Thursday, May 20, 2010

Whatever Happened to the Blog of Tomorrow?


Hiya folks! Sorry I left you all hanging there for a few weeks, but good ‘ol crappy, miserable “real life" has been doing a number on your friendly neighborhood Blogger-Man. I’m going to be out of a job at the end of May, so I’ve been polishing up the old resume and casting it about the job sites hoping to scare up a new job, but no dice so far. I’ve also been on the receiving end of some swell verbal abuse from my own father, who has disowned me for my (lefty-but-not-especially-radical) political views. He’s one of these delightful “Tea Party” fellows you’ve been hearing about, and he recently took it upon himself to scream at me and declare our relationship “forever changed” for not following in his right-wing footsteps! Imagine what he would have said if I’d gotten a word in edgewise! Not that I’ve ever tried to change his mind; all I’ve really wanted from him was for him to come over, be nice, and play with his grandson, but apparently, having a mind of my own is a bridge too far. If you think you’ve heard too much about the Tea Party, try being lectured about Libertarianism for over twenty years. BUT… problem solved! Because we're no longer talking.

ANYWAY, all of this turmoil has been pretty stressful and depressing, and not too conducive to writing wacky articles about “Matter-Eater Lad”. Happily, my real family – my wife and son- are here for me, and she told me to get back to my blog, so here I am.  I’m  not done with comics, by any means. I still read ‘em, and I still want to talk about ‘em, and I will be, SOON. I just hope you're still with me, gentle reader... it wouldn't be the same without you!

19 comments:

Jeff Hebert said...

Ugh, what a drag. I've been there myself, man, and it ain't easy being a moderate to liberal guy in a very conservative family. Good luck with it, hopefully your dad will come around and realize that politics is temporary, but family's forever.

On another note completely, I'm moving to Colorado (the Durango area) at the end of the month, so at least there'll be one more slightly liberal comics blogger up your way!

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RAB said...

Aw, man, that bites. I never experienced this for myself, so I can only imagine how difficult it must be to cope with. All I can say is, if you and your wife and son ever want to be adopted into the RAB family as honorary members, your application will be given a prompt review. You'd be an asset in any family's portfolio, I'm sure!

I must warn you, however, that we're all radical socialists.

Mego Thor said...

I blame Milk & Cheese. Ruin ever follows in their wake, and I apologize for requesting them. Sorry to hear about your job and family issues, Brian. At least you can take comfort in knowing that you can always turn to your Again with the Comics family! Even if I don't agree with your dirty pinko-commie political views, I won't judge you for them.

Arkonbey said...

Man, sorry about that.

My dad was a libertarian, but grew out of it.

Maybe some new comics will help?

Prakash S. said...

Long time reader, first time poster.

Best of luck on finding a new job, and I'm sure your dad will come around, if only for the grandkids.

Grebo said...

Aw man, Brian, you have my sympathy AND empathy. I love your blog, and miss new posts, but I totally understand what you're going through. Things can really suck sometimes, but things will get better eventually. Change is the only constant, as they say. Take care of yourself, bro -- we'll all be here with you when you feel like posting again.

Brian Hughes said...

Thanks guys (choke) you're the best!

The job situation will work itself out, and there's a LOT more history to the father situation than just politics - he is truly a piece of...work. BUT, family friends, and funnybooks will get us through the hard times right?

Case in point, I just found a new shiny object to obsess over! See the GIANT VALIDUS ACTION FIGURE that we will all soon crave in my latest post!

Cabin Campbell said...

I feel for you Brian, I've been unemployed since Feb. 2009! Your blog is one of my bright spots. and, isn't it funny how people that were silent about government spending for 8 horrible long years started getting mad about it AFTER we got a new president? By the way, if you ever get stuck on something to post, you can always use some of my fake comic book covers gratis at www.myspace.com/cabincampbell

Brian Hughes said...

15 months?! Ugh, and here I am moaning! Don't even pay no mind to my whiny ass.

I really dig those covers-I'm sure I can do somethin' with them, since you offered so kindly.

Joseph said...

This really hit home. I can identify with your holding to your wife and son as your "real" family while someone you've known your whole life seems like more of an enemy.

Hang in there, Brian, and thanks for your work on this great blog.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am middle-aged and have been grossly under-employed for about two years now. We have a "net" (at least for now) but it's certainly one of the hells on earth. And, yes, a lesser one is when a parent loses his marbles....

My sympathy for what it's worth, Brian.

nestornajwa said...

I check your page every day and you can really write. That's a surprisingly rare and marketable skill, even among people with advanced degrees. I spent 11 years working on Capitol Hill and I was forever teaching my legislative people how to put a sentence together. Our politics may differ, but I look forward to your posts and reviews.

I haven't spoken to my own family in more than 2 years and politics is one of the big reasons for the split. I'm a little too far to the right for dear old Dad, but not enough for some folks here in DC. Neither Right nor Left has a monopoly on mean spirits or small minds.

Perhaps you'd consider sending a resume to the Bennet campaign or another candidate. Someone with your writing skills would be a real asset and it could turn into something permanent, with federal healthcare and a pension if your guy wins. Working for a Senator or Congressman is nothing like being a bureaucrat (though the federal government is on a hiring binge too). It's challenging, exciting and fulfilling. On the downside, you might not have a lot of time to read comics.

Best of luck.

Brian Hughes said...

Yes, the current climate has a lot of people showing their true selves. I really don't CARE what side anyone is on, but some folks insist on forcing the issue. Sorry to hear that happened to you, too.

As far as political work, I'm actually an Electrical Engineer by trade, but I do a lot of technical writing. And AWtC of course. I made my career choice at 20, and I'm only now figuring out that I "can" write, so that's definitely an intriguing idea, should the engineering dry up.

demoncat said...

figured something in your private life was the reason you had not updated in a while Brian . and too bad about your dad doing that to you all over something like political views. at least your wife and kid are around to give you the support you deserve. and the job situation should improve for you do not give up .for one has to go through dark times to get the rewards .

thwap said...

Brian,

I think you're hilarious and a helluva guy.

Your inner qualities can never be taken away from you.

Anonymous said...

Two diametrically opposed messages: 1) patch things up with your father if at all possible (he's clearly forcing you to be the adult between the two of you on this one; but you only have one father, ever) and 2) stay true to your principles (don't let anyone crybaby you into taking a position you cannot live with just in order to please them).

I'm sorry it's come to this for you, btw. best of luck

Marvel Zuvembie said...

Hang in there, Brian!

I'm glad that you were able to post anything funny at all, given the circumstances. Fred Hembeck has written of the difficulty of trying to write funny material in "Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe" in the wake of his mother's death.

So, take your time. I'll still be checking for updates (on the real and the fantastical).

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. Sad to hear things are going lousy. You deserve awesomeness. Go Brian! To the top!