How To Make Webcomics Without Critics?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 11, 2008 - 12:12
One more post I guess:
Scott Kurtz the person online has always had a somewhat dramatic relationship with what... the world? At least with people who comment on his work, primarily PvP. Today he writes at length, apparently prompted by a passage in a review by Comics Worth Reading of the book How To Make Webcomics (which Kurtz is a co-author of). First off, it's a hugely positive review of the book so it's hardly the case that Johnana is slamming it. She simply makes the point as a writer that there are a few simple tools available for publicizing work that aren't mentioned in the book. I really think Kurtz is reading way too much into her review.
While I appreciate his frustration at the negative energy an artist can pick up from a negative review, the answer to that is probably simply to ignore the reviews. Sometimes a review is useful, sometimes it's not -- there's no obligation for an artist to read anything written about their work. But some reviews are useful to some artists. Some artists can deal with all reviews, some can't deal well with any kinds of reviews (and all sorts in between). Maybe the best advice is to find out what kind of artist you are with regards to external commentary and try to stick to guidelines that work for yourself. You can't stop the world from commenting on what is public art.