Shawn Keller's Horrifying Look at the Furries
The following article is a review of Shawn Keller's new comic book Shawn Keller's Horrifying Look at the Furries, released at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. The comic has something of a companion web site, located at www.furryfans.com. Read on for the review, which was submitted by an anonymous author.
There's an old Japanese story: Two monks sat together for lunch. The first monk said, "What do you see when you see me?"
The second replied, "I see a reflection of the Buddha."
The first, feeling nasty, said, "When I look at you, I see a pile of shit."
The second just smiled. The first turned angry. "Why are you smiling?"
The second replied, "What comes out of a man is a reflection of what's inside a man. I am filled with the Buddha nature, so everywhere I look, I see a reflection of the Buddha."
This story illustrates the new comic book, "Shawn Keller's Horrifying Look at the Furries". Everywhere that Shawn looks at furry fandom, he sees shit, often literally.
I pity Shawn. He's a talented artist (he was an animator in many Disney films), and a talented costumer (he has contributed to the fursuit FAQ). But, this book demonstrates his talent for mud-flinging and bile. It is a collection of attacks and grudges, surpassing _Skunk_. He associates furries with pedophiles and bestiality.
I cannot understand why this book was published: the only people who might be interested in it are furry fans, but those are also the people that he attacks.
Is the book really that bad? Here's some quotes from the book:
"Without much in the way of a normal life, the Furry tends to spend 50 hours in a normal 24 hour day lurking in an online chat group, hoping that another creature will respond to their plaintive cry of 'Hiya. I do that too. Heh.' Long hours are also devoted to the exploration of inner trouser explosions, gastric phenomena, and the implanting of their genetic code into stuffed animals."
"Almost every costumer (or 'Fursuiter' as they are known in the fan world) we've come across promotes the idea that the only true way of having fun in a suit is by doing what we refer to in technical language as 'The Nasty'. This would explain the caked, matted fur soaked with bodily fluids that often appears in the crotch region of these vermin."
If you're looking for a strong comic critique of furry fandom, read Roberta Gregory's "Artistic Licentiousness". But if you like to wallow in hatred, "Shawn Keller's Horrifying Look at the Furries" is for you. Otherwise, skip it. Buying this book was my biggest mistake at San Diego Comic Con.