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It's a donation, asshole. Not a purchase.

So I'm reading Something Positive, and then I go on to read his rant....

And then I just stared for a little while.

You see, someone e-mailed him anonymously bitching about... well, lots of things. And going over and over again to the whole "we donated a year's salary" riff to justify the bitching.

Okay. You all know I have a mantra for people who make this stuff their job. It's a simple mantra. "It's your job, stupid." And I believe it. Once this is the way you put food on your table, you have a responsibility to your audience, what who are feeding you. It's the deal.

But there is a qualitative difference between having a responsibility to your audience, and being your audience's bitch, dancing when they say. And you know what? No one gets to write a trash talking letter to a webcartoonist, period. Because while the artist who makes their living this way owes his best efforts (within reason, asshole) to his audience, he doesn't owe one audience member the confluence of Jack and Shit.

Something Positive updates put near every day. There's a lot of energy put every week into the strip. He knows his responsibilities and he meets it.

Milholland reported that the people who complained end up almost inevitably not to have been the ones who donated in the first place. Well, I donated, long before I had this website. I gave him some of my hard earned cash, because I felt he was worth it.

And I have never, ever regretted it -- or any other money I've donated to webcartoonists, or products I've bought from them.

They don't owe me anything. I owed them some appreciation for what they'd produced. I gave it to them. Everything's square.

If you don't like that kind of transaction, don't donate.

And if you haven't donated, don't fucking speak for those of us who did. Because you know what? You don't fucking speak for those of us who did.

Jesus Christ. What is this, their hobby?

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"Milholland reported that the people who complained end up almost inevitably not to have been the ones who donated in the first place. "

This was exactly my experience when I got complaints about moving to Modern Tales three years ago.

"Milholland reported that the people who complained end up almost inevitably not to have been the ones who donated in the first place. "

This was exactly my experience when I got complaints about moving to Modern Tales three years ago. None of the people who wrote angry emails or posted rants on my message board had donated any money to the strip, bought any merchandise, or so much as dropped me a friendly email. I did get a few reasoned complaints from longtime fans, which I could respect and understand, but they were easily outnumbered by tirades from people I'd never heard from before.

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