me at comicon

And survives to tell the tale. San Diego Comicon has become so vast that for five days it’s a money-making industry for every business in the city. And it’s not just about comics anymore — in fact, I might say that it’s hardly about comics at all! All those teen fans camped out overnight behind the convention center, so they could be first into the room for the Heroes panel, or the Lost panel, or especially the Twilight panel (think thousands of teenage girls screaming like their mothers did for the Beatles), couldn’t care less about comics — they want their movie and TV stars. For me it was just too darn immense, and the floor was so jammed that it was almost impossible to make it from one end to the other.
The best part of the con wasn’t in the convention center at all — it was on the 6th floor rooftop of the hotel where we stayed, the Omni, and it was the Wired Cafe, sponsored by Wired Magazine. From Thursday through Saturday, if you had been invited (I was!), you could hang out in the sunshine, drink free (and strong!) iced coffee or free fruity tequila drinks (It was a bit early for tequila, so I settled for the coffee), have your picture taken in a wacky comicky setting (see the photo up top!), get a massage (if you signed up quick enough — free massages went fast!), check your email, or just hang out at the pool (I did that, too!). What a great getaway from the con! Thank you, Wired!
But I did do a presentation on my new Nell Brinkley book, and signed the book at the Fantagraphics table, and I was on an Underground comix panel with the likes of Jim Danky, Denis Kitchen, Lee Marrs, and Bill Stout. That’s me and Denis in the bottom photo. Despite what it says on the name signs in front of us, that’s Denis, not Trina Robbins, and that’s me, not Lee Marrs. (and thank you again, Denis, for inviting me to contribute to your comic book back in 1971, when nobody, I mean nobody, in the comix boys’ club, invited me into ANYTHING!) The photo is by Kim Munson (Than you, Kim!) and here’s her blog at http://kmunson-mac.blogspot.com/.  And here’s a photo of Kim and me at my presentation.  Photo by Michael Dooley.

Trina and Kim Munson

So where can this peripatetic blogger be found next? How about China?! Yes, (yikes!) from September 15th through the 17th, I’ll be in ChangChun, Jilin, China, at the International Animation, Comics & Games Forum, sharing my knowledge of early 20th century women cartoonists with over 100 comics people from all over the world. More on that as soon as there’s a website to link to.

Upon my return from China, I’ll be home for 4 days before flying to Portland, where I’ll be teaching a workshop on writing comics and graphic novels for the Oregon Writers Colony. Here’s their website: http://www.oregonwriterscolony.org/graphic_novel_ws.htm and there’s still time to sign up before August 1st, and get a break on the price. If you live in the Portland area, I hope to see you there!

denis and trina



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    WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.

    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Boy, are you ever asking the wrong person! There’s a wonderful, computer-savvy woman who puts together my website and connected me to this blog, so all I have to do is write my blog and insert the right pictures. And don’t think I haven’t had troubles doing just that! If you will go back a couple of blogs you’ll see the problems I’ve had with it. Good luck finding somebody who can help!

  8. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having
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  9. Trina,
    I was the editor of Gates of Eden which you did a story in.
    Working on a new comic project that I would like your advice about – if you would be so kind to email me your phone number (with good times to call) at renaldon2@aol.com or call me at 917-600-5463 between 4 PM and 9 PM, I’d very much appreciate it.

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