nytimes book review

I’m thrilled to share my first ever illustration for New York Times!!! It’s for a Book Review and going to be published this Sunday in the newspaper! I can’t wait to see it! You can read the article and see my work !!! HERE !!! :-)

Sanirim universiteden bu yana gerceklestirmek istedigim en buyuk hayalimdi! New York Times’a yaptigim ilk isim. Bu Pazar gunu de gazetede yayinlanicak. Cok heyecanliyim. Yaziyi ve cizimi !!! BURADAN !!! gorebilirsiniz. :-)

NYCC: The Kick Ass Panels You Need to Go To!

I am glad to see things have changed from the last time I went to the con two years ago where the lack of women on some panels was an issue.

For those of you who are going here are some key panels that are relevant to this blog’s interest including the panel I was supposed to be on. (But am not.)

If you do attend any of these panels and want to do a quick write up or send pictures let me know!


Super Girls: Using Comics to Engage Female Students in the High School Classroom
Thu. October 9| 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM | 1B03

Secondary and post-secondary Educators, as well as industry Professionals, gather to discuss using comics in the classroom to engage female students. The Panel will include many comics/graphic novel titles for teachers to use, teaching strategies and overall engagement techniques to ensure that use of comics in your classroom is not seen as just “for the boys.”

(I think libraries and schools are one of the most important conduits for getting comics into the hands of new, i.e. female, readers. So glad to see this at NYCC)

#WeNeedDiverse (Comic) Books – Diversity in Comics

Thu. October 9| 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM | 1A01
The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign reflects the need for representation of diversity in children and teen literature – kids need to see themselves in what they read and they also need to be exposed to realities different to their own. What is the current state of diversity in comics and how far has it come? How can the medium of comics further lend to diverse narratives and empathic readers? From Superman vs. the KKK to the arrival of Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, find out more.

(If you read this blog you know this issue is incredibly important to me - again really glad to see this at NYCC)

New York TimesOUT and GeeksOUT Presents LGBT in Comics
Thu. October 9| 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM | 1A10
Join the discussion of LGBT Characters and Creators in comics with some of the industry’s best. Join Moderator Jude Biersdorfer (NYTimes Book Review – Staff Editor) and Panelists Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Jamie McKevlie (Young Avengers), Luciano Vecchio (Marvel Infinite Comics Ultimate Spider-Man) and Annie Mok (Screentests) as they dive into the subject of LGBT diversity. Bring your best questions for this amazing Panel and they will answer them live.

(This panel gets bigger and better every year. When I went two years ago the line was so long I’m not sure everyone got in. Make sure to get there early)


“Marry, Do or Kill?” What Will it Take to Shatter Female Stereotypes in Comics?
Fri. October 10| 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | 1A05

Female characters have historically been limited to sexy good girls or sexy bad girls, with little between. Readers are ready for change. A panel of Writers, Artists and Editors weigh in on “strong female characters,” “fridged women,” the Bechdel test and troubleshooting storytelling stereotypes. With Marvel Editor Ellie Pyle, Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir), Erica Schultz (Revenge), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Claire Connelly (Oculus) and Jenny Wood (Flutter). Moderated by Enrica Jang, Editor at Red Stylo Media.

(Yes, Yes, and yes. Great panelists, too.)

Marvel 75th Anniversary: World Outside Your Window – Diversity in Marvel Comics
Fri. October 10| 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | 1A18

Take a look inside Marvel’s ground-breaking history, as we shine the spotlight on the Creators who challenged, re-defined and shaped Marvel’s perception as an innovative publisher of comics. Join Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and a mighty gathering of Marvel Creators as they discuss the importance of diversity in comics and how Marvel upholds the tradition of presenting the world outside your window. Panelists will include Kurt Busiek (Marvels), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Ann Nocenti (Daredevil) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

(Glad to see Marvel taking diversity in their comics. Hope their panel gets a little bit more diverse.)

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium
Fri. October 10| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A24
Diversity. Women in Comics. Both subjects are hot button topics in the comic book industry. However, it isn’t often that both issues collide. This Panel includes Creators and Artists that are not only women, but women of color working in Multimedia industries. Host Regine L. Sawyer, (Owner of Lockett Down Productions), will lead a discussion touching on issues like gender/ethnic representation in comics, the ‘CON-sent’ movement and how they are currently influencing the industry as a whole.

(Again very happy to see this panel at NYCC.)

Prism Comics Presents: Women in Queer Comics Fri. October 10| 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM | 1A14

Be it in print or on the web, lesbian, transgender and bisexual women are using comics to tell their stories more and more. Join Moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch) and Panelists Joan Hilty (Bitter Girl), Jennifer Camper (Women’s Review of Books, Bitch Magazine), Kristin Enos (Web of Lives, Deseo), Ariel Schrag (Likewise, Adam) and Elizabeth Fernandez (The Code Crimson) for a discussion of queer women’s improved profile in the industry and their approach to storytelling.

(Prism always has good panels - I imagine this one will be no exception)

Vulture Presents Carol Corps and Beyond: The Future of Female Fandom

Fri. October 10| 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM | 1A10

Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Batgirl have sparked an explosion of enthusiasm and visibility for women in comics. Female leads have been present since the dawn of comics, so why is their popularity only seeing a rise now? Some say the internet is responsible – but if that’s true, why didn’t this happen 15 years ago? And what role, if any, do leading ladies’ portrayals onscreen play? Most importantly, we must keep this momentum going and not let this be just a flash in the pan! With Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Sana Amanat.

(This the panel I was invited to be on. And agreed to be on. But am not on. Grrr.) 


The Mary Sue Presents – Strong Female Characters: The Women Shining in Geek Media
Sat. October 11| 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | 1A01

We often ask to see “strong female characters” in our geek media and are critical when Creators fall short but this Panel will focus on the positive representations of women, both as they exist now and as they’ve evolved over time and those creating them. We’ll also be discussing the impact positive representations had on the lives of the Panelists and their hopes for characters we’ll see in the future. With Jill Pantozzi.

(Jill is always good on these panels - good to see The Mary Sue flying that feminist flag.)

DC Entertainment – Batman 75th Anniversary
Sat. October 11| 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Empire Stage 1-E

Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon with industry titans and other surprise Guests!

(Hoping some of those surprise guests are women because right now this panel all dudes.)

DC Comics – Champions of Justice
Sat. October 11| 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM | 1A06

The heroes of DC Comics – The New 52 return to New York for a star-studded, action packed Panel! Join the Creators of DC Comics’ most powerful and influential heroes and heroines for a sneak peek of what is to come for these champions of justice!

(Ditto to the above comment)

Women of DC Entertainment
Sat. October 11| 6:15 PM -7:00 PM | 1A06

With Marguerite Bennett, Becky Cloonan, Amanda Conner, Meredith Finch, Caitlin Kittredge, Gail Simone, Babs Tarr
This amazing cast of editors, artists and writers – discuss their unique creative processes on some of your favorite titles. Not to be missed!

(I’m really happy DC Comics FINALLY did a panel like this. Really)


Secret Identities – Transgender Themes in Comic Books
Sun. October 12| 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM | 1A01

From The Avengers to Batgirl, gender change has become more and more common in comic books, but comics have addressed transgender themes since the Golden Age. Indie and mainstream comics have been written and illustrated by transgender talent too. Join a Panel of Writers and Artists who will discuss the impact of transgender characters, and how Transgender Comic Book Creators have influenced the industry over the years. With Gail Simone, Rachel Pollack, Charles Battersby.

(Guys, it’s FREAKING Rachel Pollack who wrote Doom Patrol for Vertigo. I would not miss this panel.)

Women of MARVEL Panel
Sun. October 12| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A06
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Editor Sana Amanat, Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Erica Henderson, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

(Marvel once again has their Sunday Women of Marvel panel which is always filled to the brim with a loud and enthusiastic crowd (which must be a joy for all the late night Con partiers.) Marvel has some EXCELLENT news coming out of the con so there may be some other folks showing up. Have fun!)

Again if you attend any of these panels or any other you feel have relevant information drop me a note. 

At this point in our technological evolution, to read a novel is to engage in probably the second-largest single act of pleasure-based data transfer that can take place between two human beings, exceeded only by sex.

- Mohsin Hamid, in a delightful Bookends piece for the NYTimes Book Review.

Two thoughts resulted from reading Hamid’s column and its companion piece by Adam Kirsch.

1) I read quite a bit more than I watch television. When someone asks why I’m able to read so much, that’s the answer. I probably spend 4 hours reading for every 1 hour I spend in front of film or TV.

2) Hamid’s thoughts about what the novel can do that television can’t may have just made me change my mind about what I want to write after I finish THE FIREMAN.

And here’s a third thought, thrown in at no extra charge:

3) after shelling out for a library card, subscribing to the New York Times Book Review is probably the best single use of an aspiring writer’s spare change.