I am up to my neck in RL and seasonal_spuffy prep, so my commenting is way down. Please forgive me. I will catch up. Probably.
I still made time for WonderCon last weekend, which is in my fair city (San Francisco) and which has become McDiva's annual birthday bash, although its date drifts farther away from her actual birthday every year. Here are some highlights:
• McDiva and friends continue to be awesome.
• At the Dark Horse panel, there was some interesting news about what's coming up in the Whedonverse, most of which interested parties have probably already heard. The real news, to me, was that there were very few audience members on hand, and so few questions about what's coming up in Buffy Season 9 that they cut the panel short by 20 minutes. I've never seen a panel go short in 25 years of con-going.
• The Doctor Who panel with Neil Gaiman and Mark Sheppard was...bliss. Something about smart, creative Brits of either gender really does it for me. Tsk. (Last year it was Jane Goldman, remember.) Plus we got neato tee shirts! And it looks like Nixon is going to be getting into a spot of trouble with the Doctor in the next season, and who doesn't like that scenario? Just a couple more weeks, folks. Oh! They showed a clip of the Gaiman episode (#4) and it looks very Gaiman-ish, with twisted-up creepy raggedy out-of-time people. Interesting how a writer can put his stamp on the art direction, eh? He mentioned that his episode was supposed to be in the first season, but they ran out of money and so they did The Lodger instead. I'm very glad they did The Lodger, and I'm sure his ep, The Doctor's Wife, will be worth the wait.
• I wasn't able to formulate a question at the Dark Horse panel on Friday, but by Sunday I had one! I was then able to talk at some length with Sierra Hahn, who will be co-editing S9, and who is a sweetie who has always been an absolute darling when I've been by the DH offices with MiAmor. I'm afraid I took up rather a lot of her time, poor thing. We had various things to talk about, not all Buffy-related, but I did finally ask her if there would be more of an emphasis on what is motivating the characters in the next season. This lead to a rather surprising and detailed unprompted apology for how S8 "failed". (Please do not link this to anybody who would give Sierra a hard time. I am not a journalist and this was a casual conversation.) I was somewhat reassured that the professionals working on the book (at least the Sierra-shaped ones) are keenly aware that there were problems with the narrative, and are taking steps to do things differently. However, the writer's summit for S9 has already taken place at Joss' house, and I get the feeling that it's been "broken" into outlines already. I doubt my yammering about "motivation" will have any real impact, but I feel better knowing that at least one of the editors might think about it for an extra second when a script comes across her desk. Maybe I'll drop her a line, thanking her (again) for taking the time to listen.
• The Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog sing-along closed out the show, and seeing it on the big screen brought me to tears like it hasn't since it was fresh. You'll be happy to hear that instead of people calling out, "Shut up, Dawn!" there were cries of, "Damn you, Joss!" A couple of McDiva's friends hadn't seen it before, and one boy had his face buried in his hands during the sad parts. Awwww.
Fun was had, friends were visited with, loot was collected. A new phrase was bandied about: Nerd p'own, which means to get cool stuff (like the Doctor Who shirts) that other nerds do not have. Booyah, apparently.
Now, to get the much longer Gallifrey One Con report up...