The advent of the internet has put pay to that.
Trollers and flamers abound not just attacking via peoples' personal blogs but on "comic forums" (where for the most part they seem to be allowed to write whatever they want and get away with it -the moderator/owner having a spine of jelly).
I have been the victim of name calling, lies, slurs on my reputation and skills and knowledge. I have had this every week, sometimes as many as ten mails a week. Now I note ISP numbers and report them. They seem to think that they and their snide little pals can hide behind anonimity. That shows how dumb they are. Even posting from cyber cafes or, of all places, public library computers, you leave a signature.
Those people, they know who they are, have mental health problems. It is as simple as that. They contribute nothing.
But the type I really do hate are those who set themselves up as "comic experts" and who try, continuously, to demean other comickers. They waste your time as you try to be helpful and then do not reply via email, where they set you queries, giving you all the information they asked for, but on publiv comments on blogs.
WHY would someone ask for information on characters and then tell you they have the information already having wasted hours of your time?
These are not true comickers. Not fans. They are trying to score points against you -"Nyah-nyah -HE doesn't have the information I asked for but I do!"
Sadly, these people get onto internet You Tube communities where it is easy to set up fake email names. Or they join your groups under THREE different names so if you kick them off once for misbehaving they are still there with two more chances.
All we can do as an online comic community is cold shoulder these people. Ignore them.
Comics are fun and some of us enjoy them!
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