As I was driving the Spawn to school this morning, she told me that she’s growing increasingly irritated with some of her usual internet haunts. She primarily visits fan art and fan fiction sites, several of which tie into her ongoing obsession with Homestuck — seriously, she digs this thing like my students dug Harry Potter.
However, she reports that several of her favorite writers and artists have either stepped away from their stories altogether or have engaged in severe digression in order to rant about the apocalyptic evil that is the Romney/Ryan ticket. Apparently, this is getting old fast, and the Spawn does not appreciate that these creative types have sold their birthrights for a pot of message. Or as she put it:
“I don’t care what these folks say about politics! Even if I agree with them, that’s not why I go there! I just want to see some clown-shipping [It’s a Homestuck thing — don’t ask.]!”
I told her that sometimes we have to put up with stuff like that, and that creators can use their talent however they wish, but she’s right. Particularly during times of political discord, there’s a need to walk away from all that, like Opus from Bloom County taking a dandelion break.
Sometimes you just want clown-shipping.