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There is not now, and has never been, a webcomics community

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my lack of interest in the Cartoonist's Choice Awards:

It may have something to do with the way it creates bad blood in the "Webcomics Community" (as if there is such a thing) each year. There's always a lot of criticism and when I take part I always end up weighing in. Bleah.

I didn't make this clear at the time, but when I said "criticism" I meant "bad-tempered bitching about the way the events are run, the people running it, and, eventually, their mothers." I don't have time for that, but I always end up wasting mental energy on it. So this year, I've maintained a polite disinterest in the awards.

Of course, webcomics creators being what they are (and I make no claim to being any better, honestly), bitchfests spring up where they can, and so it was only a matter of time before I'd read this (from Joey Manley's blog: )

A bit of a pissing match has broken out lately over the role of webcomics criticism, specifically since the launch of The Webcomics Examiner. I see three factions in this war. There are likely more.
I've read the whole thing and followed some of the links. As usual, it's not so much the blog/journal/forum postings themselves as the endless strings of comments that follow them that make me roll my eyes. The question that comes to mind is: With all the Webcomics tutorials available online, isn't there a "How to hold your breath and count to ten" tutorial?

And again, I make no claim whatsoever to being better than that. There's a reason I need to stay out of this sort of thing.


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