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I encouraged my friend Tom Hart not to come out of the closet as the “Shit My New Yorker Cartoons” blogger.

I may have been wrong to do so. I dunno. I was concerned that people who had reasons for disagreeing with him — personal reasons, or honest aesthetic ones, even — would just go the easy-Internet-argument route of attacking him personally instead of dealing with his actual writing. But that advice was based on my own experience in the particularly fractious webcomics world, ten years ago, when it was at its most particular and its most fractious. So far the only reaction to the unveiling that I’ve seen has been positive: Comics Reporter blogger Tom Spurgeon says he’s going to pay more attention, not less, now that he knows who is writing. Which does make some sense. Not everybody on the Internet is Tom Spurgeon, though.

What do you think?