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Comic 31 - The Loner's Manifesto - part 7

24th Sep 2010, 12:59 PM
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24th Sep 2010, 12:59 PM
J2383
I feel SOOOO much better having finished the introduction.

The Loner Manifesto segment of the comic is going to return in December-ish for a very special Christmas story of pain and isolation. I would start it now and work it as a weekend strip leading up to December, but the story is largely still ongoing, though, by Christmas time the entire thing should have played out enough for me to start the comic. Stay tuned folks. Sketchbook drawing tomorrow morning, then we return to our normal comic.

Comments:

24th Sep 2010, 9:54 PM
Kilthan
Soooooo, I agree with the colorful words. "The Loner Always Hates Nothing More Than People". Carry on, my good man; carry on.
25th Sep 2010, 6:36 AM
J2383
Believe it or not, that wasn't completely intentional. I had "The loner always hates" highlighted before I realized that I had a pretty good opportunity with that. It was originally just for emphasis.
25th Sep 2010, 1:15 PM
Sunolet
So I read it, and I realized I fit the description, slightly weirded me out cause I never thought myself as such but interesting nonetheless
25th Sep 2010, 4:28 PM
Pig Norton
Your definition of "loner" is, I think, a passable description of my personality, but not perfect. Is my lack of conformity to your definition of loner itself consistent with being a loner? This is possibly the case, but the more I think about it the more I realize that it's an incredibly stupid question anyhow.
In any case, your webcomic is really good. Keep the awesome stuff coming!
26th Sep 2010, 2:56 AM
John Andre Butler
Apathy and other Small Victories by Paul Neilan
26th Sep 2010, 3:04 AM
John Andre Butler
It's not that I don't like the manifesto or commend you for stating your feelings about a subject that must have caused you some amount of emotional frustration, it's just the lack of an unbiased counter perspective that jumped to my mind first. People who need people are people too... I think. Either way I consider myself a loner by your definition as well, and I'm sure if there were other people around me, they would too. *rimshot*
26th Sep 2010, 5:18 AM
Aj
Aj
Fantastic work, I can relate.
26th Sep 2010, 12:04 PM
Eric
Though i've always considered myself a loner, i believe there is probably a little bit of the loner in all of us. Who is to say that the people in those social circles aren't playing at fake hobbies as well? in any case, i've had philosophical debates before, but it never occurred to me that they might actually be trying to convert me to something...
14th Nov 2010, 9:15 AM
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There's so much you got right in the Loner Manifesto. As much as i was enjoying the odd flavor of your work, it this series that made me subscribe.
17th Nov 2010, 7:15 PM
Tal
Tal
Oh Internet you bring me an endless stream of people who all believe that they are the special and different ones who don't fit in with the rest of society. They believe that they are better then all the "normal" people and are just unappreciated by the rest of society despite the fact that they are obviously morally superior to them... Except since tons of people believe this, it doesn't make any of them different, it makes them.... just like everyone else *gasp!* Seriously... people need to stop trying to label themselves as being the 'different' one. There would be less angst in the world. Everyone is a weirdo in their own head.
18th Nov 2010, 1:34 AM
J2383
Yes, Tal, we've heard it all before, "you are not a beautiful snowflake...you're the all singing all-dancing crap of the world."

Tell me this, why would you walk up to someone who obviously feels good about themselves and try to bring them down? Is it to make you feel better about yourself? No, I think the ultimate source of angst in the world is people who can't feel good about themselves; or perhaps people who go out of their way to make others feel bad.

So, yes, everyone is different. I'm fully aware that being different is a human experience shared by everyone. However, these social beliefs, if my preliminary studies are correct, are held by less than 5% of the population.
18th Nov 2010, 3:20 PM
Dieter
Notice that the "all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world" met this loner archetype: They "cook meals, haul trash, drive ambulances..."

Honestly? I just don't connect with people. Fark 'em. Half of what they say and do is charade anyway.


18th Nov 2010, 3:56 PM
J2383
@Dieter

I realize this now. I was more trying to point out that Tal was trying to bring down the overall mood of an already fairly depressing portion of the GoF

"No, I think the ultimate source of angst in the world is people who can't feel good about themselves"

I just realized that I said the source of angst in the world is people who are angsty.

What I'm trying to convey here is that you have no reason to put me down in that way, other than assuming that you are better than me.

Quite frankly Tal you should go outside, get some valium, drink a beer, fall in love, eat your favorite food just because you love it, watch a movie, or something that you enjoy; rather than trolling around on the internet looking for people to put down. Go do something that makes you feel good about who you are as a person.

Am I and/or the people described in this series the greatest, bestest, smartest, most wonderful-est people on the planet? Of course not. Are we morally superior to EVERYONE? Of course not. We're better and morally superior to SOME people, but not all.
11th Feb 2011, 8:03 AM
Kiba
very well done sir. As a loner ,i agree with your interperitation entirely.
25th Jul 2011, 10:15 AM
Ven
Ven
"We're better and morally superior to SOME people, but not all."

No, no no no. Nobody's better than anybody else. That's fucked up thinking.
I don't think you realised what you were saying there.
25th Jul 2011, 7:20 PM
J2383
That didn't come out quite right. Partially due to sarcasm being somewhat difficult to convey via font.
30th Sep 2011, 11:16 PM
Z
Z
Wow, this little series nearly made me cry, and I'm not sure why. Your comics make me feel things. Thanks, I think.
14th Jan 2012, 3:26 PM
Momo
So, I'm a loner after all^^ I always find it strange that people aren't able to connect out of their own little clique and that I am the only one who isn't really engaged in one, but has friends in every one^^ now I know why. thank you^^
15th Jun 2012, 5:28 AM
whitehound
I like this thing and recognise myself in most of it, but I'm dubious about the title. A loner is usually defined as somebody who strongly prefers to be on their own, to avoid company and work solo, which isn't what you're talking about.

What you're talking about I think is a non-conformist or free spirit, shading slightly towards the kind of mild Asperger's Syndrome which can be a gift rather than a disability. I can see why you called it being a loner because it means not being a herd animal, but that's not quite the same thing.

You could call it being a free-lance, which has a nice ring to it. Even its modern commercial meaning of a self-employed specialist kind-of fits the picture.