Tomo wrote:BabblingGorilla wrote:dp2 wrote:At risk of sounding cold or missing the point, I've lost plenty of people to things that weren't cancer, and that big cloud might as well say "LIFE" on it.
Yeah, you are missing the point. This is about CANCER. We (the collective we) are not stupid... death is an inevitability. Its at the end of everyone's timeline. But not everyone gets cancer and that is specifically what this comic is referencing. I apologize if I'm being rude but to try to dilute the message by bringing in the mundane is callous. Feel free to make your own comic and expound on every other obvious facet of life but leave this one alone to the people to whom cancer has insinuated itself.
Um.. what? Because people who die from cancer suffer so much more than people who die from other diseases? Because not everyone gets cancer, so other causes of death are 'mundane'? You're the one being callous here, and it certainly doesn't make me feel better that the colleague I just had die on me didn't have cancer, or that the fact I lost a friend in a car accident was an 'obvious facet of life'.
To everyone else who has lost a loved one, cancer or otherwise, my sympathies. But there is a strong current running through some posts in this thread that cancer is the worst thing that can happen to people, and I think some people would do well to remember that it's not the only cause of suffering out there.
That wasn't the point of people's criticism at all. The comic is about how PERSISTANT cancer it is. The fading lines tailing off the graph are deaths FROM CANCER. There aren't a lot of other things that would fit in the cloud at the bottom that follow the same pattern. If you're nearly run over by a bus, you aren't at risk of death 5 years later because the bus was never fully out of your system. It's not trivialising other forms of death. It's just saying that once you have cancer, you can never be sure whether you're going to live long enough to die a different way. I found if very effective and moving - more so from knowing it's based on personal experience.
Testify wrote:I am sorry your fiance or whatever has cancer, but seriously, grow up and make some decent comics before you alienate your fan-base and are forced to subsist off of the pity your cancer surviving wife manages to throw your way once in a while.
Did you seriously just tell somebody else to grow up, amidst that stupid rant? You only need to read this thread to realise that this comic is one of Randall's best received posts for a while.