So, once upon a time I was selling a poster on eBay that I’d done for some bands that were favorites of mine in high school. And then both of the guys from both of those bands said some really ugly, irredeemable shit online while the auction was up. And so I took the auction down. At that point, the idea that someone would have my art for those bands proudly displayed on their wall made me unhappy to think about. And then, after I took the auction down, a few people wrote to me asking why, as they’d been following the auction or had bid on it, etc etc. And so I made a very brief statement clarifying why I took it down. I didn’t “@-reply” or tag anyone involved, I didn’t call for a boycott, I didn’t throw down any gauntlets. Just let my followers know what happened in as calm and magnanimous a way as I could think of.
And then one of my high school heroes called me a “creep” and an “insufferable twat” and referred to my poster as “asinine”. The asinine thing really seems like more of a vocabulary show-off than anything, as the word doesn’t really apply in any way to, you know, creating art to promote that dude’s band? But I’ll give him a pass since it’s basically the least stupid thing he’s said online in the past two days.
Anyhow. Just kinda felt like sharing that. I don’t really have a point here and I’m kinda too weirded out to really be, like, sad or angry or anything. So please don’t assume that. It’s just… you don’t not share something like this, right?
Fun side-story: One of those retweets and two of those favorites on Ben’s post came from that guy from last October who sent me straight-up one of the creepiest and stalkery-est series of emails I’ve gotten ever and his girlfriend. Haven’t heard from either of them in nearly a year until now. Huh.
I’d give my left arm to have Mitch do art for one of my musical endeavors. Well, maybe not my left arm. That would impede my guitar-playing (although probably not by much with the way I play). But I’d give… something. I didn’t think this through.
The point I’m making is that I’m a fan. In fact, I’m wearing his “Days of Punk Past” shirt as I type this. And he’s come off as a pretty nice dude online. Mitch just got slagged by one of his heroes (or former heroes), and that’s not cool.
But I’m not going to be negative about this. It would be easy to just cast more aspersions and turn one negative tweet into several.
Instead I’ll hope mitchclem reads this: Dude, now you’re somebody’s hero, too. Not in a creepy-crazy way, mind you. But from where I’m sitting, you seem to be on the way up. And that’s inspiring. You took your funnybook-makin’ skills and you’ve made something out of yourself.
People collect records just because you and Amanda did the art for them. I know. I’m one of ‘em. And I’m not alone.
People walk around wearing shirts you designed. I know. I’m one of ‘em. And I’m not alone.
And when Green Day did their secret show at Red 7, who did they call on for artwork? Do me a favor: Hold two thumbs up and say “this guy,” because that’s correct.
So whatever you’re feeling right now, be it “weirded out” or otherwise, it’ll pass. Don’t let that get to you. Don’t be rattled. You’ve accomplished a lot. Keep it coming. Stay positive. Keep being awesome.