Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.
As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.
How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?
This is the issue with a lot of things people like in general, especially in an open forum such as the internet. We just got critically hit by it since your average message board denizen seems to be encouraged to attack our community as a whole, anywhere they can, and whether you know all the details or not.
Generally someone who likes something will just +like it, maybe share with their friends, and then move on. People who don’t like something seem to be the ones who take the time to leave the negative comments and hate towards the thing in question, whether legitimate or ‘troll’ comments.
This is why I think the industry seems to be changing this way, the very few complimentary comments they DO get are lost in the flood of hate and complaints. No content producer (who was uninformed about the subject anyway), would keep going a certain direction if what they see is all this bad feedback and very little else.
If you like something, anything, TELL them you like it, LEAVE your positive review. As much as it seems like a waste of time, if you DON’T do it, Mr. “Fucking Furfags!!!11” will be the ONLY one all the companies reading will be ABLE to listen to, and they will make most if not ALL their decisions based on them alone.
So, save a community, donate your good comments and reviews today!