Miss Part I? It's right here!
At this point, I'm two full days into The Convention, which also happens to be the point where the effects of extended stay start to show on folks. There's a weird sort of delirium that sets in, particularly when these things are held in hotels - which already have that surreal artificial hominess vibe that's given us so many memorable ghost stories.
The thing is, people tend to look at hotel stays as a kind of vacation/bare essentials sort of project, but in my experience that's the worst possible way to approach it. You will almost always need more food, clothing, grooming products, etc. than you think you will, because most of us are not the George Clooney character from Up In The Air (that was such a good movie, though) and thus aren't able/willing to survive purely on the provided rations of such things.
Anyway, back to our adventure ...
Sunday's schedule was my first real breathing room day - one appearance scheduled around noon, one more at night, otherwise wide open. Good days to catch up on other people's appearances/panels and just hang out in general. But first things first, I had a panel to do!
This wound up being one of the better-attended panels I was at - unsurprising, since the New 52 relaunch and the public disaster of the preemptively-canceled TV show has made Wonder Woman relevant in a way she hasn't been in some time. Appropriately, it's a diverse panel - Ed Fuqua (author, librarian, Renn Faire performer), Woodrow Hill (dancer, political activist, researcher), Donna Martinez (cartoonist and moderator of the discussion), Mercy E. Van Vlack (professional comics artist/writer/inker) and me - a guy who did a Wonder Woman show that one time.
Wonder Woman fans are some of the most resilient folks in comics fandom, having suffered through more stalled projects, questionable adaptations and bad creative teams than almost any other character, so I feel kind of bad that almost every piece of info my expertise can bring to the discussion is the type that produces frustration and anguish. A good deal of the room, for example, was unaware that Warner Bros. had vetoed a Joss Whedon scripted WWII-era Wonder Woman movie - but the broader discussion was a great deal of fun. The level of enthusiasm alone puts to lie the constant assertion that the character isn't relevant any more.
Nine hour break between panels means time to ... well, go watch other panels, mostly. Also get some work done back at the room (you think this stuff writes itself?) and make a trek into the city for dinner, punctuated by the late realization that big-city Boston schedules itself like a quaint coastal village and totally shuts down on Sunday nights. After that, the sacred sci fi convention tradition of watching crummy old movie trailers ironically ("Ha! Red Planet! I remember hating that!") and suddenly it's 10pm and I've got another panel.
A big late-evening panel is, I'm told, often an odd affair - the audience is possibly sleepy and/or punchy and the panelists might be in a similar state. After a shaky start (the moderator was delayed) any semblance of structure this one might have had gives way to a back and forth with the audience about superhero films in general, some lamentations about Green Lantern (honestly, I don't think there was a movie/comics-related panel I saw where mourning the GL movie didn't figure prominently) and once again I wind up as Captain Buzzkill - bringing down the room by answering rhetorical questions about this or that character's movie prospects with explanations about movie studio corporate structure (did you know that Warner Bros. technically ranks DC Comics as part of its Marketing/Research department?) or contract law. Ah, well.