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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Zooey Mae Invades Wondercon

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: April 2011

Well dear readers, I hope you checked out my feature this week on WonderCon in San Francisco, but if it still wasn’t enough, here’s some more highlights for you, my darlings.

Rainn Wilson Is Hilarious

There to promote his new movie Super, which looks hilarious and awesome, Rainn Wilson and Super screenwriter James Gunn hosted a panel and fielded questions from the audience. When asked who would be replacing Steve Carell on The Office, Wilson replied immediately, “Queen Latifa. It’s a great choice because she’s royalty. So we already have a built in audience.” He also peppered in Office references in nearly every question, which was also fantastic. After talking about how wonderful it had been to work with Ellen Page, he quietly muttered, “And black bear is best.” Bravo Mr. Wilson, Bravo.

Seth Gordon Thinks Outside The Box

When I asked Craig Robinson and Seth Gordon, (creators of Fanboys, Community and new show Breaking In) my standby question of which Harrison Ford was best, Indiana Jones or Han Solo, Seth Gordon immediately threw a curveball my way with “Definitely Blade Runner. Definitely.”

I Could Definitely Take Robert Kirkman In A Fight

So yeah, I know he’s got about a hundred pounds on me and I can’t actuallytake him in a fight,  but when I met the man I had to ask, “how do you feel about the fact that the show has deviated so widely from your original series?” He replied something about the fact that he’d been a consultant on the show, and he thought it would be boring if the show stuck too close to the comic series. I tried to explain to him that he was wrong, that it would have been merely loyal to the original. Anyway, what can I say? I managed to pick a fight with one of the nicest dudes in the comic industry. I’m an asshole. But at least I’m an asshole with principles.

Eric Joyner Is A Badass

How in the world can one man be so absolutely filled with such insane levels of talent? Eric Joyner, artist and creator of the Robots And Doughnuts series of paintings, is just unbelievably talented. For all you who have never heard of him, do yourself a favor and google “Eric Joyner” right now. Right. Now.

What’s Better Than One R2D2?

An entire fleet of R2D2s. Seriously. They were all working replicas, being controlled by a second fleet, a fleet of Asian nerds. Those lucky bastards. If I had a remote controlled R2D2, that thing would just roll with me everywhere, beeping and whistling its way into my heart.

Neil Gaiman Is A God

That’s right folks, I got to meet the man himself, Sandman creator Neil Gaiman. He’s an awesome dude, who is best kind of famous, the type who doesn’t take himself seriously in the least, I literally squealed like a puppy when I saw him.

That’s all buds, head over to the On The Town section in this issue, dedicated purely to all the crazy/wonderful things I saw this weekend. 

Arielle Mullen