Now I have to deal with a big subject. If you draw comics or you surf the Web in general, it is something you have to face sooner or later.
You will run across people who are not nice…or who are complete, unintelligent Neanderthals. What I mean is that you’ll have to know how to deal with trolls.
Like it or not, they are and always will be out there. Some will post up rude comments or send you emails on your comics works saying things like “you suck” or “you draw like an inept three year old”. Some will become even more vicious and are not above using profanity, hurtful insults, and outright prejudicial slurs.
So, you want to know how to deal with trolls? I have a very simple solution for that.
I know. You’re wondering what I’m thinking. Shouldn’t you be shouting insults back? Shouldn’t you point out that they’re most likely some 98-pound weakling or an uneducated baboon?
No. There’s a saying online and it’s worth repeating here – DON’T FEED THE TROLLS. If you argue with them, fight back with insults, or make threats, you’ll only encourage more abuse. It makes them want to continue to fling insult at you, your comics, and everything else you hold dear.
If these trolls actually do start to make any sort of death threats or claim they’ll commit any illegal actions against you, then it’s probably wise to contact your local authorities.
But for the most part, the most important thing to remember in how to deal with trolls is not to fight them. Block their email addresses, ban them from your blog, and so forth. Do not let yourself be drawn into a fight.