Um… Hmmm… Oh my.
When Will Eisner was discharged from the Army in 1945, he returned to his creation - THE SPIRIT.
He pushed the comic towards it’s artistic peak and experimented with the form and content. An example is this cutaway of a house, where each scene in each room pushes the story to it’s climax at the ground floor.
THE SPIRIT #347 (Jan. 19, 1947)
"The School For Girls"
By Will Eisner
the reason male comic book fans work themselves into a frenzied rage over “fake geek girls" is because they think they can’t get a girlfriend because of their love for comic books (a.k.a nerdiness). if they accept that geek girls genuinely love comic books, then they’re left with the cold harsh reality that it’s not their nerdiness that makes them unattractive to women, but the fact that they are misogynistic condescending dickbags who need to be avoided AT ALL COSTS
In February of 2011 I was committed to a psychiatric hospital for suicidal ideation and severe depression. I have never been diagnosed with clinical depression nor have I ever had suicidal thoughts before or since. What got me to the hospital however, was at one point I was married, and then I wasn’t, and in the grossest understatement of my life - I did not handle it well. It was the culmination of ten months of unchecked sadness and despair that lead to a very close call with a chefs knife and a kitchen sink. To be clear, I didn’t want to die - I just wanted the seemingly endless - bottomless pit of pain to stop.
Spoiler Alert: I’m fine now. I’m alive and happy and well adjusted.
Back then however, there was only one person who was close enough to me who could have known what I was going through - and even he was clueless because I was an expert at hiding how bad my pain had gotten.
Why am I sharing all of this now? Because I would like to implore you to be kind to people. All people. Even the ones you do not like. You can’t possibly know the burden they are carrying - or the struggle they are pushing through. I am certainly not suggesting that you carry anybody’s baggage - that is not your responsibility - nor should it be. And I am not suggesting that you become buddies with people who have hurt or wronged you - because, you know, fuck those people. I am asking however, that you simply do not add to the weight they are carrying.
Also, if you are in pain and you see no way out. Talk to someone. Hell, contact me. I won’t have answers but I understand despair and I’m a damn good listener.