Somewhere in the future, I know I’ll probably be asked these questions… so I figured I might as well be prepared for it.
Why is there so much violence in Flash Renegade?
Why did you write this comic?
Is there any other way to tell this story, without offending people?
Why do you want to be so offensive?
Or maybe nobody will ask me any of these questions and I’m just thinking that somebody out there actually cares about what I write.
Oh well, you’re getting this post whether you like it or not.
I try not to discuss these things with family: sex, politics, and religion. Everyone has family members who are overbearing. However, some members can be extremely difficult to talk to, which is why I hate being in the same room with some of them. I seriously hate talking to them for long periods of time.
There’s a person in particular I especially hate talking to and whenever I say something, they always twists my words and think I mean the complete opposite of what I say. I will even tell them, “This is just an opinion. Try looking at it from this other perspective.” And they will go batshit crazy.
I would play dead if it meant I could avoid their bullshit propaganda again.
I kid you not.
I will not mention names nor describe who they are, but it’s getting to a point where I’d rather not talk to them or anyone like them. We try to talk about harmless trivial stuff like TV shows and celebrity news, etc. I try to avoid anything political or even news worthy, and yet they keep bringing it up.
They came over to visit on the holidays, (I know, long story short). However, I prefer staying away to work on other important tasks, like building my websites and posting up preview pages of the webcomic. Thank God, they never knew what I was doing or they’d be up in arms in anger. It’s that kind of behavior that drives me off the wall.
People like them are the reason why people like me exist. Writers exist to push boundaries. I write to push people’s buttons, because I hate playing it safe every damn time. I hate constantly thinking about who I’m going to offend. Why the fuck should I give a hoot about what someone else thinks? Someone who doesn’t know anything about me.
If you don’t like what I have to say, then fine. You can kindly fuck off. If you hate reading a novel, you have every right to put the book down and walk away. If you hate a TV series, you have every right to change the channel and watch something else. Nobody is forcing you do it. So why are so many people trying to force me and other writers to write something we don’t want to write?
I can’t stand people who find every little thing offensive to them. They chant, “Everyone is sexist! Everyone is racist!” To show you how annoying it can be, let me give you an example. You watch your favorite movie and they find it so offensive, they want you to turn it off. You’re reading your favorite book and they hate that book so much, because it offends them (NOT you) and they want you to stop reading it.
I write to get away from people like that. My writing can be a burden and many people will never understand what I’ve been through, but nobody really cares about how lonely being a writer is. Since I’m the only creative one in the family, it can be a little frustrating to live with people like that.
Now, sometimes we’ll agree on a few things, but many times we don’t. One of my biggest Pet Peeves is someone telling me how to think, how to act, and telling me what I can or cannot do. I don’t care if it’s a family member or a close friend. I write whatever the fuck I want to write and I don’t care how bloody violent and offensive it is.
Let’s just get to the point here. You tell me what to do and I’ll do the total opposite. I want Flash Renegade to be violent, because the real world is not a pretty place to live in. To tell a writer to avoid violence and have them write a children’s novel is fucking retarded.
I want to be offensive, because I’m sick and tired of the political correctness. I’m sick and tired of being judged for writing down my own thoughts. I just don’t fucking care anymore. I still have the fear of being rejected, like many writers do. However, I stopped caring about what people thought about me for a very long time.
Why is there so much violence in Flash Renegade? It’s supposed to reflect reality. Violence is everywhere.
Why did you write this comic? Because I felt like it and if you have a problem with that, then you can get lost.
Is there any other way to tell this story, without offending people? NOPE. There’s no way around it. It’s written for adults.
Why do you want to be so offensive? Because I’m sick of people telling me what to do and I should be able to write what I want. It isn’t really about being offensive. It’s just called Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech… FREEDOM.
P.S. I don’t care about the consequences of my actions and if it gets me killed, then so be it. I love being a writer and I love to write about things people are too afraid to even talk about in public for fear of losing their jobs, their lives, and reputation, etc.