D Helmer (alexds1) wrote in the_meek,
D Helmer

I'd like to clarify

Guys, I don't ask you about your race. I don't ask you about your socioeconomic level, or for your home address or for your credit card number. I'm sure you'll agree that is all pretty personal info.

I feel the same way about my gender. It is truly none of your business. I'm happy that so many of you care to jump in and point out in public forums whatever information you feel is correct, but I'd also like you to keep in mind that you don't know me very well outside of the fact that I draw comics. Even if you are one of the few folks who have met me in person, I am certain that you do not know me as well as you think you do.

The only thing that really matters to me in terms of how people view me online is whether or not people enjoy and understand my comics. If you guys think I'm doing a good job, then I'm happy. When people start talking about me outside of the context of my work, I start to feel not so happy. It honestly makes me feel I should stop posting the work I do in a public capacity. I am pretty happy making the comic for the comic's sake, it doesn't necessarily need to be online for me to get satisfaction out of it. But I don't really want that, and I'm sure you don't either. What I really want is to be able to continue making comics and posting them and interacting with all of you in the way that I have been doing the last 11 months since I started putting these pages online.

What I'm asking from you is to stop discussing my gender or other personal information. If you are already doing that sort of thing, then you definitely do not know me at all. I have never minded people picking at or looking critically at my work, but I am clearly putting it out there that I feel very threatened when people start aiming that kind of focus at me. Please take whatever information I choose to put online about myself at face value and leave it at that.

Thank you very much for your understanding and respect when it comes to my personal life. If you have any individual issues with anything I have written, feel free to contact me privately through email.

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