Entitlement and the Modern Web Creator or A Vile Populist Rant
Submitted by Erg on February 16, 2007 - 18:05
This reader is not to proud to admit he is not a perfect person. he is insecure, whiney, and yet strangely rude and pushy aty the same time. He has thin skin. And today he was reminded of something that pricks his skin. This is not the Gneeches fault. He seems like a nice, innocent guy. He's dedicated to his comic and it is a pretty good furry. But he feels lonely because he would like more reader input and more dedicated fans. In this context, he referred to the fickle fandom as lemmings, or fanlemmings (I have always seen myself as a Hamster, or perhaps an Echidna. I mean, really, everyone has wanted to be Knuckles at one point and I bet those cute little Hamtaro guys get alot of play) Other artists, who i am not going to point out (okay, I lied. Outside comics Aaron Sorkin seems to actively hate his fans), have talked about the corrosive effect of fans on the medium. They support crappy comics and not good ones. They make demands of the author. They start crap with other peoples fans. They drop your comic off their must read list because of one off storyline or one character change they didn't like.
I think, as Mr. Burns pointed out about fans, creators really don't have the right to expect much out of the fans either. Politeness, sure. But fans don't have to like comics that are good art. They have every right to sit around and read nothing but Little Gamers all day if they want to. Fans don't have to like your storylines, and should feel free to dump your booty if you no longer entertain them. At the end of the day a folame war never really hurt anyone. And if you want readers input, you have to expect sometimes they are going to try to tell you what to do.
Remember, readers read your comic not because it is great art, or because you really love it but because they really love it. When you put a comic out there you are trying to offer a good to people. They have no obligation to take it and they have some right to control how they use it.
Now that I am done ranting, I will direct you here so you can see a flash of something cute and we can all feel happy. Sound good?