Colin OOOD wrote:Damn straight I think Randall does XKCD for fun - it oozes out of nearly every panel. I'm willing to bet that the thought that his little comics provide him with a living gives him no small amount of joy.
I didn't mean that Randall doesn't enjoy doing xkcd
, but fact is, the comic became big. And honestly, many of the comics look to me like anything
but product of fun. In fact, many look like "oh, shit, I have 15 minutes to post a new comic, come on, let's do this".
Colin OOOD wrote:Does Mr. Munroe place himself on the same level as a person who likes singing because it's fun? I don't know but I suspect he does; from his comics and his writing he doesn't seem one to place himself on a pedestal. So why should we do so to him - or to any artist? Or to ourselves?
People put Randall on a pedestal because they need heroes. They need someone to embody the "nerd is cool" movement. Randall fits the bill, that's all. And I don't think that Randall puts himself on a pedestal, but he certainly put his comic on a very important place in his life. Proof of that is the "family cancer" thing: if xkcd
was just for fun, he would either stop doing it for a while altogether, or
he would carry on straight without much trouble (as a sort of therapy, I don't know). But no: he was unable to produce comics, but went to great lengths to keep the schedule, even recurring to those "five minute comics". Doing a comic apolosiging
to his fans for his family problems? Does that look like fun?
Colin OOOD wrote:...and have you seen some of the dog houses you can get these days? Some of them really are works of art!
Well, yes, but they won't kill hundreds and cause millions in damages if they collapse. Now, if Randall woke up one day and decided to simply stop doing xkcd completely, people here would go freaking nuts.
Colin OOOD wrote:
SirMustapha wrote:It's likely that he had the idea for this comic for quite some time, and the comic only came out so well because the idea matured over time. This time, he was pretty much obliged to wait before posting...
Would you care to reconsider this statement in the light of published information?
I don't think it really negates what I said. I didn't think Randall had this comic drawn
before Jobs died -- I only suggested he had the idea
for it some time ago, and only came to draw it last week. We have all been there: we have an idea on a flash someday, leave it on the back of our mind for some time, and when we come to put it in practice, it's a lot more mature and full-fledged. That's what I think that happened here. If I had suggested that Randall had this comic somewhere in his drawer, just waiting to be posted, that would have been way too cynical, even for me.
I'll definitely check out your music for sure. It's always great to cultivate politeness and civilised discussion in here, especially with those I disagree with the most.