I’m a fairly easy person to get along with. Pleasant. Professional. Respectful. I chew with my mouth closed. I make others feels appreciated. I know a lot of yellers who, unfairly or not, get shit done. I, on the other hand, am not a yeller – yet get shit done all the same. Despite the preponderance of successful assholes, I firmly believe you don’t need to be one in order to succeed. And yet, one of the things successful assholes have going is that people rarely fuck with them. Oh sure, they are resented, even hated, bad-mouthed for sure, but it’s rare that people attempt to cross them because they know that if they do, things are gonna get ugly and stay ugly for a long, loooong time. Not so with the nice guy. Nice guys have an affability that is often misconstrued as weakness, a seemingly inexhaustible patience, an apparent green light to take advantage. There’s the erroneous assumption that they won’t push back at all the tiny encroachments, the “Hey, I didn’t check with you first but figured you wouldn’t minds”, because they prefer to avoid confrontation. And, while that may be true, here’s the thing. It’s a preference. And there is a point, a critical mass, beyond which the nice, pleasant, professional, respectful, individual gets fed up and does become confrontational. And I’m not talking a “Let’s sit down and air our grievances” pseudo-therapy session. I’m talking the suffer-no-fools, brook-no-bullshit, take-no-prisoners confrontation that strips the paint off the walls and makes you wish for the existence of a time machine so that you can go back and kill Hitler, play the winning lottery numbers but, most importantly, reconsider ever pissing off Mr. Nice Guy.
I’m a big fan of Comixology, your one stop shop for over 7500 digital comics. I love their wide range of titles, their bundle sales, their storehouse of classic stories and single issues otherwise inaccessible to those of modest means. What I DON’T like about Comixology is the fact that you cannot download your purchases. You can view them online, but you can’t store them on your laptop to, say, watch on an internet-less flight. On the other hand…
I just downloaded a bunch of graphic novels from Rebellion in the U.K. and look forward to working my way through some classic Judge Dredd on the 5 hour flight to Toronto (then back to Vancouver, then back to Toronto again). Any of you fans? Have some particular storylines you’d like to recommend?
P.S. I really enjoyed the Judge Dredd movie. No, not the crap version starring Sylvester Stallone. I’m talking about Dredd, the version starring Karl Urban.
P.P.S. Why hasn’t anyone developed a Judge Dredd t.v. series? Hmmmmm.