Many webcomic creators have some area on their site where they post some sort of text to go along with their comics.Ã‚ Maybe it's just news about the comic, or a personal blog to try to connect on a more personal level with the audience.Ã‚ Perhaps it's just a place to rant from time to time.
Sometimes creators use the space to express their viewpoint on a controversial topic. As an example, when Scott Kurtz* recently expressed some of his personal views and experiences regarding religion, he may have run the risk, at least to some degree, of being "Dixie Chicked" (a term that has come to describe when someone, especially in the public eye, is persecuted on some level for expressing his or her personal beliefs – visual exampleÃ‚ of being Dixie-Chicked).
Whether religion, politics, or some other "hot button" topic is what is getting expressed, should creators be using their webcomics sites to express their personal viewpoints, especially if their webcomic has little if anything to do with those subjects?Ã‚ Does an artist's personal views affect (negatively or positively) your enjoyment of their art?Ã‚ Is being "Dixie-Chicked" even necessarily a bad thing?
*Disclaimer: I picked Scott's post strictly because it was the most recent example that came to mind.Ã‚ I have nothing but respect for him professionally, and am in no way meaning to aim any of these questions squarely at him.Ã‚ Feel free (in fact, I encourage you for purpose of advancing discussion) to use your own examples when expressing your views on this topic.
Also, this other recent post might provide some additional food for thought on the subject of injecting your personality into your webcomic site and its community.