4.14 Back in The Saddle 17

May 14th, 2013, 12:01 am

User Comments:

Gibson Twist, May 13th, 2013, 7:39 pm

After looking at the comments from yesterday's page, I don't know what story some of you are reading, but it isn't this one. I guess some people get to the end of Fight Club and think of it as a cautionary tale about talking to strangers on airplanes.

Guest, May 14th, 2013, 12:03 am

I like the way you tell your stories, Mr. Twist.

Jason (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 12:14 am

You mean it's not?!
Heh heh, don't let it get to you Mr. Twist, the passion, positive or negative, is just a sign that your story has found root in the hearts of your readers. Your characters have sprung to life independent of your author's touch and now roam freely in the imaginings of your audience. These characters are two dimensional no longer, and the ink and pixels that once sustained them is now replaced by laughter and tears, they are real in a sense, and just like all the other real people, they find themselves subject to a wide variety of opinionated reactions from those they encounter. :)
You've created a magnum opus of the imagination, let nothing slow your tale!

Vicki (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 12:21 am

Wait, you mean I am not supposed to talk to strangers on planes?

DemonicMRX11, May 14th, 2013, 12:24 am

Finally, some Kara/Peter time! I can stop wondering about them in the next few days :D

Also @Gibson Twist: I noticed in the Archives that BitS doesn't have it's own link yet, but at the bottom of Driven Home it has BitS page 4 & 5. Sure you're already aware of that, just seemed sort of weird. Since I never really noticed, do you add to the Archive by chapter, or chunks here and there?

Xinea, May 14th, 2013, 12:27 am

I don't know if it's true but I feel like it's been a while since Kara and Peter had a conversation. It makes me feel a little calm.

jodie (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 1:51 am

just roll with it

i know i am

Ingrid (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 2:57 am

Mr. Twist, I can understand that you find it frustrating to see other people read an entirely different story than the one your writing. But I think you need to take into consideration the readers perception of the story - people read a story very differently from each other, not to mention the author of the story - based on their own personal experience and world views.

I'm a regular reader of another long-going webcomic, Questionable Content, and well do I remember the times when I felt really angry and offended by one of the characters, because her actions hit a little too close to home regarding what I'd experienced in real life. But that's my perception, not any others, and certainly not the writer's.

Unfortunately, I don't think there's much you can do about it except keep writing this wonderful story, and sit back to watch the fireworks. However, I really appreciate the occasional reminder for everyone to actually behave in the comment section.

Lleyn (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 8:04 am

@Gibson Twist: Actually, Mr. Twist, it's the fact that a lot of people think that everything has to do with them, their lives and how they see the world.

It's the old, painful truth that an artist wanting to exhibit a work to the world has to take the risk of people seizing the creation and running away with it in a direction s/he never intended.

It sucks, but rest assured that there are just as many out there who are quite willing to allow your tale to stand for itself.

JohnnyAppleseed (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 9:47 am

I agree with @Lleyn. This comic has taken me back to my own university days, with a mixture of both the good and the bad. To me, I can relate to a number of the characters from time to time, and I look at that as a well written and realistic story by a talented author. It's hard enough to find that with published authors, more so with with the web comics I've found. Keep up the great work.

Gibson Twist, May 14th, 2013, 11:26 am

@DemonicMRX11: No, that's a glitch. I'll fix it.

Zynkei, May 14th, 2013, 12:01 pm

I just got my book 1 in the mail today! Thanks so much for the awesome comic, Mr. Twist. I salute you! *salutes*

TCGC (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 12:37 pm

@Zynkei: I got mine in the mail too! :D I gave it to my mom for her to read first.

Zae Kane (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 5:44 pm

Mr. Twist
Some of us just read and don't comment but know this, I have enjoyed your work. Some parts I had to think about before deciding who was right and who was wrong. There was many rereads and some took me back to older chapters. Rick was an ass at some points but we were not looking at the whole picture. Good work and thank you for giving me something I needed to stop and think about.

Well then (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 6:21 pm

@Gibson Twist: Then looks like either you're not doing a good enough job to portray your story the way you want or I'm too dumb to get your point of view.

Or maybe a few panels of Rick not being a complete ass but still talking in a holier than thou tone isn't enough to change a reader's opinion.

I have enjoyed the story so far, but apparently I'm not allowed to dislike Rick it seems unless I want to see Twist shaking his head in disgust, shame. I do want to see how this plays out but I think as a reader I should be allowed to interpret a story however I damn well please without being ridiculed that I am on the "wrong" side, by the author no less.

Rick definitely reminds me of a guy I know. The guy who everyone agrees that if we all had to take a social interaction class in highschool he wouldn't have graduated.

Even from yesterday's comic he looks like he's trying to stir the pot like a kid tattling to his mother. "He must've found my number from snooping around in your things, he shouldn't have done that, you should freak out again Lauren, which is completely fine in my eyes though because to me you're perfect" Bah

Girls can gave guy friends, and others can also dislike a friend's friend too. It's not like I'm saying GIBSON TWIST I DEMAND YOU CHANGE THE STORY! I just happen to dislike certain characters and feel they are in the wrong. Is that a crime now?

Gibson Twist, May 14th, 2013, 6:47 pm

@Well then: You don't just dislike a certain character, though. I don't care who likes what characters, there is wide disagreement from the audience on who is likeable and who isn't, and has been since the start of the series. When people base a judgment of a character on "he reminds me of a guy I know" and refuse to believe the character isn't the guy you know, instead replacing dialogue with your own, let's face it, paranoiac words, maybe it's not the storyteller's fault.

Zynkei, May 14th, 2013, 7:18 pm

Settle down, Sea Biscuit.
@Well then: While I agree you're entitled to your own opinion, I think you're hurting your own argument by the phrasing and tone of your comment.

The first thing you should remember is no matter how good or bad of a job Gibson does it is, just as you said, HIS story. If he sees a character as being right or wrong then whether the readers like it or not in the over-arching plot he/she IS in the wrong, until the author/story shows us otherwise.

You say Rick is talking in a holier than thou tone but I personally feel like your comment sounds just as bad. Yes you are free to dislike a character (or hell, ALL the characters, if you choose). Yes, you can interpret the story how you wish, but you don't need to make yourself sound like an ass as well. And again, as this is Gibson's story what really matters is how HE interprets it.

I went back and read yesterday's comic again after reading your post and I didn't get the impression you got at all. It sounded to me like a passing comment to try and stem off the inevitable questions that readers were going to ask (or probably already did ask) about how Sam even knew how to contact Rick when he wanted nothing to do with him. It sounded more like "I dunno, he probably looked in your phone book. No big deal" to me. Once the comment was made, the conversation moved on. Neither of them really seemed to care.

Your choice of liking or disliking a character is your own and you're welcome to it. But the way you're saying it is just making yourself sound like a jackass.

DemonicMRX11, May 14th, 2013, 8:05 pm

@Gibson Twist: Take your time. Since I'm current, I really only use the archives when I wanna check out something someone else brought up the comments.

I know you're busy, and I'm grateful for what all your effort amounts to. But is there any update on adding a "Continue Where I Left Off" button to the homepage, maybe on the left with the other links?

Mergh 2.0 (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 8:38 pm

This has always been the case- you can form whatever opinions you want about the comic and the story, but god help you if you post a different view from that which Twist intended, or you get his derision and contempt just for holding a different view of the way the social scene does and should work. Lurking is the path to inner peace because posting is the path to being beaten over the head by so-called social progressiveness.

The whole point of art is there is no right answer- you take what you have been provided, say a song or a picture or a book, and it catalyzes your own thoughts. In this comic, though, there is always "Twist's message", aka the right answer, and anything else is summarily tried and executed as dysfunctional. If you think Lauren is being a bit of a bitch and that Rick has behaved like a self righteous asshole, and you want to post about it, prepare yourself because it won't end well.

reign (Guest), May 14th, 2013, 9:03 pm

Every interpretation is a Calif interpretation. If someone interprets fight club as a treatise against airplane friendlyness, well, I guess that's what spoke to them.

And Mr twist, I think if people weren't looking at characters and seeing people they knew on them, no one would be reading your comic because they'd be indifferentand bored. That's how we interact with media, as humans, we compare them to our own experiences.

Gibson Twist, May 14th, 2013, 11:59 pm

@reign: You think my comment was critical of readers seeing people they know in the characters? That's what you took away from it?

Kotire, May 15th, 2013, 12:59 am

@Gibson Twist:
Just dropping a line to Mr. Twist. You rock. Your story rocks. The characters you created rock. AND I can't wait till the next update. I'll be here. You know why? Because this is the BEST damned comic out here.
Oh and a BIG sarcastic "thank you" to the people who who ruined my day... Don't go trying to turn it around and say that it is not your fault, you little pot stirrers. You know what you did.

WOW! I did it. I blew off some steam without saying a single swear word.That is BITCHN'!! FUCK YEAH!

reign (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 2:50 am

@Gibson Twist: No I thought it was critical of people seeing "the wrong person they know" in it.

Blueguy (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 4:29 am

Like I said once before, the passion of rhetoric being thrown about in these comments is if nothing else a testament to the investment the readers have taken in this story.

Were I you Mr. Twist I would allow them to argue amongst themselves, art is to be interpreted after all, not dictated. But of course I'm not you and this is just my perspective. Same goes for you and all dissenters of Rick (whom I am admittedly not fond of yet, but I always give people the benefit of the doubt)

Ghostronik (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 6:32 am

This isn't the first time Gibson has thrown us a red herring as to what's really the underlying problem.. I posted on fb as well but don't let people rule your emotions or your passion. For every one person who pipes up in the comments that just have to read as far into the work as they can there are a hundred that read it, let it sink in, and think about it as it unfolds and the chapter has ended.

Frostwings, May 15th, 2013, 7:10 am

I quite enjoy the stories. Keep up the great work, it's a wonderful read.

Jeffko, May 15th, 2013, 8:33 am

@reign: I don't think Mr. Twist meant to criticize people associating a given real-life individual to one of his characters, but rather their inability to separate said perceptions from what's actually going on in the story and therefore injecting the behaviour/words of that real-life person into a fictional character's own behaviour.

For example, let's say I know a guy named Jack who became friendly with my girlfriend, always hung out with her when I wasn't around, and eventually ended up with her as she chose to end our relationship. Seeing Rick hang around Lauren so much might very well dredge up these feelings within me and colour my view of him, but seeing the story develop shows (so far) that he is content with being friends with Lauren and that she doesn't seem to want to leave Sam. Therefore, the story differs from my own life experience, despite some initial similarities. If I choose to ignore actual story development in favour of my own experience and project it onto the characters, I'm now telling "my story" instead of watching someone else's unfold.

/2 cents

Mierin (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 9:55 am

@Kotire: Honestly, I'm waiting to see if by this evening they all are posting about how angry they are that there's no new page today for them to complain over.

AmusementPark (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 10:28 am

@Jeffko: But that's just...idk, naive? You can't expect someone to take a work of art and not bring their own experiences to the table. It is a fact that if you are an orphan and grew up in foster care, it is more likely that a painting of a child with two dead parents will affect you than if you grew up with a comfortable family. I don't get people who act like your past doesn't affect your perception of the present. Twist is, from what I can tell from comments, essentially transcribing what is for normal people the average college band/relationship experience. That means a lot of people already went through what he is describing, and this comic is bringing back memories. Those memories will affect perception, whether he likes it or not. Art is a subjective form of self expression. We're not talking about a Biology textbook where facts are facts. I may view Rick as a totally cool guy and Sam as a raging jealous asshole here, or Rick as an impolite deuchebag and Sam as a perfect gentleman whose limits were broken by impolite people, and either view is accurate because I am interpreting events as I see fit. I don't see how Twist thinks he has the right to tell us how to view his characters. If we're not viewing them as he wishes us to, then either a) He didn't write the comic well enough to get his meaning across definitively or b) He wrote it well enough that even though he had the wrong intentions re his readers, he still did the right thing. Personally, i would prefer to pretend B.

Jeffko, May 15th, 2013, 11:21 am

@AmusementPark: I agree that any work of art will cause its viewers/readers to react, as that is one of the key points of it. I don't think Gibson has ever denied that.

However, I feel that what he is reacting to is some readers inability to let go of their preconceptions as the story changes. Reacting to something seen is one thing, expecting our preconceptions to become canon or expressing anger when those preconceptions are challenged (the sign of any good piece of art) is something else.

Claiming that Gibson didn't write his story well enough strikes me as odd. Well enough for whom, exactly? As you've said, each person brings his/her own life experience to the table. Therefore, how can one artist possibly hope to create something that everyone absorbs the same exact way?

Verily, Gibson is telling the story with a specific mindset. Also, it's clear that he has strong feelings on the subject matter. Expecting him to divorce himself completely from his attachment to his own creation and viewpoints is as absurd as telling you to not be affected by what you read. While it's easy to claim that any artist should just leave his work be considered free from his own views, I imagine that's gotta be hard as hell when he saw so many people getting the wrong message, and not just from his art, but also from other readers, whose opinions affected their own.

He chose to step up and clarify his message. Does this mean he didn't express it well enough in the first place? I don't think so. What I do think is that it's pretty easy for us readers to flip out about stuff happening in the story when we know more than all its characters combined. Would we react in exactly the same way if we only had the point of view of only one character to go on? It's easy to judge when we have a bird's eye view. Dude just wanted to chime in, is all.

Gibson Twist, May 15th, 2013, 11:31 am

@AmusementPark: It's not a question of bringing one's own experiences to the table, but allowing those experiences to override what's on the page, the inability to set aside first impressions, which is the third option many people seem unwilling to admit is a possibility. "He's a jerk because he reminds me of a guy I know who is a jerk" is not in any real sense a statement on the story or my proficiency as an author.

Tarabba, May 15th, 2013, 12:23 pm

Jeffko really nailed it on the head--it's one thing to think Rick is similar to someone you once knew, but guess what, Rick didn't do those awful things that one guy once did, so why hold grudges for something this character didn't do?

TCGC (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 12:49 pm

I don't intend to read all of these comments, but I've read enough to know that this idiotic shitstorm over Rick still isn't over. Yeah, I didn't like Rick for a number of reasons, but I'll admit that I completely misjudged him, and that I let some of the comments change how/what I've remembered. I'm still not a fan of Lauren, but I was never one to begin with.

Some of you people need to quit getting so offended because your interpretation isn't canon. Build a bridge and get the fuck over it.

Samuraipat (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 5:07 pm

The only one who knows the entire story arch is Gibson, essentially he is the only one who knows the whole truth. He is choosing to reveal it to us in small windows, and thus we only see what he chooses to show us. We will only know the truth of the matter until we get to the end of the story. Even then every person views things through the lens of their own perception, which is partially formed by their experiences. Thus no two people will view the same story or event exactly the same; leading to different outlooks and conclusions, even ones different from the "Truth" as it is known by the Author. I would like to point out that a web comic is a flat medium, just as writing a comment is a flat medium. There is no way to interpret inflection or tone from text, and to some extent that is true also of the dialogue of the web comic. Gibson can attempt to get his point across using dialogue balloon shapes and facial expressions, but it still can be misinterpreted or misunderstood. Perhaps it would help to cool some of the ardor in comments section if people were to comment on things that we don't know to be factual in a more subjective manner: Rick seems to be, Lauren allegedly, etc. or folks could just cowgender up and except that everything in the comments is subjective and opinions, and not get upset over it. Mr. Twist, to tie back into my earlier comment on the flat medium, and not being able to interpret tone or inflection, and not knowing you personally, some of your posts do seem to come off as the Artist slapping his beret on the table going "NO NO NO you imbeciles!!! That isn't what my painting means at all." and if that is how some people take your posts I can understand their misunderstanding.

Thank you

Skylan2021 (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 5:30 pm

Ruined for me
I dunno man, I think I'm done reading this comic since I can't help but read the comments. I always find myself drawn to Gibson's comments because I feel like he looks down on the readers (and lately there are more of them). Even if its not his intention. He comments about how people miss the point or are wrong about things when its not fair because as the author he knows more about this story than anyone, and has had way longer to think about it (and write it). So it feels like he just beats up his own audience with his comments. I also didn't care for how he feels the need to jump to "defend" either a character or a group because people are being "too negative". Some people are offensive here and sometimes they view things from extremes, but its like he cant count on members of his audience to be intelligent enough to argue the other side or to just know better. So he somehow gets himself involved and does it himself. Which as the author just isnt fair because his opinions carry much more weight here. We only know what he tells us and he berates people for not knowing enough. He will spend an entire day (or days) on the comment section arguing for a point, and then days later have his characters argue the very same point for him just because he couldn't wait for the heat to die down. This comic is supposed to be based on real people and events, and for all I know is Gibson's own life. Which could be why it feels from his comments like everything he does and says is a self-insertion into the story that really takes away from the experience. Or maybe its just because he gets way too personal about a story that he is fully in control of somehow. Regardless, he takes away the dramatic impact of the characters revelations by arguing these points himself in the comments section. Or for acting like people are mislead by identifying with characters on some level themselves. Even if the feelings were negative, its because the event was written in a way that really spoke to them to the point it brought about a response, but I hate acting like that's a bad thing. If he as an author isn't strong enough to just let the story unfold and have the characters tell it without getting distracted by the comments, then he should just take the section off. He gets so discouraged and distracted by it that its ridiculous, especially when by his own admission things are only gonna get more dramatic as things fall apart. If he cant handle it now, knowing the commenters are only a minority, its only gonna get worse for him too.

The reason I am not speaking to Gibson directly with this post, is because I'm speaking to my fellow audience members, who could be considered my peers. Not as some sort of passive aggressive attack. Its just an opinion I thought Id share with people who I'm in the same boat with before abandoning ship.

Kotire, May 15th, 2013, 5:53 pm


I am not, in any way qualified to speak on Mr. Twist's behalf. HOWEVER, as a FAN, I think it s safe to say, that if you have EVER read his comments, you would know that he holds his fans in the HIGHEST regard.

Tarabba, May 15th, 2013, 6:37 pm

Yeah. The comments section needs to go. If it's affecting Gibson as much as it is, so much that he doesn't even want to update, it needs to go. It's not helping anyone, and it's causing more and more drama--seriously, there's more drama on here than the actual comic itself.

ncd (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 7:43 pm

I agree with Kotire's earlier comment:

@Gibson Twist:
Just dropping a line to Mr. Twist. You rock. Your story rocks. The characters you created rock. AND I can't wait till the next update. I'll be here. You know why? Because this is the BEST damned comic out here.
Oh and a BIG sarcastic "thank you" to the people who who ruined my day... Don't go trying to turn it around and say that it is not your fault, you little pot stirrers. You know what you did.

Val (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 7:59 pm

Just gotta throw my lot in to make sure GT knows the loud negative minority do NOT speak for all of us who read quietly. I rarely comment but I have been checking constantly for todays update, terribly worried about the downward turn something so excellent has taken. Ditch the comments and leave the crazies to their own forums...but please don't think we all stopped holding you and your fantastic work in outrageously high esteem.

Well (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 11:32 pm

@Skylan2021: I wouldn't say I'm jumping ship but I guess as a reader who doesn't seem to interpret the story as the way Twist would like his audience I am in the group that is making him not want to update, which is unfortunate. Although I agree with many points you said I will say this:

@GibsonTwist: Like many who are speaking up now. I personally did not even look at the comments section until recently and began commenting on my dissatisfaction of how Lauren and Rick have been acting. Mind you to be clear I mean that in a "Oh man Darth Vader is so evil! Booo hiss!" kind of way and not a "Gibson Twist how dare you not listen to me change the story now!" way. Aren't stories supposed to have protagonists and antagonists? Can't some characters be annoying/disliked even if they are meant to be protagonists? It may not be your intention but making comments like "If you didn't like that you definitely won't like how this ends" to me is to me a bit on the rude side. I'd rather read it all to the end and decide for myself and even if in the end I dislike the story, that is my OWN problem and not anyone else's and I have no intention on criticizing Twist or anybody else over it. It's a story, you may like certain characters more than others. Get over it. To me honestly Twist you are showing very thin skin if mere words affect you so deeply, you should be stronger than this for your own sake in life in general. This negativity and criticism is child's play compared to the real world. You need to keep in mind even a negative reaction towards a character you may enjoy is a good thing, at least there IS a reaction. It means people CARE. If we didn't then it would all be met with indifference.

Good things I like about this comic:
1) The great story for pretty much 95% of what I have read so far which is the reason I kept reading after initially randomly stumbling upon this haven.
2) The characters matter they tell a great story, the drama!
3) The fact that now GT works feverishly to make an update every weekday, I don't know of too many webcomics that do that and keep it up on a consistent basis, definitely something to look forward to each workday
4) How Twist is able to to leave his audience with a cliffhanger on a regular basis is commendable for sure

I could go on and on...

1) I didn't like how Lauren and Rick reacted and treated Sam I feel they are in the wrong....thats pretty much it... and it's not even a big deal!

I do not expect or want Gibson to change anything from his original story that he planned out but what, now I'm one of the bad guys? I don't think thats fair at all. If a few negative comments will cause you to get so down to the point you don't want to do this anymore, then fine stop. I would probably consider just eliminating comments altogether if you can't 'take the heat' so to speak. To me you jumping in and commenting along with your readers who are negative in your mind only makes things worse for everyone involved.

To me you sound like an intelligent person and I see no reason to believe otherwise. Yet you seem to be unable to fathom someone reading the same thing as you and having a complete opposite interpretation that you do. It happens, and it's not a bad thing, and it is completely ignorant to have everyone reading totally see it from your view and fully agree with you, that is simply 100% unrealistic.

Let your readers vent, let your readers cheer when something good happens. Ignore the demands for change or readers leaving because you cannot control that, just like how you cannot control how WE feel. You know what you can control and it is simply the story you put up which is already plenty of power to begin with.

If you need a pick me up, yes you have fans. OBVIOUSLY. In fact even the so called haters are still fans, they most likely just disagree with how you interpret things compared to themselves. I seriously doubt anyone hates you as a person or your story...who honestly has the time to just randomly and consistently make hateful comments on a webcomic that they genuinely hate? Even if such people exist it has to be in the major minority.

I just hope you haven't strayed from your original story just so include Lauren and Rick as much as possibly out of spite. It would kinda suck for me but chances are I would still continue reading though, and no I do not intend to make hateful comments every step of the way.

Well then (Guest), May 15th, 2013, 11:59 pm

@Zynkei: Isn't that the whole point? We interpret the characters differently, and its PERFECTLY FINE. I have my opinion, you have yours and I respect your opinion. But it seems to Gibson however that it is NOT FINE.

If you feel I look like a jackass for stating my opinion thats fine as well, I don't consider myself as the voice of reason or pure class either. It's a good thing for both our sakes I'm not the one creating this story!

To me what has seemed to happen is Gibson doesn't like it when readers interpret things different and takes it extremely personal, and his many supporters (such as yourself)defend him to the death, the man can do no wrong! Then it goes back and forth with arguing. I'm trying to say that different views are not a bad thing and it's so natural that its ridiculous that anyone is surprised that this happens.

Honestly Gibson is eerily reminding me of Kevin Smith the Director, the guy who hates critics giving bad reviews to the point where he doesn't allow pre screenings of his films. The guy is so busy arguing and defending his work against each and every last person who did not give a complete positive review that you almost want to say geez dude chill out stop taking yourself and your work so seriously, you're doing this more to yourself than anyone else and its just making things worse.

If Gibson decides to really end things I doubt that was any commenter's intention but hey if the comment section has overshadowed the comic so much, then that's a damn shame.

Well then (Guest), May 16th, 2013, 12:08 am

@TCGC: If you changed your opinion, that's great, it doesn't mean others have to as well or else they are "wrong". This is what I meant about the author being too defensive and over commenting. There is now a Right and Wrong side, which should never be. Everybody should be allowed to interpret this story the way they want to. I can disagree with you, and you can disagree with me but neither of us should be wrong.

If you wanna talk about bridges tell Twist to get over all this in the comment section and move on, unless he wants to be the guy who didn't finish a webcomic because "I dunno man, there were some really negative comments out there" I personally think he's better than that.

be bop (Guest), May 16th, 2013, 8:11 am

I'm on the 'wrong side' of the argument personally, and yet remain a big fan.

I recommend the comic to others around me, but honestly I agree the comments might need to go.

I have opinions on certain characters and issues, but honestly Mr. Twist I feel if Im not in line with your thinking Im going to get labeled and mocked.

("Misogynistic, disgusting, vitriolic, hateful, politically misguided,") All terms applied to readers and their opinions in recent weeks.

Terrador (Guest), May 16th, 2013, 10:27 am

Right and Wrong
Hate is wrong. Peace is right. I know there are those who think it is okay to hate, especially those who aren't like you. A person can hold any belief they wish. It doesn't make it right. However, I choose not to hate them for being wrong. We are all wrong sometimes.

AtypicalGuest (Guest), May 16th, 2013, 11:14 am

Thank you, Well.
No, really. Thank you.

Your long post pretty much sums up how I've felt reading Gibson's comments. I love this comic to death and I will read this til the bittersweet end - but I agree with you that it sucks being told that how I feel about characters in the story is wrong. I'm not saying I'm right. I'm merely saying that I should be allowed to have an opinion that may not coincide with the larger portion of the audience, as well as the author.

Orange (Guest), May 16th, 2013, 1:41 pm

@Gibson Twist: Thank you. Thank you for taking a stand against those type of comments instead of ignoring them like the majority of web comic artists I know of. Thank you for thinking of your female readers. Thank you for having diversity in your comic.

Just.. thank you for being a decent person. I wish I could throw cookies at you.

sejtam (Guest), May 17th, 2013, 12:15 am

OIP Shirts?
When will One-Inch-Punch T-shirts be available again? I tried ordering and it was refunded after a short while with a msg 'not longer available'

Tubs (Guest), May 18th, 2013, 9:13 am

@Orange: I'm glad too! There were some seriously misogynistic comments being made in the past. I'm glad Twist has the guts to speak out against that kind of social injustice. When it comes to issues like that, it's not even about the comic anymore.

Amalgamate! (Guest), May 19th, 2013, 7:08 pm

Positive Message
I've never commented before (something I now feel terrible about) but I realised today that I have been reading this comic for years and given nothing back. So I just thought I should say that I think this story is wonderful.
I think it has the BEST artwork of any webcomic I've ever read. It has diverse, unique characters, each of whom have different mouths, noses, and face shapes, something I feel is sadly rare in most comics where women in particular tend to have the same stereotypically beautiful features.
I think it has a wonderful cast of individuals who feel like real people, who act like real people, and who misunderstand each other like real people.
I think it has an air of suspense and unease that has built masterfully throughout the story which is regularly countered with warm bouts of nostalgia and happiness from Peter.
Interesting stories, clever dialogue, well-contained and linked arcs.

In other words, awe inspiring.

Thank you so much for this wonderful piece of artwork. I am enjoying it immensely and I hope you are too.

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