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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 7/31/2003 8:06:00 PM  

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Well, Straczynski is *vastly* over-rated. Can't stand his stuff. Don't know
why anyone reads it. Total crap.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/1/2003 1:47:00 AM  

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>>Well, Straczynski is *vastly* over-rated. Can't stand his stuff. Don't
>know
>>why anyone reads it. Total crap.
>
>The strongest sonar in the world couldn't sound the depths of your
>sarcasm.

Oh, you sweet talker, you....

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/1/2003 1:51:00 AM  

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>>Well, Straczynski is *vastly* over-rated. Can't stand his stuff. Don't
>know
>>why anyone reads it. Total crap.
>
>This is the extent of your criticism? Do you have anything more intelligent
>to
>back up your opinion? Any examples?

Oh, lord, where does one *begin*? Hell, the first season of B5 was full of
ponderous foundation-laying that just went on and on and on until you wanted to
stick a fork in your own eye just to stop it...a thousand years ago this, a
thousand years ago that, blah blah blah end of the known universe and do you
fasten or zip?

And as for Spidey...I recently counted and he used the word "the" 427 times in
a single issue. 427?! What, he couldn't find any GOOD words to take up that
space? Is he being paid by the word or the thought?

I'm just appalled...appalled, I say.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/1/2003 1:48:00 PM  

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>> Well, Straczynski is *vastly* over-rated. Can't stand his stuff. Don't
>know
>> why anyone reads it. Total crap.
>>
>> jms
>>
>> (jmsatb5@aol.com)
>
>Totally agree, they should bring back Howard Mackie, or give the title to
>somone more talented, like Frank Tieri or Rob Liefeld : P
>

Well, we can dream, can't we...?

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/1/2003 1:50:00 PM  

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>If B5 were any damn good, it would have lasted longer than
>five seasons!

NOW YOU'RE TALKING!

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/1/2003 1:52:00 PM  

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>Oh, obviously you've never even seen the show! That first-season dialog was
>Shakespeare compared to the damn singing telepaths in season 5!
>Shakespeare!!!

Also over-rated. "To be or...not to be?" This is writing? I think he just
wrote himself into a corner. "To be or..." and he didn't have anything good to
put in there, having used it all up on "what light through yonder window
breaks" or somesuch, so all he could do was throw up his hands and say, "or NOT
to be."

WhatEVer.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/1/2003 1:54:00 PM  

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>The main problem I have with his work is that he can't do sarcasm very well.

Oh, sure, big talk, you with your fancy ways and your big city talk.

Ha! I say, and Ha! again.

Philistine.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/2/2003 2:09:00 AM  

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>Of course this doesn't even begin to measure up to the sadistic details of
>his
>personal life, the horrid experiments he conducts to crossbreed bats with
>monkeys.

And ever since busting out of the cage you've never *once* called to say
hello....

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/2/2003 10:01:00 PM  

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Though I can't take story ideas or suggestions, see below...suffice to say you
will get your wish in the 3 parter leading up to issue 500.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/3/2003 11:13:00 PM  

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>>> JMS, who I find boring and pretentious.
>>
>>Careful. He's so boring he's hanging around here.
>
>So does Erik Larsen, and I a) don't particularly care what either
>think of my opinions and b) doubt they think much of my opinions
>anyway.

Not at all. Not in the least respect. I did some checking around, got your
main handle of dusky@nucleus.com, and found your website at
http://www.geocities.com/mh_prime/ and your fan fiction, and whatever you may
think to the contrary, I feel you're *profoundly* qualified to talk about
boring and pretentious writing. Indeed, you may be one of our nation's
foremost experts in this area, so please don't underestimate yourself in the
future. (Some might venture that the handle, Pime Eternal, alone would qualify
you for such status, but I think they sell you short since at most it is
pretentious, *maybe* boring. I think we owe it to your expertise to use a much
higher standard.)

Suffice to say that if they ever offer degree plans in this area, I will be
happy to add my name as a sponsor should you decide to pursue a PhD.

Ever your pal,

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/4/2003 12:36:00 AM  

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>Please allow me to respectfully retract my earlier comment concerning sarcasm
>in the works
>and windings of one J.M. Straczynski, dear Sir.

You may sit down now.

And finish your broccoli.


jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Writer's you simply can't stand
      To: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe  
    Date: 8/6/2003 2:47:00 PM  

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>Well...that certainly showed me. I'm surprised you went to the bother
>to look me up, or to read my fan-fiction (fan-fiction I'm not
>particuarly fond of myself). In defense of my handle, it was chosen
>more to help promote my first website than as any reflection on
>myself.
>
>But I guess I'll have to retract my earlier e-mail...turns out that I
>*do* care about your opinion of me...because that reply really *hurt*.

Such things *do*, and that's one of the points I've always tried to bring home
to folks, which is to just remember that the people you're talking to and about
are people also, and you shouldn't say things to them that you're not prepared
to have someone say to you. I don't think anyone should ever have to curb
their opinion, but that's not the same thing as how you present it. We
sometimes forget that the people at the other end of the modem, or the indicia
page, are people also.

By contrast, if one *does* let fly, one gives up all rights to be offended by
the response. Do unto others, as the saying goes.

>I apologize for my earlier rudeness.
>

And I apologize for mine.

jms

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