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Having celebrated comicdom, I feel it’s best to mention this other, weighty matter right now. It’s clear that some so-called celebrity artists treat the world of online comics as their personal fiefdom. While not all webcomic artists want to be professionals, those that aspire to such ought to behave as such. I don’t normally point accusing fingers at other people but the persons mentioned in the article often show themselves capable of what they are accused of. Ignore their apparent success in the webcomic field for now… Just read their sites, their forum comments and listen to their podcasts for yourself. The attitude is there.

So do I suggest a dramatic, organized solution? Even though that would make for better copy, I don’t think it’s necessary. As a group, we can hold ourselves to a higher standard. And we should - a mild response from the majority to outlandish behavior will often be enough to correct any problems. Webcomicdom is made up of of individuals and there aren’t any institutions to enforce standards. It’s up to us to speak up when it’s reasonable.

I’m not writing this to tell you how to feel or what to think. There are some simple things we should consider. How will readers take us and the art form seriously if we don’t? Are there really pat answers about comics that aren’t entirely based on personal opionion, bias and experience? Do we really want to reward persons who behave improperly and tarnish our efforts as a whole?