March 15, 2011 at 1:42 am
I am a 37 year old, Canadian guy who enjoys music like Radiohead, Three Days Grace, Pink Floyd, Steve Miller Band, etc. I have never heard a Justin Bieber song in my life. Well, I once heard 15 seconds of a song, but that's about it. I've never even heard a parody. I just know that I am light years away from his demographic and would not enjoy his music if I were to sit down and actually listen to it. But what if I were to listen to it a lot? Like, 30 days of Bieber playing non stop? I have decided to risk my sanity in the hopes of answering the question, "would a man far outside of the intended demographic learn to enjoy Justin Bieber's music after hearing it continuously for 30 days". Here are the rules... ~I will purchase all of Bieber's music (yes, purchase) and listen to it from the moment I wake up, to the moment I go to sleep from April 1st, to April 30th (I'll have to stop during showers). ~To spare my family, I will listen to it on headphones. ~I will play his four albums in order, repeatedly (My World, My World 2.0, My Worlds Acoustic, Never Say Never-The Remixes). I cannot skip any songs or listen to them on random. ~I will post a short video blog once per day during "The Month Of Bieber" and describe my reactions and feelings. I'll link to these videos from my twitter account. ~I will remain sober for all of April. ~I will keep an open mind and remain honest about my findings. If I actually start to enjoy his music, I will say so. If I start to go mad, I will probably start wearing a dead squirrel on my head and declare myself the king of Jello Island. ~I will not sample any of his music until April. No, this is not an April fools joke. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
March 8, 2011 at 6:17 am
New sneak peek "inside" the vote button. Check it out. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
March 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Patrick Rothuss' sequel to The Name Of The Wind has finally arrived! His new book, The Wise Man's Fear is available now and I recommend that you all either buy it at a store or save Patrick's life in "the nick of time" so he'll give you a free copy in a fit of panicked gratitude. You can also check out his website to get more info or to figure out how to send him gushy fan mail. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
February 23, 2011 at 7:08 am
People have been asking for a "wallpaper" version of the panel that (at least partially) shows fifty five of the two hundred seventeen alternate realities that are currently in the comic. While I'm not really happy with the idea of releasing it as a wallpaper due to the messy art style (remember, I drew those guys at a VERY tiny size so they look pretty messy when blown up) and I'm certainly not going to redraw it with even more detail, I can show you a blown up version that'll let you guys take a better look at it. You'll find that big version of the panel under the vote button. I also removed the glare from the window pane to keep everything clear for ya. Each of the two hundred seventeen alternate realities were numbered and written out years ago. Some of them have sketches, some of them have lengthy paragraphs detailing why they are what they are and a few of them even have character sheets. Many of them just have two to five sentences that briefly explain who they are. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
February 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(This blog post is in reference to my previous post. It contains subject matter that may be a trigger for individuals who've experienced extreme stress.) Since I wrote my blog post apologising for my hypnosis joke, I've had tons of emails pouring in. I've read a lot of them, but I still have many more to go. I'd guess that about 60% of the emails have been supportive. Many, many women (and some men) have taken the time to explain in a friendly, welcoming manner, what a rape survivor has to go through. I'd like to thank these people. Some of you took offense to my He-man/Goblinslayer questions, thinking that I was trying to make light of the whole thing or make fun of rape survivors. This is not at all true. I was genuinely curious about what someone like that might do in that situation. Here is an excerpt from one of the more enlightening emails... In your blog you asked why someone who could be triggered by a rape joke be okay with the comic.  It comes down to the fact that in the joke that was interpreted as a rape joke it could be very seriously interpreted as you making light of rape, there are a lot of rapists and rape apologists that do just that through jokes, but in your comic you treat it very seriously.  In the comic it's very obvious that you don't take rape as light subject matter and don't support rapists.  Someone who is triggered by mentions of rape might be in serious trouble at first mention of the rape, but when they calm down and come back to the comic and see you handling the subject seriously they will appreciate it and it might even help them.  It is probably also even more helpful that the character you have who is a victim of rape is still a very real person(in characterization) and isn't someone who just occupies the story to be a token victim or damsel in distress.  It is very nice for and appreciated by victims to see a character survive and continue on with their lives after something horrible has happened to them. These sorts of emails have been very helpful. The more that I can learn about the subject matter, the more I can avoid accidentally offending anyone again. However, I've also gotten more than a few nasty emails. I've been called a "rape apologist", a "supporter of rapists" and some other names. I've also been threatened by someone who claimed that someone else will one day "find" me (at least I think it was a threat, that email wasn't very clear). Some people took offense to my referencing my own values, such as a right to uncensored comedy. Some took offense to the fact that my apology contains a personal request for respect. Let me be clear that although I value my own rights, that blog post was about others that I may have hurt with my joke and I was not placing my own values above the pain that rape survivors go through. I do not want to laugh at anyone going through pain. The tweet was a failed attempt to laugh at myself in an exaggerated manner and NOT an attempt at to laugh at rape victims. If someone online thinks my comic sucks or thinks that I'm annoying/unfunny during my live feed, I can easily deal with that. It comes with working on the internet and after almost six years, I've gotten pretty thick skin. But this... this being lumped into the same category as someone who laughs at something as painful and horrific as rape... this is different. I'm not that kind of man. Please stop telling me that you see me as such. As I mentioned, many of the emails have been supportive and I'm very thankful to all of you. To the people who are angry at me, let me reiterate that I regret making that joke. Not just because it's caused me to go through what I'm going through now, but because I have clearly hurt some people and that's never something that I want to do. I also want to point out that the majority of rape survivors who have contacted me have been very helpful and communicative in a constructive way. So please don't let this blog post paint a picture of rape survivors as a bunch of monsters. I believe that the truly insulting (and the one threatening) emails were just sent by people who've let their emotions cause them to see me as someone that I'm not. Finally, please do not take this as an invitation to debate. I ask that you do not argue these points in the forum or email me about how I've further offended you or how offended you are that others are angry at me. You can either label me as a villain or accept my apology. Either way, let's all move on and get back to our geeky comics. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
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