Recent events have given me little motivation to pick up a pencil and draw a comic. I'm going to step on my soapbox for a moment and vent. You can turn away if you like, you don't have to read this entry.
I don't think reviews have any place in the webcomics community. Period. Why?
1) Because they're FREE. If you complain about something that is free, you're being ungratuitous. If you critize people who are essentially doing unpaid volunteer work, you're a jerk. Reviews exist so that people gather opinions about something before they buy a ticket, or buy a product.
(One may argue that TV reviews are similar. Well, you don't see a lot of TV reviews, and the people who make TV shows get paid for what they do. They get PAID to entertain you. Webcomic artists do NOT.)
In general, I try to stay away from posting hotly negative things about other people's comics. In the interviews and such I am more apt to point out comics I like than comics I don't like. It's because I know that most people, like myself, are doing the strips for little money or no money at all. Simple manners tell you you don't slag on people who are doing their best with no tangible reward in what they do.
2) People often post reviews to get the attention of the comic artist. It usually works too. I don't link to reviews -- I link to interviews, but not to reviews. Why? Because, if you're reading the links page you've already formed an opinion of my comic. What someone else has to say is irrelevant. So why give reviewers hits?
I've always thought that people who want to get popular in a chosen field but don't have the skills to become popular in that field will become critics instead. It's a cheap and transparent way to become an "authority" in that field, without having the skills to master that field.
Anyways, I'm still pissed at Comixpedia and refuse to read it anymore. Checkerboard Nightmare hit the nail right on the head.
Speaking of which, the entry for SL at Wikipedia felt it necessary to define the comic in terms of the "controversy" around it:
This has caused some accusations of repetition, though most fans who have expressed an opinion seem to agree that the constant variations on the set themes keep the strip from going stagnant.
Actually, it has caused ONE accusation of repetition.
In 2003, Sexy Losers became the center of a major controversy in the web comic community, when a coalition of KeenSpot artists successfully blocked the comic's entrance into the community because of the sexual content, despite its large number of readers.
coalition = two artists.
they didn't "successfully block" the comic's entrance, I retracted the application for the comic's entrance after a bunch of private messages regarding the comic were posted publically. This version of events is reiterated by Josh Lesnick of Girly and Ian of RPGWorld. I even said as much in my own journal. KEENSPOT DID NOT BLOCK ME. I WITHDREW OF MY OWN ACCORD.
I guess this story is doomed to be repeated. Sorry Josh, Ian.
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