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What's Up Guys?

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 24, 2013, 3:38 PM


Hey guys, so I've gone back and forth about whether or not to make this journal, but I just think it's better if I address this now, rather than just continuing to ignore it and let it worry me more and more.

So basically, I've been told several times about my "haters" online. Mind you, I'm not really online as much as I used to be, so I wasn't even aware there was an "Anti-Seer" group. Now this in itself really doesn't bother me. I realize how fortunate I have been in having my comic become moderately popular, and whenever anything becomes well known, a group of haters forms. That's life, and this is the internet. What bothers me is that recently, I have been informed that not only have these people been talking shit about me, my comic, and my characters, but they are all people who I thought were my friends. Rather than manning up and telling me to my face that they don't like something, they've formed a sort of clique that says nice things in my comments, but then goes to tumblr right after to talk shit.

Here's the thing. If you don't like something, you are MORE than welcome to tell me to my face. You won't hurt my feelings. I'm a grown woman and know how to take critique. What WILL hurt my feelings is when people lie to me, and then stab me in the back. It's not even the crap they're talking that hurts, it's the betrayal.

You're not required to like everything I do or post. Everyone is entitled their own opinion and that's totally fine. I just can't deal with the catty antics. I guess their number one issue is with Korbyn. Saying she's a "Mary Sue" and that "Her name makes no sense".

I guess I'll address those real quick so I can move on. Regarding the name, I honestly have no idea what part of it doesn't make sense. "Jumping Eagle" is a common Sioux surname, and Korbyn is Sioux. You wouldn't question it if I said she was Irish and her surname was O'laughlin. So this doesn't make sense to me. I'm just going to assume the people complaining about this are just ignorant about native American surnames, in which case there isn't much harm. I guess it's just something fun to complain about.

Moving on to the "Mary Sue" factor. Maybe it's because I'm the author that I'm biased into not understanding this, but I really don't see this one. For one, Korbyn's really not all that pretty. I mean, I didn't design her to be ugly or anything, but I really didn't want the focus to be all about her looks. Honestly I think Camille and Scarecrow are much prettier, but I like Korbyn for other reasons. Next, along with her average looks, men are NOT falling all over themselves for her. Jeff has NO romantic interest in her, and if this is what has people so upset, I just don't get it. Let me reiterate: HE'S NOT INTERESTED. He's a mentally unstable psychopath not capable of a romantic relationship, at least not one that doesn't end in a horrific tragedy. He and Korbyn are not compatible. Happy now? Finally, as far as her "Seer powers" go, she's no where near being "super powerful". Not only does she suck at using any sort of ability, but even if she were amazing at it, she still wouldn't be super powerful. Seers are defensive fighters. She may get to the point where she can defend herself, but she's ALWAYS going to need an offensive fighter to take down an enemy for her. She's a college student for Christ's sake. Just waking up the "Seer" doesn't give her magic kung-fu skills. She'd get knocked on her ass in half a second flat.

If those aren't the reasons you guys were hating on her, then by all means, just tell me. If there is a blaring character flaw that you think is damaging the plot, I can't fix it if you don't tell me! I may be doing this comic, but I'm by no means an expert, so don't think I won't listen if you have advice for me, because I always listen! I can't guarantee I'll always follow it, but I ALWAYS listen, because I'll never improve if I don't.

Anyways, I'm sorry for kind of just throwing this journal at you guys, but I've been kind of upset. Up until just recently I had no idea this was even going on, so I'm still a little raw.

I guess the thing to take away from all of this is that if you have a problem, please, just tell me. I won't scream at you or anything, and I won't be crushed. Pretending to be my friend, then stabbing me in the back is what will crush me.

And to those of you out there who have always supported me, thank you. I appreciate each and every one of you. You honestly make this worth doing despite the ups and downs I may face. Because of you, I am inspired to keep improving, and so long as there is even just one person out there who believes in me, I'll keep doing my best.

That's all for now,

The Madame

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KittyeraKatArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep your head up and don't listen to those haters. Your amazingly talented and WE ARE ALL here for you! Keep up the wonderful work!! :)
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KeepCalm-StayFrosty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I knew Jeff and Korbyn wouldn't get together, but I like to freak myself out thinking about it. I do want to see them become friends though. Keep on making the seer!
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Shinigami-Rem-san Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist
I can't believe that people were being so catty! It isn't fair at all and I for one would never bitch about such stupid things behind anyone's back. Sure when I first started reading The Seer (and I mean literally on the first bubble of the first page) the name "Jumping Eagle" seemed potentially sue-ish, but the fact that she explains its origins right away and they actually make sense completely made up for that! I love her name now :D People just need to grow up a little.
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Animefan777lol Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I completely love the seer comic, and I like the characters, so  don't know why there is a anti-seer group if they don't like it then just don't look to the comic, it's that simple, but thank you again for the amazing comic Madame...   
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DementiaDemise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Madame, you are amazing at whatever you do, just ignore those haters! Beside, I really like Korbyn, she's down to earth and tries to live a normal life despite her ability to see thing that other people couldn't.
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scoutpie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you need a hug.
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Masky13 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I guess there's a Ying and Yang in every situation. There's always going to be a positive and negative group. See it as balance. It's just the way life is I guess. Still looking forward to your future works! Really loving the comics! :)
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BlackCatNumberXIII Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So many people tend to forget that Jeff Is a mentally unstable psychopath who murdered his family, burned off his eyelids and cut a smile into his cheeks. Yet they still expect him to have a normal relationship? The only thing which is wrong here is that my friends.

Trust me I have read enough random crap on the internet to know a good story from a bad one.

Btw to hell with surnames! If you translate my Polish surname into English it means moustache!!! Now I regret sharing that. AndI like the surname Jumping Eagle.
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TheShadowLady Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I can't believe that they actually made a hate group. I don't see anything wrong with The Seer. Trust me, Korbyn is definitely not a Mary Sue, I've read plenty of stories with Mary Sues, and she isn't one.
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dgmnfangirl080 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haters gonna hate.:iconhatersplz:
This sentence has so much truth in it, I cannot even begin to describe.
And, you see, I read a lot. Not only books, but also fanfictions. I am a true literature omnivore who doesn't even stop in front of M-rated fics.
As a such, I have seen dozens over dozens Mary Sues and Gary Stues and Marty Stues and whatnot. And, believe me, Korbyn is NOWHERE near a Mary Sue.
Let me show you following page for a brief listing of common Mary Sue traits:tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…
Let's work at least a few examples off:
1. A Mary Sue has no (or at least a very flat) personality. -> Well, your comic hasn't a lot of pages, so we don't know a lot about Korbyn, but I can sense a flat personality after five dialouge lines and I DO sense a very dynamic personality when refering to her.
2. A Mary Sue will be skilled in a lot of things and learns ridicuously fast/can beat anyone in a hand-to-hand combat, even the most skilled ones. ->Well, you already covered that point. No sense in repeating things.
3. A Mary Sue often wears special clothes/is so Beautiful that It's A Curse (TM). -> Well, she's nice looking, but I wouldn't call her 'exceptionally beautiful' and stuff...

And if anyone has still doubts, go do the Mary Sue Litmus test, buggers!
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