Andy Luke (andyluke) wrote,
Andy Luke

thing board, tescos, dave sim, mob rule, studies

Jimmy just got off the phone to say my innocuous study into measuring the gap uk comics exhibitors need to exceed breaking even at The Thing and other exhibitions has degraded into a keyboard bullying frenzy. The last (and first time) this happened to my name, at The Thing message boards, the thread was deleted by Pat Findlay.

(Of course I've saved this thread for posterity. I thought it was an example of defamatory business practice. Never underestimate the powers of the gossip columnist or investigative exposer on speed dial.)

Jimmy phoned to cheer me up, assuming I'd read the responses. I've spent the day reading up on Tesco's tax havens, connections with child labour, and shooting of rare sparrows. I've no intention of trying to conduct an academic data study at The Thing boards if theres mobbing going on. I don't need your image, had mine for a while now. And I don't need a case for depression.

I remember when Gary Groth lit the torches to chase Dave Sim over the hills. I don't remember reading Gary or Seth or Gail Simone or any of those folk asking four simple words that would easily refute Dave's claims. "Wheres your bibliography, Dave ?" The same could now be asked of those people.

ha ! Media analysis and understanding, neuroscience, sociology, as interpreted through the templates of Buffy and The Matrix. Thats what I'm studying in a week or two. Y'know for the 'fun' associated with comics, it hurts to find fuckers around. I've had discussions with cartoonists who have suffered issues of depression and self-harm. Intolerable negative feelings brought on by folks who they and I had thought of as friends. Some of these people read my work, and dislike it and enjoy it. To those people, fuck your mistakes. This should not happen again.

Its always good to chat to Jimmy.

Here mate, this cheered me up.

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And look out for The Onion on YouTube. I'm off to the pub for networking. (aka friendship, yes)

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