I’ll be at Arisia January 13-16, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.

My schedule:

Saturday, 11:30 am, Hale
Victoria Janssen, Hildy Silverman, Sonya Taaffe

Sunday, 10:00 am, Marina 2
“Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make Fantasy”
Victoria Sandbrook-Flynn [moderator], Victoria Janssen, Randee Dawn, Ariela Housman, Henry White
From Susan Pevensie’s lipstick to fan-hate for Sansa Stark, feminine characters often get shortchanged by fantasy authors and fans alike, losing out in comparison with the Strong Female Protagonist archetype. Why does this happen? Which feminine characters manage to succeed against this stereotype? Is the trend changing, and why?

Sunday, 5:30 pm, Faneuil
“Art Schooled: Style in Comics”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Ken Gale, Mercy E. Van Vlack, Kevin Eldridge
Ever wondered what it means when something is “Kirby-esque”? What’s everyone’s deal with Rob Liefeld? Why did Multiversity Batman go hard on leg day? Traditions in art style has driven comics and the way they’re read for decades – let’s talk favorites, influences, pouches, and how the various ways in which people are drawn influence readership and representation.