Ohf'gawdsakes, two of 'em!
So I don't know you two, huh? You, on the other hand, know all about
me -- after all, as you said, you've heard Jack talk all day about the people on these boards. And if the sampling I got in yesterday's sojourn in The Gutters is any indication, that would include a certain amount of muttering about me -- as well as various members of my family who are not otherwise a part of this discussion.
But I think you underestimate how much we all
know of Jack. From your posts alone, we know he's capable of holding grudges for years, based on any little offense. (His only specific complaint about me, for example, beyond a lot of stuff with all the cognitive content of *#$%@@!!!,
is that I make an effort to make my posts sound literate and intelligent.)
We also know, from you, that he talks all day about us, despite the fact that he knows us about as well as -- well, as I know you, for example. The word for this sort of behavior is "obsessing". When people do it, the kindest
assumption is that they simply don't have anything more important or personally relevant to occupy their thoughts. A suggestion that he might be better off by finding more satisfying things to think about is not out of line.
Oh, but now you've explained -- tracking the little personality conflicts of these boards directly affects your livelihoods!
Like I said, ohf'gawdsakes, two of 'em!
Comics aren't a "momentary diversion" for me, either, by the way -- my involvement with the industry puts food on my family's table too. But I know what matters in my work, and Internet message boards, while not totally irrelevant (I've done business here) occupy a very small niche in it.
How 'bout I keep YOU far away instead?
That's a very kind offer. I suggest The Gutters as a 100% Markstein-free zone. There, you can even talk about me, as insultingly, irrelevantly, or downright stupidly as you like, without fear that I'll comment back.
After yesterday's little eye-opener, tho, I don't guarantee I won't listen in.
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