A Fannish Gathering

I’m delighted to have two of my longtime friends return to the Lair.  I met Carol A. Strickland and Eilis Flynn through fandom. With all the super-hero movies coming out lately, I thought it might be fun to do a roundtable on fannish interests.  The last time we were all actually in the same place, I think, was at my wedding, where both of them stood up with me.  That was a good while ago.  It’s great to be here together, even virtually.  Welcome, y’all!

What drew you to fandom?

efpixEF: Truth to tell, I didn’t want to watch an episode of Bonanza! I had given up comic books a few years before, but then I discovered them again up in the attic of my mother’s house, and began to reacquaint myself with them. One of my favorites was a series titled “The Legion of Super-Heroes,” and in the letter column of one of the issues was a kid named Mike Flynn, who announced he was starting a Legion of Super-Heroes Fan Club.

By the time I got around to writing to ask about it, he had discontinued it, but invited me to check out an amateur publishing alliance (also known as an “APA”) called Interlac, devoted to the Legion. And of course, that’s how I met you, Nancy, and Carol! (And of course, some years later I married that Mike Flynn. Thirty years in July!)

CarolAStrickland_300pxCS:  Action and adventure—literally! Action Comics had Supergirl backup stories (okay, she was fairly lame, but she was SUPERgirl! She could fly! She could punch! And she had both a horse and a cat!),and Adventure Comics had the Legion of Super-Heroes, which was different from other teams in which they didn’t have just a token female hero, they had scads of them! I adored Saturn Girl, who wasLegion Leader for a time, and who was so commanding and efficient. (Plus she had a snazzy, non-revealing costume.)

 DC Comics also had Wonder… Girl! That’s right, when I began reading comics, Wonder WOMAN was far more concerned about keeping the attentions of Steve Trevor (the man must have had an extremely short attention span. I mean… She’s Wonder Woman!) than in doing anything interesting. But her younger sister, Wonder Girl, didn’t concentrate on that. Sure, WG had a merboy and birdboy boyfriend, but she didn’t obsess over them. Well, much. She had adventures and studied hard and even met the goddess Athena! Later on, WWoman became interesting.

NN:  Carol more or less dragooned me into Interlac, the APA Eilis mentioned.  Through that, I met Eilis and a host of others.  Connecting with people who loved the same things I did was way cool and helped make law school bearable.  Finding other Legion of Super-Heroes fans was especially fabulous because the Legion had kind of a niche readership albeit a devoted one.  I was hooked. 

Once you discovered it, why did you stay, and how long?

 EF: The fans were quirky and smart and enthusiastic, and many of them were artists and writers too, like me. And like many of those other fans, I was shy and uncomfortable in social situations, but we were relatively comfortable writing. Never outgrew that, but eventually I had to make a living and try to grow up. (“Try,” I said.)

 CS: At DC, the Legion and Wonder Woman (wish I’d known of Rita Farr in Doom Patrol back then) were out there saving worlds. After a while writer Chris Claremont got his hands on Marvel’s new X-Men, and Storm and Phoenix became very strong female characters, eventually joined by Kitty Pryde. With that, the rest of the Marvel Universe seemed to wake up to the idea of interesting female characters.

I stayed in fandom far too long. Over the years, comics have become darker and darker (I like my fantasy bright and heroic), and seem to be taking giant steps backward in depicting women as they see their audience skewing more heavily to young men. Or perhaps it’s because they’re taking those backward steps that in turn whittles their audience in that direction. Years ago Marvel Comics’ continuity became far too complicated for me to comprehend, so I couldn’t get into their stories and dropped them.

 NN:  I stayed in active fandom for about 18 years.  I finally left because I couldn’t keep up with Interlac’s minimum activity requirements (a certain number of pages required to maintain membership).  But I still go to Dragon*Con regularly and am part of the Legion community on Facebook, so one could argue that I haven’t actually left, just scaled back.

What are your fannish interests, and how are they reflected in your writing? 

CS: Directly speaking, I went through various permissions levels with a Wonder Woman novel aimed at the women’s market, and just got a final “we really liked the book, but have no place for it on our print schedule” rejection from the official Big Five publisher that works with DC. Now I’m waiting for Amazon Worlds (their “official fan fic” section) to strike a deal with DC so I can publish it there in e-form.

 I’ve had fun with my Three Worlds superhero series. There’s an interstellar Legion in it, but this one is a Mega-Legion, 20 times the size of DC’s, and is set up the way I always thought a large superhero group should be: with a mammoth support staff, military overtones, and uncomfortable regulations out the wazoo (which make for comedy as well as tension). 

images-2EF: Super-heroes. It’s weird seeing all those characters up on the big screen, I tell ya. And I’m disappointed that DC Comics (home of the Legion) hasn’t really gotten its act together to get as big as Marvel for movies in recent years. And of course, Mike and I keep hoping for a Legion movie! I wrote INTRODUCING SONIKA, a super-heroine romance, and a couple of short stories starring the same.

NN:  Super-heroes, of course (I think that makes it unanimous)!  Also fantasy and science fiction.   The favorable reactions to my fan fiction in Interlac encouraged me to start creating my own worlds. I write mages because they blend fantasy and super-heroes.  Even in my non-paranormals, there’s a good bit of action, and the women are strong, like the comic book super-heroines I admired. 

Please recommend one book you think someone who shares your interests would enjoy.

UnknownCS: That’s a toughie; I’ve been looking. (Suggestions are welcome! Please!) Most current superhero/superhero romance seems to be YA or younger, though I am gratified to see the number of titles in the genre increasing. Years ago I liked Julie Kenner’s Aphrodite’s Kiss, which had definite superhero elements, but these days she’s more into regular funny paranormal stuff and erotic romance.

 Unknown-1EF:  I think Anna Richland’s FIRST TO BURN would be up the alley of a lot of the readers who grew up with super-hero comics and adventure stories. And there’s a lot of “boom,” so you’ll like it, Nancy!

 

THUMBNAIL_IMAGE NN:  Thanks for the suggestion, Eilis!  I’ll suggest Grave Matters by Jana Oliver, the concluding novella in her YA/NA Demon Trappers series.  Set in contemporary Scotland, it ties up the romantic storyline of Riley and Beck, but I don’t think anyone would have trouble following it without reading the other books.  It has demons and magic and magical threats and ends with fabulous action.  I don’t read a lot of YA/NA, but I love this series.

What book of yours would be a good one for new readers to start with?

 1-touch-200x300CS: If they’re looking for my superhero novels, that would be Vol. 1 of the Three Worlds saga, Touch of Danger. Vol. 2 will be out next week on Kindle (WHAT a cover by Colleen Doran! She’s done all four covers in this series), with two more volumes coming out 3 months apart until the entire first romance arc is done with vol. 4. (The series continues from there, but will be centered around a family story rather than romance.)

Thanks for having me on board today, Nancy. I’ve enjoyed spouting off (when do I ever NOT enjoy that?), but it’s time I got to work finishing up my current work in progress.

EF:  I would say SONIKA if you like super-heroines, and if you’re more of an epic fantasy kind of reader, THE SLEEPER AWAKES. Thanks for getting us together for this, Nancy!

Sentinel_FinalNN:  I would say Sentinel, which will be out next week.  It’s a novella, a prequel to the first novel in the series, Renegade.  The plot of the Light Mage Wars/Protectors is one continuous arc, and it’s best to get those at or near the beginning.  At least it is for those of us who are continuity freaks. *g*

 Thanks for joining me today, y’all.  We’ll have to do it again sometime!  

For more information on Eilis and Carol, check out their websites:  http://eilisflynn.com and http://carolastrickland.com

 What about you?  Are you now, or have you ever been, active in any sort of fandom?  Sports?  Music?  Super-heroes?  If so, tell us about it.  If not, is there anything about fandom you’d like to have explained?

 Carol is giving away one copy of Touch of Danger, Vol. 1 of her Three Worlds Saga.  Eilis is giving away a download of  Introducing Sonika (if the winner is in the US, substituting a paper copy is okay), and I’m giving away a Kindle download of Sentinel.  Each of these will go to a different commenter, so let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

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  • Jane says:

    Welcome Carol and Eilis,
    I am a huge superheroes and sports fan. My brother used to take to the comics store to buy the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men and Astonishing X-Men. Nowadays I’m more into the Avengers world.

    • Jane, I loved the Avengers movie. I read DC until I was in college, when I picked up Marvel for a while. I missed the bit about Mantis being the Celestial Madonna, or whatever it was, but I liked the Vision and the Scarlet Witch especially.

  • Eilis Flynn says:

    Until they showed up on the silver screen, I was meh on the Avengers. But Marvel has proved they are organized enough and far-sighted enough to dominate, hard for an old DC fan to admit it!

    • It’s frustrating that DC just doesn’t seem to have its act together on the movies. Superman Returns was, for me, a disappointment. I thought Richard White was more interesting than Superman, and I wonder if it’s because, unlike the Salkinds, the producers of the Reeve series, whoever made SR was afraid to trust their relatively unknown lead. It’s a shame. Bryan Singer did such a great job with the X-Men movies.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Fandom, hum. Well I guess the closest I’ve come is some fanfic I wrote for an Aussie show I loved, mostly cause it centered around women. It wasn’t a super hero type show or anything like that, never did do comics, although both of my brothets did and I have a nephew who just went to his first ComicCon.

    • Amy, fanfic qualifies. There used to be a lot of Star Trek fanfic out there, and I hear there’s Harry Potter and Narnia fanfic online.

      I’ve never been to ComicCon. Carol and I went to the now-defunct JulyCon in NYC one year, but that’s the only large con I’ve ever attended other than DragonCon. There’s a comic book convention in Charlotte every year, Heroes Con, that’s very large but comics only, so not as big as some of the combined ones.

  • So glad you liked First to Burn, Eilis!

    I think Sonika was ahead of her time – wasn’t Introducing Sonika basically the first/one of the first superhero/ine romances? I can’t think of an earlier Superhero romance novel, although obviously fandom has been around longer. (But that may just show my ignorance and you should all feel free to educate me!)

    The closest I get to fandom these days is Lego and Playmobil — we’re fans of all sorts of little plastic people in the Richland house, and create some massive worlds and photograph them. There was a Lego Superbowl Stadium that took up the entire dining room buffet for a month, including the train station for fans arriving by transit, the skyboxes, catering area and security checkpoints as well as the field. Lego in this house is not for the casual fan (like me).

    • Anna, thanks for stopping in. Aphrodite’s Kiss may predate Sonika, but if it does, it isn’t by much.

      We had Lego and Playmobil tableaux set up in our house for several years, and woe be unto anyone who rearranged them! I wish we’d thought to photograph them.

      • Ah, yes, the woe of moving them. I dropped a towel on a giant Olympic ski-jump hill built on the floor in front of the linen closet (from flat road panels – it was super cool). Bad Mommy!

        I realized I must have a little bit more fandom going on than I thought, because I have some Star Wars references cropping up in the current Immortal Viking book I’m writing. The hero is an immortal Viking thief/con man – somewhere between Remington Steele and Han Solo – and there’s a scene where he and the heroine have to drop down a hospital laundry chute and he pretends to grab her ankle from underneath the bundles of laundry like the compactor scene. I don’t know if I’ll be able to have my heroine say “Sorry, but your hair’s not manly enough to be a wookie.” to my hero … might be one of those properties that you’re not allowed to even pretend exists when you’re a writer. We shall see.

  • Eilis Flynn says:

    There’s a con around here called Geek Girl Con, Amy, specifically for (gee) geek girls and what they’re interested in! Lots and lots of women-oriented things!

  • Eilis Flynn says:

    Anna, I was told that super-hero romances weren’t that big at the time…and then of course, they were, sometime afterward!

    Have fun with Legos!

  • Hi Eilis! Hi Carol! Hi Nancy! What an interesting discussion. I have to say comics were banned from our house when I was growing up so I never really got into the habit of them. I remember Superman being big with my late primary school companions and as a rebellion (ooh!) I read some of those. They were actually more like romances than anything else – he was in love with SuperGirl in these rather than Lois Lane. Don’t know if that broke the rules or something! And I can remember again as an early teen, reading romance comics that all had drawings in them very like pop art!

    • Anna, my mother wasn’t big on comic books. Looking back, I suspect my father’s refusal to see them as evil was responsible for my being able to read them. My mom had a tendency to throw them out. After I started going to cons, I made a point of telling her whenever I paid several dollars to replace a 12-cent issue she’d trashed.

  • Eilis Flynn says:

    Considering they were first cousins, that would have been downright odd, but I seem to recall some discussion about those stories when I was still a hard-core fan type, Anna Campbell!

    • I don’t remember those stories. But it did used to be more common for first cousins to marry.

      • eilis flynn says:

        Depends on your first cousins and how close you are growing up, I think. I have a first cousin who was basically the fifth kid, as opposed to the other first cousin, whom we didn’t meet until we were adults.

  • Helen says:

    Hi All

    This was a fun discussion I have never been really into comics as a kid I did read the Disney ones 🙂 and I read a lot of romance magazines that were like comics in my teenage years I did love watching Superman and Wonderwoman on TV, I am very much into romance stories and Nancy I have to say I love your stories and am so looking forward to reading Sentinel 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Thanks, Helen! I hope you will enjoy Sentinel.

      Glad you liked the post. I also read the Disney comics and the Archie series, though not as faithfully as the super-heroes.

  • Maureen says:

    I loved comic books when I was young. Superheroes, the Archies, whatever was around was fun to read. I can see where people would enjoy a world that focuses on those worlds. I have never been a part of any fandom but I do love visiting other worlds when I am reading.

  • Debbie says:

    I loved comic books when I was young, my brother had quite a few. I was weird though, I wasn’t into the superheroes in the comic books but I loved the cartoons that came out of them on Saturday mornings, Ironman and Spiderman being my favorites. I also loved the Archies, and Josie and the Pussycats. My brother also had one called Sad Sack that I loved. I have never been to a comic convention, I have taken my daughters to the anime ones a couple of times and got a huge kick out them, very fun.

    • Debbie, I remember Sad Sack, and I also read the Archie series, Josie & The Pussycats, Patsy & Hedy, and Millie the Model. I wasn’t allowed to buy the romance comics, but I read some of every other kind.

      We used to rent those cartoon programs for the boy when he was little. He loved them.

    • eilis flynn says:

      Comic conventions are best when visited when they’re small. My husband worked at DC Comics during the 1980s, and he went to San Diego Comic Con on business, when it only had 3,000 participants. Now, of course, it’s 125,000! Now that’s culture shock!

      • Dragon*Con had 70k people last year, a jump of about 20k, and on Saturday, the busiest day, it was just too crowded for me. Getting out of a panel when it was raining (so no one wanted to go outside and EVERYONE wanted to use the overhead walkways) was a nightmare. People literally couldn’t move.

        • eilis flynn says:

          I remember the Hyatt and the neighborhood when RWA’s National was there, and you commenting on how crowded it was during Dragon*Con. 70,000 people! At least San Diego is a little more spread out!

          • I would like to do San Diego once. I think that would be enough for me.

          • eilis flynn says:

            San Diego CC is an experience. We went a few years ago for a memorial (that was the year that our mutual friend Mike passed away, and artist and former DC Comics executive Dick Giordano died), and it was both fun and fantastical. But it’s become an expensive jaunt, between the con ticket prices and hotel.

  • Anna C., there was one story back in the Sixties in which Supergirl told her cousin that it’d be great if they could get together, but reiterated that it was illegal for Kryptonian cousins to marry. When I read that SOOO long ago, I went, “Ick!”

    These days DC has Superman and Wonder Woman being lovers… of a kind. (Which is really odd because WW comes from a man-hating/killing tribe these days.) So instead of being an independent heroine (which DC has decided she shouldn’t be, ever since 2011), WW’s merely “Superman’s Girlfriend,” a title Lois Lane used to have. Boo!

    I hear extremely good things about Marvel’s Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel), if folks want to check out a dynamic comic book super-type female.

    • Carol, I don’t remember that storyline with Superman and Supergirl, perhaps mercifully. I buy only a handful of comics these days, so I wasn’t aware of these latest developments with Superman and WW. I mostly pay attention to the Legion on FB., Now that they’re on hiatus, I don’t have anything I feel strongly about reading.

      I understand that the companies felt they needed to reboot to capture new audiences not familiar with the extensive continuity, but they lost of a lot of us who loved that continuity. I thought that was part of the Legion’s appeal, its vast and detailed world. And I think kids who can remember the various evolutions and powers of over 100 Pokemon are probably capable of keeping track of the Legion’s world.

      Oh, well.

      I remember you were at my house once when we were in college, and we were talking about the Legion, and my mom suddenly said, “What language are you all speaking?”

      I think I replied, “Interlac.”

      I knew how she felt one day when the boy and one of his buds were discussing Pokemon.

  • Eilis, you said you and Mike were hoping for a Legion movie. I’d love to see one, too. I enjoyed the Legion on Smallville though I would’ve liked Lightning Lad (one of my favorites, for everyone else’s benefit) to be a little less naive.

  • One of the earliest Legion of Super-Heroes stories I ever read, perhaps the first, even, was “The Stolen Super-Powers” in Adventure Comics #304. It was a backup story, according to what I’m seeing online–my copy is boxed and not easily accessible–to “The War Between Superman and Superboy,” which had the cover.

    Anyway, the Legion story centered around an election for Legion leader. There was some suspicion that Saturn Girl had cheated (a girl being elected leader of a group with lots of guys was rare in those days and one of the things I liked about it, that they weren’t objecting because she was a girl but because they thought she’d cheated). She made medallions in her image and made the rest of the Legion wear them.

    What her fellow Legionnaires didn’t know was that the medallions were temporarily siphoning off their powers. Then she found reasons to suspend all of them. The only one who believed in her was Lightning Lad. When she went out to face Zaryan the Conqueror, who’d come to invade Earth, Lightning Lad ignored his suspension and went after her. He died saving her. His last lightning strike also defeated Zaryan.

    Then Saturn Girl admitted she’d received a warning from a race of seers who were never wrong. They sent a message that a Legionnaire would die battling Zaryan. She suspended everyone else so they’d be safe and borrowed their powers to improve her chances of defeating him as she faced him alone.

    Oh, man! A girl in charge. Self-sacrifice. Love and loyalty. Yeah, the art was kind of stilted and the dialogue a little purple (not that kids notice that so much), but the story themes reached into my grade-school heart and latched on.

    I will always love the Legion, but that version of it ended some years back. The newer incarnations never grabbed me. I’m not sure it’s because they weren’t good so much as they weren’t good _for me_. And I’m not a kid anymore. I’m more jaded and less likely to be awed, though the original Star Wars films managed it.

    Anybody who has read this lengthy comment–was there something like that in your childhood, something that just grabbed you and never let go?

    • eilis flynn says:

      Karate Kid (from the Legion of Super-Heroes, for those not hard-core LSH fans), from a story by Jim Shooter, going to Japan for some reason. He gets there, looks around, and says, “Japan! It’s been too long!”

      After college, when I visited my relatives, I stood waiting for my bus into Tokyo…and I quoted Karate Kid.

  • flchen1 says:

    Mostly been a fan of scifi and comic books from childhood–Star Wars, the original Star Trek, Superman, XMen, Watchmen, and so on! I’m less strongly a fangirl of the comics, but do still love Star Wars and Star Trek 🙂 Funny how some things never change 😉

  • Fedora, I love Star Wars and Star Trek, too, and I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy.

  • Shannon says:

    I came to fandom when I was in my 20s. I attended on Star Trek con and something sci-fi fantasy (Zirc-con) (pun intended). I was a huge fan of the Star Trek books that grew out of fanzines. But I never went back to cons–people knew so much and went into such detail. I did that level of scrutiny when writing my master’s thesis. I guess I was too old to feel passionately about anyone thing.

    There’s a few authors who secondary characters capture my imagination that I find myself wondering as I walk, what if this happened to X or who might provide X with a HEA.

    • Shannon, I know what you mean about people being into so much detail. For some fans, the obscure facts are the joy of a series. It’s too bad you didn’t encounter more people into general enjoyment.

      I have a bunch of those Star Trek books, which I’m sure the boy is never going to want, alas.

      The pleasure of writing fan fiction was giving those secondary characters a chance to shine. Are there any in particular you’d like to tell us about?

      • Shannon says:

        I’ve forgotten most of them. Lynn Kurland has a mage, Sollier that’s 2,000 years old and chastely loved an elven maiden who married a black mage, that I want to have a HEA. She also has an elf prince, Sosar, who comes across as the best uncle ever that also deserves as HEA. Maljean Brook has a gay secondary character who’s having to marry and have a heir. I don’t know if she can ever provide him a HEA with a male hero and still getting a bio heir, but I would love to see it happen. Where I don’t have to worry about an audience, I can think of a couple of ways it might happen.

        • Shannon, those sound great. I know which character you’re talking about in the Meljean Brooke. I’ve been reading those, too. I just can’t think of his name.

    • That’s funny, Shannon. I often get people writing their theses contacting me to confirm details about Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, I’m pretty much the go-to kid for that. (I need a life!) But still, it’s good to know that all that scrutiny was good for something. (People can do theses on Wondie? Sign me up!)

      • Carol, you probably know more about Wonder Woman than anyone else around. You’ve followed her for a long time, and you’ve paid attention, not read quickly and forgotten about details.

      • eilis flynn says:

        You ARE the expert when it comes to Wondie, Carol! When you retire, clearly it would be time to get that doctorate and write a dissertation on the topic!

  • sandyg265 says:

    I never really read super hero comics when I was a kid but I enjoy the movies.

    • Sandy, I enjoy the movies, too. I have to say I think Marvel has done a much better job overall than DC, though I loved the first 2 Christopher Reeve Superman movies and several of Batman’s incarnations.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Welcome, Ellis and Carol!

    I’ve never been into fandom though I am an avid fan of various things…like sports. When I was a kid, the summer neighbors across the street always had stacks of comic books. I liked Superman but mostly read Archie and the romance comics their older daughter bought.

    I never missed an episode of the original television Superman or the original Star Trek but I kind of outgrew my fondness for superheroes over the years. I haven’t seen any of the recent movies.

    I enjoyed your round table and learned some new things. 🙂

    Nancy, I’m anxious for Sentinel to see the light of day!

    • Hi, PJ–

      Glad you enjoyed the roundtable!

      Most of my female friends when I was growing up weren’t into comics. Several of the guys I knew were, though.

      The movies are heavy on boom. If your taste doesn’t run that way, you wouldn’t enjoy them.

      Thanks for the comment about Sentinel. We’re getting there!

  • bn100 says:

    No, not really

  • Eilis, I love the Karate Kid quote on your trip to Tokyo. I’ve tried to leave a nested comment saying so several times, but it has failed to appear. Bizarre.

  • may says:

    My husband loves star wars.. I was and still am a sailor moon fan!

    • May, there are always a lot of Sailor Moons at Dragon*Con. When the boy first discovered anime, he loved watching the (highly sanitized) Sailor Moon adventures on TV.

    • eilis flynn says:

      May, I’ve spoken at Sakura-con, a local convention for anime and manga fans. I am always tickled to see all the variations of Sailor Moon, and the amazing detail on the costuming!

  • What a fun post! Thank you for inviting Carol and Ellis to the laird, Nancy.

    I don’t think I’ve been much of a dedicated fan of any particular thing. I might have joined a Beatles fan club back in the teeny-bopper days, but that meant you got a photograph – not much more.

    I loved comics books though. I was more of an Archie fan but I read the super hero comics because my brothers bought them. Once my two older brothers and I read the comics, my oldest brother would take them and trade them at the barber’s shop for a haircut. We collected empty pop bottles and traded those in to buy new comics – so comics came and comics went, but not before they passed through my hands. 🙂

  • Donna, glad you liked the post! That sounds like a very efficient way to keep a steady stream of comics passing through!

  • Becke says:

    Eilis/Carol/Nancy
    Very interesting post. The most touching point for me is that you’ve stayed in touch and maintained your friendship through the years. Congratulations. Nothing better than a forever friend.

    I was never bitten by the fan bug. It took a long time for me to remain in the same spot long enough to read anything.

    I got my first pony at seven and I didn’t really come in the house or dismount until I was in my 50’s. I pretty much missed all types of the usual fan stuff. Just a girl and her pony or later horse.
    b

    • Eilis Flynn says:

      I was an Army brat, Becke, so I don’t think I ever got near a horse until I was in my teens. And we were as urban as we could get!!

    • Becke, thanks for the kind words.

      I would bet being horse mad is similar to fandom. It may not involve collecting things or going to conventions, but it seems to be fairly absorbing.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hi Carol! Hi Ellis! Welcome back to the Lair! I”m poking my head out of the cave to say howdy, then going riiiiiight back in. :>

    Love me some Fandom. I”m a huge football fan, and baseball fan. (Go Panthers! Go Braves!) as well as being a rabid supporter of my eldest son’s baseball and basketball teams. Grins.

    Love being a fan of certain programs and have been fannish that way but not much else. For all that I’m gregarious, I”m not much of a “joiner” – Grins.

    Glad you’re back to visit! :>

    • eilis flynn says:

      Hi, Jeanne! My husband’s love of the Legion is surpassed only by his love of baseball. In fact, he takes Opening Day off whenever he can so he can worship at the church of baseball (yes, Bull Durham reference, a favorite movie in the Flynn household)!

    • Jeanne, my college roommate’s boyfriend/future hubby was also baseball mad. He could reel off what seemed to be an endless array of statistics.

  • Lucy Carol says:

    Delighted to meet you all! It’s so cool to see other women into fandom! I never really knew any others.

    I read DC comics in my childhood. Archie, Teen Titans, and romance comics in my teens. Mostly Marvel in adulthood, although I also enjoyed Bone, Dark Knight, Watchmen, and LOVED Flaming Carrot.

    I’ve gone in and out of interest over the years. I once had a collection that the collector’s guide books valued at $2,000 but when hard times hit, and got severe, I tried to sell it and could only get $500 for it. LOL! At least I enjoyed all those stories. No regrets for collecting them.

    I published my debut novel 8 months ago (madcap mystery with romantic elements) and one of the love interests is a comic book artist. To me that’s hot. 🙂

    So glad you posted this.

    • Lucy, nice to meet you, too! Women were comparatively thin on the ground when the three of us got into fandom. There are a lot more women now.

      I remember when Flaming Carrot was just huge. Bob Burden had a tremendous line for his signing at Dragon*Con.

      It’s a shame the collection didn’t bring its retail value, but as you say you got to enjoy them.

      Congrats on your debut!

    • I hear comic collecting is falling on hard times, Lucy. I’ve sworn to get rid of most of mine this year (they take up so much room and I never read most of ’em), but word is that no one’s buying because it’s, well, paper. So you likely got a good deal! May you make much money with your own books!

      • Lucy Carol says:

        Thanks Carol. I’d have gotten more $$ if I had the comics from my childhood (wouldn’t we all) but I didn’t keep anything when I was a kid. Instead, I would cut out Superman or Flash and play with them like paper dolls. And of course I made Superman and Wonder Woman play house and kiss each other on occasion. 😉

        Yes indeed, I made more money on my own book. It did very well right out of the gate and hit some best seller lists. I was shocked! Months later, sales have slowed way down and I’m told that I need to put out another one soon to “lift the boat” so to speak. But I’m a slow writer and still consider myself a newbie. I’m stunned at how fast other authors produce. You guys amaze me cuz this stuff is hard! I hope to have the next one out in time for RT in New Orleans. If any of you ladies are going I’d love to meet you! 🙂

  • Thanks to Carol and Eilis for joining me today, and thanks to everyone who stopped by!