Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wonder Woman and Shaking Hands with the Hulk

Amazing weekend. Some stuff I just have to write about while it’s fresh in my brain. I didn’t get a chance to blog about the deeply cool stuff that happened at Fencon because the day job ate my life for a while. Maybe I’ll still do a retroactive post on it later. And I know, I’m behind on Damson Dragon posts, but it’s for a very good reason, Austin Comic Con was this weekend!

It all started last week when I went on a day job business trip to Las Vegas. Walking from the Luxor where I was staying, to the Mandalay Bay, where the convention was, involved walking through a shopping mall. Each day, I passed a window dummy wearing a nice Wonder Woman costume. I have wanted a Wonder Woman costume since I was 10. But I’ve tried to find one many times before. I’m no petite size 5. They never carry those things big enough to cover my .. um  .. assets. So, I sighed and kept walking. Finally, on the last day, I went in and gave it a shot. Not only did they have the costume in my size, it was on sale. Score!

A little white electrical tape on some old red gogo boots buried in the back of my closet and a new dark brown wig, et voila! I went to Comic Con as Wonder Woman! I ran into dear friend Jarrett Crippen, the “Who Wants to Be a Superhero” winner, creator of “The Protectors” universe hero TakeDown, and director of my favorite charity, Scare for a Cure. Jarrett was wearing a pink bow tie, since we all know that bowties are cool, and doing his thing as Wizard World MC and costume contest organizer. He made an appearance the next day in his Defuser spandex and armor, but I missed the chance to grab a pic unfortunately. You’ll have to settle for his MC suit.

If you look closely at what Jarrett’s holding, you’ll see that he, too, is a massive geek, as if that weren’t already common knowledge. You see, there were some folks from this obscure TV show called Star Trek The Next Generation. But you wouldn’t want to hear about that entire cast being all in one building at the same time for the first time since the series ended. Or, maybe you would, but while I got to see them all, I was at a booth most of the con, so seeing them from a distance was about all I got to do. Will Wheaton wandered the floor for a bit, and I hoped he might swing by, but alas, it was not to be. Jarrett, on the other hand, since he does some work for Wizard World on the weekends, when he’s not keeping Austin safe from criminals, actually knows some of the folks from TNG. He’s got a pic and post on his facebook of the back of Patrick Stewart and John De Lancie’s heads as they drove him in a golf cart to his interview at a con, and talking about how surreal that felt.

I shared the booth of my friends and fellow “The Protectors” writers, Alan J. Porter (@alanjporter) and Rick Klaw (@rickklaw). Alan did especially well with his Bond, Star Trek, and Beatles books as well as being a big hit with the kids with his Cars comics. Tony Stark seemed particularly fascinated by the Bond books. He came by twice. Maybe he and Bond are friends.

Wonder Paige also got to hang a bit with my favorite Doctor.

The Protectors” sold quite well. It helped that, in addition to me, Alan & Rick, Jarrett, Dave Justus, and Zach Spivey were all there to sign them. So, anyone who got a book at the show, could collect autographs from about half the contributors all at once.

I chatted with Matthew Sturges (@matt_sturges), Mark Finn (@FinnsWake), and Will Conrad (@willconrad). They’re all in for contributing to “The Protectors” upcoming sequel, “The All-American Alliance.” The first Protectors universe book is barely out there, and I’m already gearing up for the next one. Loving this shared universe.

I did a quick interview with Eric Stewart, a Scare for a Cure friend, who did a series of podcast interviews from the Con floor. I don’t have the link for it, yet, but will post it as soon as I do.

I took a ton of pictures, like you do at Comic Con, of very cool costumes mainly. 

The Sesame Street martians were particularly awesome. Stayed in character all day. If asked for a picture, they'd say, "Yup, yup, yup." If handed something, they'd eat it.

But one of the most enjoyable moments, I didn’t get a picture of. Lou Ferigno is a friend of Jarrett’s, and he says a lot of nice things about him. So, when Lou’s autograph line was short, I went up and chatted with him a bit:

“Hi, I’m a friend of Jarrett Crippen’s.”

“What?” Lots of background noise at a con.
I leaned in close enough to whisper in his ear and said very clearly. “Jarrett Crippen is a friend of mine.”

“Oh, Jarrett, yeah. He’s a great guy.” Shakes my hand. He’s got great hands, very warm and strong, and looks absolutely amazing for a guy his age, or any age for that matter.

“Jarrett says a lot of nice things about you, so I just wanted to say hello.”

“Nice to meet you,” still holding my hand. He looks at the Wonder Woman get up. “Aren’t you cold?”

“No, not at all. This wig is really warm.”

He nods knowingly. “I know.”

I grin. “You would know, wouldn’t you?”

He chuckles and shakes my hand again as more folks line up for his autograph. “It was great meeting you. Tell Jarrett I said, Hi.”

Short conversation with a very nice man.

Austin Comic Con isn’t the massive madhouse of Comic Con in San Diego. I walked up and chit chatted with my childhood hero, Lindsay Wagner for about 10 minutes last year. It’s the same awesome guests, costumes, comics, creators and kitsch, without the insane crowds. It’s a little slice of geek nirvana. I had a blast. See ya there next year!


Added this as a comment, but the images don't show up that way, so:
Jarrett came back on Sunday in his full superhero spandex. He's been working out a bunch and looked fabulous. I didn't get any pics, but other folks did. In this one, he's holding up his two superhero in training grandbabies. Yup, you heard that right. The Defuser, and creator of TakeDown, is a grandfather. I still wouldn't suggest taking him on in a fight, though:

While he was at Comic Con, The Defuser was forced to apprehend a dangerous criminal. It seems that Will Conrad was a supervillain in disguise. Who knew?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fencon Dallas Sept 21-23

I'm going to Dallas next week to talk comics, King Arthur and Doctor Who on some panels and hang out with a lot of cool geeks.

If you're in the area, come check it out. Much fun will be had, and I will bring books!

My Fencon schedule:

Friday  6:00 PM  - 7:00 PM  Red Oak  
Talkin' About My Regeneration (M)

Description: Time Lords originally had twelve lives. Now maybe it's 401. What's changed? What can kill a Time Lord?

B. Hale , A. Porter , K. Sullivan , S. B. Taylor , P. Roberts *


Friday  8:00 PM  - 9:00 PM   Pecan


Saturday  10:00 AM  - 11:00 AM  Red Oak  
Return of Son of Super-Hero Summer

Description: Just like 2011, this summer has seen a flood of great superhero movies at the box office! How do you think it went, and do you think the movies are getting better or worse?

J. Anealio , A. de Orive , C. Medellin , P. Roberts , R. Rogers , A. Porter *


Saturday  7:00 PM  - 8:00 PM  Live Oak  
There and Back Again (Again) (M)

Description: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be out within a couple months, and expectations are high.  Panelists discuss casting, the breaking of the story into multiple movies, the soundtrack, the special effects, and other related topics.

T. Eber , M. Fletcher , F. Summers , P. Roberts *


Saturday  8:00 PM  - 9:00 PM  Live Oak  
50 Years of Web-Spinning & Smashing

Description: Come celebrate the birthdays of Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, two of the greatest radiation-affected heroes of all time.

Ma. Finn , P. Roberts , C. Sledge , S. Patrick *


Sunday  10:30 AM  - 11:00 AM  Gallery  


A. Porter , P. Roberts , R. Rogers


Sunday  1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM  Addison Lecture Hall  
King Arthur in the 21st Century (M)

Description: Despite the fact that strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government, the story of King Arthur has been told and retold over the centuries.  Each time it gets updated, it gets a new take and a whole new audience.

P. David , A. Porter , G. Warfield , P. Roberts *


Sunday  3:00 PM  - 4:00 PM  Elm  
It's... (Monty Python's Flying Panel) (M)

Description: Enjoy some Owl Stretching Time as we discuss the greatest sketch comedy show ever. Monty Python changed the face of comedy forever, and for some reason science fiction fans still love it today. We want to know why.

D. Rainbolt , S. B. Taylor , P. Roberts *

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Protectors Update

A quickie update on life in the Protectors universe. The first Damson Dragon Diary novel, "What is a Hero?" is out as a print book and Kindle e-book . 50 Advanced Reader Copies of "The Protectors," the anthology of superhero stories all set in the same world as Damson Dragon, have been printed, and most of them distributed to the contributors and to folks interested in writing us a review. If you have a review blog or website and would like to review "The Protectors" let me know, and I'll send you a digital copy, or mail you one of the few ARCs left.

Several folks have expressed interest in writing for a second book in the shared Protectors world. So, it looks like this thing is going to take off into a shared world series. "The Alliance" is the next book planned.

I'm sorry I've been so pokey slow with Damson Dragon updates. I promise there's a lot more to come, but getting the new books ready has been eating up most of my writing time.

On the plus side, I will be a panel participant at Fencon next month in Dallas. Guest of Honor is the amazing CJ Cherryh!! If you're in the area, don't miss it! Fingers crossed. I'm hoping to have copies of both "What is a Hero?" and "The Protectors" to sign and read and generally show off.

And on the ridiculously awesome side, I just got some preliminary roughs of cover art for "The Protectors." Denis Loubet seriously rocks the art. He's been doing covers for video and tabletop games for a lot of years. His cover of Ultima Ascension is stunning.

Here's some of the thumbnail roughs he sent me.


That's Tesla Girl on the left, one of my characters, and Avenger Girl on the right, Marshall Maresca's character. Avenger Girl is a protege of Liberty, also Marshall's creation, who will be familiar to D Dragon readers.

I think I know which one I like best. What do you guys think? Which one would you pick?


Sunday, June 17, 2012


Watched 3 movies in a row Saturday, and snuggled a whole lot with my baby. We were overdue. I started my new job Monday, and got on a plane to California for a Hadoop conference the next day. Just got back Friday night midnight-ish. My brain was darn near exploding from all the big data technology and market information I crammed into it over that week.

I did get a few hours to enjoy the beach and a nice seaside seafood dinner, thanks to having a ridiculously awesome boss.

So, watched 3 movies in a single day, something I've never done before.


Prometheus - Scary! A lot like the original Alien. But, I have to agree with all the murky plot comments. It made very little sense, but I was too busy squeezing Joe's arm in time honored date at a scary movie fashion to care.

Dark Shadows - Fun romp in time honored Johnny Depp, Tim Burton fashion - dark, weird, twisted and kind of cool. Enjoyed it, but wouldn't rush back to see it again.

Battleship - Wow. I had heard this was not great. Who the heck was rating this thing? This movie was brilliant! It reminded me a lot of Independence Day. It had a lot of that awesome ID4 style action, humor, and kick the bad guys in the teeth coolness. It also, surprisingly, had intriguing aliens who were not either space squids or humans in alien suits, nor were they cardboard cutout evil. They didn't do unnecessary harm or violence, only what was necessary to win military objectives, and they only fired when first fired upon. I found them reasonably okay for suspension of disbelief, although I found their ships a bit implausible.

I finished a couple of Damson Dragon posts today, that I started while driving back from North Carolina, and worked on while flying to California. I'm not sure how I'm going to keep up with D Dragon posts now that I'm not flying on a regular basis. It's my best writing time.

Watching a marathon session of Drop Dead Diva, now while doing some housework. Never saw this show when it was on the air. Really good television. Glad I got to watch it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Me

I've been having a lot of fun playing the part of my superhero character, Damson Dragon on Twitter, but I realize that hiding behind my character isn't really the best way to go about things.

I'm trying to enhance my on line presence a bit in the new year. I'll be putting up a new web page and such soon.

In the meantime, one of the things I haven't been able to share has been the stories behind the stories. I'll put those here, in Paige's Pages from now on.

You may not know this, but The Damson Dragon Diary is a fun mix of reality and fantasy. Many of the events in the diary are inspired by real events in my life in Austin. There really was a grass fire, an 18 wheeler wreck, a bank that keeps their doors locked during the day because they were robbed, a 16 mile wide wildfire in Bastrop, a cat like Cam, a dog like Peanut, and more.

Many of the people in the diary are also real people that I know, included with their permission, or characters that others have created. There really is a Lord Vile, and a Madspark, actual fun friends of mine who live in Austin.

My friend Jarrett Crippen has inspired no less than three characters, Det Long, Officer Flynn, and TakeDown, who is his own superhero invention. You may know him as The Defuser from Stan Lee's Who Wants to Be a Superhero.

Lord Vile, or Alex Gray in his non super-villain personna, wrote a story for the Protectors anthology, and has a world wide following. Madspark, my favorite real life mad scientist, although he prefers the PC term, rogue technologist, might show up in the next Protectors anthology.

Austin is the only place I know where that many fascinating personalities mix. How many towns can boast their own real life superhero, supervillain and mad scientist?

Add to that the talents of many of my fantasy and sci fi writer friends from the Slug tribe and the Austin Comic Creators group, and I had an amazing talent pool to pull from for the Protectors anthology. A few semi-famous visitors to Austin for the Armadillocon writer convention also pitched in. The anthology is nearing completion. I'll keep you guys posted on it's status as it goes along.

In the meantime, pay no attention to me. I'm just the woman behind the curtain.

Keep enjoying the Damson Dragon Diary, and I'll keep writing it.

Paige E. Ewing

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ilona Andrews Silver Shark Review

Happy New Year!

I've got a little something up on line as of today on Ilona Andrews is a marvelous fantasy writer. She's started a new series of e-book science fiction romance novellas called the Kinsmen series. Since most of the folks who review her stuff are fantasy fans, she was having difficulty finding someone to review the second book in the series, Silver Shark.

I volunteered, did the review, and the folks at where I used to do reviews put it up today in their January issue. is a great place to find reviews on the best new sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal romance books. If you're wondering where to find something good to read, that's the place to check.

Check out the review here:
Review of Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews on

There's a link right on the page to download the book.