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The Many Lives of Catwoman Panel Discussion in Chicago, April 5th at The Book Cellar!

March 13, 2018

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I’m coming back to Chicago, gang! I’ll be in town in early April for C2E2, where I’ll be set up in Artist’s Alley from April 6-8th at Table E7 (I’ll share more about that later in the week). But before the show starts, I’m going to be part of a special panel discussion about the fascinating history of Catwoman at The Book Cellar. Here are all the important details:

The Many Lives of Catwoman Panel Discussion

The Book Cellar

4736-38 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL

Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm

I’ll be there, of course, and I’ll be joined by an amazing group of panelists! We’ve got Angelica Jade Bastién, a staff writer at Vulture and one of the best voices out there right now in film and television criticism. If you’re not reading her stuff, you’re missing out. Then we have Lauren Burke, an editor of the Ladies’ Night Anthology comic collections and co-host of the delightful Bonnets at Dawn podcast for all of you Austen and/or Bronte enthusiasts. Next up is Caitlin Rosberg, one of the finest comic critics in the business at The AV Club and Paste. She’s got a dang Eisner! And finally, we’ve got Katie Schenkel, who wrote great pieces on comics for sites like Book Riot and The Mary Sue and is now writing her own comics, Moonlighters and The Cardboard Kingdom!

So yeah, it’s a pretty rad group. And there’s so much fun stuff to talk about. We’re going to do an overview of Catwoman’s history all the way from her first appearance in 1940 through to the present day. We’ll be hitting all of the highlights and a few of the lowlights: Her initial role as Batman’s only weakness, her delightful television incarnations in the 1960s, her reinvention in Batman: Year One in the 1980s, Michelle Pfeiffer’s brilliant take on the character in Batman Returns, Halle Berry’s decidedly less brilliant take on the character in Catwoman, and so much more! And it will all lead to a chat about her current status, with her upcoming nuptials currently taking the superhero comics world by storm.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come by! And bring your friends, too. It’s totally free, and open to the public. It’s going to be a great event, and a really fun way to kick off the C2E2 weekend. Also, feel free to share the poster above online. I hope to see a lot of you there!

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My Adventures in Chicago: The Lois Lane Panel at Women & Children First and C2E2

March 22, 2016

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Now that I am returned to my home and native land, I’ve got some time to look back at my Chicago trip and share some of the highlights. It was a fun, busy, Lois Lane-centric few days that started with the “Legacy of Lois Lane” panel Wednesday night at Women & Children First. Well, technically it started with me taking a bus from Kingston to Chicago, but that was less eventful; I listened to Hamilton and then slept a bunch. But then, awake and alert after all of that bus sleeping, I arrived in Chicago to panel it up!

The panel was a blast. Everyone at Women & Children First was fantastic and into the panel, and they couldn’t have been more helpful. Also, I lucked out and put together a ridiculously awesome group of panelists: Anne Elizabeth Moore moderated the panel and was spectacularly good at it, while Lauren Burke, Caitlin Rosberg, and Katie Schenkel were all smart and funny and made so many great points (in the photo above, from left to right it goes Anne, Katie, me, Lauren, Caitlin; also, we’re all wearing Daily Planet press badges). Plus Lauren brought some old issues of Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane, which was rad!

It’s hard to determine the success of a panel when you’re on it, but it felt like it went really well. We hit on most of the major topics we wanted to get into, and everyone got to be involved. They also had to bring in some more chairs and there were still people standing in the back, which was pretty great. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and I know I had a lot of fun; you can’t really have a bad time when you’re talking about Lois Lane.  Plus I got to talk about some of my favourite Lois stories ever, chatted about Phyllis Coates for a bit, and we all worked in mentions of other great comics that are worth checking out. I love that everyone who attended the panel left with a list of a variety of killer comics to go find and read.

The panel was recorded, and I’ll post it once it goes online so everyone can see it!

After the panel came C2E2, which was also great! And enormous. Wow, I’ve never been to a show that big before. It was insane, in the best way.  It was hard not to buy everything; I had to talk myself out of purchasing the Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Barbie (it was AWESOME, but it was $60, which seemed a bit much). I did well with what I did purchase, though, including a great Sho Murase Catwoman print and a lucky pick on a Batman v Superman mini-Funko blind box that landed me a Wonder Woman! Plus I also got to see/meet a bunch of rad people including Marguerite Bennett (I can’t wait for her Lois in DC Comics Bombshells), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tommy Lee Edwards, and so many more!

But I wasn’t just there to take in the sights, even though I could have spent all weekend doing that and still not have seen everything! I was signing books at the Independent Publisher’s Group booth, and that was also a lot of fun. All of the IPG folks were great, and it was fun to see so many people come by! There were a few people I knew through the internet, but also folks who had seen the AV Club review or The Atlantic piece, so that was neat. I’m so glad that the press for Investigating Lois Lane seems to be reaching folks. So yeah, I got to sign a bunch of books and meet a bunch of people and I was surprised and pleased with the number of folks I saw this weekend given that I was only signing for two and a half hours.

In between all of the books events, I got to meet all of the people I’ve been working with in real life for the first time. My publisher is based in Chicago and my agent came over from Minnesota, so I got to hang out in person with all of the people I’ve been talking to through the internet for years and years. And they’re all wonderful! It was lovely to meet everyone for real and find out that they’re all as awesome as I thought they’d be. Everyone was so great and nice, plus they’re all very excited about Investigating Lois Lane and what might be coming next, so that was encouraging and fun. I’m really glad to be working with such good, smart people, and I’m very fortunate to be a part of such an amazing team. Also, extra huge thanks to my pal at Chicago Review Press, Mary Kravenas, for getting me through the busyness of everything!

So yeah, that was Chicago! It was a good trip all around. And I got to eat deep dish pizza, which was impressively tasty. I don’t know what they do to the cheese to make it chewy like bubblegum, but it is super weird and also super delicious. Huge thanks to everyone who came by the panel and the convention! It was great to see you all!

Come See Me in Chicago for Lois Lane Fun, March 16 at Women & Children First and March 18-20 at C2E2

March 4, 2016

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America! I am leaving my igloo and my maple syrup farm behind to come south and visit your nation. More specifically, Chicago! For a series of very fun events surrounding my newly released book, Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Chicago before, but everyone says it’s a great city and I’m excited to explore it when I’m not chatting about Lois.

My first event is at the bookstore Women & Children First, on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm. It’s a panel discussion called “The Legacy of Lois Lane”, and I’ll be talking about the history of Lois as well as several other female comic book characters along with my super fantastic fellow panelists. They include: Anne Elizabeth Moore from the Ladydrawers and the upcoming Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking (it’s really good, by the way), Lauren Burke from the Ladies Night Anthology series, Caitling Rosberg from The A.V. Club, and Katie Schenkel from Panels, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue, and more! It’s a killer line up and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on Lois Lane and the history of female characters in comics. It’s going to be a lot of fun. For more information, check out the panel’s Women & Children First event listing and/or the Facebook event page.

After that, I’ve got Thursday all to myself for the most part. If there are any Chicago locals or Chicago enthusiasts reading this, hit the comments tell me what awesome things I should do with my day!

Then it’s C2E2, which should be awesome. Comic conventions are always a good time. My publisher’s distributor, Independent Publishers Group, has a booth at the show, #640, and my official signing times there are:

  • Friday, March 18, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 1:30-2:30pm
  • Sunday, March 20, 11:30am-12:30pm

We’re going to have books for sale and fun stuff to give away, so if you’re going to be at C2E2 you should definitely stop by. I’ve got bookplates for both Wonder Woman Unbound and Investigating Lois Lane, so your books will look extra snazzy. And if you don’t want to buy anything or get things signed, you can just come over and we can talk about Lois for a while; I’m always game for some Lois chatting.

So yeah, it’s going to be a very fun trip. I’m excited to find out if Chicago is my kind of razzmatazz. Though I’m also preparing myself not to be disappointed when all of my favourite fictional Chicago things prove to be not real; I’ll be sad if I don’t spy any Winslows, ER doctors, or the Steak Me Home Tonight food truck, but I’ll get over it. Hope to see you all soon, Chicago people!

The Legacy of Lois Lane Panel at Women & Children First, Chicago, IL – Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm

February 1, 2016

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I’m going to be in Chicago this March for C2E2 (March 18-20), where I’ll be signing my new book, Investigating Lois Lane, at the IPG booth. We’ll probably have my first book, Wonder Woman Unbound, on hand as well. But before all of that convention fun, I’m going to be part of a panel discussion on “The Legacy of Lois Lane” at the bookstore Women & Children First on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm. It should be an excellent time, because the other panelists are FANTASTIC. We’ve got Anne Elizabeth Moore (Ladydrawers, Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking), Lauren Burke (Ladies Night Anthology), Caitlin Rosberg (The A.V. Club), and Katie Schenkel (Panels, The Mary Sue). We’re going to be talking about Lois Lane through the ages, as well as other great comic book heroines.

Here’s the official event description:

Lois Lane has been a constant presence in the world of superheroes for more than 75 years, a fearless reporter whose adventures are perpetually overshadowed by her co-star, Superman.  This panel brings her into the spotlight, discussing the history of the genre through the lens of Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and a host of other heroines whose contributions have been all too often overlooked.  Panelists include:

Lauren Burke edits children’s books by day and produces comics by night. She has bullied three editions of the Ladies Night Anthology into existence, showcasing the work of diverse women in comics, and she is now working on a book about the mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie. Her life, in short, is one long sprint to get files to the printer.  You can find her on her Facebook page.

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine and Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter.  He also writes the monthly column “Gendercrunching” for Bleeding Cool, a statistical look at the gender breakdown of comic book creators.  You can find him on Twitter @timhanley01.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an internationally renowned cultural critic. Fulbright scholar, UN Press Fellow, USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and part of the team behind The Ladydrawers.  She is also the author of Unmarketable, New Girl Law, Cambodian Grrrl, and the upcoming Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking.  You can find her on Twitter @superanne.

Caitlin Rosberg is a writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. She writes about comics at The A.V. Club and is an editor for Ladies’ Night Anthology, an annual independently produced comic anthology. Ask her about Rhodey.  You can find her on Twitter @crosberg.

Katie Schenkel is a lifelong superhero fan who writes about comics, pop culture, LGBTQ+ issues, feminism, and all the ways those topics overlap. You can find her work on Comics Alliance, Panels, The Mary Sue, Playboy, Quirk Books, IGN, her website justplainsomething.com, and her twitter @JustPlainTweets.

Women & Children First is located at 5233 N. Clark St. in Chicago, and admission is free so if you’re in the Chicago area or are coming to C2E2 and are going to be in town early, you should come on by! The panel is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I can’t wait to hang out with my fellow panelists and get their perspectives on key moments in Lois Lane’s history. They’re a smart bunch, and it will be a great discussion. You should definitely check it out!


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