(I win the internets.)
I am a terrible person. No, don’t argue with me; it’s true. I will take to Twitter on a regular basis and mock people who beg for RTs because it’s their birthday or because some relative survived skin tag-removal surgery. The worst are the people who asked to be RTed due to a tragedy e.g. “Hey @BigTimeCeleb, please RT in memory of the heroes who were killed in the blah, blah, blah…”
If you’ve done that, you’re a dick. Stop it.
Now, while I’ve never done that, I will say nice things about people I respect and I will use their Twitter names while doing it. They get their respective balls busted on the reg, they should see compliments, too.
I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith since I saw Clerks on VHS in Guantanamo Bay in 1995. I own all his stuff (even Jersey Girl) and am particularly a fan of his comic book work, specifically Batman: Cacophony and Batman: Widening Gyre. His podcast Fatman on Batman is an absolute must-listen for anyone who loves comics, even if you’re favorite character isn’t Batman.
On a road trip to Chicago, I was listening to a recent edition featuring my all-time favorite artist, Jim Lee. For me, Neal Adams and John Byrne and George Perez are the masters and Jim Lee makes them all look like slow children scribbling with broken crayons (NOTE: Not an insult to the three; just my opinion on the greatness of Lee). The back and forth between the two was brilliant. They were talking about the books I grew up on and I found my self numerous times nodding my head and smiling and even talking along with them.
I felt the need gush about the experience on Twitter. Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t hope a little bit that maybe one of the two would throw me a RT for my effort, but that wasn’t the genesis of the tweet. I simply wanted them to know how great I thought the episode was. Kevin Smith did me one better, as you can see by the pic.
Yeah. I’m a pretty big deal.
(And if you’re wondering, I’m Kurt Bali. Otherwise, this would be a weird post.)