July 28th, 2007 | Travels and Appearances
Okay, it’s 2:37 in the morning, after the Eisner awards. I’m turning the blog over to Ellen Forney for her report (it’s a little fawning, but I couldn’t dissuade her):
Alison, Joan Hilty and I just had a long discussion by the Marriott pool,
and Alison demurred, preferring to protect our bottle of Scotch. The Madonna/Britney kiss went over well! Thank you all for your support – yes, you’re right, I was very happy to have an excuse to give Alison a big kiss
on the lips.
Here was my intro:
In honor of the largest number of female nominees this year, out of all other years, and in honor of the growing, fabulous prominence of queer comics [here I smiled at Alison], Alison and I are going to give a little nod to… Madonna and Britney Spears…
and then we stepped in front of the podium, I took her face in my hands, and we kissed.
[Joan adds: This is a placeholder photo taken seconds post-kiss, because apparently I can't capture a historic moment on film for shit even when I'm told exactly when it's going to happen and exactly how to operate the camera. If you're really good, we'll find the moment elsewhere, and update.]
If only I knew, when I was first starting out drawing comics in the early 90’s , that a moment like this would ever come about —
?? I just wouldn’t have believed it, I guess. Apparently, we even inspired Jonathan Ross to kiss Neil Gaiman during their presentation. Ha! Trendsetters!
[Joan adds: Alison won Best Reality-Based Work for Fun Home, and asked the audience: "Is that as opposed to faith-based? I'm proud to be part of the reality-based community."]