Submitted by nilaffle on December 3, 2003 - 23:41
Well, I didn't know where else to post this, since it's a media concern...
So my friend and I want to create a webcomic review site. I don't know about my friend, but I've run into some issues. :P
Basically, it has to do with the thought of criticizing people on their work. As an artist who HAS been criticized (and a LOT), I know it can hurt. But hey... criticism is necessary when you're an artist, right? We have movie critics, book critics, even architecture critics... why not webcomic critics?
I can sympathize with the work that goes into creating a comic. Not only do you need to have appealing art, but an appealing story too, and then you have to update regularly or your fans will come to hate you. :P So as someone who doesn't even OWN a webcomic, who am I to judge?
But at the same time, I think that a lot of webcomics out there are low quality. They're created by people who want to gain fame fast, or by little kids that don't really know much about art and writing yet. One of the things I hate about the Internet is that anyone can be an author, and so standards of quality (such as in fanfic writing, webcomics, web design) are lowered.
This has especially become an issue recently because a friend of mine happened to mention on my LJ a certain comic she dislikes, and the friends of that comicker flamed my friend for her opinions. Sure, no one likes to be criticized... but I personally think it's the mark of a serious artist to swallow their pride and accept criticism. "Take what you like and leave the rest."
And I'm not talking about "This sucks, get some talent!" type stuff. :P But actual constructive criticism.
Yeah... I dunno. What do you think? How would you react if your webcomic received a bad rating on a review site?