Convention Queen for a Day, by Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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11 Responses

  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    Dang, there goes my only ComicMix Six idea so far, "Six Convention Pet Peeves." :)

  2. pennie says:

    So comic conventions sound a lot like poker rooms and casinos–a world I know all too well. Not sure when the lavatory-challenged among us made not bathing for days an option but I note similarities here. Hmm…comics and casinos. Never made that connection before. See, I am teachable!pennie

    • Martha Thomases says:

      It's all about addiction, sweetie. Or at least obsessive-compulsive behavior. And ways to throw your money away for fun (and, you believe, profit).

      • pennie says:

        What! Me obsessive/compulsive…?}';>)

        • Martha Thomases says:

          You know, some kind of event with cosplay at Foxwoods would be amazing. I see girls with fairy-wings on their backs, hunched over slot machines …

  3. John Tebbel says:

    Next February, look for The Little Tailor's Cos-Playland, your one stop shop for new duds, heated changing rooms, floor-length mirrors, portrait photography and oral re-hydration. We were going to call it Leo's Tards but it didn't get out of committee.

  4. Keith R.A. DeCandido says:

    You forgot about fairy wings — threat or menace? And also don't approach your favorite creator if you see him/her for the first time all weekend in the bathroom.Now then — where do we go to elect you queen?—KRAD

  5. Rick Taylor says:

    Sounds like the convention organizers need a 'phone booth' for the costume wearing attendees to change into their uniforms.

  6. Melanie Fletcher says:

    Ome of the local anime cons (10K attendance is the norm) has instituted the best damn idea I've heard of in a long time — the roving Soap Squad. When they find a stinky conventioneer, he or she is invited to step upstairs to one of the con's reserved hotel rooms and take a badly needed shower. If they refuse, the con turfs them to the street. Makes for a much more fragrant con, I can tell you.

    • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

      Or LESS fragrant, depending on your point of view…Backpacks I can handle. But those luggage carts with two or three duct-tape reinforced short boxes lashed to them – woo.Someone showed off a Darick Robertson convention sketch on Newsarama recently. On the back is the disclaimer "Re-sale of this sketch means you have no soul."

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hilarious and couldn't have put it better myself!