Just a reminder that came to mind after the experience of a fellow creator I like: artists, writers, webcomic authors, and other creators are not obligated to do anything for anyone unless they are compensated for it. Monetary support is the most direct, but people who comment and help foster a sense of community and support are also very helpful, and even if you can’t do that, you can certainly help to spread the word about a creator and their work if you like it.
If you would be unhappy if a creator went away or their series ended, or something like that, then think about the fact that everyone on the planet needs some sort of compensation — even if it is just a ‘hey you rock’ now and then — to motivate them to continue. Creating things isn’t easy or effortless, it’s really hard and it’s exhausting, and some days you question why you’re doing this, especially when your audience aren’t exactly forthcoming with support and encouragement.
It also isn’t selfish at all for creators to be disappointed at lack of support. It’s extremely hard work that can be made worth it by someone taking five seconds to say ‘awesome art, dude’. When it’s so easy to keep people happy to do fantastic things that enrich all our lives, there’s no legitimate reason not to try.
So just to sum it up: please don’t have a sense of entitlement about creators and their work, especially if you’re not willing to put forth the effort to support it in some way. And if a creator has a moment of doubt or despair, don’t make it worse by lashing out at them. If you’re affected enough to snap at them, you clearly care enough about the work in question to make that negative outburst a more positive and supportive one.