Stirring up the nest
Submitted by Thomas on April 25, 2004 - 13:35
I have been keeping an eye on www.pvponline.com for new Moblog updates from Scott Kurtz as he plugs away on his daily strip in the 24 hour comic challange he and other creators were involved in overnight last night.
As Scott prepped for the 24 hour comic day he posted on his site about how alot of people have bashed him for doing this and some are even his friends, according to him. This isn't the first time he has been bashed for doing things that are, in my opinion, pretty normal things to do to get your name out or just to kick it with some buds and have fun. So after reading this the question I have is, "Why is that in the web comics business alot of the creators are just out and out assholes?"
I wanna say up front that I know not eveyone is, but there are more than the fair share if you ask me. Hell, even I have been a target and I am by no means a big fish in these waters.
I have a theory about this. I feel that in the web comics business we have so many assholes because so many of the creators in the business are no talent hacks that are always jealous and on the constant attack because they can't compete with good artists in any other legitimate way so they must demean and degrade in order to weed out any competition before it ever really starts.
I feel this way because very little of this activity really goes on in the commercial art business, in which I currently work. We have competition between each other, but not to a level that we want to destroy the other artist like you see way too much in web comics. In reality, I suppose all of this happens in web comics because we are still an underground organization. We have no real set rules or etiquette really. We are just out here trying to get by the best way we can.
At any rate it's kind of messed up. I mean, I have no problem with competiton - I really enjoy it actually - but alot of people are out here not to promote competiton, but to promote hate and no matter what business you are in, that is just out and out bullshit. But, I could be wrong and if I am I'm sure someone will let me know it. Thanks for reading, steam has been blown off.