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Alec Benson Leary Phone Call 8
Alec Benson Leary Phone Call 8 is the eighth and the second to last of the available phone conversations between Chris and Alec Benson Leary, the creator of Asperchu. It took place on 18 February 2010.
Alec calls Chris, at the latter's request, to discuss the inclusion of Sonichu Revolution in the CWCipedia ad space. Chris, naturally, wants the pages taken down, but Alec explains the many ways in which Chris reneged on their earlier agreement concerning the removal of Asperpedia's ads. From there, the conversation spirals out into a lengthy discussion of Chris's laziness, hypocrisy, bigotry, and dishonesty, until stress finally overwhelms him and he refuses to continue.
Some of Chris's strangest psychological issues find prominent display here. For instance, his difficulty accepting the fact that his fictional characters are exactly that - fictional - leads to a bizarre passage where Alec is able to swamp him with guilt regarding the death of Simonla Rosechu. It takes several minutes for Chris to come up with a partial admission that his characters don't actually have a life of their own. Chris's repetition of the idiom "killing people left and right" suggests a very minor CWC-ism. Chris likes idioms.
Chris's fear of homosexuals seems to remain in effect, despite his recent claims of a change of heart on the subject. While at one point Chris says he now "sees them in a more positive light," he apparently still wants to see all the homos vaccinated and turned into decent, honest straight people. Chris claims that this will save them from going to hell, but he's unable to cite any scriptural or other basis for this belief. Alec points out that Chris is unfairly stereotyping homosexuals in the same way other people might stereotype autistics, a point that was likely lost on Chris two or three minutes after Alec made it.
On more everyday topics, Chris claims to be spending some time lately cleaning up his family's disaster area of a house, although there's as yet no corroborating evidence to confirm this. Of course, he describes simple household maintenance tasks in tones most people usually reserve for the torments of the damned. He also claims to have some 30 pages of his comic in the works for publication on his birthday, February 24, but can't come up with a decent explanation for why he wouldn't upload at least some of those pages sooner and maintain a more regular update schedule. (In the end, he managed to upload only 20 of the promised pages, and they arrived a day late.) When Alec tells Chris that he has seen his house, Chris begins button mashing his phone to death in an attempt to disconnect from the call.
Eventually, just as in their previous phone call, Alec's comments become ever-so-slightly pointed, which is enough to drive Chris into a full-speed retreat. He manages to muster a polite goodbye instead of simply hanging up, but he is clearly in no mood to face any more harsh reality.
| Alec Benson Leary Phone Call 8|
|Stardate||18 February 2010|
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Alec Benson Leary Phone Call 9
Alec: Hey Chris, it's Alec.
Chris: Hi Alec.
Alec: So uh, [Chris attempts to talk over Alec, but Alec wins] I got your e-mail, uh, looks like you want to talk. What's, uh, what's up?
Chris: Okay, well, uh, just to let you know that I'm uh, that I'm in the middle of dinner right now so we'll have to make this short. But, ahh, yeah, I am a bit, uh, concerned that you have continued with the, ahh, oversized ads on the CWCipedia... I mean those- the smaller banner ads- that was that was okay. I would have accepted that- I would have accepted that on a daily basis. But, no, you had to add- you had to go and... [Alec begins to talk over Chris]
Chris: a whole-
Chris: to the big-
Chris: to the big-
Alec: You asked me to call you... *right* at 9:30 and when I do, you're eating dinner?
[Alec sounds understandably annoyed.]
Chris: Well, I wasn't sure, because I'm...
Alec: What are you eating?
Chris: I'm having some chicken.
Alec: I- ugh. Chris, if you're going to ask someone to go out of their way for you for something you should probably... actually allow them to do so and not act like you are inconvenienced when they do. That's just a suggestion. But I-
Chris: Okay, well, I'm sorry.
Alec: But I- well... I-I-I think [Chris attempts to talk over Alec for this whole sentence] maybe, if you actually want to have a serious discussion- that's why I called... but... maybe let the chicken wait until we're done with our call, how about that?Cuz' I don't like calling you only to hear that you have something else to do even though this is the exact time you told me to call.
Chris: Mm. Yeah. Yeah. I understand. I'm sorry.
Alec: So. So. So, why don't we have our talk, and maybe the chicken will get cold, but you can microwave it when we're done.
Chris: Yeah. So we had the understanding that we were not going to go back to the oversize ads again.
Alec: Oh. Okay, well, I can explain that. Do you remember how I told you that if you met my requirements exactly, I would remove the ads, but if you failed to meet my requirements, the ads would get worse? Do you remember when I said that to you?
Chris: [pause] Yes...I...that...
Alec: So you failed to meet my requirements. You did meet Evan's requirements, apparently. Evan is happy with you, and I'm proud of you for doing that, because Evan is, he's satisfied that you killed Simonla. However, I am not Evan, and I had different requirements than Evan.
Chris: Okay, okay, well, why are you not satisfied?
Alec: Mm. Well, there's a few reasons. First and foremost, you did not state all of the things that I told you to in your apology video. Like how Sonichu cannot make money in its current form and is a doomed franchise and you will need to start over with something original. You made no mention of that. Already. Next, your last apology video was... Well, "insincere" is kind of too lenient, if I called it that. It was just, it was just insulting. I mean, you obviously felt absolutely no remorse whatsoever. Even though you swore up and down to me when I talked to you that you did. But I'm pretty sure you just wanted to finish the phone call, and you thought that you could just read things off a list and that would please me. Oh, and then you hung up on me, I think like five or six times.
Chris: And I did, the last one I did apologize for that in the e-mail I sent you.
Alec: Um, but you hung up on me multiple times. Chris, I think that you believe, I think you believe that if you do something wrong and then you offer a superficial apology, you believe that gives you license to just do it all over again. You know, that's not what apology is about, right?
Chris: That is not what apologies are about.
Alec: Okay. And the reason you hung up on me is because you were trying to avoid me. You were trying to just brush me off.
Chris: Okay, well, I will admit that, the last one, and I apologize for that.
Alec: Okay. So, if you want that apology to mean anything, then in the future, including this call, and if we talk again, you are actually going to have to stick to that word and not ever again attempt to brush me off.
Alec: That make sense? Now. Let's talk about those ads for a bit. If you notice, they really aren't ads for Asperpedia anymore. What I started, I started a new comic, called Sonichu Revolution. And that's actually what I'm using the adspace for. And what Sonichu Revolution is, it's actually, it's like a reboot of Sonichu, see, since you aren't uploading pages I thought I would do a nice thing for your fans and use my ad space to keep your fans happy.
Chris: [has been trying to interrupt] Well, no, I am, I am doing the pages now. Listen, your comic pages, they should, they should stay on your website, your website alone. I do not want your pages on my website that only shows my pages.
Alec: Oh, it's kinda too bad that I bought ad space on your website, when I gave you multiple opportunities to get out of me having web space, er, ad space on your website. You didn't take them. I can do what I want with my ad space.
Alec: How many times did I, was I gracious enough to give you an extremely easy way out of all of this?
Chris: Hmm. Well, not sure. Define, define "easy."
Alec: Okay. Um, by "easy" I mean, how many times did I lay out a very clear, very specific set of requirements that I had of you, and where I promised that if you followed those requirements, exactly, then I would remove all my ads and I would do my best to stop Evan from, you know, attempting to sue you. Evan's, you know, in the past, he's happy now, but my ads are still an issue. And you know, I asked you to be sincere about the apology, which you never were.
Chris: Yes. Okay, well, just to let you know, okay, well, I understand for, yes, uh, you did offer me with, you did tell me very descriptively, very detailed-ly, what you wanted, a number of times. I'm gonna est-, I'm gonna give, I'm gonna estimate like about five to 10 times at this point. Because we have not talked over the phone that much. For maybe 20, or 20 max, I'm gonna say, I'm gonna say, I'm gonna go with that.
Alec: Yeah, we've talked... Well, it's not quite that high. I think three or four times I specifically laid everything out for you.
Chris: Okay, well, it's, well, okay, at this point, yeah. An overbid is a good estimate.
Alec: Hm. Alright, I'll give you that one. So yeah, multiple times I gave you opportunities to, you know, to handle the situation and to come out scot-free. And, if I remember correctly, I did talk about how you are the luckiest person in the world, to have competition like me, who would be so generous and go out of his way to help his competition. I mean, a lot of other companies would have just blown you out of the water and not thought twice about it. But, you know, I like Sonichu, or I used to like it, back when you actually updated it, and I know that it does have some fans still and I wanted to see it continue. Because I don't want to just take over everything. I don't want to be the only artist out there.
Alec: That's not fun. You kind of want to be the only artist in existence, I don't know why you want that. Why do you want that, anyway? Why do you not want other artists to exist?
Chris: Um, I never said, I never said that I did not want other artists to...
Alec: Well, you said it with your actions, if not with words directly.
Chris: Okay, okay, well, maybe...
Alec: I think we talked about that one time. Actions are louder than words, you know?
Chris: Yeah, okay, well, perhaps my actions were misunderstood in this case...
Alec: Ooh, not misunderstood in the least! Oh, no, your actions are very clear. You slandered and smeared me as much as you possibly could. You put all of your effort into trashing me rather than building up your own comic. There's... If you can convince me there's some way to misunderstand that, then you know, by all means try, but as far as I could see that was a pretty clear message. It's hard to misunderstand that, it's hard to misunderstand, you know, you repeatedly hanging up on me.
Barbara: [Distant background] Who are you on the phone with? [She continues to occasionally make background noise]
Chris: I know, I...
Alec: You've been out of commission for like three weeks, you haven't done shit for your fans. When are you going to come back with your comic?
Chris: I, I am, I, I still, I am, I have been working on my comic, for your information. I am up to pages in book number 11 where I have drawn that far, and I'm about halfway colored through all those pages which I drew up.
Alec: How many pages is that?
Chris: That's over 30 now.
Alec: Over 30. Really. How many days since you started that particular 30 pages.
Alec: Has it been, like, what, two weeks? 15 days, around there?
Chris: Around there.
Alec: Okay, uh... I'm not really sure if asking this is going to be useful, but why would you partially complete 30 pages instead of, say, completing and uploading 20 pages? Or 25?
Chris: That would hap-, that would happen to make up for lost time on on my birthday, which is this coming, which is the next Wednesday.
Alec: I'm sorry, what about your birthday? What are you going to do with it?
Chris: I'm going to upload all those, all those, all those pages, all the main pages in a bundle, in a bunch, on my birthday, which is next Wednesday.
Alec: Okay, well, until then I think I'll just keep uploading Sonichu Revolution, because I want to please your fans, even if you don't. Chris, why, why would you...
Chris: I gave my new, I put up a new page yesterday as well. The last page I had...
Alec: So that... That, yep, I saw that, actually, that one page, plus I think you had two pages where you killed Simonla, so that's three pages total in like three weeks.
Chris: Yeah, well, anyways...
Alec: I do two pages a day. That means I've uploaded, in the past 15 days I've uploaded 30 pages of my own. And it's... When's your birthday, like eight days from now? So I'll have another 16 pages up, so that's 46 pages...
Chris: Well, you are, you are mistaken, we're not talking about, we're not talking about eight days, my birthday is on the 24th. Of February.
Alec: Oh. My mistake. So six days. Well, I'll have 12 new pages by then. In addition to the 30 I've already uploaded.
Alec: I'm sorry, I didn't know when your birthday was.
Chris: Well, it's specifically stated on the, on my bio page on the CWCipedia, and in a couple other places. The 24th of February. 1982.
Alec: Hey, Chris. Chris. When is my birthday?
Chris: I don't know, I do not study your bio, I did not study your bio page...
Alec: Well, Chris, Chris, it's on my bio page on the Asperpedia. Why wouldn't you know it?
Chris: Well, I did not make an effort to study you, because...
Alec: I mean, if I'm supposed to know your page, don't you know mine? Chris, I'm kinda hurt.
Chris: Okay, well, I apologize for that, and after we're done here I'll go to your bio page and learn, and learn with my mind when your birthday is.
Alec: Nah, you don't have to do that, don't worry about it. I'd rather you work on pages than go look up info about me. Because, you know, I actually don't know your birthday because I've been working on my pages rather than, you know, looking up your bio. Um, yeah, so, I do really have to recommend that you, um, begin uploading those 30 pages immediately. Like as soon as we're done with the call or whatever. It, just, get to work on it. Stay up all night if you have to. Get those pages up. Because, here's the thing about the way fans work. If you leave your fans in the dark for a week or two weeks or a month or however long, it really doesn't matter if you're partially completing something. Because if you don't put out any product, then your fans have nothing to work with. Have you ever heard of the game Duke Nukem Forever?
Chris: Uh, I'm sorry, you said Duke Nukem Forever?
Alec: Yeah. Well, you know the Duke Nukem video games? You ever played any of those?
Chris: Uh, I have seen, I have seen samples of that game.
Alec: Okay. Well, the company that made those, they were working on a game called Duke Nukem Forever. That was going to be their next great title. And they were working on that for actually about 15 years. And they kept promising, "Oh, you know, we've got the engine built, we've got the characters designed, we've got all this built, all that's left is for us to release it." And they never released it because they kept retooling and tinkering with it. And finally the company actually went out of business. So now there won't ever be any other Duke Nukems. And if you keep doing the same thing, Sonichu is going to go out of business. Well, not permanently, because I have Sonichu Revolution, so it'll live on in some form.
Chris: Well, yes, well, your, yes, well, still, your Rev-, your Revolutions are not the original, are not the original Sonichu pages, of which only I can draw up and tell.
Alec: But what they are is existent. And the fans appreciate that. Your pages are nonexistent.
Alec: And if you stop Sonichu, then, you know, the fans are going to want something.
Chris: Yeah. Okay, well, I get, well, don't worry, you will see, you will see, all those pages, and the completion of the 10th book.
Alec: Okay. Um, does this mean...
Chris: In fact, it's a...
Alec: I'm a little, I'm a little confused, how, what, do you remember when I told you... Well, of course you remember, I brought it up plenty of times, about how you really need to either do some sort of major reboot of Sonichu, or else just come up with a completely different comic? Because of all of the elements that you stole from other franchises? Are you still thinking about that? Because if you're going to finish book 10, then...
Chris: I have been thinking about that, actually.
Alec: What do you think about it?
Chris: Some of those, some of those changes will be talked about in the clip show that's gonna be in book 11.
Alec: Um... So, is book 11 gonna be like a transition from the current Sonichu to another one?
Chris: Yes, yes, yes, a transitions.
Alec: Oh. Oo-kay. Um, well, that's not really what a reboot is about. See, what you're doing, like a transition, suggests that the Sonichu that exists now is going to be, like, part of the same universe or world as whatever new Sonichu. What a reboot is, is a hard stop. You reset completely. You start over from scratch. Everything that came before is just, means nothing, it's null and void. Like, for example, the Spider-Man movies, they aren't in the same world as the comic, they were sort of a reboot. Because they told everything over from the beginning.
Chris: Hm. I see.
Alec: Yeah. I mean, I know it's... I can sympathize with you on this. I mean, you've been working on Sonichu for 10 years now, and the thought that you have to abandon it completely and start over with something new, I understand that that's kind of a scary thought. But it is true.
Alec: Have you, have you, uh... What do you think of Sonichu Revolution, by the way? Have you been reading it? I'm only like seven pages in right now, so...
Chris: I have taken a look at it, and I did not like the way you were killing characters left and right! That's no good, it's just terrible! Don't go killing, don't go killing, don't go killing characters, that just does not, that just, that just does not, that just does not work. It's like...
Chris: It's like doing Zombie X-Men, Marvel Zombies.
Alec: Yeah. I remember that. That was actually a pretty popular comic, wasn't it?
Alec: Well, I've seen it in stores, though. Well, it was pretty popular, was my point.
Chris: Anyway, that's, anyway, that's the point. That's still, like, you know, killing, you're just like killing everybody left and right. It's not...
Alec: Chris, um, how many, how many comic books and TV shows and movies and, you know, whatever other media have you seen where characters die? Do you think they're all bad?
Chris: Yes, well, well, yeah, they are bad, because that's just totally fake. And plus, to do it in such a gory way is just terrifying. It's like any, it's like any of the Saw movies. It's especially like, especially like the first trap in Saw VI.
Alec: Did you like those movies?
Chris: That was horrifying.
Alec: Did you like those movies, Chris? The Saw movies?
Chris: Yeah, I liked them, I mean I enjoyed the falling, the telling...
Alec: [talking over Chris] You liked them? But there's death in it! How could you like a movie that has death in it, Chris?! Death is bad. You said death is bad.
Chris: Well, I'm not talking about...
Alec: Death is bad.
Chris: I'm not saying, I mean, yeah, I'm not talking about the death part, I did not say I liked the death parts, I liked the building of the character of John Kramer. In the movies.
Alec: But the point is, you still liked the movies overall, right? I mean, you went to see them, you'd probably see them again?
Chris: Yeah, I mean, yeah, they were hor-, yeah, I mean, I will admit they are horrifying, and they do frighten me, but think about, but think about, think about...
Alec: Hence the genre, horror, if it's horrifying it's doing its job, I guess.
Chris: Hm. Yeah, but I mean, still, that's Hollywood magic, you know, that's, you know, the people, the actors in those movies are still, are still alive and well, they just...
Alec: Oh, well, right, I forgot, because comic characters are real people and apparently I'm guilty of, of multiple homicide now? Chris, you, remember when you killed Simonla because we strong-armed you into it, because you refused to do it willingly? Are you guilty of homicide now? Because you killed Simonla?
Chris: No, actually, that would, actually, you could blame the Voltorb that was placed by the toilet, placed by the toilet that exploded. Because the Voltorb exploded, it blew up the...
Alec: Chris, you drew the Voltorb. You drew the Voltorb! Chris, you knew Simonla was going to die! You knew there was going to be a Voltorb there and you did nothing to stop it! You are an accessory to murder! Who cares if someone else placed it? You knew, of course you knew she was going to die because I've been telling you for weeks to kill her.
Chris: You're, you're, well, read, yeah, well, read the pages after I put 'em, after I put 'em all up and you will see that there is, that there was, that it wasn't preventable. That there was a way that, it could not have been prevented. You will find out.
Alec: Okay, um... Did you see my page where Son-Chu killed himself? Did you see how depressed he was? I couldn't have prevented that. Sometimes people are so depressed that you just can't reach them. And it's tragic but, you know, sometimes people commit suicide because they believe there's just no way out for them.
Chris: I have a question for you.
Chris: You said you like Sonichu.
Chris: Why did you make him, why did you draw him killing himself?
Chris: If you liked him you would not have done that!
Alec: I didn't draw Sonichu killing himself. I said Son-Chu, your car, your... I don't want to say "Autobot" 'cause that's trademarked, but...
Chris: Okay, well, it's, excuse me, well, I misunderstood. Well, yeah, that was, that was wrong. I mean, that was like you're killing my vehicle, it's like you're making me have to pay, like...
Alec: [cutting off Chris] No, Chris, I didn't kill your, I didn't kill him. He committed suicide. He was depressed because he had a name that he hated, and all the other Autobots made fun of him.
Chris: Yeah, the Autobot, the Autobots do not make fun of each other for their names.
Alec: No, they make fun of Son-Chu. Chris! Look at what he says in that page! He says that he hates his name because it's not a strong, manly Autobot name. Why would he lie?
Chris: Well, it's only because you're, you're putting...
Alec: He had nothing to lie about, he had nothing to lose. He was gonna kill himself.
Chris: Yeah, well, I did not, I'm not the one that drew, that drew my car, my Autobot, to say that. I did not. You did that, pretending to be me, in a sense.
Alec: I wasn't pretending to be you.
Chris: You were pretending to be...
Alec: Chris, look up at the page. Do you see on the comic page where it says "Copyright 2010 Alec Benson Leary"? I'm pretty sure that shows that I was not pretending to be you.
Chris: Yeah, well, still, you have no right, you have no right in killing a character that was originally mine, and that I have never said, have never said personally, had died. When a character dies, I will let every, I will let everybody know myself. Anybody else who, who makes up, who says outside of my jurisdiction, it's just a whole bunch of bogus baloney.
Alec: Well, maybe I can say it's a parody, and that'll make it okay, right? If Sonichu Revolution is a parody? Would that be okay?
Alec: It would?
Chris: I would accept that, yeah. And plus, don't make them so big. Maybe like three quarters of the current size, three quarters.
Alec: No. Nah. Then no one can read the text. I'm not gonna make it smaller, it's kinda hard to read the text already.
Chris: You should have those pages on your Asperpedia! People could just go over there and read them for themselves.
Alec: Um, but the whole point of Sonichu Revolution is to make up for your lack of updates. Why would I put it on my Asperpedia? That defeats the purpose. I, I'm...
Chris: But, but you're just...
Alec: I'm keeping the fans there for you, Chris!
Chris: Because you're drawing...
Alec: You could thank me once.
Chris: Because you're drawing those pages, not me.
Alec: Yeah, that's right, I'm drawing the pages. You're not drawing anything. Or you say you are, but we have no proof.
Chris: I am, I, you're wrong, I have been drawing the pages, and I have been coloring them.
Alec: But you're not uploading them.
Chris: Because I have, because I'm too busy working on the, working on coloring after I have drawn them all up! And plus, I have real life things, like I have to go hang, like I have to hang out with my family. I have errands to run...
Alec: [cutting him off] Chris! Take a guess, right, I want you to guess...
Chris: And plus...
Alec: Between, Chris, no, Chris! I want you to guess, between one and 10, how many hours did I spend in school yesterday? Take a guess, right now.
Chris: How many hours you spent in school yesterday...
Chris: The average of 10.
Alec: That's right. I spent 10 hours in school yesterday. I also uploaded a page of Sonichu Revolution yesterday.
Chris: [heavy sigh] Well, what about your job? You have your job as well.
Alec: Yeah. What about my job? I upload pages while I have a job and school. So what about my job?
Chris: Yeah, well, you got all your, you're spending your time there as well.
Alec: Yes, that's correct.
Chris: Uh, okay, well, I admit, I'm not sure really what the point I was trying to make there, I lost my train of thought.
Alec: Okay, well, yeah. It's true that, yes, I spend a lot of time in school, and a lot of time at my job. And I, you know, and I have errands too. Not really for my family, I don't live with my family, but I do errands on my own.
Chris: Yeah. Alright. Well, okay, well...
Alec: How much time... You've mentioned that several times, that you have to run errands for your family. Like, what do you have to do for them? What did you do yesterday? What... How... Like, are they having you break rocks with sledgehammers or something all day? Because you say it's like some huge, serious thing.
Chris: Yeah, well, they're old. I have to do chores for them. I have to do chores for them around the house. Like I had to even, I even shoveled snow to get the, to get the, to make a path for them and get the cars out. And my, and my car, it was stuck in, two front tires were stuck in their own dug grooves, and we finally, and finally got the car out of those two grooves today.
Alec: So you've been working on that solid, non-stop, just digging your car out? I mean... I live in Minnesota, you know, we get some bad snowstorms sometimes, and my car will just get completely buried in snow. And it might take me, like, in the worst-case scenario of storms, it might take me half an hour to dig enough snow out for my car to move. We usually don't get that much snow, though.
Alec: You said some chores around your house, too, like besides shoveling. What else do you have to do?
Chris: I clean the kit-, I clean the kitchen, I do the, I vacuum, I move stuff around, I clean the bathroom as well, I do a lot of things around the house.
Alec: You kind of sound like you're talking to someone who has not seen that video tour of your house right now. And I want to let you know that I actually have seen it, so I'm pretty sure... [Alec is interrupted by a rapid series of DTMF tones. Decoded so far: 3125632589632145896321258624231561523635832147413663574147236464] Chris, can you hear me? Hello? Chris, are you pressing buttons? [tones end]
[Note: Even though these calls are in one file, according to Clyde Cash, Chris actually hung up on Alec at the end of the dial tones. Alec promptly called him back.]
Chris: Hey, Alec?
Alec: Hey, hey Chris, did we get disconnected there?
Chris: Yeah, 'fraid we did. It happens to me, between me and my, uh, gal-pal as well, in our conversations sometimes. Reception goes bad during this time of night.
Alec: Oh, okay. Well, uh, glad I got you back. Okay, well, we were talking about, uh, the chores you need to do, I think, in your house. So you're saying you clean your house up?
Alec: Uh, okay, um... Have you cleaned your, cleaned your room at all?
Chris: Yes, I do clean my room.
Alec: Mmm, how much do you clean it?
Chris: I clean my room like once a week.
Alec: O-kay. So, how long does it take when you do that? Because if you do that once a week, that's just, like, maintenance, shouldn't take too long.
Chris: It takes like two hours.
Alec: Two hours. Okay.
Alec: Um... How long does it take you to clean the rest of the house?
Chris: It takes me, it pretty much takes me one to two hours per room.
Alec: Hm. Okay. Like, what do you do when you clean? What specific stuff do you do?
Chris: I move this, I move stuff around, I take the vacuum cleaner, I vacuum, I take, I scrub the floors with 409 and paper towels. It's really hard work, back-breaking!
Chris: Yes. My back hurts.
Alec: I hope you don't mean... Your back hurts from cleaning?
Chris: Yeah, after extensive long time, I mean, sure.
Alec: I thought you, I thought you were strong, Chris.
Chris: Yeah, I am strong.
Alec: Why would your back just... How strong are you? Like... Because it seems the videos...
Chris: Believe me, I'm very strong. Believe me, I'm very strong.
Alec: Really. Like... Uh...
Chris: Anybody, anybody, anybody will tell you that, like, yeah, they, they just feel like they break their backbones after, after a very extensive time scrubbing the floors, getting up and down, as well.
Alec: You should get a Swiffer. Swiffer Wet-Jet, because then you can stand while you're scrubbing the floor. I use it, it's really useful.
Alec: It's quick, too.
Chris: Well, we don't have it, we don't have that here.
Alec: Huh. Maybe you could sell some of those video games like I was talking about. Then you could afford one. Have you thought at all about selling any more of your, your games, Chris? Because...
Chris: No, I have no plans, I have no plans of that at the moment.
Alec: Why would you want to hold on to video games that you don't play anymore?
Chris: I do play them, when I feel nostalgic...
Alec: ALL of them? Chris, you've got... How many hundreds of games do you have? And you play all of them regularly? Is that what you're telling me?
Chris: [pause] Regularly, like... Yeah. Every, like, uh, I'd say, yeah, on a regular basis I do.
Alec: Every single one.
Alec: That must take, that must take a lot of time.
Chris: [pause] Yeah.
Alec: Is video-game-playing back-breaking too? Just out of curiosity? I wouldn't think it would be.
Chris: Uh, no, but it's one way for me to relax after I, after I have done the work of cleaning the room. Or shoveling the snow in the yard.
Alec: Okay, but you only clean once a week, and shoveling, that doesn't happen all the time. I know Virginia got a snowstorm recently, right, but that was kinda like a one-time thing.
Chris: That's, well, okay, well, just to correct you, I was not talking about cleaning period once a week, we're talking about cleaning my room once a week. And, and then, we have other, then, it's like, on another day I'll clean up the kitchen, and on another day I'll clean up the living room, on another day I'll clean up the, I'll clean up my parents' bedroom...
Alec: Chris, I've seen the video tour of your house.
Chris: That's like, that was, that was like, that was like over, that was like over a year ago.
Alec: Over a year ago. You really... You should film a new tour, then, actually, because people still think that your house is, you know, a mess like that.
Chris: I'll think, well, I'll consider that.
Alec: You really should, you know. It would be a good idea. Chris, here's, okay, here's what I don't get about you. There are so many things, like, you know, if your house is clean, you could just make a video and show people that. And if you've really been working on the pages, you could just upload them. And if, you know, if you wanted to prove to people that you have Nintendo's permission to use Pikachu, shit like that, you could just show them the letter that Nintendo sent you, that gives you permission. Why do you, why do you take the hard way through everything? Why do you want to keep receiving, you know, demands and questions about this and that subject when one little action on your part could just stop all of it?
Chris: Because for me it's not all that easy.
Alec: What's not easy about it? Like, okay, the Nintendo...
Alec: Why, why, why was he angry about it? Just refresh my memory.
Chris: It's like an invasion of privacy?
Alec: How is it an invasion? You live there, I mean, it's your house, if you choose to upload a video, that's not an invasion of privacy. If you try to videotape people without their consent, that would be an invasion of privacy. But I don't think your parents were in that video.
Chris: You don't, you don't, you don't understand, I, and I forget all of the details my father said, but he's still very angry at me for doing, for having done that.
Alec: Alright, well, I guess if you say he's angry then okay, that's that, but... Um, what about, um... Well, like the Nintendo thing. Couldn't you... Did Nintendo, like, write you a letter saying, you know, yes, go ahead and use Pikachu? Couldn't you just scan that and show that to people? 'Cause everybody...
Chris: I misplaced the letter.
Alec: You mis-, you misplaced it?
Chris: I misplaced the letter. Yeah.
Alec: That seems like a really important thing, how could you misplace that? And if you clean your house so regularly, I mean, it seems like you would find things that you had lost regularly.
Chris: Yeah. It takes, yeah, moving, moving stuff, if I had, I had, I regularly look at stuff, and that, and it got misplaced that way.
Alec: I'm sure you could just actually call up Nintendo, because... I mean, that would be... You know, the legal department of a company keeps records of everything they do. They would be happy to just fax you or send you another copy of the letter.
Chris: I'll keep that in mind.
Alec: Businesses lose papers sometimes, and you know, that's why there's redundancy, that's why. And not only your fans, you know, but if you showed that letter publicly, then I couldn't demand that you admit Sonichu's a doomed franchise, now, could I? You wouldn't, you wouldn't even have to do the reboot? I mean, think about it. If either you, you know, reboot your entire comic that you've been working on for 10 years, that's one choice, or your other choice is, you just call up Nintendo and ask them to send another letter, and show it to everyone.
Alec: Destroy 10 years of personal hard labor, or show a letter.
Chris: Alright, well, I will think, I will, I will look, I will look into that later.
Alec: Um, okay. Um, this is reminding me of... In your recent, where you started updating the Mailbags again, um... Let me take a look at a Mailbag, because I don't remember the exact phrase, but... You responded with kind of a stock phrase to a lot of letters. Let's see here. Um, where is it. Ah! "Your letter has been read fully and your thoughts have been in-pyoo-ted..." I guess inputted. "And accepted for better improvement. Thank you for your time and efforts." Chris, you spend even less time responding to these e-mails than you do normally. What's up with that?
Chris: Okay, for your information I actually read, I actually read and re-read each letter before I make a final response.
Alec: But your final response is, is not thought out at all. See, this is kind of an interesting parallel to your comic work, because you say, you say that you...
Chris: Yeah, yeah, well, there are points where, there are points, there are points where I don't...
Alec: [trying to interrupt] Chris, Chris, Chris. CHRIS. CHRIS! Let me talk, and don't interrupt, alright? I will let you speak after I finish this sentence. This is how it goes. One person speaks, the other person responds, the first person is... Okay. Um, you say that you spend a lot of time "reading and re-reading" and really considering the letters, but when it comes time for the final step, which is, you know, the response, you don't really put any effort into that. And that's an interesting parallel to your comics, because you say you spend a lot of time drawing and coloring and, you know, preparing your pages, but that final step, uploading them, you don't put any effort into that. So it seems... It kind of sounds like you go 90 percent of the way, but you don't actually finish that crucial last 10 percent. And just to let you know, people are mad about this stock response that you made.
Chris: Well, when it comes to the Mailbag, it's just that, you know, even after re-reading it, I still cannot, I still could not come up with an appropriate response. So I had to go with a neutral response.
Alec: Why... What do you mean, you can't come up with a... There's a lot of different subjects to these letters, and you give the same neutral response to every one. Are you telling me that all of these subjects, you really can think of absolutely nothing?
Chris: There are a few subjects on which I come up blank! Yes. I'll admit that.
Alec: Okay. Um... Like... Um, someone wrote you a letter about your comments about homosexuals being bigoted and offensive, and you gave the stock response to that. Um, that seems like a huge Achilles' heel with you, is if people mention the word "homosexual." Your mind goes blank.
Chris: Well, yeah, of course, I could not think of an appropriate response to that letter.
Alec: "Your comments..." I'm reading the letter right now. "Your comments on homosexuals are bigoted and offensive. You want them to die in explosions. You want a vaccine for them, just because they tick you off..." Um, the last two parts, those are actually very clear questions, as far as I can see. Like, if someone asked me those questions... If someone asked me, "Do you want homosexuals to die in explosions?" I would tell them, "No." If someone asked me, "Do you want a vaccine for them just because they tick you off?" I would explain, "No, homosexuals don't actually tick me off, and I would never want to vaccinate them." I just came up with that right now. That would be my response if such a question was asked of me. And that's not even that long of a response. You don't need a page worth of response.
Chris: Yeah, plus, plus I perceived that, because I perceived those statements as insults, and...
Alec: Oh, so we're back to everything is an attack on you, this... Remember when you thought that my ads were an attack on you? So now someone... So, so you thought my ads were an attack on you, now this homosexual thing, um, you've made plenty of offensive comments about homosexuals, which they could, and plenty have interpreted as attacks by you. And so when someone asks you about them, how is that an attack on you?
Chris: They said when I, it was an e-mail, and that's in that where you just read about it, they called me bigoted.
Alec: That's because you are bigoted. You want...
Chris: I am not bigoted.
Alec: You hate homosexuals. How many, how many times...
Chris: I actually said that, actually I have, actually, thanks to Jack Thaddeus I recently, I have, I actually see them in a more positive light! It was, I think it was...
Alec: Is that the same Jack Thaddeus that is an evil villain, that does underhanded deals for ad space?
Alec: Well, you kinda flip-flop a lot. No, forget what I said. Um...
Chris: Uh, well, well, for your information, though, specifically, Jack Thaddeus has told me about, uh, homosetts-, about homosexuals from his point of view and how that they would never, they would never make any actions towards me because I'm not even try-, I'm not even that attractive to him.
Alec: You know, Chris...
Chris: Attract him. 'Cause he's a homosettsual.
Alec: Uhh-huh. You know, um, I've actually been hit on, I've been hit on by homosexuals, once in a while. It happens to me in my life.
Alec: It's, I never got ticked off by it, I never saw it as offensive. I mean, I'm, I'm not gay, so I wouldn't really be interested, but if, if someone, man or woman, thinks I'm attractive, then, you know, well, it's flattering. Even if I'm not interested. Why would you think it's an attack if a gay person finds you attractive? I take it as a compliment that people think I'm attractive.
Chris: Hm. Well, it's, yeah, well, still, I mean, if I was, well, okay, well, if a homosexual came up to me and flirted with me like that, I wouldn't, uh, no, no, I would let them know that, no...
Alec: That you're not interested?
Chris: And, yeah, I cannot accept your, I cannot accept that because I'm not interested, I am straight, nnn...
Alec: Okay, well, that's...
Chris: And then leave it at that.
Alec: That sounds, yeah, that sounds like a good...
Chris: And then, then, if the, and then if the guy continued to, continue on like that after the warning, then I would get really mad.
Alec: Well, that's understandable. And you know what? That happens, not just with gay people. I mean, straight people, plenty of straight people have trouble getting a hint. I mean, you know, guys, all the time, there are guys who, you know, hit on a girl, and she says, "No, thank you, I'm not interested", and they just keep pressing the point. Overstepping their boundaries. Trying to hold their hands, things like that. That is... You know, in a situation like that, it's perfectly acceptable to get offended if they don't respect, er, if they don't respect your, um, your decline. Your negative response. You see? Um, but I... When, when did you talk to Jack about this, this homosexual thing? When did you have that conversation?
Chris: It was about, it was like over a, it was like over a week ago.
Alec: When did you answer Mailbag 52? Pretty sure it was less than a week ago, wasn't it? Because if your issues with homosexuals are resolved now, then why couldn't you offer a simple response to that? Okay, here's what you could have said. Um... Well, just to be clear, do you still want a vaccine for homosexuals?
Chris: [long pause] Uh, I'm sorry, I did not understand, I do not understand that. Could you repeat that please?
Alec: [slowly this time] Do you want to create a vaccine to eliminate homosexuality?
Chris: [pause] Hmm...
Alec: Do you understand that?
Chris: Honestly... Yeah, okay, yeah, I understood that. So yeah, you're asking me that right now. Or are you, or are you just, I mean, uh, okay.
Alec: Yeah, I am asking you right now.
Chris: Okay. [pause] In an attempt to make a better world, a better world, I would support it. I would support that.
Alec: Oooo-kay, so, when you said that you don't have problems with gays anymore, that wasn't actually true. Chris, well, like I said, I'm not gay, but I have a number of gay friends, um, a few family members that are gay, and it's part of who they are. That's part of their identity. Why would you want to take that away from them? What, what about removing homosexuality would make the world a better place?[exasperated sigh] It shouldn't be that hard, Chris, because you already, um, established a predicate that "no gays equals the world is a better place." So, having said that, that must mean that you do have an idea of how the two things are connected.
Chris: Uh... Well, what two things?
Alec: Chris, do you... Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? Chris, you said, you said "no gays equals the world is a better place." That, "no gays" is point one. That connects to "world is better," point two. How do those connect? What is... Yeah.
Chris: Ah, okay, okay, okay, okay, well, yeah, okay, now I get it, I mean, it's just that, you know, uh, I'm getting an incoming call right now, and, uh, taking it will interrupt this conversation...
Alec: Well, you should probably ignore it. Yeah. Um, so please...
Chris: It's like, hard to, though, it cancels, it cancels your, it cancels your vocal input out at that point when the...
Alec: Well, did you... Yeah. Did you hear my point, though? Please explain how no gays equals world's better.
Chris: [long pause] You know, okay, well, I'm not necessarily saying... I'm not saying that as in reference to them as people. I'm saying that in reference, and like...
Alec: Well, removing, removing homosexuality equals a world better. Explain that.
Chris: Because there will be less risk of those people going to hell.
Chris: Yeah. When they die.
Alec: What do you... Oh, you mean instead of heaven?
Alec: So you're saying gay people go to hell? Um, so are you, you're a Christian, then? If you believe that?
Alec: What, um, like... You know, it's been a while since I've read a Bible, where in the Bible is that whole gays-go-to-hell thing?
Chris: It's implied within parts of the Bible.
Alec: Well, it's, understandably it's implied in parts of the Bible, I'm asking where. I'm not a Christian, so I don't have to read the Bible, but you're a Christian, when's the last time you read the Bible?
Chris: Yeah, I have read the Bible, but...
Alec: You're sitting here judging people based off their sexuality without even knowing, like, you know, what parts of the Bible... Hey, hey, um, you know what else the Bible condemns? Black magic.
Chris: [long pause] So?
Alec: How many times have you tried to curse people? Cursing is black magic. Curse-ye-ha-me-ha?
Chris: Yeah. I get it. It get, I get what you're saying right now.
Alec: So you're going to hell, right?
Chris: [heavy sigh] Well, I'm making, I'm making atones for that.
Alec: Uhhhh...are you? Really?
Alec: Well, you... I asked you to give Mao a Forgiveness Blessing, that was the most lackluster one I've ever seen you do. Do you believe that black magic, uh, works, Chris?
Chris: There's a po-, there's a chance that it can, but...
Alec: Um, not if you're Christian. Because the Christian God says that all magic and supernatural stuff that doesn't come from God is false.
Chris: [sigh] Hm. I, I have no comment to that.
Alec: Okay, well, um... Let's go back to the gay thing, because, you know, we've established that you don't really know a whole lot about the religion you claim to believe in.
Alec: So I would, I would, um, when you're in the absence of important information like that, I would think, just go with what you know. Go with what you see. And by that I mean, you know, you've never been attacked by a homosexual, they've never done anything evil to you.
Chris: [pause] Actually, yes, I was abused by one! A homosexual principal at my elementary school, slapped me on his lap, said some offensive, said some offensive things to me, and I felt uncomfortable, so I jumped off his lap and hid under his desk.
Alec: What did he say to you?
Chris: I don't 'member, I don't remember what he said to me, but they were offensive.
Alec: Um, so... Okay, well, there are bad gay people, just like there are bad straight people. Um... So, one gay person did something bad to you that you don't really remember, therefore all gay people are going to hell? Is that the logic you're doing there?
Chris: Uhh, more or less.
Alec: How many... Okay, so, I should condemn all straight people because you've been horrible to me. You've said a lot of bad things to me, you've threatened me. Maybe, or, not just straight, maybe I should condemn autistic people, because you identify with autism a lot and you've been a very bad person in most of our dealings.
Alec: Are all autistic people, um, really selfish and demanding and...
Chris: [sigh] No. Not all of them are.
Alec: But all homosexuals are bad? Because you had one bad experience? That's a double standard.
Chris: Okay, well, I, okay, well, okay, well, they're all not. [sigh]
Alec: Well. You know, I'll wait to see if you really stick to that belief or not, I guess. I mean, I guess it's good that you're saying it now, but... Why do you sigh so much?
Chris: Well, I'm a little tired right now. I had to, I actually cleaned more, I cleaned the kitchen again today.
Alec: Don't you usually stay up to like 4:00 A.M. or something, you said? This is kinda like the middle of the day for you, isn't it?
Chris: No, this is not the middle of the day for me, this is the middle of the night for me.
Alec: But... Okay, you said you sleep until like noon, right? And then you stay up 'til like three or four at night. That's kind of a, that's a really weird schedule, by the way.
Chris: Yeah, but actually, late-, actually I am, I'm mostly going to bed before midnight and I get up at like 9:00 A.M.
Alec: Oh. Well. I actually go to bed, like, around 11, so I'm closer to my bedtime than you are to yours, but I feel fine. We all get tired, but...
Alec: Um, what do you think of... Let's see here...
Alec: [long pause] Um, oh, here's another good question. When someone asked you about the Mailbag that you fabricated, and you gave them that stock response again. I just, I really want to see you actually... My, my main goal right now is I want to see you put real effort into your Mailbags.
Chris: I will... I put as much effort as I could, but it's, you know, sometimes I do come up blank, and that cannot be helped.
Alec: Chris, you're... I know you've said plenty of times, you're a pretty smart guy, right?
Chris: Yeah, but sometimes I'm quick, sometimes I'm slow.
Chris: It just happens! I don't know why. It's my head. I'm not a psychiatrist. A psychologist.
Alec: You don't have to be a... You... You remember that Mike Jackson memorial e-mail you got here? You used the copy-and-paste response on that too.
Chris: [heavy sigh] Yeah, well, I didn't know who that was, I didn't realize that that was the, uh, that was a guy that, that went out, and that moved out when their, the prostitute did. Lose him. And I apologize...
Alec: I thought that you, I thought that you said that you spent a lot of time reading and carefully re-reading these e-mails. How do you not know the basics of what it's about?
Chris: Well, I miss a detail or two sometimes, it happens to a lot!
Alec: You missed all the detail, Chris! You missed all the detail.
Chris: I mean, I thought they were talking about Michael Jackson, the pop star.
Alec: Maybe if you'd read the e-mail you would've, you know, seen that that wasn't the case? Did you even look at that memorial? Chris, do you...
Chris: I can say I have not looked... I did not...
Alec: Chris, why do you not put effort into anything?
Chris: [sudden anger] I do put effort in every-, in everything!
Alec: Everything?! No! I told you that your website was going to get taken down because of a lawsuit over a stolen character, and you did nothing. I tell you you gotta upload pages and you do nothing. I tell you you gotta respond...
Chris: I am, I am working on the pages...
Alec: But you don't upload them!
Chris: Yes I will, yes I do, and I will!
Alec: No, "will" is different from "do." "Will" is the future tense, and it hasn't happened yet.
Chris: [angry sigh] I'm getting tired, I'm getting tired of this. You're raising your voice at me, I'm not, and I'm not, I don't appreciate it.
Alec: Well, I... I think I kind of, I'm just trying to enunciate a point, I'm trying to get you to respond.
Alec: Chris, um... A person raising their voice, that really is enough to just, you know, completely discombobulate you? Besides, you yelled at me first.
Chris: No, you raised your voice at me first.
Alec: No. No. I asked you, "Chris, why do you not care about anything? And you screamed, "I DO CARE!"
Chris: You're being, you're being, you're being ridiculing to me.
Alec: Uh, is that the pot calling the kettle black? Chris, I want to, I want to understand why it is okay for you to do so many things to other people that make you mad when they do them back to you. Please, I'm asking you a simple question. Please explain this to me. Why is it that any level, any tiny level of stress or inconvenience, and you immediately will fall back on, you know, you're being attacked, or you're being, you know, your world is...
Chris: It just happens, espec-, it just happens, especially when I'm tired.
Alec: No. That's not an excuse. That is not an excuse. That's an excuse that a child uses. Children complain that they have to do a little bit of hard, you know, work, or deal with unpleasant situations. Honestly? I have been very polite with you, Chris. I don't swear at you, except, you know, on a few occasions where you really piss me off, but for the most part I don't. I don't yell at you, I raise my voice in response to you raising your voice. I'm trying to help you, I'm trying to talk to you like an adult.
Chris: Okay, well, I'm just tired right now.
Chris: And you know, considering your bed at 11:00, uh, you probably want to finish this up, want to wrap this up as well. So I...
Alec: No, I'm doing good.
Chris: Let's just that, let's just agree that, uh, I will be uploading the pages, and uh, what you got, perhaps, perhaps after book 10 is completed, uh, we could, uh, actually, you know what...
Alec: Well, you know what? If you want to...
Chris: Don't worry about the ads, don't worry about that, uh, ad space at this point. I'll just agree to that, but, uh, but, yeah, but you know...
Alec: [talking over Chris] Please, Stop, Running, Away from me, Chris.
Alec: Please stop running away from me.
Chris: I'm not running away from you, I'm right here.
Alec: [snort] I know you're not literally running away, but you're trying to end the conversation because I'm making you feel bad.
Chris: [heavy sigh]
Alec: And it's not even because I'm attacking or insulting you, I'm just presenting, you know, a few things that are very minorly unpleasant.
Chris: Hm. Okay, well, with that, uh, sometimes, there are things that, yeah, we don't, we generally, we would not prefer, we would prefer the opposite of unpleasant.
Alec: You seem to prefer the opposite of unpleasant literally all the time.
Chris: [heavy sigh]
Alec: Any little bit of stress and you run for the hills. You avoid anything unpleasant, even, even in cases where dealing with a small problem now will avert a very big problem later. You always choose the hard way.
Alec: You choose to deal with the big problem that you could have avoided. Bad news is gonna happen, Chris, life is not all fun and games.
Chris: Yeah, I'm sure, well, I'm sure that that's happened to you and you actually had to do that as well.
Alec: Yeah, but then I turned 10 and I started learning to get over it.
Alec: Man the fuck up, Chris. Pardon my language, but...
Chris: Yeah, well, I get, I get, and I said that.
Alec: You're gonna have to show that with your actions, Chris.
Chris: Yeah. And I will.
Alec: Do you believe that we, um, could ever be friends, Chris?
Chris: [pause] Maybe.
Alec: Okay, well, you gotta start listening to people that are trying to help you.
Chris: I am open to, I am open to opinions and thoughts when they are presented in a non-condescending, uh, appro-, acceptable tone, or, or whatever.
Alec: That's what you always say, but you never act on them. I'm showing you things you haven't done, and you still don't do them. Because I've done this with you several times.
Chris: Hm. Yeah. I will, listen, I gotta go, I'm really, seriously, I'm feeling really sleepy right now.
Alec: Alright, well, have a good night. Maybe I'll talk to you later.
Chris: Alright. Take care. Bye-bye.
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