NEW AT BEACON: “SDCC: Taking It to the Streets”

Link doesn't need that loot.

Link doesn’t need that loot.

My final SDCC-related article is now up at Beacon – and it’s a bit different than the usual Comic-Con fare.

EXCERPT: 

I realized it was quite possible that this family had not attended Comic-Con at all. That they were possibly just locals who found the postcard for free food, got in line, and were saying they were attendees at Comic-Con to save face. After all, Comic-Con is an expensive proposition for a single person – I wouldn’t have been able to afford attending had I not had a press badge – but for a family of three? Then again, this could be one of their only splurges, the one time a year when they can do something fun as a family. I didn’t know if her past situation at a shelter was also her current one or not. I don’t know why the older girl was carrying clothes around with her. I wasn’t sure about any of it, and I would never have asked. We all got our sandwiches, wished each other well, and went our separate ways, and I watched as the older girl shoved several bags of chips into her clothing bag. 

I couldn’t stop turning Desiree’s words over and over in my head: Whenever people write stories about this, they never take it to the streets. The following day, as I walked from the convention center to the Sofia Hotel to conduct my interview with Nicole Perlman, I noticed that road between was littered with poverty. Here I was, on my way to a “fancy hotel” to conduct an interview and brushing past homeless people to get there. I didn’t have any cash on me that day – only my debit card – so I couldn’t give anyone money. I thought about how people always talk about SDCC doing great things for San Diego’s economy, which I’m sure it does, but that those “great things” don’t seem to make much difference to the people on the streets. 

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NEW AT BEACON: “SDCC ‘14: Selections From Comic-Con’s First Transgender Panel”

l-r: Tara Madison Avery, Dylan Edwards, J.D. Saxon, Ashley Love, Elizabeth Lain, Melanie Gillman.

l-r: Tara Madison Avery, Dylan Edwards, J.D. Saxon, Ashley Love, Elizabeth Lain, Melanie Gillman.

I was working my non-writing day job yesterday, so I didn’t get this up at Beacon until late – but up there now is my second post this week from SDCC. It’s about the first-ever transgender panel at Comic-Con!

EXCERPT:

Lastly, and interestingly, was Nolan, author of Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics, who was a Comic-Con Special Guest and has been a comics historian for going on 50 years. She is also 70+ years old, and was a trans woman at a time when transgender people didn’t really have the vocabulary to discuss it. It was often cringe-inducing to hear her say things like “In my day, you were either a boy or a girl, it didn’t matter how you got there. I knew I was a girl, so I did what I had to do” while at the same time using terms like “real girl” and “real boy” to mean “genetic girl” or “genetic boy.” Or, watching her be confused by terms like “genderqueer,” as if at a certain point in LGBT activism and Feminism, she just stopped paying attention. The younger artists on the panel got a bit tense listening to her, but I thought that her point of view was important, in order to really demonstrate how far we’ve come in at least being able to talk about gender fluidity and sexuality in a more nuanced, non-binary way. 

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NEW AT BEACON: “SDCC ‘14: Fan-Favorite GRIMM An Example of Diversity in TV”

l-r: Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Norberto Barba, and moderator, Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times.

l-r: Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Norberto Barba, and moderator, Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times.

I took most of today easy, recuperating from San Diego Comic-Con, but I finally put up my first SDCC post over at Beacon. This one’s about the Grimm panel in Ballroom 20 on Saturday. First, because, well, it’s one of my favorite shows. So there. 🙂

EXCERPT:

Gender Parity 
In a regular cast of eight actors, there are five men and three women, but those three women are all extremely important, while of the five men, three are consistently important while the show tends to alternate between the other two depending on the story line. In addition, there are also two other female characters in Nick’s life who are women – his mother, Kelly Burkhardt (played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and the aforementioned Trubel, who was introduced last season. Their strong presence balances things out quite a bit.

What’s even more important is that the female characters are all different types. We have fighters (Kelly and Trubel), we have the nerd (Juliette), we have the nurturer (Rosalee) and we have the evil, um, witch (Adalind). Yet, even within these types, there is nuance: Kelly and Trubel have their soft sides, one with regard to her son, the other with regard to her inexperience and wanting a mentor; Juliette started out “standing by her man,” but as she’s become more empowered by knowledge, she’s discovering her own place in the world of Wesen; Rosalee may be soft and sweet where Monroe is concerned, but she is also a former drug addict, a resistance fighter, and a member of the Wesen Council; and Adalind has had a truly fascinating journey, from powerful witch, to losing her powers, to becoming a loving mother, to having her baby stolen from her, to vengeful witch.

(Check out my S1 spoken-word poem in praise of the Women of Grimm HERE. Because yes, I’m the type of geek who writes poems about TV characters in her spare time. Shut up.)

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NEW AT BEACON: “Pop Goes Teresa Goes to Comic-Con!”

First San Diego selfie of the week.

First San Diego selfie of the week.

I’ve just arrived in San Diego, and am about to get caught up in San Diego Comic-Con craziness. For the next four days (and three nights), I’ll be running around checking out geeky offerings, going to panels and screenings, interviewing creators…and maybe sneaking in a party or two! Plus, I’ll be having my epic first meeting with Janice Orlando (of FanFlail fame – she and I go all the way back to Caprica fandom, but have never met in person…until now!), and catching up with other folks I know whom I usually only get to see at conventions. I’m very much looking forward to it!

And I’ll be writing about my shenanigans EXCLUSIVELY at Beacon!

EXCERPT: 

1) Every morning, I will post my schedule for the day – what panels I hope to check out, what interviews I’ll be doing, what events I’m scheduled to take part in, etc, so that you have an idea what to expect to hear about in the coming days. I’ll be using the “Discussions” section for this, but my posts will be emailed straight to you if you’re a Pop Goes Teresa subscriber!

2) Every evening before bed, I will post a Comic-Con Diary that will sum up, in brief, what I did, how I felt, and my overall impressions of the SDCC for the day.

3) You can keep up with my shenanigans as they happen by following me on Twitter! I’ll be posting observations/exciting news using the hashtag #TeresaSDCC.

4) Starting Monday, I’ll be writing a new article EVERY DAY about something Comic-Con related: announcements, projects, reviews, the event itself…and of course, these will all be examined through the Pop Goes Teresa lens you’ve come to know and love!

That’s right! I won’t be writing about my Comic-Con experience here at the blog AT ALL. So, if you want to keep up with Comic-Con through MY eyes, CLICK HERE to get to my article and subscribe to me at Beacon! For only $5/month, you can have access to my coverage of SDCC, as well as the work of 100+ other journalists covering all the topics you care about!

See you on the con floor! 🙂

Tor Post: “The Nerd Machine: What Geek Culture Should Be”

Zachary Levi hosts a “Conversations for a Cause” panel at SDCC 2012.

When I was at SDCC, I also had the pleasure of going to my first NERD HQ, first just to hang out, then for the Grimm signing and Q&A event, and I loved it! Check out my latest piece at Tor.com about Zachary Levi’s awesome collective of nerds!

Excerpt:

A big part of that warm, friendly vibe was due to Levi. I’ve never watched Chuck (though I plan on remedying that immediately), so I wasn’t really familiar with him before seeing him host a panel at NERD HQ, and I was impressed by how genuine and humble he is. He engages with fans as equals, and seems honored to be in a position to both deliver a unique experience and bring those fans together. The staff follows Levi’s lead, and that sense of community is reflected in everything they do. The fans give the love right back, taking pride in things like their latest Nerd Machine purchases, or their NERD number (the earlier you joined the Nerdvolution, the lower your number – Levi’s is 1), fostering a welcoming, friendly environment for each other.

For the full article, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

Tor Post: #SDCC 2012 Cosplay Round-Up

Photo of one of my photogs of choice – Ms. Emily Heyer modelling her SDCC press badge, because I love forcing people into cheesy poses. That’s why SHE’S the photographer, and I’m the writer.

My last SDCC-related post is up at Tor.com! It’s the SDCC 2012 Cosplay Round-Up with some fabulous photos by Emily Heyer (follow her on Twitter at @GotThatMoxie).

Excerpt:

SDCC is geekdom’s largest showcase, so it’s no wonder that cosplayers prepare elaborate costumes all year so that they can bring their “A” games to Comic-Con. That said, this being my first-ever SDCC, I was surprised by how few costumes there were. Cosplay round-ups past have made it seem like there’d be costumes galore, so I was surprised by how few and far between the costumes seemed as I walked around the convention center and San Diego. Perhaps someone else who went can comment below and tell me how this year compared to previous years as far as number of costumes at the con? In any case, there was still plenty to catch my eye. This was Comic-Con after all, and tons of people arrived ready to make a splash!

For photos galore, and to comment on the SDCC cosplay this year, CLICK HERE.

Tor Post: “The Joss Whedon SDCC Firefly Talk You Might Have Missed”

Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Tim Minear, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillian, and Joss Whedon. (Summer Glau is next to Whedon on the floor, but that tattooed dude got in front of me so I couldn’t maneuver! A photographer, I am not.)

We’re in the home stretch of SDCC posts, Ladies and Gentlemen! 🙂 Karin Kross over at Tor.com did a great write-up of the Firefly 10th Anniversary SDCC panel in Ballroom 20. I, however, was lucky enough to get into the Firefly 10th Anniversary press conference immediately afterward, where I got to hear a little more in-depth discussion about Firefly and what it means to the creators and cast.

Excerpt:

One of the more interesting quotes of the day came from Whedon, when a reporter, who brought up Star Trek as a more hopeful look at our future and Firefly as a less utopian one, asked him what he thinks Firefly says to us about our future. “We’re doomed? [laughs] I don’t have any faith in mankind, but I love my friends desperately, and the faith that I have is in their ability to band together when things are appalling and protect each other. That is the definition and biological reason for family. And created family is what I believe in. And so, no, I don’t think we’re gonna solve the problems and have the Federation…”

For the complete article, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE.