.... I usually ignore them and could care less what they say about me. I was called "retard" and "invalid" in middle school, but you know what? Those are just words. I don't care what people think about me and haven't since middle school. So if I became a writer someday and someone gives me a negative review, I'm not going to read them. Inheritance Cycle author Christopher Paolini once said in an interview that he doesn't read any reviews (positive or negative) of his work because they "mess with my head." Good call. Right now, I don't go around the blogosphere actively seeing who disagrees with me and trying to pick a fight with them. They can say whatever they want about me and I won't shed a single tear.
However, not everyone is like that, and I've talked before how current Spider-Man writer Dan "Set the Record Straight" Slott often shows up at Four Color Media Monitor whenever Spider-Man is being discussed to claim that FCMM's Avi Green and other bloggers have it "wrong" when it comes to comics sales and they "distort the news." So in other words, he's actively trolling around the internet to see what people say about him and if they have negative opinions of him, he'll comment on their posts and as per the nickname I've given him, "set the record straight." He claims that Avi is constantly "spinning" the numbers and that Spider-Man sales are "higher" than what is claimed, but unless Slott provides actual numbers (Marvel in general hasn't done so in years) to back up his claims, I'm afraid he has no credibility when it comes to that.
Now, as for the catalyst for this post, recently FCMM reported that 90s hack Rob Liefeld (whom I wrote about back in May in regards to the revival of his Youngblood comic) is leaving DC Comics to work on more independent, creator-owned work. As I speculated back in May, I believe the only reason he got a job at DC was because of the fact that's where his buddy and Image Comics co-founder Jim Lee now works and also former Marvel EIC Bob Harras, who now is DC's EIC. So yeah, it was probably nepotism that got him the job there. He worked on Deathstroke, Grifter and The Savage Hawkman, titles which apparently sold less than 20,000... some would say that they're solid enough for today's comics market, but to me they're really nothing to crow over.
Anyway, there was much rejoicing in the comments over Liefeld's departure in the comments and even though in my own comment that it was hardly the end of DC's own self-inflicted problems, this was still good news. After most of us called Liefeld a hack, who should comment but Rob Liefeld himself.. at least I assume it's the real Liefeld: