The world is full of assholes, and the world of webcomics is no exception. If you, you poor bastard, are actually considering tossing your own work into the fray, you'd best be prepared. Establishing a reader base is a process akin to digging a well with a fork. Many aspiring webcartoonists simply don't have the skill level that years of experience will bring, and unfortunately, there are more than enough people to call attention to your shortcomings in the most nasty, unpleasant way possible.
Now, don't get me wrong. Sam and Fuzzy has had it very easy in this respect. Response to my comic has been overwhelmingly positive. But I have the luxury of having a moderate degree of experience prior to this website. Mercifully, my earlier work is not on display for the entire internet to see. For many aspiring webcomic-type guys, what the readers are seeing is often the first major cartoon project they have undertaken. Obviously, there will be teething pains. Unfortunately, the internet seems to bring out the most hostile and cruel of human behaviours. Savagely negative reader reactions are all too common, and can discourage all but the most thick-skinned.
Sam is telling you pay no attention to that crap. Just draw the comic you want to draw, and stick with it for as long as you feel like working on it. I don't know what it is that makes some people feel obligated to start rivalries between comics, to go onto messageboards to make scathing remarks about other people's work, or to just act like an all out general assholes. But when someone goes out of his or her way to put you down, tell them to piss off.
Now that Sam and Fuzzy is finally crawling out of its infancy, I'm starting to recieve mail from readers who are launching their own comic strips, such as Corey Campbell's If Then Else. Well guys, I wish you guys nothing but the best. I certainly don't envy what you will inevitably have to deal with should you choose to keep updating. But if you can, don't let the bastards get you down. If you are passionate about what you are doing, it will be worth it in the long run!