Martha Thomases: Attack of the Con Brain!

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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  1. Mike Gold says:

    Con brain comes upon me each spring at the beginning of convention season. I finally shake it at the end of convention season, at the very end of winter.

    For me, the most fun part of any of these mega-conventions is getting together with (literally) old friends and braying in unison “We’re too old for this shit!”

    Seriously, the mega-convention experience is draining and it is work, but I really enjoy seeing my friends at these shows. I just wish we-all had more time to hang out together.

  2. Emily S. Whitten Emily S. Whitten says:

    Sorry I missed you at the con. :(

    I know exactly what you mean with Con Brain. At the end of each con-day I try to at least jot down a few little notes to myself about the best parts of the con so I can remember them later; and I rely on my camera for some memories, which makes it doubly sad for me that I may have lost most of my NYCC pics to a broken memory card. Ah, well.

    It’s funny, I also noticed less unrealistic women on posters, etc. at NYCC, even though I wasn’t specifically looking out for that. Yay! Also in the last year TWO of my artist friends have specifically mentioned wanting to try to keep female anatomy realistic in their art, which cheers me greatly. :)

    Speaking of being born aloft on a palanquin, I was walking around one of the days with my somewhat older friend Esther Friesner, YA author, who was also saying a little bit of NYCC was as much as she needed for awhile. Coincidentally, though, this same Esther once told me about being carried in to another con at which she was a guest just as you describe. So…it is possible to make that happen! You just have to find the bodybuilders willing to do it and a nice big chair, I think. Heh.