Emily S. Whitten: Phil LaMarr at Awesome Con DC!

Emily S. Whitten

Emily S. Whitten writes everything from news, reviews, and interviews to how-tos, con round-ups, and opinion pieces for ComicMix and others; as well as comics featured on ComicMix, MTV.com, and Reelz.com; and occasionally even award-winning poetry and fiction. When she's not writing for fun or profit, she’s sharing geeky thoughts on the Fantastic Forum radio show and podcast Made of Fail. Emily is a convention organizer and consultant, and co-chair of the fourth North American Discworld Convention, which she co-founded. She has been Program Coordinator for Awesome Con and staff for several genre cons. Emily is a program moderator for Awesome Con and Fan2Sea; and you might also recognize her from her days of answering questions online as her alter-ego, Ask Deadpool. In her copious spare time, Emily enjoys crafting and cosplay, and looking after the cutest three-legged dwarf hamster in the world, ElliePuff. Oh, and when she's not doing all that, Emily is an active member of The National Press Club and holds down a 9-to-5 as a senior attorney for the federal government - although that may just be her superheroine cover identity.

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8 Responses

  1. Wow. Given the quote about Rom Spaceknight, and the falsehoods it contains (both in fact and in opinion), I have zero respect for the person being quoted.

    Rom is not a robot.

    Rom definitely speaks (quote eloquently actually).

    And Rom, the series (opinion here) was quite well written and is why the comic (not the failed toy) has a cult following to this very day.


    • QUITE eloquently, my apologies. Figures I’d have a typo when venting…

    • Emily S. Whitten says:

      Hmm, well, as you saw from the interview, I was not familiar with Rom: SpaceKnight, but at the very least, an opinion can’t be a falsehood. Even if you enjoy Rom, someone else not enjoying it doesn’t make them wrong.

      From a brief glance around the internet, I see that you’re correct that Rom speaks; on the other hand, the first issue looks to be largely narrated as opposed to conversational, and it came out when Phil was about 12…so he may simply be recalling that there was not much dialogue or personality present yet in issue #1. I don’t know.

      I think it’s a little extreme to say you have zero respect for someone because they don’t hold the same opinion as you about a comic they may not have read in about 34 years; but, hey – that’s your prerogative! Having talked with Phil on more than one occasion, I find him worthy of respect for a number of reasons, including his talent and work, the way he treats other people, and his genuine love of comics and genre fiction.

      On another note, thanks to looking up the scans for issue #1 and running into a few articles along the way, I am now way more familiar with Rom: SpaceKnight than I’d ever guessed I would be, haha. You learn something new every day!

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