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Tarzan And I Swing By Comic-Con
By Jane Porter
Part I: Comic-Con Snapshots
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“What is this place? And why are all those
people standing in line?”
“It’s the San Diego Convention Center, darling.
And this is a giant pop culture Dum-Dum celebration
“Do I know this word, `Comic?’
“If you don’t, you should learn it.”
“Great Kudu! It looks like a wildebeast
“Why do they all carry an image of me in their
“They’re celebrating your birthday, Tarzan.
You’re a hundred years old.”
“I look pretty darn good for a hundred.”
“Remember that potion the Waziri witch doctor
The one that tasted like monkey spoor?”
“Hang on. Don’t I know some of those people?
The one in the black cape and shiny helmet?
See that red guy -- Didn’t we have dinner
with him in `44? Nazi hunter, wasn’t he?
And look at that -- there’s me again, with two
“I think that might be Conan.”
“Look over there! It’s a beautiful girl
wearing your garment holding up an image of you.
It says, JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan.
You still love me after a whole century?”
“I do, my darling.”
“That silver-haired woman behind the counter
signing books -- I believe she’s the author.”
“Why does she look so happy?”
“Who wouldn’t be happy writing about you
“There’s a panel I’d like to drop in on,
It’s about two of our creator’s greatest creations.”
“Edgar’s going to be there?”
“Only in spirit, I’m afraid.”
“I think we’re here. There’s Dejah Thoris,
Princess of Mars. Whew!”
“Let’s go in, dear. They’ve started.”
“What a crowd! They’re all clapping and
saying they loved the `John Carter’ movie.”
“And they love you, too.
Look at that. One of the greatest Tarzan
Joe Jusko, is showing off his most recent painting
of your most savage self.
He just finished it yesterday.”
“Is that my foot on Kerchak’s chest?”
“I’m afraid so.”
“Hold on. Who’s that tall, handsome guy
in the shades?”
“That, my love, is Ron Ely. He played you
in the Tarzan TV series.”
“Why do these guys look familiar?”
“I’m afraid I don’t recognize either of them.
But I think they’re in the movies.
Can we hurry? I don’t want to be late.”
“There’s one more panel I’d like to see. I think
you’ll like it.”
“Can we go outside for some air first?
I’m not used to being inside for this long.”
Robin Maxwell (www.robinmaxwell.com)
is a screenwriter and the bestselling author
of eight novels of historical fiction.
On September 18, 2012 JANE: The Woman Who
Loved Tarzan will be published by Tor Books.
It is fully authorized by the estate of Edgar
Rice Burroughs and the first Tarzan classic ever told from Jane’s point
~ Tarzana 2012 ECOF
Robin Maxwell discusses the trials, tribulations and triumphs of writing
her upcoming novel JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan at the first Tarzan
Centennial Convention of 2012.
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