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    In a video interview posted yesterday on Buddyhead.com, underground rapper Murs complains that Brian Wood was rude to him when he came through Wood's autograph line at Comicon, and says something like "I asked around and everyone I've talked to said Brian Wood's a dick, so hey, Brian Wood, stop being a dick." Then he says, "I'm a young black man and I will fuck you up!"

    Personally, I just think the whole thing is kinda funny, so I figured I'd post it for the rest of you on here who are interested in both underground rap and DMZ.
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      CommentAuthorRob Bass
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    (or NORTHLANDERS, DEMO, LOCAL, etc)

    I've experienced both sides of the coin. In the Vertigo panel at SDCC '07, Wood was the lead-off guy. Karen Berger was there with like two dozen creators, everyone on the imprint who was in town, and so she did a little intro and then opened it up to each creator to plug their book (with an assist from PowerPoint, maybe), you know, a nice little way to drum up interest in SCALPED if you just showed up for FABLES or what have you. Anyway, Wood was the the first guy and he said something to the effect of "My name is Brian Wood, I write a book called DMZ, and if you want to know what it's about, then you should have sat through the hour and a half-long panel about me that just got done." That was it. Silence in the room, but you could almost see the thought bubbles forming. "What.....a dick." And I was just squeezing the bridge of my nose like the kid in DAZED & CONFUSED, a fan of DMZ and not seeing much reader pick-up from this particular event. Berger moved on to Jason Aaron, or whomever.

    The next March, Wood was a featured guest at STAPLE, an annual independent comics convention held in Austin, TX. I rolled up to his table to get him to sign the first couple issues of DMZ and he couldn't have been nicer, seemed honestly sorry that he had sold out of DEMO trades and then stood and talked for maybe five minutes about his mindset for writing #12 of DMZ, that scrapbook madness.

    So maybe it was just the bugfuckery of Comic-Con, maybe he was tired of pimping his work and just wanted to be creating it. Or you could counter that if you sign on for something like that, you have an obligation to not come across that way to your fans. I don't know, don't have a pat conclusion for you, just saw this and wanted to say that I'd see him come across in a negative manner in a crowded room of people in San Diego and very much a positive one looking me in the eye, talking about his book.
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    brian wood is a real person. sometimes people are dicks when under stress. i am. i assume murs isnt too upset in reality...
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    This has been around for a while- I don't know if this is a new video with Murs rehashing the same beef, or the old one, but Wood addressed this himself at some point.
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      CommentAuthorbrianwood
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    @Rob Bass Yeah, I always get nervous on big panels and that was me trying to make a joke as an intro (I did go on to talk about DMZ). Big, multi-day conventions are always stressful and exhausting, especially when you have to be "on" the whole time. Obviously I never set out to deliberately be a dick to anyone, although I am aware there are anecdotes out there on the web claiming I was.

    @buzzorhowl Surprised to see this again. I met him at Wondercon. I don't remember being a dick, or really anything about it, other than I thought Mahfood introduced us as opposed to him standing in line. I'm surprised its evolved, over the course of a year and a half, to the point where he is threatening me (?) Bizarre.
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    Yeah, OK, that is really strange. I'm really not sure how I feel about the whole thing, and since I think you're a rad writer and don't really have an opinion of Murs (I wouldn't have even watched the video if the accompanying text hadn't alluded to his beef with you), the stuff he said kinda bothered me to hear. I'd rather assume its at least somewhat in fun, but I guess I can't really know, because he acts serious in the video.

    But for the record, I sure don't think you're a dick.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    People have bad days. People have good days. Sometimes you think you're funny, but you're not (happens to me all the time).

    People have personality clashes.
    Ce la vie.
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    "My name is Brian Wood, I write a book called DMZ, and if you want to know what it's about, then you should have sat through the hour and a half-long panel about me that just got done."

    That is so obviously just a joke that didn't land that I wonder why you mentioned it at all. Except maybe to illustrate that Brian shouldn't be trusted with comedy.
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      CommentAuthorbrianwood
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    I probably shouldn't even be trusted with leaving the house, at this point.
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    Not that Bri needs any cheerleaders, but I always thought he was a big sweetheart. :)
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    If, on first introduction, you call someone a dick then presume to tell them how they should behave in future, pretty much any response from that person short of violence strikes me as justifiable.
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    brian wood signed my stuff and was sort of dismissive, in a "yeah, uh-huh, next" kind of way. Didn't seem like a dick though, just super busy.
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    You shouldn't feel threatened by anything Murs said; it's all just rock n' roll.

    I shot/edited that video, but can't remember if he claimed to have been introduced to you or not. He mentioned Mahfood (off-camera), but I don't recall the context. I believe he referenced your lack of a line to note that you were rude and dismissive despite being otherwise unoccupied. He did mention to me that he still reads and enjoys DMZ, so I wouldn't imagine the threats were serious.

    A word of advice:
    I don't know if you were rude or not, but If you're going to snub, try not to make it the rappers.
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    @Chip -- But it's OK to be rude to the comic book writers? I'm glad you signed up to clarify what was said, but your commentary on Brian's photograph doesn't strike me as particularly mature. Why perpetuate the Brian-bashing?
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    Brian Wood helped me get laid.

    He's a Saint!
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    Christ. Sometimes people don't want to be bothered with fanboys. Not wanting to engage in the same conversation for the zillionth time that starts off with "Hey man, I really dig your work" should be understandable.

    Brian isn't a dick.
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    I can see the headline:

    "Exceedingly Talented Artist Makes Joke, Dozen Offended, Killed."

    I've been reading Mr. Wood's work since Channel One and met him once, could not have been a nicer guy.
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      CommentAuthorSonny
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    In a related story... Murs is a good rapper, and Brian Wood's a good writer.
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      CommentAuthorAndySpield
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
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    I had a beer at Isotope on a trip to SF and he stopped by, talked at length, signed all the Demo, Global Frequency, and Channel Zero I had just picked up, and was cool as hell.

    Of course this was pre-Northlanders and DMZ. Spending that much time with bloody vikings and the post-apocalyptic NYC tribes has probably changed him.

    I look forward to sharing more beer or whiskey with him (though probably not at San Diego - it's a madhouse and I get lost in the smell of it - ugh).
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      CommentAuthorBlanche
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009 edited
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    I think I might've been on the line that MURS was on at Comic Con. I remember the hair, at least, so that's got to be him.

    But Brian Wood was nice as freakin' hell to me, even being in that fanboy "duuude, DEMO made me love comics again" bit. He signed my stuff, as polite as could be, answered my questions and seemed to be the exact opposite of what MURS described.