I mentioned a little while ago how important it is not to badmouth other people within the comic book industry. I think I left out how challenging that can be a times. Just because I am on the bottom rung and need to keep my mouth shut, doesn’t mean that people who have more clout can’t run their mouths. That fact can make remaining silent very difficult.
I recently found out that one such person had something very negative to say about me regarding a phone conversation we’d had over a year ago. I won’t give the details but let’s just say that this person and I remember what happened very differently.
Now, of course, human instinct is to fight back. I’m of the opinion that it’s best to resist that urge, though. I believe that, with almost anyone who might come after you personally, it’s best to privately reflect, maybe seek out someone you really trust to hash things out but, ultimately, you have to just let it drop. You’re much more likely to learn from the experience that way even if the only lesson is that the person you’ve come into conflict with is not terribly friendly and should be avoided. In the meantime, by not giving the situation any more fuel, it can die out on its own.