by Scoobie Davis
Belated Comic-Con Post
Last month's Comic-Con was a blast!!!
I went for two days: Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday, I saw Daniel Clowes talk about sequential art and film. I wasn't too surprised when he announced that Jack Black's production company Black and White Productions would be doing a film adaptation of story in Eightball no. 23 "The Death Ray" (when I read "The Death Ray," I had a premonition that it would make a good film). on Saturday, Clowes signed 10 of my copies of Eightball.
On Saturday, Robert Smigel was doing a signing for his forthcoming TV Funhouse DVD. He had Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog with him--who was there for a Conan segment in which he insulted the Comic-Con attendees. When it was my turn, Triumph looked at my long hair and demeanor and asked if I was on drugs. He began to berate me and asked if I preferred Batman or Spider-Man. When I told him Spider-Man, he asked me if it was because we both have goo on our hands. It was fun and I also confirmed with Smigel that Triumph
was made by Mask Illusions, a Mexican puppet company. I have a Mask Illusions rubber monkey.
During both days, I speedily went threw the exhibitor's hall and stopped at booths and asked for swag. If they asked me what swag was, I responded, "Swag refers to free promotional items given out at trade shows." I had to explain to one of the exhibitors that swag is not the same as "schwag"--which is low-grade weed. At Comic-Con, I was the swag-meister. I weighed all the stuff I bought and got for free at Comic-con and it totaled about 30 pounds.