Dark Science #30 was meant to go up today, but my weekend was dominated by rushing my dog to the animal hospital because he was somehow poisoned, then subsequently making sure he didn’t die afterward when they couldn’t sort out the cause.
This hasn’t happened to me for a while, so I can complain about it without feeling bad about calling someone out!
If you love something online, sending the creator of that thing a nice note is an awesome way to let them know. It makes our day! But when you’re doing this, please please please don’t say “I love your comic, it’s so much better than [some other comic], I honestly can’t stand that thing!”
A lot of us are friends, so that’s a crappy thing to read! And even if we’re not, even if it’s a complete stranger, hearing “you’re better than this guy who sucks” isn’t the greatest compliment in the world. When I get messages like this I hesitate to even write back, because I feel like by even accepting the compliment I’m also endorsing the criticism of someone else!
Instead of “I love your [x], it’s better than [y that sucks now or perhaps has always sucked]”, I recommend "I love your [x], it’s had [y impact on my life, in any way great or small, and I wanted to say thanks]."
END OF SOCIAL CRITICISM, THANKS Y’ALL
Good advice from my pal Ryan North (who is obviously my inferior. Obviously).