Why do I feel like half the people here are trying to describe my comic in a round about way?
Oh, I totally know where you're coming from there, threads like this make me self conscious too! Especially when I see things that don't really apply but I know are common misconceptions people form without reading the comic. It's a real bother when people won't give you a chance because of what they THINK the comic is rather than the truth!
I really don't like how these negative threads pop up again and again :(
But I'll kibitz a bits whilst I'm here lol!
Big, big giant turnoffs:
-Porn, fetish, shota, yaoi, anything of that ilk. I can read a comic that happens to have sex scenes or gay romances in it, but nothing that uses this to promote and drive the "story". I know sex sells, but as an asexual, I'm not buying!
I won't read anything that's obviously targeted at a fetish either. Just squicks me the hell out that people are turned on by some pretty bizarre things...really puts the kibosh on things I'd planned for my own story when I find, to my horror and dismay, "There's a fetish for THAT?!!" Oh, the woes of doing a supernatural-themed comic...
-Author is a jerk/snob, or soapbox preacher. I pay a lot of attention to people in the forums and decide from how they interact whether or not I'll check out their comic. The forums are where authors let loose a little, and if I see one being a complete buffoon, I won't check out their comic. But if someone is cool and funny and isn't causing any harm (like Renga and Harkovast) I'll definitely give their archives a go, and not half-heartedly! The problem is though, I know I'm missing some fantastic comics, but I can't help it. There's just no excuse to be a complete d*ck to people on the internet, and that just reflects poorly on their works. Though as bad as some people have been lately, I don't think any megalomaniac can top the epic ego levels of a long-gone comic that used to be on DD back in the days...hey, longtime DDer's, remember This Guy?
As for soapboxers, it's gotta be pretty overt. If it's a small vein of the story, I can deal with it. But if the author's notes are filled with vileness and bigotry as well, I drop that comic like a hot brick. There's only been 2 comics that fit the bill for me to date, I can tolerate a lot but not some ranting hypocrite spewing tired misconceptions at me. Calling someone stupid is not the best way to get them on your side!
Other than that, I'm pretty open to most genres and styles. I think people that close their minds to things outside their preferred genre are missing out on some true gems on this site. I'm a little bothered to see so many people instantly hate on Manga, when a lot of styles get mistaken for Manga right off the bat even if they aren't styled that way (ahem, mine for example!) but I can see where people are getting tired of people copying the "how-too" book style (yes that extra o is intentional) Then again, I've seen some pretty darn good art come from generic Manga style comics where some people are struggling with their Western-style art's proportions! Plus, I get a little annoyed when people insist that others draw in a certain style (particularly the style said opinionated person draws themselves!) when the artist already has an adequate grasp of their style, be it manga, chibi, cartoon or whatever. It's always good to expand your talents, but I don't get why people are so hellbent on "reforming" manga artists all the time. Most often these are people that drew manga all their lives and decided to change styles, and they seem to forget sometimes how wonky that sudden transition can be. It's a real shame when a decent manga-styled artist decides to draw western style out of the blue and it looks stiff and boring compared to their manga, but they gave in to peer pressure and now it's hip to deride anyone who "still draws manga" as if it's something you need to grow out of. I see this all the time, and it really bothers me!