So, some of the sites I've been checking kind of semi-regularly--namely, Bleeding Cool and The Comics Reporter--brought to my attention this webcomic person named John Campbell who recently lost his/her freaking mind on Kickstarter. I ignored it for a while because I've never heard of him/her or his/her work "Pictures for Sad Children" before and I didn't figure it warranted any attention. But I kept seeing it here and there, so I decided to read it for myself and see what it's all about. And, uh... woah, dude. That was an unfiltered glimpse into a the mind of someone having a psychotic mental breakdown, for real. Just reading it, it felt like I could feel my own sanity slipping away. Seriously, it's been screwing with my head ever since I read it.
The Bleeding Cool article points out all the highlights (including the one where Campbell preemptively criticizes them for doing exactly that), so I won't do that here. I will copy the whole thing below, though, in case you're feeling brave and/or bored enough to give it a read. Also, I looked into this John Campbell person a little bit. I guess, since posting his anti-capitalist rant on his Kickstarter page, he's been slowly removing all remaining traces of his stuff from all over the Web (although there's still tons of it out there), so that's another reason I'm preserving it here. I also learned that he's done weird stuff like this before like when he faked depression and then didn't, or something like that, I dunno.... And a lot of people feel like this could be some LaBeouf-style maybe-a-performance-art-piece/maybe-him-completely-losing-his-mind thing.
And then I learned that this John Campbell person has been doing a lot of drugs and now identifies as a woman. I read a few of his/her webcomics and found they're not really for me. Too preachy & pathetic. That, combined with the relatively straight-forward explanations of his psychotic break being the result of gender identity disorder and drugs, caused me to lose interest pretty soon afterwards.
The one part of John Campbell's rant that really stuck with me was the explanation he gave:
I read Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” several dozen times in high school, please blame Herman Melville.
I don't know what that means, nor do I really care enough to look into it. But I did click on the link he/she provided, and that stuff there blew my mind. Slothism. Laziness as a virtue. Opting out of the current work-to-justify-your-existence system. The majority of the stuff in that article written by Sven Lutticken was way too complicated for me to wrap my mind around. There were a lotta big, foreign words, too, so that didn't help my short attention span stay tuned in. But I got the gist of it, and, woah. Pretty far-out ideas. I dig it. I've already justified procrastination thanks to comics, now, I might just be able to justify all of my other lazy habits, too!