I wanted to address this publicly- it’s a comment left on Liz Prince’s facebook regarding my being an “asshole” to fans. Liz’s response was perfect, but I’d like to reiterate a few points in case there are others out there who harbor the same misconception. The person in question called me an asshole for not responding to his request that I read his work and give it feedback.
To begin with, my email accounts do not pull up any emails from this guy. And messages sent via Facebook or other methods are not reliable. That’s mostly beside the point, but bear in mind that I can’t be a dick for not responding to a message I did not receive.
That said, even if I do receive a message, like Liz pointed out, cartoonists (and other creator/public types) receive a fair amount of email and while I enjoy hearing from people (both positive and negative messages) and I try to respond to them all, there are times when I just can’t. I travel a lot, like, every single week, and emails sent/read on the road almost never get answered due to lack of time.
Also, there is a big difference between sending a short, casual email vs asking someone to look at your work. That type of request may seem benign, but you’re asking the person to take the time to read work by someone they do not know, and give a thoughtful response. If you think about it, that’s a pretty significant favor to ask of someone who doesn’t know you. And while I wish I had the time to do that type of thing, and I am usually more than happy to dispense broader advice about comics, I simply can’t manage such a time consuming a request. So if you send someone an email, please consider what you’re asking of them before you go and call them an asshole in public for something that is really, genuinely, not an asshole move.
And lastly, if I have been an asshole to anyone on the internet, I most likely did not mean it. There have been a few instances when someone irked me and I responded curtly, but usually I try not to be a dick. However, I am aware I don’t have the nicest of online personas and can come across a bit impudent at times, however that is not how I conduct my personal correspondence. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: I’m not an asshole, I just play one on the internet. I also have a wicked case of resting bitch face, so if you see that in person, well, sorry, I can’t help my face.