I do think that Brett Booth could have responded a little more tactfully, but my guess is this comment was the one that broke the proverbial camels back. People think they can say whatever they want on the internet and they are discussing things, not work done by people. Comics fans are particularly vicious with their commentary.
The internet has opened up lines of communication between comics creators and fans that most people take for granted. Not very long ago creators could only be accessed through letters page and at comic conventions, and that was it. Now we can interact with them on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and message services like Formspring. I worry that if comic readers keep taking the creators interactions for granted, creators will cease to make the effort.
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Comics creators are people, and I think it's important that the fans remember that when interacting with them, especially online. I don't need someone coming to my office to nitpick every little thing I do, and I think that anyone reading this wouldn't appreciate that either, so why do we have the right to do so to those crafting the stories we enjoy? The fact is we don't. We can criticize, yes, but I feel that criticism should be constructive and delivered without malice.