This is “Point/Counterpoint in the Blogosphere…” where we take a look at what has YOU talking. Twice a week, I’ll be showcasing two related discussion points about a particular topic, to help you keep up with some of the hot topics in comic fandom.
Last week, blogger and new comic writer Kevin Church wrote something called A Handy Primer For My Fellow Neophyte Comics Creators, a piece devoted to proper etiquette and common sense when dealing with negative reviews.
Via livejournal, creator Rikki Simons posts a rebuttal to Kevin’s primer.
In fact all of these points expect point two — do not immediately assume they are a moron — I mostly disagree with. I don’t think they’re morons. I think they’re often just full of themselves. Critics, take your lumps, just like we do. You cannot post a review to a blog with a comments section turned on or your e-mail made public without expecting to hear from the author if they disagree with you. Your review is not any more immune from recrimination than an author’s books are.
Lyle at Crocodile Caucus responds to Simons’s rebuttal with his post Reviewing the Reviewer.
I find it interesting that Simons seems to think that the only motivation anyone ever has to write a negative review is to allow the reviewer to demonstrate their superiority to the artist with their cutting put downs, as if the working principle is “Those who can’t belittle those who do.” instead of a desire to discuss their enjoyment of pop culture in more detail than “That series is the greatest!”
It’s an interesting discussion, go check it out!