I am garbage and activated the webkinz code that came with the Robin I bought for a cosplay and named my first pet Carol Danvers. There are currently two other Carol Danvers in the park with me.

I don’t know what these words mean in this order, but I’m pretty sure you’re not garbage. 

Is there any chance we'll ever get to see the "Wasp goes on Etsy" story from your Avengers Assemble pitch?

Probably not, but never say never…? 

Hi Kelly :) You told me to keep in touch when we met at Hero Con this past July and I just wanted to let you know that I have completed my first day of college and it is going beautifully so far. I'm in my element, pursuing my dream, & working with incredible technology even as a 1st year student. I am still carrying around The War of Art in my bag and reading it when I need a little extra push, even though your kind words and my family's support has done wonders. Thank you again. ~Danielle Hall

This delights me so much. Thank you for checking in with me, Danielle.  I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond!  

I just read Pretty Deadly, and I am over the moon head over heels in love! Emma Rios art is absolutely gorgeous, and your writing is spectacular, as always! Pretty Deadly is one of a handful of comics that reminds me why I love the medium so much.

I’m so glad! Thank you. Emma has that affect on me too. 

May I ask if you use a program to manage your time like that? If so, what program is it? Thanks!
I saw you reblog the bit about the Bendis book. Are there any books that you think would be helpful to novice writers (Comic or otherwise)?

I really need to update/finish this, but there’s this: http://kellysue.tumblr.com/recommended

I missed you at nycc, is there any other way to get some comics signed by you or Fraction outside of a con?

Yes! kellysue.tumblr.com/faq

Hi! I'm getting married in a few months & I've decided to take his last name, but I'm going to have academic articles/chapters published & I don't know whether I should change my name on those as well, or keep maiden name for professional stuff. Then there's also the awkward in between work that's not academic but I'm known by maiden name... What things did you consider when keeping your maiden name? Is it relatively easy to keep your maiden name professionally at least?

It’s a really personal decision, I can’t advise you on this.  Best I can do is tell you my experience. 

I got married at 32. I’d had my name for a long time and I was attached to it. I couldn’t conceive of changing it.  [It didn’t hurt that Kelly means warrior and DeConnick is a derivative of the king, so my name roughly translates to Warrior King… you don’t change your name when your name means WARRIOR KING.]  And, frankly, the history behind the tradition offended me. I wasn’t going from my father’s house to my husband’s. I was an independent woman and I’d been supporting myself for many years before I chose to wed. 

It was an awkward conversation when we had it. Though he said he understood, Fraction confessed to a certain amount of disappointment — mostly because he loved the symbolism of sharing a name.  We’re both writers — we believe in the power of language — so I got that.  I offered that he could either change his name to mine, or we could both change our names to something entirely new.

I think he entertained the idea for less than a minute…? Once he thought about changing his own name and what that would feel like he completely understood where I was coming from and that was pretty much that.  He says he’s never thought about it since. 

I’ve never once had any problem related to not changing my name.

Now, I’m not an asshole — his grandmother and a few other relatives write to me as “Mrs. Matthew Fritchman” and I don’t correct them or refuse to answer or anything. But I know that’s not my name.  

Your mileage my vary.  I would certainly never judge another woman for the choice she made. I get that it’s romantic to share a name** and I get that people often don’t like the names they were born to, or the families they were born in. It’s a very personal decision and it’s yours to make. 

** Oddly enough, we started to use “DeFraction” as a joke, but it’s caught on enough that our kids sometimes think it’s their real last name. 

Which title do you think will raise more eyebrows: Sex Criminals or Bitch Planet?

Bitch Planet has profanity in the title, so it’s more problematic than Sex Criminals for some retailers, oddly enough.  

Not exactly a contest I’m gunning to win.  

"Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new."
Ursula K. Le Guin (via kushandwizdom)

(via powells)