Binky Betsy (cookie77) wrote in binky_betsy,
Binky Betsy

Lynn (and others) at the Comic Arts Festival

Cookie Monster and I are on the east coast for the time being, and it was a total fluke that he heard about this. Pittsburgh has a ToonSeum, and this year they had the honor of hosting a Comic Arts Festival. The highlight was a Women in Comics panel discussion. Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange) was the moderator, and the other four speakers were Jen Sorenson (Slowpoke), Terri Libenson (Pajama Diaries), Cathy Guisewite, and of course, Lynn.

I'd never heard of Slowpoke or Pajama Diaries before this, but now I'm going to check them out. Not a big fan of Rhymes With Orange, either, but Price was a funnier speaker than (IMHO) a cartoonist. They all drew their characters on a projector, and Guisewite showed what Cathy would look like with a nose! Waaaaaaay too subversive for the comics page, let's put it that way.

Okay, so Lynn. One thing she said surprised me. If I understood correctly, Michael Patterson was not so named because Aaron Johnston's middle name is Michael; he was named after Mike Bonawhatsisname, her BIL's partner. Was he murdered? I think she also said that. Second, the last question Price posed was "How has the internet affected your work?" Lynn was the last to answer, and the gist of it was "The last few years, I was glad I was ending the strip, because so many people on the net were so mean-spirited! I mean, I like getting compliments, but there were so many nasty comments!"

So afterwards, there was a signing. I got a sketch from Guisewite, which will be my mom's birthday present next month. Then I moved on to Lynn. Introduced myself by name and as the creator of the Foobiverse LJ. She seemed more amused than offended. Again, paraphrased, but her reply was along the lines of "Oh, it wasn't just you."

Me: You mean Comics Curmudgeon?

Lynn: Oh, I don't know.

Me: Well, I'm sorry if you thought we were mean-spirited, but I thought the strip was mean-spirited for the last few years. (I know I said that, because I came up with it while waiting in line.)

Lynn: (mumble)

Me: I thought April was treated very badly. John never built that basement suite for her; Deanna made her babysit at Christmas dinner--

Lynn: It's a comic strip. Get over it.

And her eyes went blank, so I moved on. Anyway, that's what I did yesterday. I also met Rob Rogers, but I'll post about that later *if* anyone's interested.

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