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Mitch Clem versus the Establishment

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[Feb. 23rd, 2009|01:05 pm]
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On Wednesday, it will have been eight years since I posted the very first NN2S comic online. I was eighteen years old when I started that comic. And look at me now. Just a couple weekends ago I was at a house show in Austin and I overheard a girl say, about me, "I feel like I'm at a party with my dad." How about that, eh?

Besides the fact that I'll never smile again now, it should be pretty clear to people why, after eight years, I find it difficult to update NN2S all the time still. I mean, come on, how many different ways can you say that straight edge is silly or that Warped Tour sucks? Shit, think about this: When I first started NN2S, Warped tour still had punk bands on their tours! If I remember correctly, the big controversy was that the Casualties were on it, and MMR said they were sellouts for playing a Pepsi-sponsored music festival. Ah, youth.

Of course, I don't think I'll ever be completely "done" with NN2S. It's my baby. I'll keep writing stories for it, and, most likely, I'll get an artist who's much better than me to illustrate those stories and we can turn them directly into books. Let's be honest, at this point it's either I get a new artist, or no one ever sees a new Nothing Nice again. And, for crying out loud, I already know how that "Fired!" story arc is gonna end! If I can't bring myself to draw it, someone has to!

Anyway. Eight fucking years. Crazy. I'm not gonna celebrate by making any new NN2S comics right now, sorry, but I do think My Stupid Life is gonna update a couple times next week. And one of the jokes is even sort of about punk rock! What fun.
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[User Picture]From: slowdance13
2009-02-23 07:23 pm (UTC)

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Great shades of Days of Future Past!
[User Picture]From: wreakjavik
2009-02-23 10:48 pm (UTC)

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amen! And Blake is Kitty Pryde. Somehow, I knew it all along...
[User Picture]From: abrassea
2009-02-23 07:23 pm (UTC)

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that's an awesome picture, sellout. congrats on being old!
[User Picture]From: lizzelizzel
2009-02-23 07:37 pm (UTC)

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I think I'd punch someone for saying 'I feel like I'm at a party with my mom' to me.
[User Picture]From: vexvim
2009-02-23 07:37 pm (UTC)

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hey man, i'm a 31 year old in a silly punk band called Pu$$y-Cow so don't start feeling old now.

that being said, i love NN2S and My Stupid Life. I like whatever updates you have to offer.


[User Picture]From: amnesiack
2009-02-23 07:43 pm (UTC)

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If you want to sell out a tiny bit more, that picture would make an awesome shirt.
[User Picture]From: rainofbastards
2009-02-23 07:44 pm (UTC)

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Already on it, my friend.
[User Picture]From: iwannalive
2009-02-23 07:47 pm (UTC)

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It's just a short time until Nothing Nice To Say Zombies from here.
[User Picture]From: rainofbastards
2009-02-23 07:57 pm (UTC)

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I'm tired of zombies, I wouldn't touch that. Though, when I got to do a book with Dark Horse, I asked them at some point if they'd let me do Alien vs Predator vs NN2S. I guess they thought I was just joking.
[User Picture]From: potatogibberish
2009-02-23 07:51 pm (UTC)

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I didn't know Cecil was old. He looks at least 5 years younger than he is.
[User Picture]From: bluecrunchberry
2009-02-23 08:11 pm (UTC)

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Mitch Clem 4 Lyfe
[User Picture]From: couchfort
2009-02-23 08:12 pm (UTC)

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Wow, how old was this little brat that she was saying this about someone only in their mid-20's? Shoulda slapped her upside the head and started off a long story with "BACK IN MY DAY!"

I hate how being over 18 is like being middle-aged in "punk years". That just adds to the idea of punk being a phase you grow out of after high school, as opposed to something just part of who you are and an awesome genre of music you happen to enjoy more-so over other genres of music.
[User Picture]From: flggnmllyrmnsdk
2009-02-24 06:24 pm (UTC)

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Sure there are plenty of people who are still active in the punk scene after high school, and even more who still listen to the music. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a kid with a studded leather jacket anywhere outside of a high school. Granted, it could be done, but they are fewer and farther between.
[User Picture]From: fidgetspin
2009-02-23 08:18 pm (UTC)

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^Totally agree with couchfort on punk being seen as a phase. I'm quite a bit younger than you and I can still tell you with absolute certainty that only comes with youth- you're not old at 26.
Unless you're already kvetching about kids on your lawn and how "regular" you are. In which case, you're kind of old.
[User Picture]From: voiles_noires
2009-02-23 08:30 pm (UTC)

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Hey Mitch,

My name is Spencer and I am 20 years old. I am unmotivated and untalented when it comes to drawing, or art in general. Send me the rest of the Fired! script and I will finish drawing it for you, free of charge.

Your fan,
Spencer
[User Picture]From: xdirtyfingersx
2009-02-23 08:28 pm (UTC)

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i would draw it, but i suck. and i'm "silly"
still, according to mr. Henry Rollins, when you turn 50, you can be rad again.
[User Picture]From: kikstartmyheart
2009-02-23 08:36 pm (UTC)

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I earned the nickname "den mother" because I take care of everyone who has partied too hard. *sigh*

Last night, oddly enough, I got Taco Bell. While I was waiting for my food in the drive thru, the lady in the car behind me got out of her car and came up yo my window screaming. With one hand on my mace I rolled down the window to see what she wanted, on the ready to mace the hell out of her if she was some crazy broad. It turns out she REALLY wanted to know where I had gotten my WWHRD? Sticker. I told her to check out NN2S and your web site. I should have maced her for laughs, but I didn't.
[User Picture]From: whoshottheshot
2009-02-23 09:03 pm (UTC)

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i thought to be a punk in austin you had to be at least 25 years old? beerguts and neckbeards.
From: magus_marauder
2009-02-24 02:44 am (UTC)

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Maybe Austin is the place for me. I'll be 25 in a few months, the beer gut has been in the making for a few years and I've been rocking the neckbeard for a while.
[User Picture]From: nodgarden
2009-02-23 09:03 pm (UTC)

so what you're REALLY saying is....

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There's going to be an animated NN2S "The Movie?" !!! And it's going to have a soundtrack done by your "Best Bands of 2001-2009" ?? And "live" performances à la Suburbia (The Alex Cox one, not the Naked Giovanni Ribisi one, you poser)?? And BIKE GANG WARS?!?! And a Shakespearean ending?

Some art school student SOMEWHERE will do this for you pro bono as his Senior Thesis if you sign his NN2S paperback copy, by the way.

Make it happen,
Heather Chicago
[User Picture]From: willbryant
2009-02-23 09:12 pm (UTC)

Re: so what you're REALLY saying is....

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And I am that art student.
[User Picture]From: arbitrarypat
2009-02-23 09:33 pm (UTC)

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I go through bouts of general crotchetyness (is that a word?) where people say I'm old. But it hasn't happened for a while. Some people just have old constitutions, some people settle down, some people become less rebellious -- to sound like a total douchebag, "it's all in the eye of the beholder."

Fuck, I'm older than you and hardly anyone says I'm old.
[User Picture]From: nervousystem
2009-02-23 09:36 pm (UTC)

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That poster/cover is goddam beautiful.
[User Picture]From: pavel_lishin
2009-02-23 09:50 pm (UTC)

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Don't stop doing your thing, man. Love your stuff.
[User Picture]From: cassandratic87
2009-02-23 10:01 pm (UTC)

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I freaking love Days of Future Past homages.
From: honourableon
2009-02-23 10:02 pm (UTC)

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It doesn't matter that you didn't draw a new NN2S for the anniversary, that picture that you did do (I'm guessing that it's new because I can't remember seeing it before) is awesome. I'm trying to work out the word pasted on the guy in the hat though, "SLA...". I really want to know what that word is. Please tell me.

I can see how you find it difficult to update NN2s because of your age, it's just sad because that shouldn't be an issue. Perhaps you could age Blake and Fletcher, then their story arcs could more reflect you, in the same way that MSL does, but covering a different aspect of your life with less facts involved.
[User Picture]From: cassandratic87
2009-02-23 10:04 pm (UTC)

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Looks like "SLAIN" and Abe Lincoln to me.
[User Picture]From: cassandratic87
2009-02-23 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Also, according to Max Bemis (of Say Anything), if you listen to Hot Water Music you are strange, old and slow.
[User Picture]From: high_school_low
2009-02-23 10:12 pm (UTC)

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Congrats on 8 years, I'd be just as tired-out with the plot/characters as you are by now.

And that picture is really great. :D
[User Picture]From: punkrockvagina
2009-02-23 10:25 pm (UTC)

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I honestly don't care if NN2S dies. It will always be awesome just as it is. I just hope that you can find the motivation to entertain us with My Stupid Life or something else. Also, remember hip replacement surgery is in your near future, old man, so I suggest thinking of something to do while recovering. ;]
[User Picture]From: megalanzero
2009-02-23 10:34 pm (UTC)

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I've been reading you since I was a young'n. I think I discovered you back kinda near the beginning, possibly during the first hiatus.
The main point is that I've seen you evolve as an artist and as a storyteller, and I really think that you're the R. Crumb of punk rock. Keep it up, and don't let assholes keep you down.

Also, I'm 21 and I feel old when I hear about punk kids these days.
[User Picture]From: hellaxrad
2009-02-23 10:35 pm (UTC)

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I kind of think parties with my dad around are awesome...Anyway, congrats on 8 years Mitch!
From: jsarkisian
2009-02-24 12:19 am (UTC)

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Thanks for the past 8 years, Mitch. If it weren't for your comic, I never would have gotten into punk rock. Now I go to shows, play in a band and start zines that I never finish, just like a real punk!

I guess what I'm saying is, can I be in the inevitable NN2S infomercial?
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