I can see why so many creators flame out from time to time when they’re interacting online. How can you help it? For every hundred or thousand people who are cordial and well-behaved, there’s one ignoramus that delights in getting under people’s skin, or behaving badly in public without fear of reprisal, or who simply lacks the emotional maturity to separate the fictional world of costumed heroes and villains from the real world of hard-working writers and artists trying their best to create interesting stories. And it can taint the pool for everyone.
Let’s be clear about this: Not liking a comic book story isn’t a license to wish ill upon an actual human being. Killing off a fictional character doesn’t warrant wishing for a public flogging of the creators involved. The arrival of a creator on a given title is not a sign that you should wish for them to contract a venereal disease.
Okay, so now I feel slightly guilty for those “Jim Shooter, you should get the venereal disease of your choice” t-shirts I was printing up for San Diego.