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A Grim Walk in the Woods:

25 Years of The X-Files Monster



Jennifer Susannah Devore



"I was out Squatchin' … Bigfoot hunting."

- Fox Mulder


The Greeks first tamed it in written form. Later, the Polynesians, Norsemen and Celts appropriated it orally. Centuries following, Europeans and Americans re-appropriated it in grander, literary and visual form.


Seafarers like the Hawaiians, Vikings and Boston whalers spun wild tales to rationalize everything from squalls to squids. Fear of the unknown is a powerful pinch on the neck. Reducing it to mere myth not only explains it, but tames it, kind of. With rationalization comes control. If the giant squid tapping on your poopdeck has a name, you might take the upper hand. Call him Kraken, see what happens.

Even with Medieval Europe's myriad population centers, the Continent was largely blanketed in forests. Bustling Bruges might be home, yet outside the gates the forest awaits.


"Queequeg, we're not going into the woods."

- Scully


Woods are eerie. Historically, woods are where failures flee with heads hung low and cloaks pulled tight. The woods mean exile for the repugnant, stripped of their communities, left to fend in fright, alone.


"Living in the city you forget a lot of things. It's not until you get back to nature you realize everything is out to get you."

- Scully


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Run for your lives, local mortals! 'Tis time! 'Tis time! San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is here, again, kittens! Whilst Summer is my least fave season (Moi, aka, authoress Jennifer Susannah Devore, needs her Autumn days and Sbux PSL!), July is a glorious month indeed! Comic-Con, the reigning monarch of all comic book/pop culture conventions takes flight July 19 - 23, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. Once again, Yours Truly will be there with my fave con cohort and shutterbug, Eslilay Evoreday of Twisted Pair Photography and Sea Gypsy Costume Designs. As this Summer tradition remains a constant, some aspects of the game are ever-changing. Now, the game is afoot!

  • Cosplay? Always. Yet, this year, three characters spoke to me: The X-Files' Agent Dana Scully, Disney's Moana and Star Wars' latest glamourous, kick-ass, space-chick, Qi'ra, of this Spring's Han Solo prequel, Solo.
  • SDCC Official Souvenir Book article? Bien-sur! Every year, mes amies. This year's article celebrates twenty-five years of The X-Files: (25 years! Wowee! Hold me closer, Tiny Mulder!) Hence, the Agt. Scully cosplay. (Moi always represents my writing-theme with apropos costuming ... if there's a fun character involved.) Catch up on all my SDCC SouvBk articles: The Simpsons, Catwoman, Hellboy, Peanuts, Batgirl, Betty and Veronica and Tarzan!
  • The Gaslamp Stroll? As Archer's Lana Kane would confirm, "Yup." It's not a con sans a few martinis and Dirty Shirleys hither and thither through San Diego's historic Gaslamp District.

If you're already dialed in to SDCC, you know what to do. Follow me on Twitter and Insta for all the extra, JennyPop goodness and I'll see you next week! If you're a con-fledgling and need a few helpful deets, load the official Comic-Con app on your phone and be sure to consult the programming schedule.

Programming this year includes such goodies and panels as Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room, Comic-Con Film School, The Simpsons, Big Hero 6: The Series, SyFy's Krypton, a 25th anniversary screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas and far too much for my li'l ol' blog. (Speaking of SyFy, Yours Truly and our Eslilay will be in the SyFy Press Room once again: this year, interviewing the cast and writers of Sy'Fy's The Magicians. If you have any questions you'd like us to ask, tweet meeeeee! For past SyFy interviews, incl. 12 Monkeys, Helix and The Expanse, visit JennyPop's Interviews!)

Finally, make sure you're well-acquainted with not only SDCC's official, convention policies but, maybe even more importantly, JennyPop's con common courtesy policies: Boobs Are Not Bunnies. (If you need a swift kick to help you find your manners, Mistress of the Dorks, Adrianne Curry will help you right along!) Remember kittens, be nice, keep San Diego beautiful and keep your mitts to yourselves.


Abyssinia at the Con, kittens!


@JennyPopCom (Twitter & Insta)



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Cheers, kittens! One week to go! San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is nigh and America's Finest City is all abuzz. Not only is our lovely beach burg stuffed to its cliffs and cul-de-sacs with not just the usual Summertime crush of les touristes from all over the globe, but also with a healthy, amusing dose of geekery. Bienvenue a tous! San Diego loves geeks!

Be ye a local geek (comme Moi) and didn't get in (ni comme Moi), there's still a faint ray of hope. Local "news" station FOX5 is giving away a pair of badges in this week leading up to the Con; naturally, one must actually watch the local broadcast every morn to learn a code-word. Of course, considering what one goes through for badges, the hoops could be worse than having to endure an hour a day of local news ... maybe. If you are going, local or not, contest winner or no, I proffer a few helpful tips and links to help your Comic-Con be as easy-peasy lemon-squeezy as can be.

  • Toucan Blog: daily tips leading up to the Con from the very wizards themselves behind the Comic-Con Int'l (CCI) curtain
  • Programming Schedule: SDCC's complete, online, Wed.-Sun. catalogue of panels, screenings, autograph signings et al
  • Transportation Info.: quick links to parking, hotel shuttles and local transportation like the MTS Trolleys, Coaster and Amtrak
  • Uber and Lyft: sure-fire, friendly ride-sharing to, from and around the Con; but know these private companies' rates fluctuate depending on the time of day/night and need. Business 101, kids. Supply and demand hard at work here.
  • Taxi Magic: the beauty of free enterprise and capitalism? It forces real competition! The taxi industry is trying a friendlier, gentler, cleaner approach to service. Download the Taxi Magic app and give S.D. Yellow Cabs another chance.
  • North County Coaster: a great option if you're coming anywhere from Oceanside south; the Coaster is a quiet, clean ride with great views of the Pacific for most of the way (Snag a seat on the west-facing side for the best views!).
  • Call a friend or beg Dad: if you have anyone in the area whom claims to love you, even tolerate you, even a little bit, capitalize on that. Beg them for a ride! Drop-off and pick-up anywhere in the Gaslamp District makes your life easy-peasy!

    As one expects, SDCC is a complete jumblef#&* at every turn. Whether you end up inside the Con rubbing elbows and armour with the likes of  Salma Hayek, Daniel Radcliffe, George R.R. Martin, Weird Al and Seth Green or, enjoying the wild festivities that occur just outside the Con doors, it can, at times, feel like a claustrophobic nightmare. Remember to be kind. (As a dyed-in-the-wool geek, I can attest that a lot of us don't groove well in large volumes of people; we're oft a pale, quiet, nervous type.)

    Comic-Con is a haven for nerdery, creativity and pop-culture camaraderie. It's also a Tokyo metro-style, sardine-packed, hot-and-humid mess. Try to say "Pardon me" when you bump into Poison Ivy, "Thank you" when Adam West Batman holds open a door for you and a chivalric "After you, Milady!" when you and Princess Leia arrive at the same egress, at the same time. When it comes to cosplay, leave the snark and sneers at home; compliments go a long way in making someone's day. Some of those costumes take forever to make, are probably raw-ther uncomfortable and it's a good bet that no matter how smoking they look, the wearer feels just a tad self-conscious.

    Apropos: the boobs. Yes, the boobs. As I wrote in my coverage of WonderCon Anaheim 2014, Of course, de rigueur, there are lots and lots of boobs. There are always lots and lots of boobs. Funny thing is, after a few years of this, I’m beginning to recognize some of them. There is also a lot of chatter about the appropriate amount of attention one should give those boobs. For this girl's take, if you're going to put them out there, waaaay out there as some of the ladies do, I think you'd better expect some feedback. Still, that does not excuse some of the vile, verbal assaults hurled their way. Keep it clean, folks. Common courtesy guides one should ask before taking a picture, glance but don't gawk and never, ever touch! (Please, see official guidelines below.) Just be nice. Like Thumper's mama says, "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all." A good time shall be had by all, especially when we're all cheery comic chums! Come on, everyone! Let's all play the Pollyanna Glad Game!
  • As in years past, Eslilay Evoreday (Twisted Pair Photography) and I shall be covering SDCC for To boot, Yours Truly is champing at the bit to learn if this year's submission to the official Souvenir Book (a Hellboy retrospective) made it in again: previously published articles include Catwoman, Batgirl, Hellboy, Betty and Veronica, Peanuts, Tarzan and The Simpsons. So, follow Moi on Twitter and Insta for all the geeky, gooey, booby goodness coming straight from San Diego Comic-Con!
  • *CCI's Code of Conduct and Anti Harassment Policy

    Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy.

    Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security, or a Comic-Con staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. If your safety is at risk and you need immediate assistance you may also use a white house phone and dial 5911.

    Security may be contacted by visiting our Show Office in Lobby C. A Comic-Con staff member will be in the office during public hours.

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It's Springtime in San Diego, kittens and that means one thing: San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) approacheth! July 19 - 22, 2018 will find Yours Truly awash in cosplay and cultur de pop, more so than usual. Sure, it's still three months off; yet playing the big Con takes prep. Every sweltering, sunny, San Diego Summer year my Con-cohort and I, Eslilay Evoreday, immerse ourselves in all the geeky goodness at the grandest of comic book conventions.

From groggy, early-morning costuming to the quiet and peaceful, calm-before-the-storm, Pacific-view train ride into downtown San Diego, punctuated by a perfunctory café stop and cosplay photo opp at Starbucks Santa Fe Station, SDCC days are chockabock of dorky fun. Shopping, involuntary crowd control, interviews in the SyFy Press room and boisterous evenings in The Gaslamp with Con pals, partaking of Dirty Shirleys and Ga&Ts at Lou & Mickey's, make July in SoCal worth the pervasive heat and obnoxious sunshine.

What makes SDCC the most special, besides hanging for a week with my bestie? Seeing my dorky musings in print, complete with a byline. Each year I submit an article for publication in the Official SDCC Souvenir Book. Fortunately, my scribblings have passed muster with each submission: seven years running and consistently the longest name in the book. (Jennifer Susannah Devore. Duh.) Will this year's article be of publication quality?! Commence fingernail nibbling.

Required to be an historical-retrospective of a given theme - no fan-fiction or fantasy submissions accepted - the article is always a fab opportunity to introduce some 250K con-goers to my writing style, yet also to research, at length, some fave pop-culture themes. Even where I consider myself an aficionado, I always learn gobs of fresh factoids on each new theme. This year? 25 years of The X-Files ... yep, 25 years! Scary. Hold me closer, Tiny Mulder.

On a late-Summer night in 1993, The X-Files landed in some 12m homes. Since "Pilot" aired, X-Philes have bathed in the blue light of nighttime television, fighting the night with two FBI agents far too sensual for relegation to a D.C. basement.

"Are you familiar with the so-called X-Files?"

- Agt. Fox Mulder, "Pilot", S1e1


Not familiar with The X-Files? Keep up with me and you will be. Abyssinia at the Con, Kittens!



Read all my previous published articles on Hellboy, The Simpsons, Peanuts, Tarzan, Catwoman, Betty & Veronica and Batgirl!

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Caffè  Florian: Intruder Alert



Jennifer Susannah Devore


Little Miss JennyPop, as most people know,

Longed to revisit 18thC. Venice; she was always ready to go.


So to Caffè Florian, the oldest in the world - 1720 - she did flock.

For this Italian adventure, naturally, she packed her most Verdi-inspired frock.


On a rainy, Veneto night, into Florian they fled,

Sipping famed Florian brandy and espresso, JennyPop and her belov-ed.


Taking in a glistening, empty, St. Mark's Square,

The two shared an Enlightenment moment, looking quite the pair.


When down plopped beside them, a policeman and his wife,

An L.A. County sheriff and his clangorous lass, instantly spoke, ad nauseam, all about their life.


Like a boom in the shot, a fly in the wine,

They guffawed and gamboled too loudly, far from sublime.


We got two babies back in Big Bear! Do you know it?

I sure do love my babies ... the wife hesitated a bit.


Buuuuut? JennyPop prompted.

It sure is nice to get away sometimes, she admitted. Isn't it?


Leave me alone. Please exit my reveries.

This is my time, my moment, to experience the Seventeen-Twenties.


I don't really like people, JennyPop awkwardly blurted.

Fortunately, to her more affable half, the convo quickly reverted.


If one day you see JennyPop, lost in historical daydreams,

in a museum, cathedral or historic caffè,

Feel free to chat with her, quietly, then, please, go away.



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Jennifer Susannah Devore

Jenny Pop is the acclaimed Author of the Savannah of Williamsburg series of books and The Darlings of Orange County. In addition, Jen is a prolific consumer of media and pop culture. Never leaving the house without her journal and fave Waterman pen, an old-fashioned, analog book (usually Hunter S. Thompson) and a fresh coat of lipstick, she is constantly on the hunt for fun, espresso, animation  and comics of any kind and always ready for an impromptu day at Disneyland. is a natural extension of  Jen's World; so, spend some time visiting. You'll have fun, she promises!

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The sexy, cashmere beaches of southern California aren't always what they seem. The dirty little secret here is what it takes to survive. Everyone has a trick up their silk sleeve. Liz Lemon meets Parker Posey, Veronica Darling is smart enough to know what it takes and is willing to soil her soul to bring Hollywood to the California Riviera. The Darlings of Orange County is a salacious, hilarious, harrowing romp chock full of eco-terrorism, horse-racing scandals, weed deals and the obligatory lipstick-lesbian affair that inevitably leads to murder. It all climaxes in a white-knuckled, glitzy, celebrity-stacked Laguna Beach Film Premiere that spells success for Veronica Darling and trouble for her friends and family.

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Meet Miss Savannah of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Equal parts Amelia Earhart, Lucy Honeychurch, Scarlett O'Hara and Miss Piggy, Savannah is a scholar, adventurer and a lady. Moreover, she is a pebble in the silver-buckled shoe of injustice and with her best pals she is not a squirrel to challenge. She carries  the Magna Carta in one paw and the latest Parisian silk bag in her other. Whether fighting to end slavery, arguing for freedom of the press or scheming to end a duel, Miss Savannah does so with wit and persistence. Read more to meet her best friends and accomplices: Ichabod Wolfgang and Dante Marcus Pritchen. Prepare to also meet pirates, a Venetian fox and an Irish gull, The Commodore!



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Hannah Hart, ghost dame of the Hotel del Coronado

So, here's the low down, all you Joes and Janes ... I'm Hannah Hart, dead girl. Don't fret, it's actually a sweet dish being dead. Having perished in 1934 in a terrifically vicious accessories incident with actress Ida Lupino, I reside where I died: San Diego's gorgeous Hotel del Coronado. It ain't a bad gig at all, really! Great weather, swanky guests (not to mention a few fellow ghosties), amazing amenities, my own private turret overlooking the sea and all the java juice and giggle water I can handle; plus, these bartenders know how to make a Planter's Punch like nobody's business! See, I've been waiting for this Internet thing forever ... now, instead of slamming doors and moving lamps, I get to wag my tongue all I like at

Abyssinia, kids!