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    • Some Dreadful News About the Halfpenny Dreadful Comic!omic

    • Posted by mikeknowles on 29 Mar 15
    • Reaction to the “Halfpenny Dreadful Comic” has merely reinforced my belief that for those of you out there with egos to massage a healthy dose of pessimism is the only sure protection against the shit life will inevitably throw at you. Always expect the worst and you’ll save yourself some gut wrenching disappointments. It’s more effective than any anti-depressant the pharmaceutical boys can come up with. Or any alcohol or illegal substances that provide us with an alternate reality in times of need. To some adulation acts like a pump – enough of it will refill a sagging ego and return it to the correct pressure. As for myself? I fear adulation no longer has any real effect on my ego. I’ve made whatever small reputation I’ve garnered and I’m too fucking old and crabby to want more. Some bad reviews, eh? I hear you ask. “So you’re trying to mask your inner disappointment with this bullshit!” Okay, I will confess to a slight twinge. But it soon passed. After all, life goes on and there are more important things to worry about. Out of the 220 people who have visited the website only four have commented. The reviews weren’t bad as muted. They found the comic “interesting.” The words that immediately spring to mind are, “Damned with faint praise!” One, however, found it boring and objected, amongst other things, to my use of the Comic Sans typeface! Talk about nitpicking! So I wrote in my reply the rhetorical question, “So you didn’t like it, then?” And, for good measure I used the Comic Sans typeface! I don’t think my sarcasm went down too well because they must have complained and my stuff has been removed. I’m devastated and I may never fully recover from the shock. However, there’s an upside. It teaches me to stay away from any websites featuring serious artists because they become easily upset. God, how I wish I was back on Interpals hunting trolls. One could really let fly against those fuckers! And get almost as good as one got. Anyway, it was my own fault. I wanted to create a different kind of comic based loosely on Terry Gilliam’s artwork on “Monty Python.” I didn’t really care whether people like it or not. I liked it. And, in the end, for a smug, self-satisfied, writer/artist, that’s all that mattered. LOL.
    • Theatrical Memories…

    • Posted by mikeknowles on 28 Mar 15
    • I’ve written and sold scripts for TV, radio and animation. But I’ve never written a stage play. So I was determined to plug this hole in my resume. And when I sent a copy of my ridiculous play, “The Steampunk Driven Sciencology Roadshow” to Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, the lack of response filled me with encouragement. That’s because I’m a confirmed pessimist. For me the glass is never half empty…it’s completely empty. Two months later they apologized for the delay and told me they were in the process of moving to a new theatre. As a result they may take even longer to read the bloody thing. So I calculate I may get the rejection in 2020. What the fuck was wrong with the old theatre? The Greeks and Romans had to make do with lumps of stone in the open air. Then I had this feeling that during the move the file I sent them would inevitably get lost. Sod’s Law states that if it’s important it’s bound to get lost. If it isn’t it’ll survive until the earth turns into a cold dead planet. The play is also out at three other theatres. But the truth is I really don’t care if it never gets put on. That’s because I’m not really a fan of the theater. I much prefer movies. I’ve only ever been to one play and that was back in Eastbourne in the mid 1960’s. And then it was only because I was taking a bunch of patients from a long stay ward at a psychiatric hospital for a Night at the Theatre. The play bored me until one of the patients, a paranoid schizophrenic, did a wobbly. Many years ago he’d had an altercation with a guy called Munn at a golf club. And it had stuck in his mind. I reckon even if this guy had scored a dozen holes in one in a 50 mph blizzard with zero visibility, this would have taken second place to his argument with Munn. So when he stood up, swinging an imaginary golf club and shouting, “Fuck you, Munn! I’ll fucking get you, Munn, you fucking bastard!” I realized the floor show was going to be far more interesting than the one those wankers on stage were doing. It was worthy of anything Joe Orton had come up with. As for my play? Although I’m ambivalent about the theatre, my search for perfection meant I rewrote the thing about a dozen times before I was satisfied with it. And even now I feel I could have done it better.
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    • Posted by Rootfireember on 28 Sep 14
    • Safety Dance is playing on the radio at the coffee shop, I just read about Flecky's passing and realized how long it's been since I've posted here. I haven't wholly been out of contact with WC(Thanks to twitter, G+, Facebook, Ello & the IRC) but I've been disconnected to some degree to lack of internet, the apartment, and getting my Service Dog in training, Jake. Now that things are settling down and I'm more myself I'm feeling more like being sociable (I blame Jake. The dog makes me get out into the world, and meet people who remind me that it isn't all bad).
    • Higher foreclosure and suicide rates linked

    • Posted by maquesilix on 1 Jul 14
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    • Explosion in Texas

    • Posted by Neila on 18 Apr 13
    • Yesterday night, as I was sitting down to eat dinner (about 8pm local time) my brother and I heard what we thought was thunder and he then went outside to make sure things were covered up so no tools or lawnmowers would get rained on. It wasn't until more than an hour later we saw on the news about what happened in West.

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    • Making an attempt to be active on forums again

    • Posted by Neila on 17 Apr 13
    • I disappeared for what, a year? Two? Been rooting around drawing comics and trying to make enough money to keep the bills paid. Haven't had a lot of time for foruming and networking outside of the Twitter and stuff.

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      Been sick recently, have a doctor's appointment tomorrow now that I have enough cash on hand to go. Time to get back to work to make up for the money I'm about to spend at the Dr's.