday Ten: The Total Comic-Geek Edition

May 12, 2009 at 10:40 am (Events, Tuesday Ten, Virtual Gems)


I’ve mentioned before that I’m a geek—band, comic, girl—I wear all of the badges proudly. Of these, band has slipped off since I graduated from high school (though I still have the soul of “One day, at band camp…”) and the girl geek is almost a continual, low-grade thing, like what makes me laugh or my favorite foods. So that leaves the Comic Geek.

I’ve enjoyed comics as long as I can remember, from the classic Carl Barks-created Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge my dad got me hooked on, to the X-Men I secretly read from my brother’s stash, to the Teen Titans I collected later in high school. I have since eased up on the encased-in-plastic-with-a-backing-board rigidity that some true comics aficionados adhere to, but I have always enjoyed a run of Daredevil, an arc of the Fantastic Four, or the deliciously dark mini-series of Cloak and Dagger. And since I’ve thrust my toe in even deeper and reveled in comic writers such as Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy, for those of you first time readers to Pam Writes Romance), Jeph Loeb (producer/writer for such shows as Smallville, Lost and Heroes), and Kevin Smith (writer/director of Dogma, Clerks, etc.) I have found that my comic geek is growing.

It’s only natural, I suppose. There are comic book hero movies coming out at a wonderful clip, and it’s crossed over into fiction, even romance. (Jennifer Estep, anyone?) Go to any alternative fiction conference and you’ll be hard pressed to draw the lines between paranormal, anime, comics, science-fiction, fantasy and a slew of other sub-categories. But the comic conventions (commonly shortened to ComiCons) can be the most fun of all, and based on my personal experience, here’s why.

#1—I got to “meet” Chewbacca. (Though at the conference Montana and I attended, Peter Mayhew was there, so I could have really met Chewbacca. Chewie

#2—Having drawings made for you by the same people who’ve drawn Superman, Wolverine, Green Lantern, Spiderman, and one of my personal favorites, Herobear and the Kid.

#3—Watching people of all makes and models dressed up in costumes is just a hoot. Some looked like they raided the Goodwill bag, some could have gone straight onto a Hollywood lot. Others, with their costume swords and battle-axes, needed to be avoided lest an unfortunate accident occur.

#4—I got to talk to Jo Chen, the fabulous artist who did these (and more):


This is what an amazing artist she is—when I asked her how she got hooked up with Joss to do the Buffy Season 8 series, she said he called her. How’s that for living the dream?

#5—Hearing a talk by Todd McFarlane. You want to hear about somebody who’s made it by being true to their voice and not backing down? This is him.

#6—I got to see R2-D2. That is just the cutest little robot and he is even more so in person. Er…you know what I mean. 100_1477

#7—As writers, I think one of the best things about this Con for Montana and myself, was talking to the other artists and writers. Granted, they wrote about Magneto and the Incredible Hulk, but they faced the same thing we do—telling their story in a specific way. We have 70,000-100,000 words to tell our story, they have a limited number of pages and panels but have a strong visual medium at their disposal. And you know me—I love talking writing.

#8—Watching the kids ask this poor dude to “kick” them down the hill, yelling (you guessed it) “This is Sparta!” glad 1 

glad 2 

#9—Even better was then having that same gladiator come back and stand by us, telling us in a very weary and cynical voice, “Yeah, the kids like that. I just hope none of their dads is a lawyer.”

glad last


#10—And as promised many weeks ago, the picture of me with the Stormtroopers. 


Don’t tell Montana, but if I can Photoshop a little Santa hat on one of them, I think this is going to be our Christmas card this year. May the Frosty be with you.


  1. Marilyn Brant said,

    Okay, I was smiling all the way through this post. (Hey, those Stormtroopers are kinda hot…) I loved reading about the things you did and how the comic world and the novel-writing world are similar from a craft standpoint. As you know, I’m new to the joys of comic-book reading (!!!), but I’ve appreciated the art in those books for longer, and Jo Chen’s work is really impressive–wow!!

  2. Pamela Cayne said,

    Marilyn–I loved how the one stormtrooper took MY arm. Too funny. And hey–WizardCon is coming to Chicago first weekend in August… 😉

  3. Katie Reus said,

    Love the Stormtrooper picture!!! I was never a comic book fan growing up but if someone had told me how awesome Wolverine was, I would have been all of over it 🙂 Love those pictures by Jo Chen. Absolutely amazing!

  4. Robin said,

    Thanks for sharing all these great pictures, Pam! Love you and the Stormtroopers! It sounds like comic conventions are a lot of fun! We’ve thought about attending Comic Con in San Diego, but I’ve heard the crowds are just insane. And I agree, the artwork by Jo Chen is incredible!

  5. Pamela Cayne said,

    Katie–It’s never too late to be a comic book fan, and with such amazing (and nice!) artists like Jo Chen, it’s even easier, isn’t it? 🙂

    Robin–Yeah, the holy grail is San Diego, but there are other great regional cons I think we’re going to work through first. San Francisco has a great one, and hey–it’s San Francisco! 😀

  6. Melina said,

    Those are great pictures! Thanks for sharing. So glad you had a good time at the conference.

    Hey, I’m volunteering to help with the Photoshop project (if you need it). 😉

    And I love, love, love R2-D2! Adorable!

  7. L.A. Mitchell said,

    I love how you own all of this geek-dom. Wahoo!! Your pictures were great…thanks so much for the smile today!!

  8. Pamela Cayne said,

    Melina–thanks for the photoshop offer! Maybe I’ll have you put the hat on R2 instead. 😉

    L.A.–yeah, I rock the geek. And speaking of smiles, loved your MacGyver take on Nationals post. Truly a thing of genius!!! 😀

  9. Montana (curtbooks) said,

    All life’s problems can be solved by one simple question–WWR2-D2D?
    What would R2-D2 Do?

  10. Pamela Cayne said,

    Montana–if you can get that on a little rubber bracelet, I’m so buying it! 🙂

  11. Melissa Blue said,

    Okay, that last line is priceless.

    And, I’m not into comics, but we all know I had nothing to do with Buffy either. Sigh. You’re rubbing off on me.

  12. Caryn Caldwell said,

    Ha! I love the idea of using that as your Christmas card.

  13. Kyle said,

    JEALOUS! That sounds like so much fun. I have to admit, I’ve never read comics, but I love the things that come from them (or that they come from, in the case of Buffy!)… and I’ve wanted to go to THE Comic Con in California for YEARS. It’s coming up in July, but I’m going to be at ThrillerFest, so that’s out of the question… Maybe next year!!!

    I totally feel you on the geek thing… Hello, my name is Kyle, and I’m a Movie Geek.

    I watch movies over and over again, and the special features that come with them are almost as important as the movie itself. I’ve watched the features on ALL THREE Extended Lord of the Rings movies, multiple times, including the commentaries. That’s one of the reasons why I want to write screenplays, so that I might one day be on a set and see a movie made from start to finish IN PERSON instead of watching a featurette on a DVD.

    Geek-dom is way better than people make it out to be!

    Love your Christmas Card!

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