another 24 hours later and my fan club is STILL trashing me. amazing. why bother, you guys?
look, if you want to rant and rave about what a small dick i have or what an evil dick i am or whatever, PLEASE do it in a seperate thread. it's only fair.
by the way, a lot (a lot) of people privately approach me to give crits of their work. you might notice that this is the first attempt by me at a crit of any work posted here in over 1 1/2 years. now, you can see why i say no to those requests.
frankly, there is too much insecure ego (my fan club, for instance) here to be able to deal with critique. this site is a booster site, not a critical site.
after all this time (another 24 hours), my fan club can't stop trashing me. that's not really fair to this poster. it was supposed to be about it, not me. i suggest all you guys (and gals) who want to discuss me just start a threat in the other section and leave this comment space for the poster. that would be much more fair.
i'm glad i spotted the michael jackson thing. i wonder if you would have noticed it otherwise. perhaps that joke might have been played up a little larger somehow and then maybe the neil diamond joke wouldn't be so dominant? it seems that maybe the combination of those two pop culture jokes conspire to give more depth to the piece. somehow it becomes a deeper commentary on ourselves and the way we emulate pop icons to give us some sense of a life beyond death? i dunno. that's pushing it. but you know that both diamond and jackson and their perversity will survive their deaths. and THAT's both scary and funny.
wow! 24 hours later, my fan club is still here hacking away. the president himself even showed up to toss in a few potshots. good stuff, guys. i love you all.
so, after thinking this over, i think my initial critical remark might have been a little harsh (sorta like my usual fan club snipers), but i think it's still accurate. during the course of the discussion, i softened my initial reaction to this poster to recognize that it, indeed, was an excellent piece of advertsing parody (however simplistic) and extremely effective impact in public - it would win attention posted anywhere.
however, i still feel that it is a weak effort conceptually. it's full of tired old stuff. still works good, but it's not a great poster. it's about as inspired as drawing another picture of a monster driving a hot rod.
unitus had several points that i thought were pretty interesting. he talked about the band and how approriate he thought this poster was for that band. i suppose that means that this band is a buncha little inexperienced snide kids who don't like neil diamond, because that is what this poster says . now, i hate to think that is all this band is about. but, maybe it is. or, maybe it's a little more interesting conceptually than that and it hasn't been conveyed in this poster.
also, unitus sorta ruined his otherwise excellent contribution to the discussion by ending his remarks by calling me old. now, all that anybody remembers is that stupid smartass remark (instead of his great input). too bad.
so, in conclusion: good poster, not great.
fire away, fans. but let's try to talk about the poster rather than me for a while. it's much better for the discussion of this poster. it's not about me, honest. it's supposed to be about the poster.
it's how discussion works. point/counter point. i'm not shooting down, i'm sharing what i think. if i think i have a point, i make it. if you have a point , you make it. that's how it works.
if you think it's shooting down, then i think you need to think a little harder and try to see beyond your competive anger. this isn't a competition, i sincerely want to hear someone tell me why this is such a great poster without tripping on all of the points i've made. i would love to love this poster, because it looks good. but, when you think about it, it falls apart.
that's the whole point of the discussion. figuring it out.