Here is the schedule for the Broadcasts I am planning for my birthday.
Sunday May 18th, 2014
10am PST / 5pm UTC – Exclusive Google Hangout for European Patreon members
11am PST / 6pm UTC – Ustream Broadcast for anyone
5pm PST / 12am UTC – Exclusive Google Hangout for US Patreon members
7pm PST / 2am UTC – Ustream Broadcast for anyone
You can subscribe to my Ustream Channel here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/writhe-and-shine
Hope to see you there!
Writhe and Shine comics are being posted on the main page a well know “gothic” social network which receives a lot of traffic. That means I was going to attract the attention of some of those People That Cannot Say Anything Nice also known as Trolls.
I have already determined in a previous blog entry to Never Say Nothing, and have come to expect constant nasty remarks merely because I refuse to Not Feed The Trolls. Although, today I received a bizarre response from my troll that put things into an entirely different perspective.
After reading it, I realized that my troll has a crush on me.
Troll: can you try saying something comprehensible
Robert: Can you try saying something not reprehensible?
Also, can you try typing better and use proper punctuation?
Troll: can you go a single panel without being completely contemptible
i mean ive read your entire fucking archive its really indefensible
these are supposed to be humorous i understand, though thats quite ostensible
your writing is like your art though and by that i mean wholly one dimensional
calling any of these – even a single one – at all funny is totally untenable
the only comical thing about your work is that you call yourself a professional
so forgive me for using this comment as my personal polemical confessional
but your strip is a waste receptacle
always and forever forgettable
your rhyme was not impressive.
Robert: I love the fact that you thought I was trying to rhyme and therefore put so much time into creating your own, just for me. How sweet.
I love the fact that you read my entire archive even though you hate the comics.
I love the fact that I piss you off.
After thinking about it, I shouldn’t have used the word ‘love.’ It might give him/her the wrong idea.
I had an absolutely terrible night after finishing my comic yesterday and I ended up doing a lot of soul-searching.
I just wanted to Thank all of you that “get” my comics and that “get” me.
Thank you for sticking with me as I butcher the English language and for saying the things I want to say in the only way I know how to say them.
Now I just have to figure out a way to speak my mind in a manner that more people can understand and digest WITHOUT compromising the integrity of my ideals.
I don’t want to have to start adding sports references to the comic or talk about Justin Bieber mainly because topics such as these are completely disinteresting and disgust me.
Something’s got to change and it’s going to take a lot of work on my part to get to an acceptable point. Thank you for sticking with me through it all.
Now that my comics are being posted in several different forums, they have come to the attention of Those That Say Negative Things. As a victim of bullying in his youth and a man living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I can probably say that I feel the negativity presented by others a little more than the average person.
When I was bullied in Junior High and High School, the only words of advice given to me at the time were “ignore it.” Yes, people tend to think that if you ignore it, it will go away, but it doesn’t. It’s like a chronic pain in your shoulder. Your body is telling you that something is wrong and that you should go to a doctor. If you ignore it, it may go away for a little while, but it can end up becoming even worse back pain or causing you to lose feeling in your entire arm. If I ignored the bullying the first time it happened, it would have gone away from -me-. The next thing I would have seen is some other nerdy kid being shoved into a locker. Ignore it and it will go away, but it won’t stop.
It is time to stop it. I will not back down. I will no longer say nothing.
Here is my first action, a response to Those That Say Negative Things:
@[user name removed]- I apologize for taking so long to get back to your comment (and your comments on my previous entry) in My Journal here on [website removed]. I was going to follow the advice of “Don’t Feed the Trolls,” but decided that I should say something before you could continue on what I believe is your current path of anonymously posting hateful comments and not realizing that you are targeting -real- people. These people have real thoughts and feelings, just like you.
I love comics and sequential art. I make them because it is what I was meant to do. Like most artists (even though most won’t admit it), I also love hearing what people think about my work, especially if it is constructive criticism. What you’re doing (calling my comic a “trainwreck”, saying that it’s “so bad”) is not constructive, it is destructive. It is also considered a behavior used by bullies and it is not cool. I doubt you would seriously say those things to me in person.
To put it in context, what you just did was walk by my table at a busy comic convention, spit on my portfolio, and then stare me in the eye.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t surprised by your comments at all. I hear that stuff ALL the time, but 99.9% of it is coming from my own brain. I am the biggest critic of my own work, hands down. Nothing you can say about my writing or drawing will even come close to what I’ve said about it to myself.
Now, if you are smart, you will not see this as a challenge for you to prove me wrong. This is not an invitation to post the most vile and hurtful things you can think to type. No, this is a challenge for you to cease your destructive and hateful comments, to stop bullying people, and to become a better person. It is a challenge to join with the rest of the human race who are capable of kindness and empathy.
Come and help us continue build a place where we are all comfortable to live in our own skin and where we can share our art without the fear of violent, uncompromising rejection from our peers.
Can you do that?
If you need any more convincing, please watch the following video: Why Internet Jerks Aren’t Going To Win, And You Can Help