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Monday, May 05, 2008

Amazing Things About Me -- Here's just a few of the things I have learned about myself by reading a comments thread at Comics Should Be Good:

1) I want to move in with James Kochalka.

2) I "assume a binary continuum" of "good" comics vs. "evil" comics.

3) I am "not a person but rather a highly advanced computer program that is able to effortlessly generate article after article of blowhardism."

4) I've "chosen a side, and [am] writing propaganda for the home team."

5) I "fulfill all the popular negative stereotypes of the 'professional critic.'"


1. I would not move in with James Kochalka until baby Oliver is out of diapers. I've changed enough diapers for one lifetime, thanks very much.

2. It's not so much good versus evil comics, as good versus evil comics "fans."

3. Since I actually am a highly advanced computer program that is able to effortlessly generate article after article of blowhardism, I can't really argue with #3.

4. I'm not sure, but I think this one means I am gay. Which would explain why I want to move in with James Kochalka, actually. God damn it, these people may be on to something.

5. Not so, I lost my ascot years ago and can't afford a new one.

Apropos of Nothing

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Blogger Dick Hyacinth said...

What's the deal with that Alan Coil guy, anyway? He's not a complete idiot, and yet he's written some of the dumbest comments I've read in the past year or so.

05 May, 2008 15:49  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

I don't know; in my early days I recall we got along okay as far as I recall. Somewhere along the line he seems to have decided he hates my guts, and I have no idea why at all.

05 May, 2008 15:59  
Blogger Dick Hyacinth said...

So he's like a known quantity on the internet? He first came to my attention as one of Harlan Ellison's honor guard during all that crap from last year, but I really took note of him when he accused all the critics of Heidi MacDonald's "Can Anyone Here Write a Story?" article of misogyny/sexism. And then he suggested that Tom Spurgeon had outlived his usefulness when he criticized Brian Hibbs' Bookscan analysis.

The unofficial motto of my home state of South Carolina is "Thank God for Mississippi." Alan Coil's ought to be "Thank God for Mark Engblom."

05 May, 2008 19:31  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

I mostly know him from the World Famous Comics message boards, where generally people are much nicer than he seems to have become.

06 May, 2008 03:18  
Blogger David Wynne said...

Ah, I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. I never would have evn read that article if you hadn't linked it- the blogger, MarkAndrew, is thick as mince but thinks he's an expert*. It's pretty clear reading what he says about your piece that he didn't read the whole thing (he even says as much!)... with analysis like that in the main post, the quality of the comments is hardly surprising.

*Seriously, if you have the time on your hands (as if, I know) have a look through the archives there, and you'll find a long history of articles that aim for highbrow critical analysis but betray a basic lack of knowledge and an inability to discern between the subjective and the objective...

06 May, 2008 03:59  

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