I know that I could be construed as a web-comic artist (uhm, ok I guess I am one with ZDC and all), but I’m not sure that I want to be a part of the ‘community’ of other web cartoonists.
From reading various forums, it seems most web cartoonists are either sprite zealots, soi-disant copyright pundits, or intellectual property paranoid. Also, it leads one to believe that most web cartoonists are assholes. Whilst some might say that I would fit right in (which may be true), I don’t think it does any good to openly (read: in public, which the web is) vent about any and every issue an artist may have with another. It really casts a bad light on the artist(s) involved, and the industry as a whole.
Personally, I think that any issues should be resolved by the parties involved, and shouldn’t be publicly aired. Why? Simply because the public isn’t involved. Whatever the issue is, it’s between the two of you, not the rest of us.
When creators fling the fecal, it breeds rivalry. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes a rivalry can be a good thing—for sports teams. But in web comics? How is rivalry, in any way, useful? To create a rival is to alienate a potential audience. I don’t think I need to point out how counterproductive this would be. Unless your purpose is to piss people off. If that’s the case, well, you could find better places to do that.
To publicly vent about a peer is beyond sophomoric, it’s pathetic. It makes me, and all the other artists/creators who care about our craft, look bad.
Well, I suppose it makes us look good by comparison—but that’s beside the point.
Or is it? Hmmm…
Ok, I take it back. You guys go ahead and piss away the hours trying to convince us that your character’s two pixels, or general body-shape, is being stolen and how that’s a horrible copyright infraction—blah, blah, blah.
Have fun. ;-)