So my defense of Andy went over like a lead balloon. That’s okay. I wasn’t looking to change minds, just put an alternate opinion out there so it wasn’t all negativity all the time. Next time, though, if some folks could favor respectful dialogue over striking an adversarial tone, that would be cool. I didn’t insult you, right? I’m just saying respond in kind and we’ll all get along swell. Why make enemies?
On a related note, I have a rule when it comes to the comics industry: don’t openly insult other creators. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying “don’t dislike other creators”. That’s impossible. A lot of the people who work in comics (especially the really successful ones) are dicks. What I’m saying is “you never know who is listening.”
What work I have gotten through IDW and the BBC, I have gotten by being friendly and by always knowing my place. In this industry, I’m nobody. Even if someone is, in my opinion, totally talentless, arrogant, and a douche; if they have a book coming out monthly, I keep my mouth shut. Somebody out there likes their work, probably even lots of somebodies. What if I start saying “Judd Winick is the most bland writer in comics” and the person I’m speaking with is a friend or a fan of Judd’s stuff? Now I seem like a douche and I’ve alienated myself from that person for no good reason. For all I know, they could have been a good connection.
In short: when you start talking about how you think someone else is a hack, chances are, you’ve just lost your shot at something good before you even knew you had at.
I’m not saying that I know it all but, trust me on this one, I’m not the only person in the industry who keeps this rule. It’s a goodie and it’ll serve you well.
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