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First of all, let me just say that everyone who dumps on Joel is absolutely right. Regardless of my intentions for the character, which was to show him as an innocent creative type whose uneducated parents think he's doing something dangerous, I really have written him terribly over the last year and a half. There's so many details I should've added to make this story arc stronger.

So I apologize for pulling the whole "misunderstood artist" card on everyone. It was pompous and stupid of me to just assume that the people who don't like Joel just don't like young people in general - they had legitimate complaints, because Joel is coming across as an entitled dickbag, and I've just sucked at writing this character the way I intended him to be.

Much as I'd like to pull yet another reboot and start this series over yet again so I can finally get it right, I probably ought to stop agonizing over getting my stories to turn out flawless and spectacular the first time, every time. Fact of the matter is, I'm just not a very good writer. Especially when it comes to drama and depth of character. Much as I'd love to be Bill Watterson or Charles Schulz, I might as well accept that it's not gonna happen. Because every comic creator wants to be Bill Watterson or Charles Schulz, and obviously not all of them can be.

So, again, my sincere and deepest apologies for insulting any of you. I didn't mean to come off as entitled or snobbish - I just didn't want to face the very real possibility that I may not be good at what I want to do for a living. And if this still comes off as sounding grumbly and jerkish, then I apologize for that too, because all I ever wanted to do was entertain you guys. And when I fail so much at doing that, well, it really sort of bums me out.

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Jesse J. Barboza
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kingofswing617 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
Ok man I wanted to bring out my thoughts on the recent arc.

If there is on thing that you've made clear its that you really hate Baby Boomers. The adults in the strip are all assholes who do nothing but oppress yell at and verbally abuse our protagonist. There all just angry hateful bitter pricks. And its I dont understand. Like I get that you want to cast Joel and friends as creative free thinking youngsters fighting back against those who attempting to stifle and bully them.

But these characters are just so unpleasant, especially Tina she just gets worse with each appearance. She has no redeeming qualities, she never learns anything, she never shows any remorse, she does not get any comeuppance. She's just plain awful and is only worse. She feels too cartoonish in her close-mindedness to really seem like an actual person.  It honestly feels like she hates her son sometimes. Why is she so  horrible? 
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kingofswing617 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
So is the reaction to this grandma storyline what you were expecting?
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FireballDragon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
I really hope that after this arc, things'll start heading towards the old days of Forever 16 rather than Nineteen-Ninety-Something.

I'm having a hard time believing the current Mrs. Maxwell would be distraught over Justin Bieber trying to replace her son, as opposed to the one during that arc.

Right now, I genuinely believe she might accept Justin as her new son, and be glad that "trouble-making rock-playing devil-worshiping brat" of hers is finally out of her house.

Mr. Maxwell might be the same as always, but I just think Tina's character change is too radical of a departure as opposed to William's.

I really liked Forever 16, but I'm having a hard time getting used to Nineteen Ninety-Something.

I hope after this arc, Tina finally decides to listen to her son for ONCE and go back to the woman we saw in earlier versions, not the one we see now.
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TheJayster49 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This is berry important!
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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner 5 days ago
What's the deal with this week's story on your strip? Have you seen the comments there?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Of course I have. This week's story evolved a lot over the last few months - it was originally just going to be a goofy parody of an incident from July 1991 where Axl Rose blew up at the crowd at a Guns 'N Roses concert and stormed offstage in the middle of the set and the crowd rioted. My first draft, which I conceived back in January or so, was just Joel being grouchy over getting pulled away from his guitar playing for the day, and his snippy behavior sparks a family-wide food fight.

But then I stopped and thought about how many of my readers absolutely despise Joel, calling him unsympathetic and whiny, and I realized I really needed to fix that (my little emotional meltdown journal about it is still at the top of my page here). A lot of them also hate Tina, saying that she's too obnoxious and one-note. So I ended up totally overhauling the tone of this story, going for a far more serious angle that really delves into why Joel and his mom don't get along.

I implied that Tina is still trying to suck up to her own mother, and that her misguided approach to raising a creative thinker like Joel has saddled him with severe anxiety, which he tries his best to hide from everyone and deal with on his own. With Tina telling him that everything he does is bad, coupled with the bullying and other stresses he's had to deal with at school, Joel has started to believe deep down that he really is worthless and nobody wants him around. The point of this story became a.) exploring that, and b.) taking a step towards Joel overcoming it.
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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Off-Topic: What's next for Jocelyn and her folks? (Deadpan remark.)
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I don't have too many stories about Jocelyn's parents in the works right now, aside from a Sunday strip from March 1992 where she says she wants her future wedding to be like Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's (in the backyard, no frills, the groom wears pajamas) just to see their scandalized reaction. But I have some vague ideas in mind for how I can work them into future '90s events. When 1994 rolls around, I wanna do something spoofing that infamous Liebeck vs. McDonald's lawsuit about the coffee being too hot, and since Ronald's a lawyer, I know he'll be at the center of that.
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Edd-Madd Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Personally, I believe that the story is gettin' too dark.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
For what it's worth, this is the last really dark and serious story I have lined up for a while. I made a conscious effort to inject a little more levity into the next few months.
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