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Non Sequitur

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Princeton, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Princeton Active Member

    I'm speaking of course of the brilliant satirical comic strip by Wiley Miller. However, the purpose of this thread is more of an expose` than a tribute. Wiley includes his e-mail address in every strip in case a fan would like to give feedback. So I decided to take advantage of this and ask for origin information of my favorite character, Danae. However, while compiling the e-mail, I could not remember her name. So, instead of interrupting my e-mail to double-check, I decided to wing it and referred to the character as 'Panae'. The next morning, I see that Wiley has replied to my e-mail and I am excited. This was the response in full: "The character's name is Danae, Brian. I guess you're not that much of a fan after all." (Well, actually he ended the note by calling me a name that I can't display on this forum, but if I were to divide it into two words, the initials would be A.H.). Admittedly, I'm not sure what my goal was in posting this, but I want my story to be heard and it's not particuarly something I wanted to blog about. Take from it what you will and I welcome your comments.
  2. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Ouch! That's not very nice for an artist to treat their fans in such a manner. I'd say you have every right to be irritated; nobody deserves to be insulted for making such a simple mistake.
  3. heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah that was my first thought too, lol.

    The guy probably gets a lot of weirdo mail (especially if he displays his email like that) so he's likely been burned before. And some artists are just very touchy about their work. Talent does not necessarily equal people skills, hehe.

    But yeah of course that was unnecessary because it could have easily just been a typo on your part.
  4. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Sounds like he's trying too much to be Mad Magazine type responsive, but it didn't come out quite right.
  5. heralde Well-Known Member

    I think DrTooth has a point, he could have just been trying to be funny. I've seen that kind of thing before. That sort of humor is very difficult to pull off but a lot of people try, lol.
  6. Princeton Active Member

    Yeah, but don't forget the name he called me at the end; by including that, all possibility of humor was removed.

    By the way, Heralde, I love your avatar! I grew up on that show!
  7. heralde Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah you could be absolutely right. Or Dr. Tooth could be right and he just executed a very poor attempt at humor. Annoyingly we may never know, heh. Still I try to give people the benefit of the doubt.

    Thanks! Yeah me too, I adored Adventures in Wonderland. I learned what an oxymoron was from that show, lol. And it holds up amazing well today. The Disney Channel put so much effort into it, it's breath taking. :)
  8. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Ugh...I was gonna try to lighten the mood with a joke, but seeing as my sense of humor tends to verge on the rude, sarcastic side, probably not appropriate.

    Anyway, I probably would have had the same reaction you did. it really is hard to tell what his intent was. You could always try replying with some kind of joke. It could kinda go one of two ways though.

    @heralde, I also loved that show growing up. Its been a while...Off to youtube!
  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The problem with e-mail and internet responses is you can't hear sarcasm or sincerity in someone's voice. If he wasn't trying to be funny, that's just ridiculously rude. But if he was... the A.H. comment just... not much of a joke unless he has a weirder sense of humor than his comics have.

    Anyway, it was kinda inappropriate no matter what.
  10. Princeton Active Member

    I wouldn't call Non Sequitur weird; maybe 'eccentric' (which is a distant cousin to weird).
  11. heralde Well-Known Member

    Remember how Tracy Ullman used to end her show by telling everyone to "Go home!" I knew someone who tried that joke at a public event and it just crashed and burned, lol.

    So yeah sometimes humor just doesn't translate.

    It's also still available on VHS from Amazon. I bought all three, lol.
  12. Princeton Active Member

    So after this incident, I felt like I needed proof that not all comic strip artists are jerks, so for the past three months, I've been corresponding via e-mail with Stephan Pastis (creator of Pearls Before Swine) and you will not find a nicer, friendlier guy in the world!

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