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Rome.

Postby Shishio on Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:31 pm

Do you/did you watch this show? If so, what do you think of it?
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Postby Spqrblues on Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:22 pm

Sorry it took me so long to reply--it's been a busy busy week (no comic update, either).

No, I haven't seen the series. It's on HBO, right?

It's also kind of a sore subject--it makes me cranky I don't get to work on something enormously cool like a television series or a film, but instead labour away in my cold dank attic on an obscure little webcomic, while rats steal my pens and the damp rises....

Something like that.
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Postby Shishio on Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:06 pm

spqrblues wrote:
No, I haven't seen the series. It's on HBO, right?


Yes. The show has concluded, (It lasted two seasons.) but I imagine reruns air on HBO. (I got the DVDs for the first season.)

spqrblues wrote:
It's also kind of a sore subject--it makes me cranky I don't get to work on something enormously cool like a television series or a film, but instead labour away in my cold dank attic on an obscure little webcomic, while rats steal my pens and the damp rises....


I was reading your latest post on LiveJournal today, and noticed this comment:

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I still haven't seen any of "Rome" at all (it's HBO, right?). I still kinda don't want to--the whole "this is what I wanted to do when I grew up" thing, and my tendency to feel massively oppressed by reminders of all my youthful plans and where my life has ended up instead and b*tch b*tch wh*ne wh*ne life-is-so-meaningless and then it's hard to draw because the crying smears the ink and irritates the cat.


I fail to see the logic of pitying yourself to this extent. If you're so fucking miserable, why don't you, oh I don't know, do something about it?
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Postby Spqrblues on Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:45 am

Shishio wrote:I fail to see the logic of pitying yourself to this extent. If you're so fucking miserable, why don't you, oh I don't know, do something about it?


When you hang out around me you'll learn that, 1) I speak in snark most of the time. 2) I'm part of that segment of the human race that finds that venting our feelings is a whole lot better than bottling them in and being all macho macho--venting is part of the personal and social process. So, yeah, there's the other part of the human race that responds with "fucking do something about it." But that's okay, because enough people are cool with how the process works. 3) Until you (that's the general "you," not you, Shishio, in specific) know what's going on in my life and what I have done and what prevents me from doing other things, you really can't say what I am and am not doing to make life more acceptable, y'know? What might be the underlying issues holding a person back? A family to support? Elderly relatives? Chronic illness requiring proximity to medical specialists? Too many cats? Alien implant chip?

If you do read through my lj and journal comic, you'll pick up on some of those underlying things (though I try not to talk about them too much), along with finding my distaste for cable miniseries in general. You'll also find the absolute joy I had in snarking on TNT's terrible "Caesar."

I'm not upset or angry, merely bemused by people's reactions to a periodic vent from someone whose circumstances they don't know. Frex, some people absolutely love my journal comic and keep asking why I don't continue with it, but I was also getting a lot of "stop showing that particular emotion" or "don't write about that other type of emotion" comments, which can be frustrating. I understand that the expression of rage, anger, depression, or plain ol' snark is uncomfortable for some readers to look at. It's the same impulse that makes someone tell a clinically depressed person to "get over it."

And it's also like people who watch Lewis Black's comedy and say, "Gee, he's so mad, can't he just lighten up?" 8-)
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