contemporal

I wrote my master’s thesis about the politics of domestic spaces in sentimental fiction written by women in the 19th century (most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin) as contemporized by gay author Michael Cunningham in Flesh and Blood, A Home at the End of the World, and The Hours.  Though I cannot read the thesis out of shame for what I perceive as its poor execution, it is very much me.

From the article: 

Of the things that are personal to me, they’re not necessarily fights but they’re choices we made that were different that became conversations. For instance, in The Flash, Iris West was never black in the comic books, and for Supergirl, James Olsen was never black in the comics. So I wanted to contemporize these comics that I loved growing up and have them reflect the society that we live in now. Those have all been conversations. There’s a character we just added to Arrow, Mr. Terrific, who is African-American and gay, and then of course we had one of our original Black Canaries [onArrow] be bisexual. So I’m doing it in a way that’s not as overt now, but it’s still about working in some of those very real qualities so that everyone feels represented. And in the last couple of years, we’ve been focusing on doing it behind the camera as well.

So I had a bit of a tumble at the post-costume contest shoot-‘em-up, and kinda… dislocated my right knee. Fortunately, it relocated on its own.

Fortunately, Sal the martial arts instructor (and former EMT) was nearby, and was able to do some quick triage. The Con staff acted quickly to contact local medical services and saw to my needs.

As the EMTs wheeled me out, I waved at everyone like passing royalty. It seemed apropos.

Am now at the hospital (conveniently across the street from the convention center), awaiting x-ray to make sure there are no bone shards or slivers lurking about.

ConTemporal 2014 Plans: Day 1

10-11am: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet
11am-2pm: ???
2-4pm: Registration, people-watching
4-5pm: Finding Inspiration
5-6pm: What Is Dieselpunk?
6-7pm: ConSociology 101: How to Meet People at Cons
7-8:30pm: Opening Ceremonies
8:30-9pm: Check out Bizarre Bazaar
9-10pm: Dinner, decompress
10-10:30pm: Aela Badiana (Belly dancing show)
10:30-11:15pm: Succubus Sorority (Burlesque/Vaudeville Act)
11:30pm-2:00am: The Swingtown Speakeasy with DJ Doctor Q