Furry Boys & Losts Girls: Comic-Con, 2006

July 26th, 2006 by Larry Smith

Here’s a report from SMITH’s comics editor Jeff Newelt, aka JahFurry, basically an excuse to run this shot of Shooting War artist Dan Goldman with a new friend.

SMITH represented, with blogger Douglas Rushkoff, signing at the Vertigo/DC booth for his new graphic novel Testament, a Ruskoffian twist on the Book of Genesis, and Shooting War’s Dan Goldman, who documented his triumphant return to the Con on his personal blog, and on his Flickr stream. For more from Jeff on this weekend of geek paradise, keep reading here.

Heidi MacDonald, who writes Publishers Weekly’s comics blog, The Beat moderated a philosophically feisty panel on comics bloggers and points made apply to any corner of Blogdom. Present were Heidi, Tom Spurgeon, Ron Hogan, Graeme McMillan, Chris Butcher, and Tom McLean.

They debated the difference between Rumor and News, MacDonald positing that if it’s new, and correct, it’s, news, and Spurgeon insisting if it’s not confirmed when reported, it’s not news. MacMillan noted, “Many of our hottest tips are given to us by paranoid publicists asking us not to blog about something we didn’t even know about.” Variety’s McLean offered his definition of blogging, explaining that blogs don’t necessarily report news, but rather take news stories and present them with a point of view, a personal reaction and presentation distilled for a specific audience.

More JahFurry highlights:

Waxing sigilical with Invisibles scribe and Chaos Magician Grant Morrison, who was half of the most talked about team-up of the show, the other half: Deepak Chopra. The two gurus chatted on stage about Deepak’s new venture with Virgin Comics, as well as superheroes, spirituality, and mythology.

Being burped on by Comedian of Comedy Brian Posehn while he signed his debut comic The Last Christmas. I told him it was OK because he is on TV and most Americans would pay for a bottled TV burp. We shared a nerd moment: When hypothesizing about Comedians of Comedy figures, Brian said the Patton Oswalt figure would have to be able to fit in the Posehn’s stomach, and we both chimed, “like the original TaunTaun figure.”

Meeting the magical Melinda Gebbie, Alan Moore’s girlfriend and artist/cocreator of Lost Girls, the most anticipated and controversial convention debut, three hardcover volumes of graphic literary erotica featuring adult Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy from their respective children’s classics.

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