More people attended than we ultimately had room for. The bio-mass spilled out from under the tent and into the truly intense heat. Despite sweltering conditions, none left and the crowd actually grew throughout the event. Many who joined us after the start of the proceedings seemed to be non-comic book readers roped in by the engaging writers talking boldly, honestly and entertainingly about their craft.
I couldn’t have asked for four (+ Cody, Deven’s amazing service dog, who had lots to say) better speakers.
We didn’t really end up with a manifesto per say, but I intend, as a creative exorcise only, to revisit and restructure the resulting document using the words of the guests. I’ll post it here when it’s ready.
You can read a detailed blow by blow report of the panel here.
Word on the street is that there’s going to be a pod cast of the entire thing soon. I’ll keep you posted.
I want to thank the panelists, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Waid, Allan Heinberg and Devin Grayson; the awesome moderator Christine Boyland; Plus Mark Masterson writer of Dorothy who followed along, kept notes on the big board (no easy task) and took the only photo of the event (below); and finally, thanks to my endlessly energetic cohort Roz Helfand from the book fair.
You can read Mark Masterson’s take on the panel here
Los Angeles based Air America affiliate KTLK 1150 AM Progressive Talk Radio has decided, in their infinite wisdom, to interview me, Joshua Dysart. I’ll be a guest on the Activism A Go Go segment of the Harrison on the Edge show. A live stream of it can be found at the link above.
Harrison on the Edge airs from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am Thursday night. Unfortunately they’re not sure when my segment will run. It will be repeated Friday night.
“Joshua Dysart continues to crack open his psyche, pour it into his word processor and through some alchemical process, aided and ably abetted by regular artist Enrique Breccia, to explore the nature of the beast, the nature of Man, Nature and Man versus Nature, and — particularly in this arc — the nature of Story and what its role is in, and to, today’s world. Sound deep and maybe a bit confusing? Well, it is, a bit, but that’s also the nature of things. And of the journey that Alan Moore began twenty-plus years ago, and Dysart, Breccia and co. are now charting. At worst, this is startling and utterly original work, while at its best it is deeply disturbing, daring, darkly humorous and utterly devastating. Not for everyone, true, but well worth investigating for the obvious amount of time and quality of craftsmanship evident upon each page.”