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Priorities, My Good Son

So there's this guy who's been sending me e-mails at random over the past year about SJ. Most are at least semi-comprehensible, but he is definitely something of a spaz.

That doesn't bug me; I was a spaz myself once upon a time and know what it's like. But what does bug me is that he keeps giving me grief whenever there's a break in SJ, as if I'm just sitting around deciding to withhold his SJ fix specifically to annoy him.

So today he sends me what he calls "hate mail" ranting about how he's done with webcomics, presumably because SJ is on break again while I deal with stuff right and left. (I haven't talked about it all here, but suffice to say I've been home one evening total since last week sometime.) He ended with a particularly rude-intentioned comment, although its execution sorta fell flat, and so for a few moments I tried to decide how to respond.

Choice 1: "Yeah, you're right. Webcomics totally suck, man. Although Freefall and Girl Genius aren't bad."

Choice 2: "Don't let the front door hit you on the backside."

Choice 3: "We're sorry, the number you have dialed is not in service. Please hang up and do not dial again."

I eventually decided to just not bother responding at all. But it was fun to think about.

-The Gneech


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Aug. 24th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
yeah I want double my money back
so lets see, double of 0 is 00.

(I need that as I do have a spare 7 laying around)

Some people.

On one hand that annoying , on the other hand that flattering as someone is THAT into it :).

Take what ever time you need. Heck I been trying to finish my art stuff for a while, now it getting down to crunch time my muse is waking me up at 6am with more ideas then I can POSSIBLE finish in time for con.
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
He hasn't found your LJ yet? Surprising...
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
I know exactly where you're coming from. In my profession you don't know how many times I end up doing the same kind of musing knowing that I can never say it on the outside. But it is so tempting at times to really want to say it to them. Just too many people who know exactly what needs to be done and want you to do it immediately. Yeah, now if I could only borrow their direct line to God...

*Looks skyward*
Oh am I ever going to pay for that.
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
"We apologize for the inconvenience, and will refund all fees paid for access to the Suburban Jungle webcomic. Thank you for your patronage."
Aug. 24th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* My impulse too.
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
This is my favorite of Gneech's stock responses. So much so that I decided to steal it recently when someone wrote me to tell me that everything Doemain after the point of the divorce was crap. Nice guy, eh?

I hope he enjoys his refund.
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
What?? WOW. What a jerk! :C
Aug. 24th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
::sighs:: I am just pleased that these people haven't succeeded in depriving the rest of us with their attitude.
Aug. 24th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Something to keep in mind, although it sounds like it could go either way, if he's as much of a spaz as you say he may actually think he's being funny. I'm sure we've all known a few people whose social interactions, even in person, just sort of fall flat, like they just don't understand how other human beings actually think or feel at all. In his own wierd way he may be trying to jolly you out of what he percieves as a slump, or whatever.

Likewise, though, he could be that far out in left field socially and simply not understand that he has no basis for complaint over something he gets for free.
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Eh, ignore them. If thats how they feel, then let them feel that way. Seriously, its not like stuff doesn't happen. I mean, it would be one thing if you were having to do the webcomic 5 days a week for a newspaper and being paid and stuff.

Hmm. Can you send him a bill for reading the comic? ;)

Aug. 24th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Be his Personal Web Comic Artist
Some folks seriously need to get a clue!

You could always try a technique a friend of mine out here used on a customer for his local repair station: He runs this repair center (for hot air balloons) as a side business to his normal day job. Said customer called him up to complain that my bud wasn't available on weekends and weekdays, every hour of the day so they could just drop by and throw broken equipment at him. Instead, they had to call to arrange for service, get estimates, etc.

My bud acknowledged that having to make arrangements to fit a repair into the schedule of other equipment already under repair, or to have to wait until the repair guy had landed his own balloon or have a vacation or deal with the chores of other work, was certainly an inconvienance. But they could fix that for the irked customer! He sent them an invoice for a cell phone for permanent "on-call" access point, and a estimated bill for 24/7 'retainer' so they would be able to reach their "personal" repair any time they wanted, and my bud could quit his other job just to wait on their call. Of course, they'd have priority over all other work already in the station, so they'd also be responsible for lost income when emergency repairs had to be sent to other stations so my bud could wait on this fellow first.

I didn't see the itemized list, but I know it ran into 6 figures.

Needless to say, the fellow wasn't amused, but he DID stop complaining about not having the repair station bow to his every beck and call. *grins*
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
Um...web comics creators are human too and last I looked, it doesn't pay the bills. You have a life outside of SJ and breaks in the comics routine are to be expected.

Personally I'd have gone with choice number 3 :D But I'm mean.
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
"Hi! I got your note, and wanted to let you know I read it and considered it carefully before I hit the delete button. Have a great day!"
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
as much as you would like to provide a retort...
such behavior does not warrant a response. Obviously this person does not have a life and craves attention. If you respond, he'll keep responding. If he doesn't get anywhere, he might escalate this but eventually, well, he's going to find something else to try and pick on.


Aug. 24th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Why not slide some remark that only he will get, telling him to bugger off, in your next strip? You could label him number 47 in an email and then Yin talks about how annoying 47 is for never leaving her alone... *Grins*

Have the best

Aug. 24th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
As fun as it sounds, it's probably a bad idea. The net result would be, "Wow! I got personalized attention!" *fires up the email program again!* Eeeeelllch.
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Good point, alas.

Have the best

Aug. 24th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Ahh, for pete's sake. Real life and paid work always gotta come first, and if people don't comprehend that, put them all in a big bucket and piss on them (phrase copyright sphelx, 2007)
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with MammaLlama. It proves to them that they're getting your attention, and before you know it they'll be on you like a monkey who loves backsides.

:D It's still very funny, if annoying.
Aug. 25th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Umm.. Girl Genius was a published paper comic that's been put on the web now that nobody's buying the paper version. As such, it doesn't properly count as a web comic. Would be like Marvel putting up the old X-Men comic books one page at a time and calling a web comic. Just doesn't work.

As for his attitude, I have one question: Just how much money HAVE you put in the tip jar this month? o.0

Aug. 25th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
Actually, they've been putting out new pages since they went on the web. At first the "Advanced Class" page was the new content that would originally have been issue 14 (IIRC) of the comic, and the '101' page started at page 1 of issue 1, both updating 3 days a week. In June, '101' caught up to the first pages presented new on the web, and they consolidated the archive.

And the reason for going to the web wasn't that the paper comic didn't sell, but that it never made them money. The profit has always been in the collected books, and the web has proved a far more economical way to drive sales of the books than the trouble and expense of printing comic books.

The more accurate analogy would be if Marvel stopped PRINTING the current X-Men comics and put them directly on the web. Except that reading X-Men one page a day would suck, while Girl Genius usually has something interesting happen on every page, even if there isn't a 'punch line' in the final panel.
Aug. 25th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Illegitimis non carborundum.

(Don't let the bastards wear you down.)
Aug. 27th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Choice 4: "Actually for everyone else it's updating daily, I just have the server set to redirect you and only you to a specially designed 'delayed' site."

/.-, VVolf
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