This just in – Smart Bitches had a San Diego Comic-Con correspondent on the scene on Friday July 13! I was there for one day only, and I spent it all wandering around in a state of awe and lining up to hear Joss Whedon speak to an adoring crowd. I believe I may actually be more awesome simply from being in the same room as him. It was that cool.
If you want to see pictures of cosplay and cool lobby stuff, there are many websites that post this stuff – I recommend io9 for detailed coverage. I saw some steampunk costume pieces that were so stunning that I got a little light-headed. There were a substantial number of panels and displays aimed at GLBT fans, fans of color, and women. More diversity in the geek world is a wonderful thing. I attended the panel “Powerful Women in Pop Culture (AKA Women Who Kick Ass)” and was fascinated and inspired.
What I expect you at Smart Bitches really want to know is: “Now that Comic-Con has all this focus on television and media, what about the comics?” I'm pleased to report that based on my one day at Comic-Con and comprehensive reading of the schedule, comics and books, are alive and well, and women are very, very busy writing, illustrating, and presenting them. I met the creators of “Girl Genius“, the most awesome web comic ever, and if I had gone on a different day I could have attended a zombie book panel with Mira Grant, an Urban Fantasy Panel with Seanan Macguire (AKA Mira Grant - she was having an especially busy time), a steampunk book panel with Gail Carringer, and a celebration of Ray Bradbury with Margaret Atwood. Even Joss Whedon talked more about comics than any other project. Comic-con remains a reader's paradise.
If you want to hear more about Joss, the women who kick ass, or the pilot for Arrow (it's cheesy), give me your questions in the comments and I'll do my best! Also, if you went to the Con this year, let us know what you thought was awesome, especially as pertains to reading.