There was this great webcomic by artist Christopher Baldwin called “Spacetrawler”. It lasted three years from 2010 to 1013 and was very clever, imaginative and entertaining. It was one of my favorites and I would eagerly look forward to it.
Then it ended and the artist started a new webcomic called “One Way” and changed his basic but effective drawing style to a new awkward look where everyone had huge goggle eyes. In the new story a group of depressive, dysfunctional misfits on a supposed diplomatic mission interact in boring, lethal and irritating ways and discover halfway out it’s a suicide mission to kill an alien species which has warned Earthlings to never attempt contact with them on pain of death.
Every new strip of “One Way” would be more pointless and annoying and depressing than the last. It was if the artist was saying “How do you like now Bitch!?” to his audience. There were many who thought there would be some big reveal or turnaround to save it, but no, it ended as terribly as it began with the alien species doing just as promised and killing all the survivors and sending one person back as a final warning. I was actually viscerally pissed off and disgusted at the author for a free webcomic offered to the public with no strings attached. “Spacetrawler” was so good how could “One Way” be so bad? No one made me pay or the comic or read it against my will but I felt somehow cheated.
Does a fan have any right to expect anything at all of an artist offering free work?