jthm confessions

“I hate it when people call Devi a bitch for dumping Nny. I guess most of them wouldn’t even have the guts to talk back on the phone to a guy who almost murdered you. And I appreciate the fact that Jhonen didn’t romanticize the fact that Nny did, in fact, try to kill Devi. It’d have been awkward if she actually forgave him.”

“You know, I feel a bit silly for taking the comic so seriously. Nny unleashed something inside of me; though it’s a work of fiction the comic inspired and made other people change. That fact really got to me. I fell into a bit of a depression, but Nny could always make me smile, and it hit me that other people felt the way I felt. At multiple times I related myself to Johnny, but had hope that I would get better. And I did. And I’m very grateful for that.”

“I find it strangely ironic that most of the people I’ve met who are avid fans of JTHM are often some of the most sensible, generous and compassionate individuals I’ve encountered. Strange that a comic about a deranged psychopath would attract folks like that, but I think there is something very redeemable to be said about this, about all of you guys.”

“I haven’t read JTHM since discovering it in middle school. I enjoyed it back then, as someone struggling with extreme poverty & generally being an angsty pre-teen would. Now that I’m an adult with a much greater knowledge of the world and myself, I’d love to reread it to see what I think now. But it’s so psychologically heavy, I also worry it’ll throw me into an existential tailspin & ruin all the progress I made. (I’m still pretty emotionally delicate.)”

“I suppose I might be considered normal by most people’s standards, not having suffered in the same ways during my childhood or anything like that. But believe me, I always found something comforting in the JtHM comics and in Nny’s personal revelations/moments of clarification where he KNOWS he’s messed up and wishes he could fix himself. I feel exactly the same about many of my own flaws.”