“Tooth and Claw” Chapter 7 Review

Sorry for the delay in this week’s chapter review – I had some critical issues to deal with at work, and just didn’t have time to get to it until today.  Which is a shame, because things are getting interesting at the Benandi establishment.

This is one of the coolest results you get when you do a Google Image search for "dragon church."

This is one of the coolest results you get when you do a Google Image search for “dragon church.”

The Exalt Approves Amer

Exalt Benandi is a tough old dowager, isn’t she?  She has such an assumption that she is right to control every aspect of her (and Sher’s) establishment that she basically interrogates Amer to see if she is suitable to serve Penn and Felin’s household.  Amer had asked Selendra to bind her wings back tightly just for this interview, which is quite a change from how Amer is accustomed to working.  Servants are not supposed to fly, which is why they have their wings bound, but if you recall Haner and Selendra allowed Amer to fly to look for herbs that could help their father during his last few months.

And we can see from this conversation that Exalt Benandi is especially keen on making sure that everyone knows their place, from the way she approves Amer’s show of subservience and her questions about Selendra expecting to have a personal attendant.  Amer slips up a little when she mentions that she chose to accompany Penn and Selendra rather than go to Daverak, and again when she asks the Exalt why it’s so fitting that the young should only be served by the young.  Amer has centuries of experience with dragonets, and it’s a fair question.  But it’s clear that Amer is lucky that the Exalt was in such a good move, to the point where Amer wonders if it might not have been better for her to go to Daverak after all.

Firstday at Benandi

No flying on Firstday, which means that Selendra has not been allowed to use her wings since before she even arrived at Benandi with Penn and Amer.  And let’s not forget that she’s still coming to terms with the loss of her father, who passed away only a week since.  And because of Exalt Benandi, everyone needs to attend church.  Everyone.  She even takes some time to reprimand a farmer whose daughter was absent from this week’s service.

Sher takes the opportunity to express his condolences to Selendra after Penn’s service, and describes old Bon so well that Selendra has to keep herself from crying.  Sher is touched by her grief and offers to take her flying the next morning.  Meanwhile, his mother is communicating her disapproval of Amer to Felin.  Felin is pleased with Amer’s work at making preserves, and gently rebuffs the Exalt’s suggestion that Amer wishes to fuss over Selendra, and that Selendra sees such fussing as her due.  Their conversation moves on to the dinner party that the Exalt is holding as part of her plan to set Sher up with Gelener Telstie.  Felin is unsure about including Selendra, since the pain of her loss is still so fresh, but as the Exalt is insistent upon having Penn there, there’s really no excuse for Selendra not to come as well.

Selendra and Sher

Selendra is a dragon after my own heart – after Felin lets her know that she’s been invited to the dinner party, Selendra says that she would much rather stay home and read.  Things are a little tense between her and Felin until they come to an understanding, and Selendra offers to look after the children.  Felin is not available to take Selendra flying, since she must accompany Penn to see to a farmer’s sick child in the parish (and remember, by “see to” they mean confirming that the dragonet is healthy again, or eating it).  Selendra resigns herself to playing with her nephews, Wontas and Gerin, when Sher arrives to keep his promise.

Sher is pleased to see Selendra acting like a loving aunt, and she in turn is happy to see how much her nephews like him.  Even though Felin is not there to accompany/chaperone them, he insists on taking her flying anyway.  She sees nothing inappropriate about it because her understanding of his relationship to Penn, Felin and the dragonets is one as family, and considers the flight to be no different than if she were accompanied by one of her own brothers.  But as they fly alone to view the beauty of the wild areas of Benandi, Sher starts to think of her as something more than a sister.

A Dinner Party

It seems like Selendra’s initial inclination not to attend the Exalt’s party is a good one, as things don’t go well for her.  She’s not used to this kind of social event, as she and Haner were pretty isolated at Agornin.  So when she meets Gelener Telstie, whose family name she recognizes, she says so in an attempt to make conversation.  She mentions that her father Bon was once a tenant of the Telsties before he made his fortune and became Dignified.  Gelener is “politely” distant and basically walks away, which leaves Selendra confused.

Exalt Benandi clears it up for her, telling Selendra to mention her connection with the Fidrak family rather than actually mention her father’s “low origins.”  Selendra is even further confused, as her closest Fidrak relation is not a dragon that she even knows, and she doesn’t see anything wrong with her father’s origins.  Things get heated when the Exalt explains to her that it is something that should be hidden lest others think less of her (including the Exalt, Gelener and her mother), and Selendra is justifiably offended, declaring loudly that she is not ashamed of her father, whom she loved.  The Exalt tries to evade responsibility for the argument by telling Selendra that she misunderstood what she was saying, and Selendra reluctantly apologizes.

Sher is indignant on Selendra’s behalf, and persuades her to stay when Felin would have taken her home.  Felin is dismayed as she recognizes a familiar pattern of Sher’s behavior, one in which he becomes invested in someone’s sympathetic circumstances before growing bored and forgetting about them.  Felin is accustomed to taking over Sher’s “projects,” which have included her own children.  They love Sher like an uncle, but he forgets them when they are out of his sight, not even bothering to say goodbye when he leaves Benandi.  But Felin also dislikes Gelener as a bride for Sher, and allows herself to hope that maybe his interest in Selendra is different.  Though she quails at the thought of the trouble this will cause.

Top image via AFAE.

Chapter 7, Video 1

Chapter 7, Video 2

Chapter 7, Video 3

Chapter 7, Video 4


“Tooth and Claw” Chapter 6 Review

I suppose I’ve given up on making my videos visually presentable – I’ve been having difficulties in recording videos longer than 15 minutes, and it’s just more comfortable for me to sit on the couch.  This means I have computer screen reflected in my glasses and it looks weird.  But it’s the words that are important.

Hats are very important.

Hats are very important.

The Importance of Hats

I’ll bet you didn’t know that dragons wore hats, or that they were important, did you?  Hats are basically the most practical item of clothing for a dragon to wear, and of course the more expensive the hat, the better status symbol it makes.  As Avan muses, rules about hats are more relaxed in the country, as hats are generally only “required” for church attendance, but in Irieth it’s impossible to be seen as a dragon of status without one.  Sebeth and Avan plan out the day in vague terms while choosing hats, and Avan discloses his intention to visit his attorney, Hathor.  Avan’s inheritance isn’t safe within his quarters, and he’d do better to invest it anyway.  Sebeth points out that he won’t be able to do anything with it if he squanders it all on a lawsuit he may lose, but Avan remains undeterred.

Extended Claws

I like the little moment we have when Avan is flying towards Hathor’s office, thinking that if he were a dragon that had to survive on size, strength and claws alone, he wouldn’t be too shabby at it.  When he reaches his attorney’s office he runs into the Exalted Rimalin, who hints around about an investment opportunity and invites Avan to stay with him and his wife in their country demense.  Avan is surprised to get this invitation, but accepts it.  They also catch a glimpse of Respected Gelener Telstie, the maiden that Exalt Benandi has picked out for her son Sher.  Were she and her mother making dowry arrangements?

Office Politics

Avan’s plan to arrive fashionably late at the office means that his timing is perfect to interrupt his co-worker Kest in harassing Sebeth.  V— is a bad word for female dragons, and Kest has no problem using it to address Sebeth because of her “ruined” and not-respectable character.  Sebeth’s sass gives me life, especially considering that Kest is almost twice as big as she is, but Avan steps in after hearing Kest say the V-Word.  Avan basically wipes the floor with him, but he yields immediately and shows Avan enough submission to escape with his life.  Sebeth reveals that Kest often pesters her to do his copying, and is really gross about it, and Avan basically institutes an anti-harassment of Sebeth policy right then and there.

It’s a good thing Liralen missed all of the excitement, because the old dragon is ready for retirement and has very decided opinions about dragons that kill each other for promotions.  He gives Avan an important and relatively secret job regarding building plans for the Skamble, which is basically the slum part of Irieth.

A Second Confession

Sebeth isn’t even accepted as an equal among her fellow clerks, who she passes in the street.  Her coloring without being betrothed is there for all to see, and the people who know she is not a bride do not consider her to be respectable.  She makes her way toward the Skamble and enters a church of the Old Believers.  If you remember from the first chapter, when Penn was shocked at the idea of Bon wishing to confess to him, you’ll also remember that the modern church has disavowed the sacrament of confession, and dragons who practice it are also not respectable.  I can see how Sebeth would feel more welcome there than at any modern church.  Another interesting thing to note is the depiction of the gods on the walls of the church.  Jurale and Veld are dragons, as always, but Camran is depicted as a Yarge (human).  And not just as a metaphor – the Old Believers think that Camran really is/was a Yarge.  Blasphemous.

Sebeth confesses to Blessed Calien, and he forgives her for living in sin with Avan and of enjoying it when Avan kicked Kest’s ass all over the office.  She also tells him everything she knows about the plans Avan is reviewing about building in the Skamble, and Calien instructs her to keep passing information to him.

Chapter 6, Video 1

Chapter 6, Video 2

Chapter 6, Video 3

Chapter 6, Video 4

How am I going to be an optimist about this: Sam Wilson as Captain America.

A few weeks ago, Marvel Comics announced that the comic book character Sam Wilson, otherwise known as the Falcon, would be taking over as the iconic superhero Captain America. This news has been making waves as the change would make Sam the first canon-official black Captain America.

For those like me who are constantly advocating for more diversity in comics, this seems like a major victory. And it is. Captain America is one of the most famous comic book heroes, and the character has been around for more than 50 years. Sam Wilson as a character hasn’t been around quite as long, but if anyone is deserving of the Captain America cowl and shield, it’s Sam.

I really do love Sam Wilson and the Falcon, and given my adoration of him, I should be the first in line to buy the first issue of Sam’s turn as Captain America. That, however, will not be happening. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this upcoming story arc, and it’s all because of the man writing it: Rick Remender.

Remender, who has been working on the current run of Captain America (of which Sam is apart), and who will write Sam-as-Cap’s story as well, has been making some waves of his own lately. Recently, he wrote a scene that implied Sam raped an underage girl. The panels in question showed Sam and the female character drinking wine together and then the morning after. That would be fine, except for most of the comic arc the female character, Jet, has been understood to be 14. Just prior to the scene in question she is said to have aged due to how time passes differently in the dimension they were in at the moment, but this fact was only mentioned in one (easily) overlooked panel.

Remender gave no explanation for this scene and attacked fans for making Sam into a rapist instead of acknowledging the scene might be questionable. Meanwhile, Remender’s editor at Marvel Comics, Tom Brevoort, accused fans of using rape to further an agenda and use a comic book scene to detract from the experience of actual rape victims.

Beyond the fiasco with Sam and Jet, Remender has done terrible things with story lines in not only Captain America, but also his run on the Uncanny Avengers. He unnecessarily killed Sharon Carter, Cap’s love interest at the time, and did the same to long-time characters Scarlet Witch and Rogue in the latter series. Moreover, in the Uncanny Avengers, he had a character eschew his minority status as a mutant — referring to it as the “m-word” — and when fans reacted poorly to the scene for what it represented, Remender told them to drown themselves in “hobo piss.”

This isn’t just a case of a few very vocal fans being oversensitive: sales on Remender’s run on Captain America suffered a quick and precipitous drop in just a few months after it came out. In fact, the numbers for Remender have been rather lackluster for a big-name hero like Captain America.

The point of all of this is that, frankly, I’m terrified of what Remender might do with Sam-as-Cap. I want to see Sam succeed as Captain America, but I’m not sure that Remender is up to the task. Moreover, it is possible that if Sam’s turn as Cap leads to poor sales, people are going to chalk it up to Captain America being black rather than Remender’s awful writing and characterization.

No, I will  not be first in line to buy the first issue of Sam Wilson’s turn as Captain America. My refusal to support Rick Remender outweighs my love for Sam, and that’s a damn shame.

Top image via marvel.com. 

“Tooth and Claw” Chapter 5 Review

Wow, I had no idea how difficult making videos can be – I have new respect for vloggers and people who incorporate making videos into what they do online.  I kept losing my connection, and would have to start all over and read several section over again.  But no harm done – it’s all there, if you’re following along with the videos.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Felin Agornin and The Exalt

We’ve heard about Penn’s wife before, but now we finally get to meet her.  Remember that Penn wrote her a letter, telling her that he intended to take Amer into their household and hoping that it would escape the worst of Exalt Benandi’s disapproval.  In the letter, he had given Felin permission to side with the Exalt against him, in order to placate her, but we see here that Felin has her own way of doing things.  In fact, she knows the Exalt much more intimately than Penn does, for she and her mother were living on Exalted and Exalt Benandi’s generosity after Felin’s father died fighting alongside Exalted Marshal Benandi during a battle.  Because of this unique living situation, Felin grew up with the Exalt’s son Sher, and the two of them were mostly as brother and sister.  The Exalt would have taken a dislike to Felin if Sher had fallen in love with her, but because she saw that Felin was actively trying to prevent this from happening their relationship was preserved.  The Exalt instead basically dowered Felin, arranging her marriage to Sher’s friend Penn, and giving Penn the living that had recently become vacant at Benandi parsonage.

Felin does not expect to find Sher at Benandi, since he’s usually off amusing himself in Irieth at this time of year.  But Sher seems weary of the social life and wanted some time at home, although of course he gave no one any notice or time to prepare.  They go to see Sher’s mother together, so that Felin can inform her of Penn’s arrival, and of taking Amer into their household.  The Exalt isn’t pleased – she’s a busybody who likes to arrange things for other people, and hold them to her standard.  She makes sure everyone in the immediate vicinity of Benandi Place goes to church every week, and they all know they can expect a visit from her if they do not.  The Exalt believes (as does Felin) that Selendra has expectations of being waited on by Amer, the way a higher-class maiden would have such an attendant.  Felin eventually talks her around into accepting it, and promises that they will all dine at Benandi Place the day after Penn, Selendra and Amer arrive.

Sher’s Prospects

Exalt Benandi has recognized the signs in her son of wanting to settle down, and it fills her with almost equal parts of relief and anxiety.  Relief, because up until now Sher’s pastimes included gambling away money and hunting, which seem to be the pursuits of most well-born male dragons who aren’t interested in the church or politics.  As the text said, when your lifespan is going to include multiple centuries, planning for the future seems like an incredibly necessary thing to do.  The Exalt regrets not being able to make Sher learn that lesson effectively when he was younger and more under her control, but now that he might wish to settle down and marry, she has an opportunity to change things.

The downside to this is that the Exalt runs the risk of being turned out of her own home by whomever Sher ends up marrying, because Sher’s wife would take her place as keeper of the household and could basically do what she likes.  The Exalt can’t have Sher marrying a maiden with a title that outranks hers, but she also can’t have Sher marrying a “club entertainer” because that is clearly below his station.  Remember, even Felin was below his station, being the daughter of one of Exalted Marshal’s subordinates.  In the previous section, the Exalt even made a remark about how Felin’s father should have saved up for his family (I can’t tell if this is something that Felin is used to ignoring, but yikes!).

Come on.  Tell me this is not who you were thinking of when we met the Exalt Benandi.

Come on. Tell me this is not who you were thinking of when we met the Exalt Benandi.

So the Exalt has, for the last few years, paid special attention to the eligible maidens at the surrounding demenses, and has even gone to Irieth to see the maidens being presented to society.  The maiden at the top of her short list currently is from a branch of the Telstie family, well-dowered but not titled, and the daughter of one of her close friends.  Seems to be a perfect match, doesn’t it?

The Travelers Arrive

Selendra is starting to feel her freedom slip away from her, first on the train as she is prevented from flying above it to stretch her wings (no escort), again when Penn doesn’t let her fly from the train stop to the parsonage, and even again when Penn makes decisions about her hunting like she’s not even there.  She’s being torn from everything familiar, and she can’t even call Agornin her home anymore.  It’s good for both Felin and Selendra to start off on good terms, with Selendra’s admiration of her sister-in-law’s flying and her ready agreement in Amer’s duties, but Felin takes her wifely duties seriously and doesn’t seem to be an ally in influencing Penn to grant his sister permission to take part in a hunt.

Sher, we see, has very decided opinions on what female dragons are capable of doing, and that includes hunting even though they have no claws.  Of course, Sher is in a much more privileged position than most, and doesn’t face the same kind of social consequences for bending the rules of proper behavior when it comes to dive-racing and hunting.  He sure pays Selendra a pretty compliment, though she’s obviously uncomfortable with the attention – her only and most recent experience with this kind of attention ended in assault.  So where to from here?

Chapter 5, Video 1

Chapter 5, Video 2

Chapter 5, Video 3

“Tooth and Claw” Chapter 4 Review

I apologize for the quality of my reading in this week’s videos.  For some reason I was tripping over my words and my bangs were constantly in my face.  But hopefully you were able to get the gist.

There’s a lot to unpack in this chapter, so let’s do it section by section, shall we?

Penn’s Preparations for Departure

Last week Amer asked Penn directly about allowing her to come with Selendra to Benandi, hinting that she might be needed to see after Selendra’s color if something went wrong with the tea that restored it.  Also implicit, I think, is the barest hint of possible blackmail, because the herb that Selendra took to make her maiden’s gold come back was clearly not sanctioned by the church, and it would hurt Selendra’s chances of marrying at all if it were found out that she might have blushed before marriage.  Penn accepted, mostly out of concern for Selendra, but he also remembered that Amer had practically raised him as well.  But taking on another servant was never part of the arrangements that were made in preparing for Bon’s death, so Penn writes to his wife Felin about how to handle it.

Penn, as a parson, is dependent upon his patroness for the living he and his family enjoys.  Exalt Benandi, the mother of Penn’s friend Sher, oversees Benandi demense with an iron claw, and pays particular attention to making sure that people have only what they can afford.  Penn makes arrangements to be picked up from Benandi Halt by a carriage that can take himself, Selendra and Amer as a sign to Exalt Benandi that Penn’s living is secure enough to take another servant.  The Exalt would not generally approve of that either, however, so Penn is trying some pre-emptive damage control by asking Felin to explain things, and he gives his wife permission to side with the Exalt to soothe her feelings.

Penn and Selendra Leave

Understandably, Haner and Selendra are heartbroken and emotional on the day that they will be separated.  When Daverak arrives to start his business as lord of Agornin and to take Haner back with him, he brings some surprising news.  Berend is ready to lay her second clutch, just four years after the first.  If you remember, Amer said that a female dragon could reasonably be expected to live long enough to see grandchildren if they had understanding husbands and time to space out their clutches.  And Bon Agornin’s wife died after laying her third clutch.  Basically, reproduction is a matter of life and death for female dragons, and all of the Agornin siblings aren’t exactly pleased to hear that Daverak has already knocked Berend up again.  Selendra is verbal about her surprise, and of course Daverak looks down on her for it.

You're on the list, Daverak.  I've got my eye on you.

You’re on the list, Daverak. I’ve got my eye on you.

When Selendra and Haner go down to get all of Selendra’s gold together for the journey, Daverak makes an off-hand remark to Avan about how he had considered appointing him as bailiff for the Agornin demense, but then says that he offered it to a cousin instead.  Avan, thinking about it, thinks that Daverak should have mentioned this earlier – if Avan could be provided with some measure of security under the larger dragon’s protection, he would have taken it and dropped the idea of the lawsuit.  He could have provided a home for Selendra and Haner as well, but of course Daverak continues in his jerkitude and sticks with the cousin-as-bailiff plan.

Haner Leaves

Haner learns of this missed opportunity when she returns from seeing off Selendra and Penn at the train station, and is grateful to Avan for even considering it.  When he brings up the lawsuit again, Haner tells him that she can’t add her name to it, not if she’s to live under Daverak’s roof.  At first Avan doesn’t understand, but when Haner makes it clear that Daverak could make her life miserable, he even offers to take her to Irieth.  It wouldn’t be an ideal situation, as we’ll discover later, and Haner would need to work.  But it was nice of him to offer.  Haner declines, but is grateful to her brother yet again for thinking of her.


Among the complications that would be involved in bringing Haner to Irieth is Sebeth, Avan’s clerk and mistress.  Sebeth must work for a living, even though she was nobly born, because a dragon kidnapped her when she was young and demanded that her father pay ransom.  She endured what Selendra endured at the beginning of her captivity, being forced to blush in the presence of a male.  But Sebeth’s father didn’t pay.  He said he had “dragonets enough,” and basically wrote her off.  That’s when Sebeth’s captor raped her, and after he tired of her, he forced her into prostitution and took all of the gold that she earned for himself.

Sebeth bade her time, carefully keeping track of the amount of gold that she earned, and that her captor took.  She had been convinced that somehow, she owed this gold to him.  But once it was paid off, she killed him and set out on her own.  Being pink and yet unmarried, Sebeth could not ever be considered Respected, and therefore had to take what work she could find.  Avan met her in a gambling house and became one of her lovers, and eventually she became his clerk.

I love Sebeth’s story so much, because she has clearly taken control of her life after enduring awful circumstances, and she keeps the details to herself.  Avan doesn’t know the name of her true family, and she sees no reason to tell.  She’s full of colorful stories and she and Avan have an open relationship that allows her to own her sexuality, as she couldn’t while she was in forced prostitution.

Avan tells his lover about the planned lawsuit, and Sebeth expresses doubt about how effective or fair the courts could ever be.  Having been a sex worker, she probably understands that better than most.

Fire cannot kill a feminist dragon

The Perils of Consumption

Here is where this chapter gets even more depressing.  Haner doesn’t fit easily into life at Daverak, and she is greeted by the news that little green Lamerak was deemed a weakling, and then consumed.  The way that Daverak and Berend are acting is not exactly like grieving parents act, and Haner develops a suspicion (undoubtedly correct) that Daverak intended to impregnate Berend with her second clutch and merely prolonged Lamerak’s life to provide some nutrition for her.

Daverak and Berend’s other two dragonets are subdued and don’t understand what happened to their sibling, and Haner takes pity on them.  She tries to cheer them up while Daverak and Berend eat breakfast, and Daverak suggests a visit to a very old farming family in his demense.  Berend and Haner agree, and have a moment to talk before leaving.  Berend is determined to see Haner marry well, fully aware that she had the lion’s share of Bon Agornin’s gold for her dowry.  Haner, keeping the pledge she made to Selendra, claims sixteen thousand crowns for her dowry, and Berend promises that she will do what she can to get her some security.

The description of the beauty of the island farm as the three of them fly in to land is marred when Haner discovers the real reason Daverak wanted to visit.  It turns out that the Majes have had a new clutch of hatchlings, two of which were outside to greet Daverak.  The other two, as Haner sees, were hidden inside for fear that Daverak would spot them for weaklings.  He asserts his privilege of rank and size over the protests of the farmers, and actually enters their home to drag out the little hatchlings.  The Majes are distraught, and the mother of the dragonets keens her grief as Daverak casually kills and dismembers her children.  Berend complains about the lower classes making too much of a fuss over the tradition of culling, and eats the portion of the hatchlings that Daverak offers her.  Haner eats her small portion, too, uncomfortably aware of the farming family’s eyes on her.

Chapter 4, Video 1

Chapter 4, Video 2

Chapter 4, Video 3

SDCC: Cat’s Schedule

I’ve spent the weekend making my peace with the SDCC schedule. So, here is a bit of a glimpse of panels I am aiming to get into and, of course, report back on. As well as some of my off site/evening activities. I’m a tv geek, so my goal is to hit as many panels for my favorites and pilot screenings as I can.

Thursday: I’m spending the whole day in Ballroom 20 (one of the largest panel rooms.) The first few panels don’t hold much interest for me, but in order to be there for the ones I like, I gotta be in there first thing.  Panels I’ll be awake for:

  • Scorpion (pilot screening)
  • Community
  • Hannibal
  • Penny Dreadful

Offsite: We’ve got tickets to the San Diego Symphony doing “Video Games Live!”  This is an outdoor performance right behind the convention center.

Friday: *sigh* This day is paining me. I want to spend the morning in the exhibit hall so I will be skipping the iZombie screening and my precious Vikings. Instead I am aiming for at least a handful of the following:

  • Wayward Pines (pilot screening)
  • Assassins Creed Unity Demo/Q&A (I’m quite interested in how this Q&A will go.)
  • The 100
  • Sleeping Hollow
  • Intruders (pilot screening)

Offsite: I’ve got tickets to @midnight live Friday night! Chris Hardwick will host but I have no idea who the guests will be yet.

Saturday:  I’m going to hit as many off site experiences and do more exhibit hall wandering until the afternoon. Aiming for:

  • Ascension (pilot screening, might miss because of off site stuff)
  • Constantine (pilot screening)
  • American Horror Story: Coven

(Warner Brothers is doing a big DC Comics tv thing Saturday night but I’m going to pass. I think it will be easy to get into, but it runs to 11pm and I’d like to give myself some downtime. So, I won’t be reporting in on Arrow, Flash or Gotham most likely. But we’ll see how our energy is that evening!)

Sunday: The lack of Doctor Who has made this a pretty easy day. I’ll be hitting Supernatural first thing in the morning. We might not even need to camp out for this as we’ve done previously. I think I’ll just show up at 3 or 4am and see how it goes. There’s a panel for The Strain that afternoon that I might attempt, but I’m gonna relax and enjoy the Gaslamp district for a while.

But, I am going to hit the “Full time work on a part time schedule” panel around 4pm. Clearly, I need some help managing my blogging time.

There are several panels that are to focus on women in comics/stories/etc and, obviously, I’d love to go to them, but they’re all over the place time and space wise. I’m going to focus on what kind of representation is happening in current and upcoming tv shows. My expectations are low. Very low.

That’s it for official SDCC programs. There will be TONS of off site experiences brought by all the big studios. Assassin’s Creed obstacle course, Gotham zipline, Borderlands laser tag, Sleepy Hollow Oculus Rift thingie (idk), and much more!  I’m going to hit everything I possibly can get to without bending time and space!